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CAE Sentence transformations 1
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makes no difference to my boss
My boss doesn't mind what time I start or finish work.
DIFFERENCE == It ...... what time I start or finish work.
was Jane who came up with
Jane was the brains behind the idea for the sails promotion.
UP = It .............. the idea for the sales promotion.
admit to being
It's true that I like to work on tasks by myself. BEING == I ...... a person who prefers to work alone.
handed in my notice
Yesterday I informed my boss in writing that I would be leaving the company.
NOTICE == I ...... to my boss yesterday.
did not feel like getting
I had no inclination of getting out of bed the day after losing my job.
LIKE = The day after I lost my job, I .........out of bed.
to fill his shoes
It won't be easy for anyone to take over John's job when he retires. SHOES == When John retires, it will be difficult for anyone ...... .
to be in favour of
The idea of flexi-time seemed to be popular with most of our senior managers.
FAVOUR == Most of our senior managers seemed ...... flexi-time.
is no such thing
Team spirit no longer exists after one member of a team makes a mistake.
SUCH == Once one member of a team makes a mistake there ...... as team spirit.
to be fully assessed
They still haven't carried out a full assessment of the effects of these changes.
BE == The effects of these changes have yet ......
taken aback after being
Johnson was quite surprised when he won the election and became President.
ABACK == Johnson was rather ...... elected as President.
thought to have made
The police now think he invented the story to protect his girlfriend.
HAVE == He is now ...... up the story to protect his girlfriend.
house done up
My parents are planning to pay someone to repair and redecorate their house next month.
UP == My parents are planning to have their ...... next month.
being taken for granted
He thinks his friends do not appreciate him. GRANTED == He dislikes ...... by his friends.
has been put off
They've postponed the meeting until January to give the management team longer to decide.
OFF == The meeting ...... until January to give the management team longer to decide.
fewer than six people are required
To help us run the exhibition next month, we need at least six people. REQUIRED == No ...... to help us run the exhibition next month.
to be weak at
A common belief is that British people cannot speak foreign languages very well.
WEAK == British people are commonly believed ...... foreign languages.
drawing attention to herself in
Karen's shyness means that she tries not to speak about anything personal in front of other people.
ATTENTION = Karen prefers to avoid ...... public, as she is terribly shy.
losing a bit of weight would do
It would be a good idea if you could lose a couple of kilos. WEIGHT == I don't think that ...... you any harm.
as a surprise
We had not expected Pedro to get promoted. SURPRISE == Pedro's promotion came ...... to us.
have taken more care when
I think this report needed to be written more carefully.
CARE == You should ...... writing this report.
a speech on behalf of
Since the director could not speak at the awards ceremony himself, one of the actors took his place.
BEHALF == One of the actors made ...... the director at the awards ceremony.
I had paid more attention to
I regret not concentrating more on what the teacher said during my French lessons. ATTENTION == I now wish ...... the teacher during my French lessons.
considerably better in today's test than
Rene's performance in last week's test was nowhere near as good as it was in today's. CONSIDERABLY == Rene performed ...... he did in last week's.
made the most of
Jake used his month's free membership really well by going to the gym every single day.
MOST == Jake ...... his month's free membership by going to the gym every single day.
are second to none
The Japanese are the best at making pocket-sized technology.
SECOND == The Japanese ...... when it comes to making pocket-sized technology.
be used every other
To reduce the amount of traffic, the government is proposing that drivers should only use their cars on alternate days.
OTHER == To reduce the amount of traffic, the government is proposing that cars should only ...... day.
of every single one of
Each and every one of our employees has contributed to the great success of our company. SINGLE == The great success of our company is due to the contribution ...... our employees.
wouldn't keep changing
Can we please stay on one channel when we're watching TV?
KEEP == I wish you ...... the channels when we're watching TV.
would compete with one
During our summers at the beach, we often used to compete with each other to see who could collect the most shells.
WOULD == During our summers at the beach, we ...... another to see who could collect the most shells.
has no intention of making
The company does not intend to create any redundancies amongst employees even though profits are down.
NO == Even though profits are down, the company ...... any of their employees redundant.
have paid attention to
The government should have carefully considered the issue of global warm ing a long time ago.
ATTENTION == The government should ...... the
issue of global warming a long time ago.
case you happen to come
There's a chance that you might find some interesting wildlife, so take a camera with you. HAPPEN == You should take a camera with you in ...... across some interesting wildlife.
on account of the fact that
Because that store sells clothes made by child labour in foreign factories, he doesn't shop there anymore.
ACCOUNT == He doesn't buy clothes from that store any more, ...... they sell clothes made by child labour in foreign factories.
to add my signature
The animal rights activist was so persuasive that I felt obliged to sign the petition. ADD == I felt I had ...... to the petition because the animal rights activist was so persuasive.
have been tough to turn down
I imagine it was tough for you to refuse every beggar that asked you for money. TURN == It must ...... every beggar that asked you for money.
have taken part in
It was a waste of time attending the protest march this afternoon, as the council had already made its decision in the morning.
PART == We needn't ...... the protest march this afternoon, as the council had already made its decision in the morning.
likes junk food just as
My brother and I have the same liking for junk food but he spends more time in the gym.
JUST == My brother ...... much as I do but he spends more time in the gym.
my appetite as soon as
The moment I saw the filthy state of the restaurant kitchen, I no longer felt hungry.
SOON == I lost ...... I saw the filthy state of the restaurant kitchen.
far the most imaginative
This recipe is really a lot more imaginative than the others in this book.
MOST == This recipe is by ...... in this book.
near as bad as
I had expected the snake dish to be much worse than it actually was.
BAD == The snake dish was actually nowhere ...... I had expected.
great deal more
You don't realize quite how much fat there is in that pizza.
DEAL == There's ...... fat in that pizza than you realize.
down our request for
If the bank refuses to lend us money, we might have to ask your parents instead.
REQUEST == If the bank turns ...... a loan, we might have to ask your parents instead.
we had never gone
Having a holiday together was a mistake because we argued all the time.
NEVER == I wish ...... on holiday together because we argued all the time.
you had kept my news a secret
You were not supposed to tell anyone about my news! SECRET == I'd rather ...... instead of telling everyone!
would have preferred to give
Although I wanted to quit smoking gradually, my doctor told me to stop immediately.
PREFERRED == I ...... up smoking gradually, but my doctor told me to stop immediately.
not for his strange sense of
I would find Andy more attractive if he didn't laugh at strange things.
SENSE == If it were ...... humour, I would find Andy quite attractive.
should you happen to come to
If you should ever come to France, please feel free to visit us.
HAPPEN == Please feel free to visit us ...... France.
he keeps turning
Patrick is going to lose his job if he insists on arriving late to work.
KEEPS == If ...... up late to work, Patrick is going to lose his job.
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