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100 First Certificate Transformation Sentences

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Transformation sentences are one of the most difficult exercises in the Cambridge First Certificate of English (FCE), Use of English Paper.

You have to change the sentence using 3, 4 or 5 words, one of which must be the word given in capital letters. For example:

I got up at half past eleven.
UNTIL
I …………………. half past eleven.
ANSWER: I ……. DIDN’T GET UP UNTIL ……… half past eleven.

The full list of 100 questions is below. Look at therm first, and then when you are ready press ‘START’ and write your answers. There are some programming errors, but remember you can see the questions below.

1. You must do exactly what the manager tells you.
CARRY
You must …………………………….. instructions exactly.

2. My grandfather was sixty when he learnt to swim.
AGE
My grandfather learnt to swim …………………………………. sixty.

3. Joan couldn’t eat the food because it was too spicy.
TOO
The food …………………………………. Joan to eat.

4. It is a teacher’s responsibility to look after students.
RESPONSIBLE
A teacher ……………………………. students.

5. It’s more than a year since I saw Lucy.
FOR
I ……………………………………. more than a year.

6. You might be late back so take a key.
CASE
Take a key ………………………. late.

7. I’m sorry I didn’t come to see you earlier.
WISH
I …………………………… to see you earlier.

8. People estimate that the painting is worth over a million pounds.
ESTIMATED
The painting ………………………… over a million pounds.

9. They aren’t opening that new computer shop until next week.
BEING
That new computer shop …………………… until next week.

10. ‘Whose is this football?’ the teacher asked the children.
TO
‘Who …………………………….. ?’ the teacher asked the children.

11. It was difficult to persuade Rick to buy the book.
DIFFICULTY
I …………………………… Rick to buy the book.

12. I can’t believe this is the best room there is.
BETTER
There must ……………………… this one!

13. The notice says you have to sign the form twice.
MUST
The notice says the forms …………………………. twice.

14. I’m sorry but I cannot lend you any money.
ME
I’m sorry but it ……………………… to lend you any money.

15. The journey will be about nine hours, whichever route you take.
MATTER
It ……………………………. you take, the journey will be about nine hours.

16. The last time I went to Canada was in January 1994.
BEEN
I ……………………….. Canada since January 1994.

17. It’s a waste of time for you to discuss the problem with Jane.
POINT
There’s …………………………………… the problem with Jane.

18. My house is as big as Peter’s.
SAME
Peter’s house …………………………….. mine.

19. Michael is usually punctual so I’m surprised that he’s late.
LIKE
I’m surprised that Michael’s not here yet because it’s ………………………… late.

20. The committee discussed what to do.
DISCUSSION
The committee ………………………….. should be done.

21. Nobody in the group disagreed with the plan except for John.
EXCEPTION
With ……………………., everyone in the group agreed with the plan.

22. The fire in the library was discovered by a student.
WHO
It ………………………………….. the fire in the library.

23. Gerald is too young to vote.
OLD
Gerald ………………………………… vote.

24. ‘Do fast cars interest you?’ the dealer asked Sarah.
WAS
The dealer asked Sarah ………………………. fast cars.

25. My brother really wishes he could sing well.
ABLE
My brother regrets not ………………………………… well.

26. Maria said I had caused the accident.
BLAMED
Maria …………………………….. the accident.

27. James did not need to register for the new course.
NECESSARY It …………………………………… to register for the new course.

28. She never finishes her work on time even though she works hard.
MATTER
She never finishes her work on time …………………………… she works.

29. There haven’t been many changes in this town since I last visited it.
MUCH
Since my last …………………………….. has changed in this town.

30. Hardly anybody applied for the job.
APPLICANTS
There were very ………………………………. the job.

31. Luisa does a full-time job and looks after the house too.
WELL
Luisa does a full-time job ………………………………… the house.

32. ‘If I were you Jane, I’d take an umbrella and a raincoat!’ said Annabel.
ADVISED
Annabel …………………………………. an umbreela and a raincoat.

33. Nobody apart from my mother thought I would win the race.
PERSON
My mother ………………………. thought I would win the race.

34. Thomas would have gone to the meeting if he had not been so tired.
TIRED
Thomas was ………………………….. to the meeting.

35. The switchboard operator connected me to the manager.
PUT
The switchboard operator …………………………. the manager.

36. There are very few buildings in the old city higher than this.
ONE
This is …………………. buildings in the old city.

37. If we’d arrived a moment later we would have missed the ferry.
IN
We arrived …………………………. the ferry.

38. Andrew set off for the supermarket despite the heavy rain.
THOUGH
Andrew set off for the supermarket, even ……………………………… heavily.

39. He decided that it wasn’t worth continuing the course.
POINT
He decided that ………………………………. continuing the course.

40. The cinema was practically empty.
HARDLY
There …………………………………….. the cinema.

41. We couldn’t solve the problem.
SOLUTION
We were unable ………………………………………………………………. the problem.

42. So that John could go on holiday in the summer, he saved 10 pounds a week.
ORDER
John saved 10 pounds a week …………………… able to go on holiday in the summer.

43. You must do exactly what the manager tells you.
CARRY
You must ……………………… instructions exactly.

44. So that John could go on holiday in the summer, he saved 10 pounds a week.
ORDER
John saved 10 pounds a week …………………… able to go on holiday in the summer.

45. It’s not worth asking the manager for the day off.
POINT
There ……………………….. in asking the manager for the day off.

46. We had to finish all the work before we could leave.
UNTIL
We had to stay …………………………….. all the work.

47. Tim had not expected the concert to be so good.
BETTER
The concert ………………………………………………. had expected.

48. If Cheryl doesn’t train harder, she’ll never get into the swimming team.
DOES
Cheryl will never get into the swimming team …………………………. more training.

49. ‘Do you realise what the time is, Steve?’ asked Chris.
WHAT
Chris asked Steve ………………….. it was.

50. The company decided to advertise the job in a national newspaper.
PUT
The company decided to ………………………. the job in a national newspaper.

51. At the end of his speech, the winner thanked his parents.
FINISHED
The winner ……………………………… his parents.

52. I applied for the job a month ago.
MONTH
It ……………………………….. I applied for the job.

53. They received many letters of support after they had appeared on television.
FOLLOWING
They received many letters of support …………………………… on television.

54. John is interested in knowing more about astronomy.
LIKE
John ……………………………….. more about astronomy.

55. Because of the parade, we weren’t allowed to park in the High Street.
LET
Because of the parade, the police wouldn’t ………………………………… in the High Street.

56. ‘Did you see that film on television on Saturday?’ Susan asked me.
SEEN
Susan wanted to know ……………………. that film on television on Saturday.

57. ‘I’m afraid these jeans have a hole in them.’
THERE
‘I’m afraid that ……………………… these jeans.’

58. They cancelled the match because of the bad weather.
CALLED
The match …………………………… because of the bad weather.

59. Dan never takes any notice of my advice.
ATTENTION
Dan never …………………………………… my advice.

60. ‘Can I borrow your bivycle, Sarah?’ asked Frank.
LEND
Frank asked Sarah ………………………… her bicycle.

61. Maybe Peter forgot that we changed the time of the meeting.
MIGHT
Peter ………………………………. that we changed the time of the meeting.

62. She checks the company accounts very efficiently.
EFFICIENT
She’s very ………………………………… the company accounts.

63. All the children enjoy themselves at the summer camp.
FUN
Every ………………………………. at this summer camp.

64. The teacher postponed the theatre trip until the summer term.
OFF
The theatre trip …………………………. the teacher until the summer term.

65. ‘What is the width of this cupboard?’ Rebecca asked her sister.
WIDE
Rebecca asked her sister ……………………………….. was.

66. George spent ages tidying up his room.
TOOK
It …………………………………………………… up his room.

67. A famous architect designed Dr Schneider’s house for her.
HAD
Dr Schneider ………………………………… a famous architect.

68. ‘Peter, you’ve eaten all the ice cream!’ said his mother.
ACCUSED
Peter’s mother ………………………….. all the ice cream.

69. Bill fell off his bike because he wasn’t looking where he was going.
PAYING
If Bill ……………………… to where he was going, he wouldn’t have fallen off his bike.

70. We might not find it easy to book a seat at the last minute.
COULD
It ………………….. us to book a seat at the last minute.

71. It was wrong of you to borrow my jacket without asking.
OUGHT
You ………………….. before you borrowed my jacket.

72. The TV programme was so complicated that none of the children could understand it.
TOO
The TV programme was ………………………… the children to understand.

73. Luke knocked over the old lady’s bicycle by accident.
MEAN
Luke …………………………. knock over the old lady’s bicycle.

74. I’ve already planned my next holiday.
ARRANGEMENTS
I’ve already ………………………….. my next holiday.

75. They say the ice in Antarctica is getting thinner all the time.
SAID
The ice in Antarctica …………………….. getting thinner all the time.

76. We didn’t enjoy our walk along the seafront because it was so windy.
PREVENTED
The strong wind …………………………. our walk along the seafront.

77. It looks as if Susan has left her jacket behind.
SEEMS
Susan ………………………… her jacket behind.

78. A newly qualified dentist took out Mr. Dupont’s tooth.
HAD
Mr. Dupont ……………………………… by a newly qualified dentist.

79. Antonio only lost the 100-metre race because he fell.
NOT
If Antonio had …………………………….. won the 100-metre race.

80. I regret not contacting Brian when I was in Dublin.
TOUCH
I wish that I ……………………….. Brian whe I was in Dublin.

81. In my opinion, these two kinds of music are completely different from each other.
COMPARISON
In my opinion, there is ………………………….. these two kinds of music.

82. I don’t know why Sarah left the party so sddenly.
MADE
I don’t know ………………………….. the party so suddenly.

83. Could you look after mycat while I’m away on holiday.
CARE
Would you mind ……………………….. my cat while I’m away on holiday?

84. We discussed the problem but nobody had a solution.
CAME
We discussed the problem but ……………………………. with a solution.

85. Claire was not allowed to stay out late when she lived at home with her parents.
LET
Claire’s parents …………………… stay out late when she lived at home.

86. I arrived late because I missed the 10.30 train.
TURNED
If I’d caught the 10.30 train, I …………………………. time.

87. Floods meant rescue workers could not get through to the village.
PREVENTED
Rescue workers ………………………….. through to the village by floods.

88. My views on this suject are exactly the same as yours.
DIFFERENCE
There ………………………………. my views on this subject and yours.

89. Sara knew that her brother had to leave by 5 o’clock.
NECESSARY
Sara knew that ………………………. her brother to leave by 5 o’clock.

90. ‘What’s the height of the mountain?’ Lee asked his father.
HIGH
Lee asked his father ………………………………….. was.

91. The secretary said that they had run out of paper for the photocopier.
LEFT
The secretary said that there wasn’t ………………….. for the photocopier.

92. I wish I’d done more to help.
HAVING
I regretted ……………………………….more to help.

93. They will be selling tickets for the concert during the lunch hour.
SALE
Tickets for the concert will …………………… during the lunch hour.

94. We plyed tennis despite the cold weather.
EVEN
We played tennis ………………………….. cold.

95. The manager had the respect of everyone in the office.
UP
Everyone in the office ……………………… the manager.

96. ‘I’m sorry I’m late again,’ he said.
APOLOGISED He …………………………..again.

97. She looks like my cousin Mary.
REMINDS
She ………………………….my cousin Mary.

98. If you have enough money for the fare, why not travel first class?
AFFORD
If you ……………………., why not travel first class?

99. Someone is going to redecorate the kitchen for us next month.
HAVE
We are going ……………………………………………….. next month.

100. Could you speak up because I can’t hear you properly?
MIND
Would …………………………….up because I can’t hear you properly?

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