Sentence transformation Exercises
Sentence transformation exercises are wonderful at really testing your ability to control and manipulate language through saying the exact same thing but using different words or grammar. This is a skill which is crucial to getting a high score in the IELTS exam. The following sentences transformation exercises mostly focus on verb tenses, phrasal verbs and sentence structures - three very important areas of English grammar.
How to do these transformations.
There is only one possible answer for each sentence. There are only three rules:
(i) you must use a form of the word which is provided (e.g. play can become plays, played, playing, will have played, etc)
(ii) you must use exactly three words
(iii) both sentence must mean exactly the same thing
It's harder than it looks! Good luck.
Has she recovered from her cold yet?
Has she _____________ cold yet? (get)
Answer: get becomes got over her
So in the example above we must use the word get, which is given in brackets at the end of the sentence (see rule i above), and we must use two more words (see rule ii). The phrasal verb get over can mean recover from and because the word her is not in the second sentence we know it must be used in order to keep the same overall meaning as the original sentence (see rule iii).
So far, then, we have get over her. But, the first sentence is in the past, so we must use the same tense and change get to got. Therefore we end up with got over her.
After you've finished
We learn from our mistakes. So after you have completed the sentences below, take a few moments to look through any answers you've got wrong and work out why. Look out for tenses, prepositions, plurals, and word order … and check whether you have used 3 words.
Sentence Transformations: Set 1
Sentence Transformations: Set 2