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Hi!

Another of my (least favourite) exercises: I need to complete the second sentence (in green) so that it has the same meaning as the first one (in blue), using between 3 and 8 words and including the word in bold. Needless to say, it needs to be grammatically correct (and possibly, natural!) Emotion: smile
My sentences are in black, and the words I've added in italics. Could somebody check them and point out any possible mistake? Many thanks! Emotion: smile

1. It would have been a disaster for him to be made responsible.
[put] If he .................... would have been serious consequences.
If he had been put in charge, there would have been serious consequences.

2. I think it would be better to get on as fast as possible.
[much] I'd prefer us .................... progress as we can.
I'd prefer us make as much progress as we can.
I'd prefer us made as much progress as we can.
(Not quite sure about this one!)

3. I wish he would learn to make his own breakfast.
[high] It's .................... for himself.
It's high time he learnt to make his breakfast for himself.

4. If only I had travelled more widely when I had the chance.
[taken] I wish .................... more widely.
I wish I had taken the opportunity of travelling more widely.
I wish I had taken the opportunity to travel more widely.

5. I feel I must say how worried I am about the proposed changes.
[concern] I wish .................... over the proposed changes.
I wish I could express my concern over the proposed changes.

6. She thinks it would be better if he discovered the answer for himself.
[found] She'd prefer .................... for himself.
She'd prefer it, if he found out the answer for himself.

7. I'd be happier if you kept it a secret.
[rather] I'd .................... anyone.
I'd rather you didn't tell it to anyone.

8. I'd prefer to be given the chance to work with other people.
[allowed] I think it would be better .................... a team.
I think it would be better if I were allowed to work in a team.

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Hi,

Another of my (least favourite) exercises: I need to complete the second sentence (in green) so that it has the same meaning as the first one (in blue), using between 3 and 8 words and including the word in bold. Needless to say, it needs to be grammatically correct (and possibly, natural!)

My sentences are in black, and the words I've added in italics. Could somebody check them and point out any possible mistake? Many thanks!

1. It would have been a disaster for him to be made responsible.
[put] If he .................... would have been serious consequences.
If he had been put in charge, there would have been serious consequences. OK

2. I think it would be better to get on as fast as possible.
[much] I'd prefer us .................... progress as we can.
I'd prefer us to make as much progress as we can.
I'd prefer us made as much progress as we can. No
(Not quite sure about this one!)

3. I wish he would learn to make his own breakfast.
[high] It's .................... for himself.
It's high time he learnt to make his breakfast for himself. OK. Or 'learned' in N. America.

4. If only I had travelled more widely when I had the chance.
[taken] I wish .................... more widely.
I wish I had taken the opportunity of travelling more widely.
I wish I had taken the opportunity to travel more widely.

Both are OK

5. I feel I must say how worried I am about the proposed changes.
[concern] I wish .................... over the proposed changes.
I wish I could express my concern over the proposed changes. This doesn't convey the idea of 'must'.

I wish to express my concern over the proposed changes.


6. She thinks it would be better if he discovered the answer for himself.
[found] She'd prefer .................... for himself.
She'd prefer it, if he found out the answer for himself.

She'd prefer it if he found the answer for himself.


7. I'd be happier if you kept it a secret.
[rather] I'd .................... anyone.
I'd rather you didn't tell it to anyone.OK

8. I'd prefer to be given the chance to work with other people.
[allowed] I think it would be better .................... a team.
I think it would be better if I were allowed to work in a team. Or 'on a team, as part of a team'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
1. It would have been a disaster for him to be made responsible.
[put] If he .................... would have been serious consequences.
If he had been put in charge, there would have been serious consequences. OK.

2. I think it would be better to get on as fast as possible.
[much] I'd prefer us .................... progress as we can.
I'd prefer us make as much progress as we can. No.
I'd prefer us made as much progress as we can. No.
(Not quite sure about this one!)
I'd prefer us to make as much progress as we can.

3. I wish he would learn to make his own breakfast.
[high] It's .................... for himself.
It's high time he learnt to make his breakfast for himself. OK.

4. If only I had travelled more widely when I had the chance.
[taken] I wish .................... more widely.
I wish I had taken the opportunity of travelling more widely. OK.
I wish I had taken the opportunity to travel more widely. OK. (I like it better.)

5. I feel I must say how worried I am about the proposed changes.
[concern] I wish .................... over the proposed changes.
I wish I could express my concern over the proposed changes. OK.
Also: I wish to express ...

6. She thinks it would be better if he discovered the answer for himself.
[found] She'd prefer .................... for himself.
She'd prefer it, if he found out the answer for himself. OK. Comma not needed.

7. I'd be happier if you kept it a secret.
[rather] I'd .................... anyone.
I'd rather you didn't tell it to anyone. OK. Also, maybe better: ... didn't tell anyone.

8. I'd prefer to be given the chance to work with other people.
[allowed] I think it would be better .................... a team.
I think it would be better if I were allowed to work in a team. OK. Also on a team.

CJ
Clive & CJ, thank you!