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Here's another exercise of mine. Could somebody have a look at it? Emotion: smile
Many thanks!

Rules are as usual:
- the sentences in green must be completed so as to keep the same meaning as the ones in blue
- no less than 3 and no more than 8 words (including the word in bold) must be used
- my sentences are in black, and the words I've added in italics

1. Please read the instructions carefully before you use this appliance.
[making] Before ……………….. this appliance, please read the instructions carefully.
Before making use of this appliance, please read the instructions carefully.

2. When I had another look at the film script, I was impressed by its quality.
[through] On ……………….., I was impressed by its quality.
a. On reading through the film script, I was impressed by its quality.
b. On looking through the film script, I was impressed by its quality.
c. On going through the film script, I was impressed by its quality.
(My first choice would be "reading through", but I wrote also "going/looking through" because I cannot fully appreciate the difference between the three of them. Am I missing something?)

3. He started his journey early but still didn’t get there on time.
[off] Despite ……………….. late.
a. Despite setting off early, he arrived late.
b. Despite setting off early, he got there late.

4. They made him wait for three hours, then finally let him in.
[kept] He was finally admitted after having ……………….. for three hours.
He was finally admitted after having been kept waiting for three hours.
5. We were bowled over by the news as we hadn’t thought we would win an Oscar for the film.
[expected] Not ……………….. an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news.
Not having expected (that) we would win an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news.

6. This car will give you many years of service if you care for it properly.
[after] Properly ……………….., this car will give you years of service.
Properly looked after, this car will give you years of service.
(wait! this one can’t be right!!! I need to use at least 3 words …Emotion: crying)
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Hi,

Rules are as usual:
- the sentences in green must be completed so as to keep the same meaning as the ones in blue
- no less than 3 and no more than 8 words (including the word in bold) must be used
- my sentences are in black, and the words I've added in italics

2. When I had another look at the film script, I was impressed by its quality.
[through] On ……………….., I was impressed by its quality.
b. On looking through the film script again, I was impressed by its quality.
(My first choice would be "reading through", but I wrote also "going/looking through" because I cannot fully appreciate the difference between the three of them. Am I missing something?) The original used 'look', so why change it?


3. He started his journey early but still didn’t get there on time.
[off] Despite ……………….. late.
a. Despite setting off early, he still arrived late.
b. Despite setting off early, he still got there late.

Despite starting off early, he still got there late

5. We were bowled over by the news as we hadn’t thought we would win an Oscar for the film.
[expected] Not ……………….. an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news.
Not having expected (that) we would win an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news.

Not having thought (that) we would win an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news.

6. This car will give you many years of service if you care for it properly.
[after] Properly ……………….., this car will give you years of service.
Properly looked after, this car will give you years of service.

Properly cared for by you, this car will give you many years of service.

Best wishes, Clive
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6. This car will give you many years of service if you care for it properly.
[after] Properly ……………….., this car will give you years of service.
Properly looked after, this car will give you years of service.
(wait! this one can’t be right!!! I need to use at least 3 words …Emotion: crying)
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Maybe: Properly being looked after...
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Thanks, Clive. I hope I can ask a couple of questions.

3. He started his journey early but still didn’t get there on time.
[off] Despite ……………….. late.
a. Despite setting off early, he still arrived late.
b. Despite setting off early, he still got there late.
Despite starting off early, he still got there late

Why "starting off" instead of "setting off"? Does it convey the idea of a journey? (I thought it simply meant "to begin" .)

I'm not quite clear about your sentences 5 and 6 ... not only did you change the given sentences (by deleting "completely" in sentence no. 5 and adding "many" in sentence no. 6), you also didn't use the words in bold (respectively, "expected" and "cared"). Emotion: smile
How about these?

5. We were bowled over by the news as we hadn’t thought we would win an Oscar for the film.
[expected] Not ……………….. an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news.
Not having expected (that) we would win an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news.

6. This car will give you many years of service if you care for it properly.
[after] Properly ……………….., this car will give you years of service.
Properly looked after by yoy, this car will give you years of service.
Many thanks again!

Hi,

3. He started his journey early but still didn’t get there on time.
[off] Despite ……………….. late.
a. Despite setting off early, he still arrived late.
b. Despite setting off early, he still got there late.
Despite starting off early, he still got there late
Why "starting off" instead of "setting off"? Does it convey the idea of a journey? (I thought it simply meant "to begin".) It depends on the context. Here, it seems pretty obvious that it relates to a journey. However, 'setting off' is also fine.

I'm not quite clear about your sentences 5 and 6 ... not only did you change the given sentences (by deleting "completely" in sentence no. 5 and adding "many" in sentence no. 6), you also didn't use the words in bold (respectively, "expected" and "cared").
How about these?

5. We were bowled over by the news as we hadn’t thought we would win an Oscar for the film.
[expected] Not ……………….. an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news.
Not having expected (that) we would win an Oscar for the film, we were completely bowled over by the news. Yes, sorry, I forgot that you had to use 'expected'. That's fine. 'Completely' is also OK. I was just thinking about the fact that it wasn't in the original sentence. I don't know why it got added.
6. This car will give you many years of service if you care for it properly.
[after] Properly ……………….., this car will give you years of service.
Properly looked after by you, this car will give you years of service.

I don't see the word 'cared' in bold, I see the word 'after' in bold. 'Looked after' is fine as a synonym for 'cared for'. It's bit hard to use the word 'after' if you have to start your sentence with the word 'Properly'.

'Many' is OK. I just forgot to include it. It doesn't make much difference to the meaning.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you very much, Clive!

Emotion: smile