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I have troube with one test.
Complete the following sentence so that they mean exactly the same as the ones printed before them.

1. Fifty years ago,many people who suffered from TV eventually died.
Fifty years ago,
2.It is certain that we will hear from them soon.
We
3.He got him followed by a private detective.
What
4.They thought he was staying with friends.
He
5.He does not pass his exams because he does not work hard enough.
It is
6.She left because he was so unpleasant.
It
7.You are sitting here now because your parents met.
If
8.I did not invite them to lunch because Im not a good cook.
If
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Hello Anex, and welcom to English Forums.

One of our rules is that you must attempt to answer questions like this yourself first.

Note that your first one should be TB, not TV, I believe, but also that the new words are the same as the old words. Did you write that one correctly?

We look forward to your participation in the forums.
Hello, I will try to do it now. Emotion: phew
Could you please write me the explanation for my wrong sentences. Thank you!

  1. Fifty years ago, many people suffering from TV eventually died.
  2. We are sure to hear from them soon.
  3. What he did was to get him followed by a private detective.
  4. He was thought to have stayed with friends.
  5. It is he who does not work enough so he does not pass exams.
  6. It was he who was so unpleasant so she left.
  7. If your parents had not met,you would not be here now.
  8. If I had been a good cook, I would have invited them to lunch.
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Your sentences are fine except for 5 & 6.

For 5, you could be correct with "It is he who does not work enough TO pass his exams," but I don't think that was what was supposed to be emphasized. I would have said "It is his lack of work that causes him (or leads him to) not pass his exams" or maybe "It's because he doesn't do enough work that he fails his exams."

For 6, try "It was his unpleasant nature that caused her to leave."
Barb,
How about these? Do you think they would be fine? (that's how I'd have rewritten them)

4.They thought he was staying with friends.
He was thought to be staying with friends.

8.I did not invite them to lunch because I'm not a good cook.
If I were a good cook, I would have invited them to lunch.
Thanks for your answers and correction! It is good to hear another opinion, your answer seems very good!
I'm studing English at university, these sentences are exercise from one test. I have to pass that test soon.
I will write tomorrow more sentences, so if you are willing to help please answer .

Grammar Geek, I think that your answers are better than mine for 5 and 6 sentence.
What do you think about Tanit suggestion for 4 and 8 sentence? It seems also OK. How to know which sentences are correct?

Thank you in advance for help!
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Indeed, Tanit's #4 is superior to yours - the tense is better.

I don't think there's much difference in #8, but conditionals have never been my strong suit.
Thanks for your feedback, Barb.
As for no. 8, students are generally expected to write standard types of conditionals, so I guess Anex' sentence would be the correct choice in a test.
I posted the one with the mixed conditional because I was wondering if native speakers would perceive any difference between them. My idea was that type 3 (If I had been a good cook...) might imply that in the meantime I learnt how to cook, while the mixed type (If I were a good cook...) might stress the fact that I did not make any improvement (still not a good cook while speaking).
However, you write that you don't perceive much difference, so I was probably on the wrong track. Emotion: smile
AnexI have troube with one test.
Complete the following sentence so that they mean exactly the same as the ones printed before them.

1. Fifty years ago,many people who suffered from TV eventually died.
Fifty years ago,many people who suffered from TB eventually died.
2.It is certain that we will hear from them soon.
We will certainly hear from them soon.
3.He got him followed by a private detective.
What got him followed by a private detective?
4.They thought he was staying with friends.
He was staying with friends they think.
5.He does not pass his exams because he does not work hard enough.
It is expected that he will not pass his exams because he has not worked hard.
6.She left because he was so unpleasant.
It was an unpleasant
7.You are sitting here now because your parents met.
If
8.I did not invite them to lunch because Im not a good cook.
If I were a good cook, i will invite them to lunch.

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