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My English teacher gave us 80 sentences to rewrite this morning and we must finish them in a day. I've finished most of them, but there are some sentences which are so difficult. Can you please help me? (I think this is a grammar exercise so I post this thread here Emotion: smile ).

1. You can't compare tabloids with quality newspapers. (rewrite with "fish")
2. I owe three weeks' rent. (behind)
3. On my birthday I had only my cat for company. (own)
4. I find Harold's behaviour quite incomprehensible. (loss)
5. The incident ruined my chances of promotion. (paid)
6. They wouldn't let the former chairman attend the conference. (barred)

Thank you so much! Emotion: wink
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Sorry, but you'll have to at least make an attempt yourself; then we will check your efforts. The rewrites desired all include idiomatic expressions. However, I see no way of using 'fish' in #1; perhaps 'apples and oranges' is intended.
For 6 out of 80, I'll give it a start and you can finish the sentences. Next time please suggest your own answers. This seems to be a vocabulary exercise with idioms and new words. Did your teacher give you a list of idioms to learn?

1. You can't compare tabloids with quality newspapers. (rewrite with "fish") ? The news in the tabloids is always fishy....
The tabloids contain fish stories;.....

2. I owe three weeks' rent. (behind) I am 3 weeks behind .....
3. On my birthday I had only my cat for company. (own) My own cat ....
4. I find Harold's behaviour quite incomprehensible. (loss) I am at a loss to explain ...
5. The incident ruined my chances of promotion. (paid)?
The incident did not pay off,....
I paid a big price for that incident; .....

6. They wouldn't let the former chairman attend the conference. (barred) They barred him ...
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Mister MicawberSorry, but you'll have to at least make an attempt yourself; then we will check your efforts. The rewrites desired all include idiomatic expressions. However, I see no way of using 'fish' in #1; perhaps 'apples and oranges' is intended.
Hix! I've finished 73. But 7 sentences above haven't been done because I can't look up the structures having those words in my dictionary! Emotion: sad So I have to ask. Sorry!
Well, it looks like AS has already done your work for you, though I rather think #3 should include 'on one's own' and #5 should incorporate 'put paid'.
AlpheccaStarsFor 6 out of 80, I'll give it a start and you can finish the sentences. Next time please suggest your own answers. This seems to be a vocabulary exercise with idioms and new words. Did your teacher give you a list of idioms to learn?1. You can't compare tabloids with quality newspapers. (rewrite with "fish") ? The news in the tabloids is always fishy....The tabloids contain fish stories;.....2. I owe three weeks' rent. (behind) I am 3 weeks behind .....3. On my birthday I had only my cat for company. (own) My own cat ....4. I find Harold's behaviour quite incomprehensible. (loss) I am at a loss to explain ...5. The incident ruined my chances of promotion. (paid)?The incident did not pay off,.... I paid a big price for that incident; .....6. They wouldn't let the former chairman attend the conference. (barred) They barred him ...
I'm so sorry! My teacher never gives us anything (apart from exercises and keys), we have to look up ourselves in our dictionaries. And all we can find are phrasal verbs. There aren't any structures or expression! Emotion: sad Thank you so much!

Barred sb to do st, right?
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Mister MicawberWell, it looks like AS has already done your work for you, though I rather think #3 should include 'on one's own' and #5 should incorporate 'put paid'.
Thank you! Can you check these sentences please! I'm not sure about them.

1. A lot of fuss has been made about nothing (tea cup)
It's a storm in a tea cup.
2. On no account will I lend you 50$. (question)
It's out of the question that I'll lend you 50$.
3. Not a word came out of her mouth. (lost)

She lost all her words.
Hi,

Not fish stories.

Fishy stories ('fishy' means suspicious, probably not true).

Clive
Oh no! We can't change forms of the words provided! It's a rule of rewriting exercises!
I know only ơn structure with "fish": "feel like a fish out of water"! Emotion: sad
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