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Dear teachers,

A/ Would you please tell me if my answers are correct ?

1) She regrets having spoken so rudely to her teacher.
She wishes she hadn’t spoken so rudely to her teacher.

2) The mechanic will service my car this afternoon.
I will have my car serviced this afternoon.

3) He overcame his handicap because he was strong-willed.
But for his strong-will, he will not have overcome his handicap.

4) Tom to his mother: ‘Please let me go to Sheila’s party next Saturday.’
Tom asked his mother if she would let him go to Sheila’s party the following week.

5) They say she was the president’s mistress.
She is said to be the president’s mistress.

B/ Would you please give some sentence transformation examples with “It is / It was …. since…” and expressions that require the subjunctive ?

Many thanks,
Hela
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1) She regrets having spoken so rudely to her teacher.
She wishes she hadn’t spoken so rudely to her teacher.
– Fine!

2) The mechanic will service my car this afternoon.
I will have my car serviced this afternoon.
– Fine!

3) He overcame his handicap because he was strong-willed.
But for his strong will, he would not have overcome his handicap.

4) Tom to his mother: ‘Please let me go to Sheila’s party next Saturday.’
Tom asked his mother if she would let him go to Sheila’s party the following week.
– Fine!

5) They say she was the president’s mistress.
She is said to have been the president’s mistress.

B
'It's a long time since you bought me a drink.'
'It's ages since I saw my brother.'
'It was his worst exam result since 1992.'
'It was the first time he'd seen his brother since they disagreed about a hand of poker, back in 1945.'

MrP
Yes, your right, of course. I have not taken into account the tense of the original verb. Thank you for pointing it out to me![Y]

A/ Now, how can your sentences in B/ be used in a sentence transformation exercise ?

example:

1) You haven't bought me a drink for ages / a long time (?).
It's a long time since you bought me a drink.

2) I haven't seen my brother for ages.
It's ages since I saw my brother.'

3) He hadn't had such a bad exam result .... (how should I reformulate the rest ?)
It was ....

4) He hadn't seen his brother from the time (?) they had disagreed... in 1945 (?)
It was...

B/ How should I transform this sentence ?

The train journey from Bristol to London took only 90 minutes.
It was...

= It was a 90-minute journey from Bristol to London. (???)

Thank you in advance,
Hela
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Transformation exercises are something of a mystery to me, but:

1) You haven't bought me a drink for ages / a long time.
It's a long time/ages since you bought me a drink.
— fine.

2) I haven't seen my brother for ages.
It's ages since I saw my brother.
— fine.

3) He hadn't had such a bad exam result since 1992.
It was his worst exam result since 1992.

4) He hadn't seen his brother since they'd disagreed about a hand of poker, back in 1945.
It was the first time he'd seen his brother since they'd disagreed about a hand of poker, back in 1945.

B/ The train journey from Bristol to London took only 90 minutes.
i) It was only 90 minutes on the train from Bristol to London.
ii) It was only a 90-minute train journey from Bristol to London.

Toodle pip
MrP
Thanks again, MrP

Have a nice Sunday!
Hela
Dear MrP,

Now, if instead of writing:

a) It was his worst exam result since 1992. OR
b) It was the worst exam result he had since 1992.

I wrote : "It was since 1992 that he hadn't had such a bad exam result."

would it be wrong ?

Thanks again,
Hela

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Hello Hela

Not quite right – you would have to say:

1. Not since 1992 had he had such a bad exam result.

By the way, did you see my question about your version of Word? I have a macro to send you, but need to check it's compatible with your pc.

Bye for now,
MrP
Thanks MrP, I sent you the information in the post "articles".

All the best,
Hela
Dear teachers,

Are the following sentences correct ?

1) He hadn't had such a bad exam result since 1992. =

a) it was the worst exam result he HAD or HAD HAD since 1992.

b) It was a long time since he HAD or HAD HAD such a bad exam result.

c) It was a long time since he HAD (LAST) HAD such a bad exam result. CORRECT ?

d) It was 12 years (= in 2004 ?) since he HAD HAD such a bad exam result. CORRECT ?

e) It was NOT since 1992 that he HAD HAD such abad exam result. (correct ?)
is the "THAT" necessary in the sentence?

2) This was the first time he HAD SEEN Elsie since the night before. CORRECT ?
How can I rephrase this sentence in a sentence transformation exercise ?

3) She is a qualified doctor, yet she was not able to diagnose the illness.
If she IS a qualified doctor, she SHOULD HAVE BEEN able to diagnose the illness. (MIXED CONDITIONAL)

4) He disobeyed his father's orders and this is why he is disinherited.
a) If he HADN’T DISOBEYED his father, he WOUDN’T BE disinherited. (MIXED CONDITIONAL)
b) (any other possibilities ?)

Many thanks,
Hela
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