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1). It's a great place to live apart from the increasing volume of traffic that passes under my window every day.

It's a great place to live apart from the increasing volume of vehicles that passes under my window every day.

2). We had a great time, in spite the awful weather.

We had a great time, spite of the awful weather.

3). Hardly had I downed the receiver than there was a knock at the door.

Hardly had I put down the receiver than there was a knock at the door.

4). The house would be cleaned if they had visitors.

The house would have been cleaned if they had visitors.

5). It was the collapse of the dotcom boom that finally did out with him.

It was the collapse of the dotcom boom that finally did off him.

It was the collapse of the dotcom boom that finally did out him.

It was the collapse of the dotcom boom that finally did for him.

6). Thank you very much — I haven't been to so enjoyable party for ages.

Thank you very much — I haven't been to a so enjoyable party for ages.

7). How with being so busy both at work and at home, she became increasingly tired and bad-tempered.

What with being so busy both at work and at home, she became increasingly tired and bad-tempered.

8). I had no sooner told her what I thought of her than I wished I'd held my tongue.

I had no sooner told her what I thought of her when I wished I'd held my tongue.

9). I take great exception to the implication that I was not telling the truth.

I take great exception from the implication that I was not telling the truth.

10). Did you really understand all what he said?

Did you really understand all that he said?

11). Why are your hands so dirty? - I have been working in the garden.

Why are your hands so dirty? - I was working in the garden.

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These are correct.

1). It's a great place to live apart from the increasing volume of traffic that passes under my window every day.

Hardly had I put down the receiver than there was a knock at the door.

What with being so busy both at work and at home, she became increasingly tired and bad-tempered.

I had no sooner told her what I thought of her than I wished I'd held my tongue.

9). I take great exception to the implication that I was not telling the truth.

Did you really understand all that he said?

11). Why are your hands so dirty? - I have been working in the garden.

Why are your hands so dirty? - I was working in the garden.

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I know which ones are correct. I want to know why they're correct.

This was your question: Which One Of These Sentences Is Correct & Why?

If you knew which ones were correct, why did you ask? Why didn't you quote one sentence and ask about it rather than having us read them all and sort out the correct ones?


So, which one of these correct sentences do you wish to have analyzed for lexical and semantic correctness?

By correct I mean according to what the test I did said was right however I'm very skeptical of the answers so I also want to know which ones you consider are right though it would be pointless without an explanation as I won't know whether to trust you or the mark scheme.

Here are the ones I want you to analyse:

Thank you very much — I haven't been to so enjoyable a party for ages.

Thank you very much — I haven't been to a so enjoyable party for ages. (this one is wrong according to the test)

I had no sooner told her what I thought of her than I wished I'd held my tongue.

I had no sooner told her what I thought of her when I wished I'd held my tongue. (this one is wrong according to the test)

Did you really understand all that he said?

Did you really understand all what he said? (this one is wrong according to the test)

I take great exception to the implication that I was not telling the truth.

I take great exception from the implication that I was not telling the truth. (this one is wrong according to the test)

Why are your hands so dirty? - I have been working in the garden.

Why are your hands so dirty? - I was working in the garden. (this one is wrong according to the test)

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The book is right in all cases. Picking a few —

It's no sooner this than that.
It's all that (clause) ..., not all what (clause)....
It's take exception to (something).

Seeing that someone's hands are dirty qualifies as "current relevance".
We use the present perfect tense in cases of current relevance.

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VerifyI had no sooner told her what I thought of her than I wished I'd held my tongue.

The idiomatic pattern is no sooner than, not no sooner when.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no%20sooner%20than

VerifyI take great exception to the implication

The idiomatic pattern is take exception to not take exception from.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/take_exception_to

Verifyso enjoyable a party

The more common phrase is such an enjoyable party.

Noun modifiers that can come before articles (a, the) are called predeterminers. They function as quantifiers (multipliers) or intensifiers.

Examples:

Quantifiers: Half an apple, twice the amount,
Intensifiers: such a good boy, quite a fine day, rather a disappointment, what an outrage

In this phrase, so enjoyable a party, so enjoyable is an intensifier.