1- Rewrite the following sentences without changing the meaning of the original sentence. Static verbs not used in continuous tenses a. Whose bag is this?  (belong) Who does this bag belong to? b. Ron plans to leave for Paris next Thursday. (is) Ron is leaving for Paris next Thursday c. I’m always nervous when Peter drives.  Peter’s driving …always makes me nervous d. The weight of this box is three kilos.  This box …weighs three kilos e. He has the nasty habit of talking behind people’s backs.  (forever) He is forever talking behind people’s backs f. He isn’t interested in literature.  Literature…doesn’t interest him g. During lunch we will discuss this  While …we are having lunch, we will discuss this h. In my opinion, Domingo is a great opera singer.  I …think that Domingo is a great opera singer i. Is it necessary to whistle all the time?  (have) Do you have to whistle all the time? j. Suzy paints better than David does.  (as well as) David doesn’t paint as well as Suzy 2- Rewrite. Past Simple / Continuous a. I am fifteen years old.  (ago) I was born fifteen years ago b. I have my grandfather’s clock collection.  (from my grandfather) My clock collection is from my grandfather / I inherited ... c. George isn’t in the country. He is abroad.  (last week) George left the country last week / he went abroad... d. It was very sunny when we went out.  The sun …was shining when we went out e. The alarm went off in the middle of her phone conversation.  While … she was talking on the phone, the alarm went off f. I woke him up by ringing the doorbell.  (still sleeping) When I rang the doorbell, he was still sleeping g. He never forgot that hateful meeting with Alice.  (the fateful day) He never forgot the fateful day he met Alice h. I started reading this book before he came in.  (while) He came in while I was reading this book i. During lunch we heard the fire engines go by.  (as) We heard the fire engine go by as we were eating lunch j. When was the accident?  (take place) When did the accident take place? 3- Rewrite. Time expressions a. She started studying Chinese eight years ago.  (since) She has been studying Chinese since 2000 1 emanjosa b. Do you have any experience in editing books?  (ever) Have you ever edited books? c. Diane bought the car some time ago and she still has it.  (for some time) Diane has had the car for some time d. We last saw a royal procession three years ago.  (for) We haven’t seen a royal procession for three years e. I haven’t bought a new book for two years.  It …has been two years since I bought a new book f. He gave up smoking in 2003.  (since 2003) He hasn’t smoked since 2003 g. I can’t find her phone number now.  (lost) I have lost her phone number h. The exchange group went to Italy and is back now.  (been) The exchange group has been to Italy i. The postman arrived two minutes ago.  (just) The postman has just arrived j. Anna is visiting the dentist for the first time.  This is the first time … that Anna has visited a dentist k. When did you first get to know Maria?  How long …have you known her? l. Paul went to Cardiff three weeks ago. He’s still there.  (for two months now) Paul has been in Cardiff for three weeks now m. I always take my holidays in Italy.  (never) I have never taken a holiday anywhere but in Italy n. The government has no more money for development.  (already) The government has already spent all the money for development o. Harry crashed the car again, for the third time this month.  This is the third time …this month that Harry has crashed the car 4- Rewrite. Present perfect / continuous a. It’s snowing. It started to snow as we left my aunt’s house.  (since) It has been snowing since we left the house b. I first met Tom in 2001 and we are still good friends.  Tom and I … have been good friends since 2001 c. They started selling tickets this morning and now there aren’t any left.  (just) They have just run out of tickets d. Charles disappeared several months ago.  (for) Charles has been missing for several months e. We bought this house in 2002.  (since) We had this house since 2002 f. She started taking driving lessons a month ago.  (now) He’s been taking driving lessons for two weeks now g. When did Sara start learning Japanese?  How long …has Sara been learning Japanese? 2 emanjosa h. Last week Carrie moved into her new flat.  (since) Carrie has been in her new flat since last week i. I turned the radio on early t

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