Writing Exercises for the Gifted

      1. The fox was unsuccessful in reaching the grapes.(VAIN)
  →The fox tried in vain to reach the grapes.
2.     The crops were badly affected by the storm. (EFFECT)
        →The storm had a badly effect on the crops.
3.     The project received unanimous approval of the committee.(FAVOUR)
        →The whole committee was/were in favour of the project.
4.     The personnel officer promised him that she wouldn’t tell any one that he had been in the prison. (WORD)
        →The personnel officer gave him her word that she…
5.     Nobody could possibly believe the story he told us. (BEYOND)
        →The story he told us was beyond belief
6.     I had lost his phone number, so I could not contact him before. (TOUCH)
        → I could not keep/get in touch with him because I had lost his phone number.
7.     I enjoy being the boss of a small company. (FISH)
        →I enjoy being a big fish in a small pond.
8.     The success of our local theater has made our city famous. (MAP)
        →The success of our local theater has put our city on the map.
9.     She is not upset; she is only pretending. (ACT)
         →She is not upset; she is only putting on an act.
10.    The bank robbers escaped in a stolen car. (GETAWAY)
         →The bank robbers made a getaway in a stolen car.
11.    As people use a lot of wood-pulp, many trees are cut down.
         The more wood-pulp is used, the more trees are cut down
12.    Because of the absence of the atmosphere on the moon, the sky there is black, just as in space.
         Because there is no atmosphere on the moon, the sky…
13.    These young men became doctors after six years training.
         After these young men had been trained for six years, the became doctors
14.    People believe that the Chinese invented paper in 105 A.D.  
         Paper is believed to have been invented by the Chinese in 105 A.D.
15.    A man I don’t know told me about that.
         I was told about that by a man I don’t know.
16.    That was a silly thing to say!
         What a silly thing to say!
17.    We’ve run out of petrol.
         There is no more petrol left.
18.    It takes six hours to drive from here to London.
         It is a six hour drive from here to London.

19.    He was sorry he hadn’t said goodbye to her at the airport.
He regretted not saying goodbye to her at the airport.
20.    They failed to find out a solution to the problem.
         They didn’t succeed in finding out a solution to the problem.

(Source: Sưu Tầm Tuyển Tập Cho GV)
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