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Sentence Transformation

Learn what sentence transformation is and how it can help you achieve variety in your writing. 

When preparing for IELTS, one area that students need to focus on is being able to “use a variety of complex sentences”. One way to practise and obtain this skill is to do sentence transformation exercises. When we transform a sentence, we change grammatical and lexical form without changing meaning; completing exercises will help you to be better at achieving variety in your writing.

Complete the one-word gap in the 9 IELTS writing (part one) sentences so that the second sentence is expressed in a different way, but the meaning is the same.

1.

By the end of the decade, pollution levels were stable.

The end of the decade saw ________ in levels of pollution.

2.

The price of theatre tickets reached a peak in 2004.

There was a ________ in the price of theatre tickets in 2004.

3.

A slight drop in student school attendance in 2012 was linked to many cases of food poisoning.

In 2012, food poisoning amongst many students led to school attendance slightly ________.

4.

France will spend much less on health than Spain over the next 10 years.

________ on health in Spain will be much higher than in France over the next 10 years.

5.

The aging population in Japan has grown steadily.

There has been steady ________ in the aging population in Japan.

6.

First, a conveyor belt carries the vegetables to the cleaning baths.

First, the vegetables are ________ to the cleaning baths by conveyor belt.

7.

Crime patterns among Northern European countries have differed significantly since 2002.

There have been ________ differences in crime patterns among Northern European countries since 2002.

8.

The price of imported goods is predicted to rise marginally.

There is predicted to be a ________ rise in the price of imported goods.

9.

The management will be making a number of important changes to the company structure.

The company structure will have important changes ________ to it by the management.

Sentence Transformation. English language blog post.

Answers

  1. The end of the decade saw stability in levels of pollution.
  2. There was a peak in the price of theatre tickets in 2004.
  3. In 2012, food poisoning amongst many students led to school attendance slightly dropping.
  4. Spending on health in Spain will be much higher than in France over the next 10 years.
  5. There has been steady growth in the aging population in Japan.
  6. First, the vegetables are carried to the cleaning baths by conveyor belt.
  7. There have been significant differences in crime patterns among Northern European countries since 2002.
  8. There is predicted to be a marginal rise in the price of imported goods.
  9. The company structure will have important changes made to it by the management.

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