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Reading and Grammar Practice

Stories for Reading Comprehension 4 Unit 10




1. alternate
2. arrangement
3. at all costs
4. boarding
5. building-site
6. bulky
7. coursed
8. determined
9. dissatisfied
10. eagerly
11. encountered
12. eventually
13. extra
14. fill
15. found
16. full
17. generous
18. hard-earned
19. hurt
20. itinerant
21. made up
22. on impulse
23. outraged
24. overt
25. persuasion
26. point
27. prompt
28. provide
29. provided
30. question
31. relishes
32. run
33. satisfaction
34. satisfying
35. settled on
36. sliced
37. somewhat
38. spotless
39. stuffed
40. substantial
41. surely
42. taken aback
43. took up
44. value
45. wondered





1. Transform the voice of the sentences.

1) One year Jock McPherson took up work on a site in London.
2) Mrs Pride was hurt but she hid her disappointment.


2. Transform the sentence into indirect speech.

Jock said, 'I see that you returned to one sandwich again.'


3. Transform the passage into direct speech.

1) Mrs Pride usually provided only bed and breakfast but Jock, through gentle persuasion rather than charm, made an arrangement with her to provide him with lunch each working day.
2) That evening Mrs Pride asked Jock how he had found lunch and he said without a smile it's good.


4. Transform the sentence into 'there + to be' pattern.

Jock took great care in choosing a boarding house.


5. Transform the sentence into state pattern.

On the first morning Mrs Pride made up a large sandwich.


6. Transform the sentence into action pattern.

The sandwich was substantial enough to provide a meal for two men.


7. Transform the sentence from Complex Subject pattern.

Mrs Pride seemed outraged but she kept it to herself.


8. Transform the sentence into Complex Subject pattern.

Mrs Pride usually provided only bed and breakfast.


9. Transform the sentence into Complex Object pattern.

Jock made an arrangement with Mrs Pride to provide him with lunch each working day.


10. Transform the sentence into Cleft pattern.

However she had a point to make and surely he couldn't complain this time.


11. Change the sentence into Conditional II and III patterns.

The sandwich was so bulky and heavy that Mrs Pride needed assistance in lifting it into the lunchbox.


12. Transform the sentence into inverted emphatic pattern.

The layers of cheese, salad and meat were so thick that Mrs Pride wondered if Jock would be able to get his mouth round them.


13. Transform the sentence into what + subject + predicate + to be + to inf pattern.

She bought the best cheeses and cold meats.


14. Change the verb into an analytical one.

When Jock came into the boarding house he did not wait for Mrs Pride to question him.


15. Transform the sentence into Causative pattern.

That night Mrs Pride went to her local baker and asked him to bake her a special loaf of bread.