Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my attempt at rephrasing the following sentences?
1.1.He visibly cheered up at the offer.
1.2.He visibly brightened up at the offer.
2.1. He was only too eager to start with the job.
2.2. He was only too itching to start with the job.
3.1. He decided to take a firm stand this time.
3.2. He decided to put his foot down this time.
4.1. Keep a look out for the book, it would to be out on sale soon.
4.2. Keep your eyes open for the book, it ought to be out on sale soon.
5.1. He wants to participate in the undertaking.
5.2. He wants to have a hand in the undertaking.
6.1. He is always planning and intriguing, I am sure he is up to something.
6.2. He is always scheming, I am sure he is up to something.
7.1. I don’t think the rule can be applied in this case.
7.2. I don’t think the rule holds true in this case.
8.1. I hope nobody gets to know about all this.
8.2. I hope nobody gets wind of all this.
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by vil; 04-Jun-2009 at 06:22.
1 I'd drop 'visibly' with 'brightened up'.
2 He was itching to... (it doesn't work with 'only too...'
5 have a hand in
7 I'd use 'I don't think the rule holds true...'