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    Help with paraphrasing.

    I'm creating this thread because I'll be sitting for the college's entrance exam on February and I still have some doubts when it comes to paraphrasing and rewriting. I've done a lot of practice from exercise books, web pages, model exams and so on. But the sentences below are taken from the official model exams so I'd like to make sure if they are right or not.

    The words in capitals must NOT be changed!

    1. A pickpocket stole my wallet while I was on the train. (STOLEN)
    I had my wallet stolen by a pickpocket while I was on the train.
    (I got a little confused with this sentence since I think there are -at least- two different ways to rewrite it using the word 'stolen'. In my case, I chose to use the passive)

    2. If she hadn't helped me, I would have never been able to do it. (HER)
    BUT for her help, I would have never been able to do it.

    3. I'm practically certain he was sick. That's why he didn't come. (BEEN)
    HE must have been sick. That's why he didn't come.

    4. I wouldn't have reached the summit if John hadn't assisted me.
    HAD IT not been for John, I wouldn't have reached the summit.

    5. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries. (NOT)
    SHOULD you have any further queries, do not hesitate to contact us.

    6. There is clear evidence that Steven did not break into the building.
    IT CAN'T have been Steven who broke into the building.

    7. This course of studies will take me five years.

    8. I didn't help you because I didn't know the answer.
    IF I had known the answer, I would have helped you.

    9. He would like it much better if she filled in for him at the meeting.
    HE'D RATHER she filled in for him at the meeting.

    And I'm still more doubtful about these two.
    10. It's possible that he took the money. (HAVE)

    11. She may have forgotten all about it. (LIKELIHOOD)
    IN all likelihood...
    And I really don't know how to go on with that.

    I would be very very very grateful If you could help me with this.

    Greetings and thanks in advance!!!

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    Re: Help with paraphrasing.

    You're pretty much on the right track.

    #10 Have is a clue that you need the participle form of took.

    #11 Try using has...

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