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    checking of a few sentences

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to check my attempt for rephrasing of the following sentences?

    1.1. He is bound by his promise.
    1.2. He has committed himself by giving such a pledge.

    2.1. We have plenty of time in which to do the work.
    2.2. We have ample time in which to do the work.

    1.1.Slowly, as if with some purpose, he came up to the man.
    1.2.Slowly, as if deliberately, he came up to the man.

    1.1.To crown at all, Mark Twain was convicted of wholesome bribery.
    1.2.At top of it, Mark Twain was convinced of wholesome bribery.

    1.1.It is necessary to find out how matters really stand.
    1.2.It is necessary to clear the matter up.

    1.1.The task was too difficult. He felt he could not cope with it.
    1.2.The task was difficult, He felt he was not equal to it.

    1.1.He got the upper hand over her opponents in the discussion.
    1.2.He got the better than his opponents in the discussion.

    1.1.I could not distinguish between the two brother. They looked very much alike
    1.2.I did not know one brother from the other. They looked very much alike.

    9.1. It was impossible to believe that he was accused of blackmail.
    9.2. It was incredible that he was accused of blackmail.

    10.1. Who is organizing things here?
    10.1. Who is running things here?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 15-Jun-2009 at 20:24.

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    Re: checking of a few sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to check my attempt for rephrasing of the following sentences?


    2.1. We have plenty of time in which to do the work.
    2.2. We have ample time in which to do the work.
    2.3. We have sufficient time in which to do the work.


    1.1.To crown at all, Mark Twain was convicted of wholesome bribery.
    1.2.At top of it, Mark Twain was convinced of wholesome bribery.

    1.1.It is necessary to find out how matters really stand.
    1.2.It is necessary to clear the matter up.


    1.1.He got the upper hand over her opponents in the discussion.
    1.2.He got the better than his opponents in the discussion.

    1.1.I could not distinguish between the two brother. They looked very much alike
    1.2.I did not know one brother from the other. They looked very much alike.

    9.1. It was impossible to believe that he was accused of blackmail.
    9.2. It was incredible that he was accused of blackmail.

    10.1. Who is organizing such things here?
    10.1. Who is running such things here?
    Well done. I quoted those that need tweaking, but you have got the meaning of most of your sentences.

    • 2.2 is fine. I would not include 2.3 because 'sufficient' is not quite a synonym of 'plenty of', which means more than sufficient.
    • I presume it is 'To crown it all...' which becomes 'To top it off...'
    • 'Matters really stand ...' = understand the situation, rather than 'clear things up' which is about resolving the situation.
    • 'He got the better of of his opponents...'
      10.1 The sentences are better English without the word 'such', in both cases.

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