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2005 Old Questions

Yangon

1. Ko Nge studies more seriously than Ko Phyo.

Ko Nge does not …..

Ko Nge does not study as lightly as Ko Phyo.


2. Orchids are the most expensive flowers in the market.

No other …..

No other flower in the market is as expensive as orchids.


3. If she does not want to be a failure in life, she must work hard.

 Unless …..

Unless she works hard, she will be a failure in life.


4. Where did Maung Maung keep the money?

Where was …..

Where was the money kept by Maung Maung?


5. We should give all children the best possible education.

The best possible education …..

The best possible education should be given to all children.


6. “Are you going to see your best friend off at the bus-stop, Mee Mee?” said Mother.

 Mother …..

Mother asked Mee Mee if she was going to see her best friend off at the bus-stop.


7. The twin brothers did not pay attention to their studies.

 Neither of …..

Neither of the brothers paid any attention to his studies.


8. Daw Thida was so busy that she did not notice that it was very dark outside.

Daw Thida was too …..

Daw Thida was too busy to notice that it was very dark outside.


9. It is such an expensive dictionary that I cannot afford to buy it.

 The dictionary is so …..

The dictionary is so expensive that I cannot afford to buy it.


10. As soon as she arrived home, she had a good bath.

No sooner …..

No sooner did she arrive home than she had a good bath.


Mandalay

1. The baby cried loudly. Then he fell asleep.

 After …..

After crying loudly, the baby fell asleep.
(OR)
After the baby had cried loudly, he fell asleep.


2. She resigned from her work. She did not tell anyone.

Without …..

Without telling anyone, she resigned from her work.


3. Although grandpa smokes a lot, he seems to be in good health.

In spite of …..

In spite of smoking a lot, grandpa seems to be in good health.


4. He is so serious that he cannot enjoy even a few jokes.

 He is such …..

He is such a serious person that he cannot enjoy even a few jokes.


5. If yo want more money, you will have to do more work.

 The more …..

The more money you want, the more work you will have to do.


6. Daw Su Su is religious. She is a strict vegetarian.

Daw Su Su, …..

Daw Su Su, a strict vegetarian, is religious.


7. Myanmar is the biggest country in Southeast Asia.

There is no …..

There is no country in Southeast Asia as big as Myanmar.


8. Teacher said to us, “You must try to improve your proficiency.”

 Teacher told …..

Teacher told us that we must try to improve our proficiency.


9. As soon as she had graduated, she got a job.

 No sooner …..

No sooner had she graduated than she got a job.


10. Was the window pane broken by the children?

Did …..

Did the children break the window pane?


Magway

1. Daylight is better than electric light.

 Electric light …..

Electric light is not as good as daylight.


2. Although she earns a lot of money, she still can’t buy a car.

 In spite of …..

In spite of earning a lot of money, she still can’t buy a car.


3. You must not hammer nails into the walls without permission.

 Nails …..

Nails must not be hammered into the walls without permission.


4. Was the boy treated well by his brother-in-law?

 Did …..

Did his brother-in-law treat the boy well?


5. Every mother loves her children.

 There is no …..

There is no mother who does not love her children.


6. Stop borrowing money or you will be in trouble.

 Unless …..

Unless you stop borrowing money, you will be in trouble.


7. He didn’t explain his behaviour and he didn’t apologize for it.

 He neither …..

He neither explained his behaviour nor apologized for it.


8. If you work hard, you will be more successful.

The harder …..

The harder you work, the more successful you will be.


9. He is so clever that he can pass with many distinctions.

 He is clever enough …..

He is clever enough to pass with many distinctions.


10. “Ma Ma, can you help me do this sum?” said Maung Maung.

 Maung Maung asked …..

Maung Maung asked Ma Ma if she could help him do that sum.


Sagaing/Chin

1. The film is so interesting that I saw it twice.

 It was such …..

It was such an interesting film that I saw it twice.


2. His uncle gives him pocket money every week.

 He …..

He is given pocket money by his uncle every week.


3. If she doesn’t do her homework, she will be punished.

 Unless …..

Unless she does her homework, she will be punished.


4. Every girl is worried about how she looks.

 There is no …..

There is no girl who is not worried about how she looks.


5. Ko Ko switched on the light as soon as he entered the room.

 No sooner …..

No sooner did he enter the room than Ko Ko switched on the light.


6. English is one of the most useful languages in the world.

 Very …..

Very few languages in the world are as useful as English.


7. When she becomes angry, she speaks loudly.

 The …..

The angrier she becomes, the more loudly she speaks.


8. Although he had two jobs, he could not afford to buy a car yet.

In spite of …..

In spite of having two jobs, he could not afford to buy a car yet.


9. Not only my mother but also my sister likes coffee.

 Both …..

Both my mother and my sister like coffee.


10. The thief ran too fast for us to catch.

 The thief ran so …..

The thief ran so fast that we could not catch him.


Bago

1. I said to my friends, “Did you enjoy your vacation in Chaungtha?”

 I asked …..

I asked my friends if they had enjoyed their vacation in Chaungtha.


2. The gardener planted the roses and then watered them.

 After …..

After planting the roses, the gardener watered them.
(OR)
After the gardener had planted the roses, he watered them.


3. As soon as he crossed the road,the traffic light turned red.

 No sooner …..

No sooner did he cross the road than the traffic light turned red.


4. We are using up our natural resources fast.

 Our …..

Our natural resources are being used up fast.


5. Although it was raining heavily, he went out without an umbrella.

 In spite of …..

In spite of the heavy rain, he went out without an umbrella.


6. Unless you have enough money to spare, you should not buy an expensive car.

 If …..

If you have enough money to spare, you should buy an expensive car.
(OR)
If you don’t have enough money to spare, you shouldn’t buy an expensive car.


7. Maung Maung was not my classmate. Aung Aung was not my classmate.

 Neither …..

Neither Maung Maung nor Aung Aung was my classmate.


8. The soup was very hot. The boy could not drink it.

 The soup was too …..

The soup was too hot for the boy to drink.


9. Neither Thin Thin nor Min Min knows the answer.

 Both …..

Both Thin Thin and Min Min do not know the answer.


10. All the students in this class can use the computer well.

 There is no …..

There is no student in this class who cannot use the computer well.


Ayeyarwady

1. Htet Htet was so beautiful that everyone admired her.

 Htet Htet was such …..

Htet Htet was such a beautiful girl that everyone admired her.


2. My mother gets up earlier than I do.

 I get up …..

I get up later than my sister does.


3. He ran to the station, but he missed the train.

 In spite of …..

In spite of running to the station, he missed the train.


4. If you don’t set off early, you will get caught in the traffic..

Unless …..

Unless you set off early, you will get caught in the traffic.


5. The children finished their exercises and they watched television.

After the children …..

After the children had finished their exercises, they watched television.


6. Nothing was stolen from the safe.

 Nobody …..

Nobody stole anything from the safe.


7. They discovered an explosive device in a warehouse last night.

 An explosive device …..

An explosive device was discovered in a warehouse last night.


8. Mother cooked the curry but she didn’t put salt in it.

Without …..

Without putting salt in it, mother cooked the curry.


9. There is no animal on earth as big as the blue whale.

 The blue whale is …..

The blue whale is bigger than any other animal on earth.
(OR)
The blue whale is the biggest animal on earth.


10. The salesgirls are so busy that they cannot talk to each other.

 The salesgirls are too …..

The salesgirls are too busy to talk to each other.


Mon/Kayin/Tanintharyi

1. All parents want the best for their children.

 There is no …..

There is no parent who does not want the best for his or her children.


2. In spite of the heat, we enjoyed the picnic.

 Although …..

Although it was hot, we enjoyed the picnic.


3. I have read the novel “Gone with the Wind”. I have seen the film, too.

 I have not only …..

I have not only read the novel “Gone With the Wind” but also seen the film.


4. We were served by a very impolite salesgirl at the supermarket.

 A very impolite salesgirl …..

A very impolite salesgirl served us at the supermarket.


5. Mother said, “Htwe Htwe, I don’t like you wearing your sister’s clothes.”

 Mother told …..

Mother told Htwe Htwe that she did not like her wearing her sister’s clothes.


6. The school honoured the students who won prizes in the competition.

 The students …..

The students who won prizes in the competition were honoured by the school.


7. Tu Pee was hungry enough to eat a horse.

 Tu Pee was so …..

Tu Pee was so hungry that he could eat a horse.


8. If all of you do not help me, I cannot finish my work in time.

 Unless …..

Unless all of you help me, I cannot finish my work in time.


9. Just as I sat down to study, the lights went out.

No sooner …..

No sooner did I sit down to study than the lights went out.


10. Both girls are not punctual.

Neither …..

Neither of the girls is punctual.


Rakhine

1. Mother said to Hlaing Hlaing, “How long have you known that boy?”

 Mother asked …..

Mother asked Hlaing Hlaing how long she had known that boy.


2. All the students in this class are very well-behaved.

 There is no …..

There is no student in this class who is not very well-behaved.


3. We said goodbye to the villagers and then returned home.

 After we …..

After we had said goodbye to the villages, we returned home.


4. He was driving the car recklessly when the accident happened.

The car was …..

The car was being recklessly driven when the accident happened.


5. As soon as he saw the visitors, he left the house by the back door.

No sooner …..

No sooner did he see the visitors than he left the house by the back door.


6. The boy entered the house. Nobody saw him.

Without …..

Without being seen, the boy entered the house.


7. The day was so wet and cold that we stayed indoors.

 It was such a …..

It was such a wet and cold day that we stayed indoors.


8. The house is big enough for two families to live in.

 The house is so …..

The house is so big that two families can live in it.


9. The workers were so tired that they could not walk home.

 The workers were too …..

The workers were too tired to walk home.


10. All our clothes had been washed and ironed by my sister when we got home.

 My sister …..

My sister had washed and ironed all our clothes when we got home.


Kachin

1. When the athlete knew that he had broken the record, he was delighted.

Knowing …..

Knowing that he had broken the record, the athlete was delighted.


2. The book is not interesting enough for me to continue reading it.

The book is too …..

The book is too boring for me to continue reading it.


3. The buried treasure has never been found.

 Nobody …..

Nobody has ever found the buried treasure.


4. We swam in the lake then played games under the shady trees.

 After …..

After swimming in the lake, we played games under the shady trees.
(OR)
After we had swum in the lake, we played games under the shady trees.


5. The patient suffers when the doctor makes a mistake.

 It is the patient …..

It is the patient who suffers when the doctor makes a mistake.


6. Su Su had just sat for the final examination when she took a computer course.

No sooner …..

No sooner had Su Su sat for the final examination than she took a computer course.


7. “Do you find English a difficult language to learn, Nyi Nyi?” asked the teacher.

 The teacher asked …..

The teacher asked Nyi Nyi if he found English a difficult language to learn.


8. The attitude of the Pheasant and the Crow impressed the other birds deeply.

 The other birds …..

The other birds were deeply impressed by the attitude of the Pheasant and the Crow.


9. Thandar works better than Sandar.

Thandar is …..

Thandar is a better worker than Sandar.


10. Very few students in the class are as clever as Mg Mg.

Mg Mg is …..

Mg Mg is cleverer than most other students in the class.
(OR)
Mg Mg is one of the cleverest students in the class.


Shan/Kayah

1. He took his degree. He applied for a job.

 After …..

After taking his degree, he applied for a job.
(OR)
After he had taken his degree, he applied for a job.


2. He attended the party. He was not invited.

 Without …..

Without being invited, he attended the party.


3. When he sat at the table to study, he felt sleepy.

 No sooner …..

No sooner did he sit at the table to study than he felt sleepy.


4. Although she is fat, she can run quite fast.

In spite of …..

In spite of being fat, she can run quite fast.


5. Unless she apologizes to me, I’ll never speak to her again.

 If …..

If she apologizes to me, I’ll speak to her again.
(OR)
If sh does not apologize to me, I’ll never speak to her again.


6. When she grew old, she became patient.

 The older …..

The older she grew, the more patient she became.


7. By the time he got home, the children had gone to bed.

When …..

When he got home, the children had gone to bed.


8. “What is your name, boy?” said the man.

 The man asked …..

The man asked the boy what his name was.


9. This problem is not easy enough for us to solve.

 The problem is too …..

The problem is too difficult for us to solve.


10. She is foolish enough to believe what they say.

 She is so …..

She is so foolish that she believes what they say.


Overseas

1. Ma Ma washed all the clothes and then watered the plants.

 After Ma Ma …..

After Ma Ma had washed all the clothes, she watered the plants.


2. The teacher punished Chit Kaung for not doing his homework.

 Chit Kaung …..

Chit Kaung was punished by the teacher for not doing his homework.


3. Both Mya Mya and Hla Hla have not been chosen to participate in the competition.

Neither …..

Neither Mya Mya nor Hla Hla has been chosen to participate in the competition.


4. No student in our class is as talented as Soe Aung.

 Soe Aung is …..

Soe Aung is more talented than any other student in our class.
(OR)
Soe Aung is the most talented student in our class.


5. If Tun Tun does not practise every day, he will not be selected.

 Unless …..

Unless Tun Tun practises every day, he will not be selected.


6. Although Wutyi Wini is very young, she is a very talented singer.

In spite of …..

In spite of being very young, Wutyi Win is a very talented singer.


7. Thawdar said, “I would like to mee your family, Nilar.”

 Thawdar told …..

Thawdar told Nilar that she would like to meet her family.


8. Ma Latt had just finished sweeping the house when the guests arrived.

No sooner …..

No sooner had Ma Latt finished sweeping the housse than the guests arrived.


9. He was taken to the hospital by his workers when he fainted.

His workers …..

His workers took him to the hospital when he fainted.


10. Darli writes to Zimmie regularly. She is Zimmie’s best friend.

 Darli, …..

Darli, Zimmie’s best friend, writes to Zimmie regularly.