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2011 Old Questions

Yangon

1. Although she is busy, she always finds time to help others.

In spite of …..

In spite of being busy, she always finds time to help others.


2. They planted coconut trees along the coast.

 Coconut trees …..

Coconut trees were planted along the coast.


3. The Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque is one of the most attractive mosques in Asia.

There are very few …..

There are very few mosques in Asia as attractive as the Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque.


4. The gold ring is so small that I cannot wear it.

It is such …..

It is such a small gold ring that I cannot wear it.


5. Chaungtha is a beautiful beach. Ngwe Saung is a beautiful beach.

 Both …..

Both Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung are beautiful beaches.


6. I have read all the books on my bookshelf.

There is no …..

There is no book on my bookshelf that I have not read.


7. Hla Hla will not come if you do not invite her.

 Without …..

Without being invited, she will not come.


8. He revised all the lessons and then went to school.

After …..

After revising all the lessons, he went to school.
(OR)
After he had revised all the lessons, he went to school.


9. As soon as he got the solution to the problem, he ran to tell his teacher.

No sooner …..

No sooner did he get the solution to the problem than he ran to tell his teacher.


10. “Did anyone inform the fire station about the fire?” the man said.

The man wanted to know …..

The man wanted to know if someone had informed the fire station about the fire.


Mandalay

1. If you do not study hard, you will not pass the examination.

Unless …..

Unless you study hard, you will not pass the examination.


2. Ko Tu went out for a walk. He did not tell anyone at home.

Without …..

Without telling anyone at home, Ko Tu went for a walk.


3. Nyi Nyi was allowed to play when he had finished his work.

After Nyi Nyi …..

After Nyi Nyi had finished his work, he was allowed to play.


4. Einstein was one of the most famous scientists in the world.

 Very few scientists …..

Very few scientists in the world are as famous as Einstein.


5. As soon as he saved up enough money, he bought a flat for his family.

 No sooner …..

No sooner did he save up enough money than he bought a flat for his family.


6. Did someone use my computer in my absence?

Was …..

Was my computer used in my absence?


7. U Mg Mg is not a good husband. U Mg Mg is not a good father.

U Mg Mg is neither …..

U Mg Mg is neither a good husband nor a good father.


8. We donated food and clothes to the fire victims.

Food and clothes …..

Food and clothes were donated to the fire victims.


9. The bag of rice is too heavy for the boy to carry.

 The bag of rice is so …..

The bag of rice is so heavy that the boy cannot carry it.


10. Mother said to me, “Where have you been the whole evening?”

Mother asked …..

Mother asked me where I had been the whole evening.


Sagaing/Chin

1. Unless you follow the instructions, you will not know how to operate this machine.

If you …..

If you follow the instructions, you will know how to operate the machine.
(OR)
If you don’t follow the instructions, you will not know how to operate the machine.


2. Ko Soe is very lazy. He always spends the whole day lying in bed.

Ko Soe is so …..

Ko Soe is so lazy that he always spends the whole day lying in bed.


3. Thandar said to me, “Can I talk to you about this problem?”

Thandar asked me …..

Thandar asked me if she could talk to me about that problem.


4. An unhappy home environment can affect a child’s behaviour.

A child’s behaviour …..

A child’s behaviour can be affected by an unhappy home environment.


5. As she thought more about her health, she became more depressed.

 The more …..

The more she thought about her health, the more depressed she became.


6. When she was offered a good salary, she accepted the job.

 Being …..

Being offered a good salary, she accepted the job.


7. Girls are better at learning foreign languages than boys.

 Boys …..

Boys are not as good at learning foreign languages as girls.


8. Although Kyi Pyar finds Physics boring, she is good at it.

 In spite of …..

In spite of finding Physics boring, Kyi Pyar is good at it.


9. The day was so foggy that we could not see the road.

 It was such …..

It was such a foggy day that we could not see the road.


10. The motor can be fed by an electric current. The motor can be fed by a battery.

The motor can be fed either …..

The motor can be fed either by an electric current or by a battery.


Kachin

1. The child is not tall enough to reach the bottle on the shelf.

The child is so …..

The child is so tall that he can reach the bottle on the shelf.


2. The teacher is so kind and patient that every student loves her.

 She is such …..

She is such a kind and patient teacher that every student loves her.


3. Yangon is one of the most densely populated cities in Myanmar.

 Very few …..

Very few cities in Myanmar are as densely populated as Yangon.


4. “I’ll see you in the office, Mg Mg,” said the headmistress.

The headmistress told …..

The headmistress told Mg Mg that she would see him in the office.


5. Pyin Oo Lwin is famous for flowers. It is a pleasant town.

Pyin Oo Lwin, …..

Pyin Oo Lwin, a pleasant town, is famous for flowers.


6. A new engine is being replaced in my car by the mechanic.

 The mechanic …..

The mechanic is replacing a new engine in my car.


7. Ko Ko studied his lessons for three hours and then went to bed.

After Ko Ko …..

After Ko Ko had studied his lessons for three hours, he went to bed.


8. As soon as the teacher left the class, the children began to play.

No sooner …..

No sooner did the teacher leave the class than the children began to play.


9. Unless we have passports, we can’t go abroad.

 If …..

If we have passports, we can go abroad.
(OR)
If we don’t have passports, we can’t go abroad.


10. Both my sister and I do not like watching TV.

Neither …..

Neither my sister nor I like watching TV.
(OR)
Neither of us likes watching TV.


Bago

1. As soon as their father arrived home, they had their dinner.

 No sooner …..

No sooner did their father arrive home than they had their dinner.


2. Myo Aung watered the plants and then went out to play with his friends.

 After Myo Aung …..

After Myo Aung had watered the plants, he went out to play with his friends.


3. Although he was very tired, he went on working.

 In spite of …..

In spite of being very tired, he went on working.


4. All houses in this quarter have vegetable gardens.

There is no …..

There is no house in this quarter that does not have a vegetable garden.


5. My elder sister sent me a birthday present.

I …..

I was sent a birthday present by my elder sister.


6. The doctor said to Ko Ko, “Give up smoking or you will not get well.”

The doctor warned Ko Ko …..

The doctor warned Ko Ko to give up smoking or he would not get well.


7. We could not stop our car. We could not slow down our car.

 We could neither …..

We could neither stop nor slow down our car.


8. Mya Mya cooks better than her sister.

Mya Mya is a …..

Mya Mya is a better cook than her sister.


9. If you tease the dog more, it will get angrier.

The more …..

The more you tease the dog, the angrier it will get.


10. U Min Thwin has gone to Japan. He is the managing director of our company.

 U Min Thwin, …..

U Min Thwin, the managing director of the company, has gone to Japan.


Magway

1. It is better for you if you don’t know much about this matter.

 The less you …..

The less you think about this matter, the better it is for you.


2. Both Kyaw Zin and Min Min did not finish their homework.

Neither …..

Neither Kyaw Zin nor Min Min finished his work.


3. Zarni is one of the smartest students in the class.

Very few students …..

Very few students in the class are as smart as Zarni.


4. Although U Mya works very hard, his business is not thriving.

 In spite of …..

In spite of U Mya working very hard, his business is not thriving.


5. The headmistress was too busy to meet the guests.

The headmistress was so …..

The headmistress was so busy that she could not meet the guests.


6. As soon as the teacher entered the classroom, the students became silent.

No sooner …..

No sooner did the teacher enter the classroom than the students became silent.


7. Nyi Nyi said “What have you done with my computer, Ko Ko?”

Nyi Nyi asked …..

Nyi Nyi asked Ko Ko what he had done with his computer.


8. Humans can control many things about nature.

 It is humans …..

It is humans that can control many things about nature.


9. Sandar did not feel well enough to go to the School Family Day Celebration.

Sandar felt too …..

Sandar felt too ill to go to the School Family Day Celebration.


10. When Khin Khin heard that she passed the matriculation examination with five distinctions, she was delighted.

Hearing …..

Hearing the she passed the matriculation examination with five distinctions, Khin Khin was delighted.


Shan/Kayah

1. Unless you get up early, you will miss the first train.

If …..

If you get up early, you will not miss the first train.
(OR)
If you don’t get up early, you will miss the first train.


2. When the light went out, we had just finished the work.

 No sooner …..

No sooner had we finished the work than the light went out.


3. Ma Khin Lay is so beautiful that everybody can’t help gazing at her.

Ma Khin Lay is such …..

Ma Khin Lay is such a beautiful lady that everyone can’t help gazing at her.


4. Both Ko Kyaw Swar and Ko Thaw Tar are not good at swimming.

Neither …..

Neither Ko Kyaw Swar nor Ko Thaw Tar is good at swimming.


5. The arteries allow the blood to flow away from the heart.

 It is …..

It is the arteries that allow the blood to flow away from the heart.


6. Nobody has known the reasons of this problem yet.

The reasons …..

The reasons of this problem have not been known yet.


7. Father said, “I’m very tired and I need a rest.”

 Father said …..

Father said that he was very tired and he needed a rest.


8. My uncle exercises in the morning and then leaves for work.

After …..

After exercising in the morning, my uncle leaves for work.
(OR)
After my uncle had exercised in the morning, he leaves for work.


9. He had seen me in a photograph. So he recognized me at once.

Having …..

Having seen me in a photograph, she recognized me at once.


10. The movie wasn’t very good. We watched it last night.

 The movie which …..

The movie which we watched last night wasn’t very good.


Ayeyarwady

1. “How long does it take to get to the city centre?” I asked her.

 I asked her …..

I asked her how long it took to get to the city centre.


2. As soon as I shut the door, I realized that I had left my keys inside.

No sooner …..

No sooner did I shut the door than I realized that I had left my keys inside.


3. Because of the storm, all flights are cancelled until Monday.

Because of the storm, there is no …..

Because of the storm, there is no flight that is not cancelled until Monday.


4. The resort offers many facilities for young and old alike.

 Many facilities …..

Many facilities are offered for young and old alike by the resort.


5. If you tease the dog more, it will get angrier.

The more …..

The more you tease the dog, the angrier it will get.


6. Thuzar got to the airport so late that she did not catch her plane home.

Thuzar got to the airport too …..

Thuzar got to the airport too late to catch her plane home.


7. Watching television at home is not as interesting as going to the cinema.

Going to the cinema …..

Going to the cinema is more interesting than watching television at home.


8. When I looked out across the ocean, I saw a beautiful island.

 Looking …..

Looking out across the ocean, I saw a beautiful island.


9. Mother cooks something special for us at weekends. If not, she takes us to a restaurant.

 Mother either …..

Mother either cooks something special for us or takes us to a restaurant at weekends.


10. The surgeon operated on the patient. He did not use any kind of anaesthetic.

Without …..

Without using any kind of anaesthetic, the surgeon operated on the patient.


Mon/Kayin/Tanintharyi

1. As soon as I saved up enough money, I bought a new computer.

No sooner …..

No sooner did I save up enough money than I bought a new computer.


2. The unusual high tide completely washed away several buildings.

Several buildings …..

Several buildings were completely washed away by the unusual high tide.


3. The man said to me, “Bring this ticket with you tomorrow.”

 The man asked …..

The man asked me to bring that ticket with me the next day.


4. All the computers in our department are currently in use.

There is no …..

There is no computer in our department that is not currently in use.


5. U Ba lost all his money. He also found himself in debt.

U Ba not only …..

U Ba not only lost all his money but also found himself in debt.


6. The earthquake was so strong that it caused a lot of damage near its epicentre.

It was such …..

It was such a strong earthquake that it caused a lot of damage near its epicentre.


7. Although he fell from a great height, he did not break any bones.

In spite of …..

In spite of falling from a great height, he did not break any bones.


8. As the day of her wedding drew near, she became more nervous.

 The nearer …..

The nearer the day of her wedding drew, the more nervous she became.


9. If the earth did not have a moon, there wouldn’t be any tides.

Unless …..

Unless the earth had a moon, there wouldn’t be any tides.


10. The music band is more concerned with making money than with making music.

The music band is not …..

The music band is not as concerned with making music as with making money.


Rakhine

1. My brother rushed into the kitchen when he arrived home from school.

Arriving …..

Arriving home from school, my brother rushed into the kitchen.


2. The man was so rich that he made a generous donation to the charity.

He was such …..

He was such a rich man that he made a generous donation to the charity.


3. The Shwedagon is the greatest pagoda in Myanmar.

 No other …..

No other pagoda in Myanmar is as great as the Shwedagon.


4. It was very hot last night. I could not go to sleep.

It was so …..

It was so hot that I couldn’t go to sleep last night.


5. Both the girls are not to be blamed.

 Neither of …..

Neither of the girls is to be blamed.


6. Although he fell from a great height, he did not break any bones.

In spite of …..

In spite of falling from a great height, he did not break any bones.


7. Cyclone Giri hit the coastal regions in Rakhine State. It was a very destructive storm.

Cyclone Giri, …..

Cyclone Giri, a very destructive storm, hit the coastal regions in Rakhine State.


8. All the computers in our department are currently in use.

 There is no …..

There is no computer in our department that is not currently in use.


9. His father beat him for not attending classes regularly.

He …..

He was beaten by his father for not attending classes regularly.


10. The tourist said to the guide, “Can I buy some silverware from Bogyoke Market?”

 The tourist asked …..

The tourist asked the guide if he could buy some silverware from Bogyoke Market.


Overseas

1. Unless we have spare wheels, we cannot begin our journey.

 If …..

If we have spare wheels, we can begin our journey.
(OR)
If we don’t have spare wheels, we cannot begin our journey.


2. All the teachers in our department wear glasses.

 There is no …..

There is no teacher in our department who does not wear glasses.


3. Neither Ni Ni nor Mi Mi knows how to use a computer.

 Both …..

Both Ni Ni and Mi Mi do not know how to use a computer.


4. Moe Moe said to her brother, “Where do you keep my watch?”

 Moe Moe asked …..

Moe Moe asked her brother where he kept her watch.


5. Although she is a good actress, she has never received the Academy Award.

 In spite of …..

In spite of being a good actress, she never received the Academy Award.


6. The elders should teach children how to behave well.

 Children …..

Children should be taught how to behave well by the elders.


7. The puzzle is too difficult for us to solve.

The puzzle is not …..

The puzzle is not easy enough for us to solve.


8. As soon as the trees had been felled, the branches were cut off.

 No sooner …..

No sooner had the trees been felled than the branches were cut off.


9. Don’t expect to get high marks if you don’t study your lessons regularly.

 Without …..

Without studying your lessons regularly, don’t expect to get high marks.


10. We had our lunch at a restaurant and then we set out.

 After …..

After having our lunch at a restaurant, we set out.
(OR)
After we had had our lunch at a restaurant, we set out.