Practice exercise for flawless grammar 2

Change the form of the sentence using ‘was to’ as shown in the example.

Example .. She didn’t join the army.

Equivalent sentence .. She was to have joined the army.

Example .. The soldier didn’t report to his battalion.

Equivalent sentence .. The soldier was to have joined his battalion.

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Questions …

  1. The teacher didn’t hear what the students said on seeing a statue of Hitler installed near the school gate. (would like to)
  2. Sibani didn’t write the RBI examination. (was to)
  3. We didn’t stay at the Grand Hotel when on a trip to Mumbai. (were to)
  4. It wasn’t a pleasant poll outcome for the BJP. (was to)
  5. I didn’t send Diwali sweets to my neighbours. (mean)
  6. He didn’t dress properly before going for the interview. (mean)
  7. I didn’t live in the Harappan era. (would like)

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Answers …

  1. The teacher would like to have heard what the students said on seeing a statue of Hitler installed near the school gate.
  2. Sibani was to have written the RBI examination.
  3. We were to have stayed at the Grand Hotel when on a trip to Mumbai.
  4. It was to have been a pleasant poll outcome for the BJP.
  5. I meant to have sent Diwali sweets to my neighbours.
  6. He meant to have dressed properly before going for the interview.
  7. I would have liked to live in the Harappan era.

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