English Grammar Exercises for B2 – Emphasis

1. Complete the sentences below with the words in the box.

all      it      person      place      reason      thing      what


1   _____ was mum who suggested skiing.

2   The ________ we chose was a resort in the Alps.

3   _____ we needed to do was buy a permit.

4   _____ happened was that the snow melted.

5   The ________ who complained most was dad.

6   The ________ that annoyed him was that we couldn’t get a refund.

7   The ________ I didn’t mind was that I’m not keen on skiing.

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1 It   2 place   3 All   4 What   5 person   6 thing   7 reason

2. Rewrite the sentences in exercise 1 without emphasis.

1 _____

2 _____

3 _____

4 _____

5 _____

6 _____

7 _____

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1 mum suggested skiing.

2 We chose a resort in the Alps.

3 We needed to buy a permit.

4 The snow melted.

5 dad complained most.

6 He was annoyed that we couldn’t get a refund.

7 I didn’t mind because I’m not keen on skiing.

3. Change the structure of the sentences to make them emphatic. Include the words in brackets.

1 I went home early because I felt ill. (reason)

  __________

2 cousin Matt first got me interested in sailing. (person)

  __________

3 I only ate half a cheese sandwich. (all)

  __________

4 A few people in the crowd started singing. (happened)

  __________

5 The ancient Greeks first brought boxing to Europe. (it)

  __________

6 I love going for walks by the sea. (place)

  __________

7 Honesty matters most in a relationship. (thing)

     _________

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1 The reason I went home was that I felt ill.

2 The person who first got me interested in sailing was cousin Matt.

3 All I ate was half a cheese sandwich.

4 What happened was that a few people in the crowd started singing.

5 It was the ancient Greeks who first brought boxing to Europe.

6 The place where I love going for walks is by the sea.

7 The thing that matters most in a relationship is honesty.

4. Rewrite the sentences in a more emphatic way.

1 I’m not going to lend you bike.

   No way _________ .

2 I’d hardly arrived at school when the fire alarm rang.

  Hardly _________ .

3 I only understood the next day why she’d been to upset.

  Only the next day _________ .

4 Nobody could sleep because the hotel was so noisy.

  So noisy _________ .

5 As soon as I’d found phone, it rang.

  No sooner _________ .

6 I’ll never spend £400 on a camera again.

  Never _________ .

7 I definitely wouldn’t go to that hotel again.

  Under no circumstances _________ .

8 Not many films have generated so much publicity.

     Rarely _________ .

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No way am I going to lend you bike.

Hardly had I arrived at school when the fire alarm rang.

Only the next day did I understand why she’d been to upset.

So noisy was the hotel that nobody could sleep.

No sooner had I found phone than it rang.

Never again will I spend £400 on a camera.

Under no circumstances would I go to that hotel again.

Rarely has a film generated so much publicity.

5. Complete the sentences with your own ideas. Use other sentences on this page to help you, if necessary.

It was best friend who _________ .

All that happened _________ .

What worries me _________ .

Under no circumstances _________ .

Only much later _________ .

Rarely _________ .

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Challenge!

Write three sentences about a sport you either like or dislike strongly. Use emphatic structures.

1 _____

2 _____

3 _____

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