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.
1 It 2 place 3 All 4 What 5 person 6 thing 7 reason
2. Rewrite the sentences in exercise 1 without emphasis.
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)
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 _________ .
1 No way am I going to lend you bike.
2 Hardly had I arrived at school when the fire alarm rang.
3 Only the next day did I understand why she’d been to upset.
4 So noisy was the hotel that nobody could sleep.
5 No sooner had I found phone than it rang.
6 Never again will I spend £400 on a camera.
7 Under no circumstances would I go to that hotel again.
8 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.
1 It was best friend who _________ .
2 All that happened _________ .
3 What worries me _________ .
4 Under no circumstances _________ .
5 Only much later _________ .
6 Rarely _________ .
Your own answers
Write three sentences about a sport you either like or dislike strongly. Use emphatic structures.