162. Had it not been for

1. Had it not been for her, I would still be in bad shape.

2. Had it not been for your help, I wouldn’t have finished this problem.

3. Had it not been for this, she wouldn’t have lost her purse.

4. Had it not been for university fees, I would have enrolled this year.

5. Had it not been for the family, I would’ve went on the trip with you guys.

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160. Come near ~ing

1. I came near losing my temper at her.

2. She came near slipping on the ice.

3. The cargo plane came near crashing into the side of the mountain due to bad weather.

4. If they came near injuring themselves, it must be a dangerous trail.

5. He came near hearing their conversation, but then, they stopped speaking.

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159. Provided

1. Provided that you have the necessary documents, you are eligible for the campaign.

2. Provided that your insurance is still valid, you will not have to pay for any repairs.

3. Provided service costs extra.

4. It will taste good, provided that he uses the appropriate amount of ingredients.

5. Provided that she is hardworking, she can get accepted into Harvard.

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156. Prefer A to B

1. I prefer tea to coffee.

2. They prefer to study in a group, as opposed to studying alone.

3. Sam prefers wine to beer.

4. He prefers to travel by train to travel to plane.

5. Do you prefer living in the country to living in the city?

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155. It goes without saying that

1. It goes without saying that she is always thoughtful.

2. It goes without saying that the manager believes in her employees.

3. It goes without saying that he is great at what he does.

4. Needless to say, the report was well written.

5. Needless to say, the project will continue on as scheduled.

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154. May well

1. It may well be okay to go, but it’s still dangerous.

2. She may well be polite, but her facial expression says otherwise.

3. They may well be hardworking, but today, they didn’t do anything.

4. The report may well be completed, but it has many errors.

5. The construction worker may well be tired after a long day.

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131. On account of

1. On the account of the report, our manager decided to change the project.

2. The cruise ship delayed its departure on account of rough seas.

3. On account of recent scandals, the president of the company had to resign.

4. The restaurant had to close on account of recent protests for having unclean facilities.

5. On account of the group, we decided to postpone the meeting until further notice.

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130. So A that

1. The food was so good that I wanted more.

2. Engineering is so difficult, that I needed to change my major.

3. The hotel was so nice, that I decided to stay there again.

4. The play was so enjoyable, that I went to see it again the next night.

5. The actors were so great, that they received praise from many entertainment magazines.

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129. Much less A than B

1. Her neighborhood is much less dangerous than mine.

2. This cake is much less delicious that that one.

3. There is much less to do in the countryside than in the city.

4. Living in an apartment is much less bothersome than living in a house.

5. Reading fiction is much less difficult than reading a book on philosophy.

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127. No sooner than A than B

1. I need that report no sooner than 12 or 1 pm.

2. They need to get to the airport no sooner than 10 or 10:30 am to catch their flight.

3. The man had no sooner taken out his wallet than thought about buying the item.

4. He had no sooner left the company than had no money for rent.

5. No sooner had the musician released a new album than started working on a new set of songs.

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