Changing Sentences:

First to Third Person
Directions: Read the story and then change the sentences so that it is about a woman named Sharon. Retype each of the sentences in the boxes below. (Reading and retyping will help your English improve quickly.)

When you are finished, click on "Our Version" to see the answer.

Try to write your own sentence before you click on "Our Version." The first three sentences are done for you.


       Do you like to exercise? I don’t. As a matter of fact, I hate it. However, I feel exercise is very important for my health. My favorite forms of exercise are: pushing buttons on the remote control while I watch television, lifting the tabs off diet soda cans to strengthen my wrists and stretching my arms to the top kitchen cabinet to remove a bag of potato chips. This is great for my upper torso. I also enjoy sports. I sweat when I watch tennis competitions. I focus on the ball in baseball in order to watch the player hit it, and I exercise my vocal chords when my favorite basketball team wins a game. I find the sport of football too dangerous, so I avoid the ESPN station on cable during the NFL playoffs. It is important for me to get a good cardio-vascular workout, so I walk my dog at a brisk pace. I have to be cautious not to let my pet lead in order to catch a squirrel as this may be dangerous to my health and well-being. I may be dragged through my neighbor’s hedges or crash into a telephone pole. I have to wear sneakers while engaging in this sport. I should wear a helmet, too.


Original:  Do you like to exercise? I don’t. As a matter of fact, I hate it.

Changed version:  Do you like to exercise? Sharon doesn't. As a matter of fact, she hates it.


1.
However, I feel exercise is very important for my health.

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2.
My favorite forms of exercise are: pushing buttons on the remote control while I watch television, lifting the tabs off diet soda cans to strengthen my wrists and stretching my arms to the top kitchen cabinet to remove a bag of potato chips.

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3.
This is great for my upper torso.

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4.
I also enjoy sports.

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5.
I sweat when I watch tennis competitions.

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6.
I focus on the ball in baseball in order to watch the player hit it, and I exercise my vocal chords when my favorite basketball team wins a game.

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7.
I find the sport of football too dangerous, so I avoid the ESPN station on cable during the NFL playoffs.

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8.
It is important for me to get a good cardio-vascular workout, so I walk my dog at a brisk pace.

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9.
I have to be cautious not to let my pet lead in order to catch a squirrel as this may be dangerous to my health and well-being.

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10.
I may be dragged through my neighbor’s hedges or crash into a telephone pole.

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11.
I have to wear sneakers while engaging in this sport.

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12.
I should wear a helmet, too.

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Original written by Shashi Ishai, Professional Tutor in the English Language Resource Center at Bergen Community College, NJ

Posted November 28, 2005