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Complete Advanced Sentences

Subjects : english, grammar
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1. Michael's severe bout of the flue _____ him so much that for a week he was too tired to go back to work.

2. According to Sherlock Homes - the very point that appears to complicate a case - when duly considered and scientifically handled - is the one most likely to _____ it.

3. We could tell we were in serious trouble from the _____ of the principal's expression.

4. The boss prefaced his speech by telling a pointless _____ about an encounter he'd had with former President Bush.

5. Pointing out that the candidate consistently had voted against strengthening antipollution legislation - the reporter _____ her claim that she was a fervent environmentalist.

6. Looking for any inconsistency in the testimony that might exonerate his client - the defense lawyer pounced on a _____ between the two witnesses' versions of what had occurred.

7. Through the comments of the characters in his cartoon strip - Doonesbury - Gary Trudeau ridicules political corruption; his humor is _____ in nature.

8. The architect realized that her design for the new school had to be in _____ with the local building code.

9. Torn between loving her parents one minute and hating them the next - she was confused by the _____ of her feelings.

10. Politicians of both the extreme right and left annoy me because they do not sound like people but parrots mindlessly repeating _____ clich

11. In a fiery speech - Mario _____ his fellow students to go out on strike to protest the university's anti-affirmative action stand.

12. The inquisitors used both physical and psychological _____ to force Joan of Arc to deny that her visions were sent by God.

13. What _____ did you use when you selected this essay as the prizewinner?

14. The governor's appointment of his brother-in-law to the State Supreme Court was a _____ violation of the state laws against nepotism.

15. The defense called several respectable witnesses who were able to _____ the lying testimony of the prosecution's sole witness.

16. On certain issues of principle - the senator refused to take a _____ stand - but let her conscience be her guide.

17. Violently disagreeing with the referees' ruling - Coach Ben became so _____ that they threw him out of the game.

18. The glitter and _____ of the ballroom took Cinderella's breath away.

19. After Ralph dropped his second try of drinks that week - the manager swiftly _____ him to a minor post behind the bar.

20. Although her _____ smile and gentle bearing made Miss Marple seem to be a sweet little old lady - in reality she was a tough-minded - shrewd observer of human nature.

21. 'Judicial activism' is the alleged tendency of some judges to _____ the power of elected legislatures by making the law rather than merely interpreting it.

22. When Elizabeth realized that Darcy considered himself too good to dance with his inferiors - she took great offense at his _____.

23. Please try not to include so many _____ details in your report; the bare facts are all I need.

24. The attorney came up with several far-fetched arguments in a vain attempt to _____ his weak case.

25. The store manager tried to _____ the angry customer by offering to replace the damaged merchandise or return her money.

26. Using only a few descriptive phrases - Austen manages to _____ the character of Mr. Collins so deftly that we can predict his every move.

27. She kept all the receipts form her business trip in order to _____ her expenses for the Internal Revenue Service.

28. In a brief essay - describe a person you admire - someone whose virtues and achievements you would like to _____.

29. The senator was _____ for behavior inappropriate to a member of Congress.

30. His coarse - hard-bitten exterior _____ his inner sensitivity.

31. The legendary athlete Jim Thorpe - who _____ all his competitors at the 1912 Olympic Games - made a name for himself in baseball - football - and track.

32. Despite Tom's _____ of innocence - Aunt Polly suspected he had eaten the pie.

33. Because she was a firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy - Miss Post _____ the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.

34. Jealous of Cinderella's beauty - her _____ stepsisters expressed their spite by forcing her to do menial tasks.

35. Despite airing her clothes for several hours - she could not rid them of the _____ odor of mothballs that clung to them.

36. Because Webster's dictionary had grown so large and unwieldy - the publishers decided to _____ it and bring out a condensed version.

37. My Uncle Henry can out-talk any three people I know. he is the most _____ man in Cayuga County.

38. Galileo's assertion that the earth moved around the sun directly contradicted the religious teachings of his day; as a result - he was tried for _____.

39. You can _____ your chances of being admitted to the college of your choice by learning to write well.

40. The uncrowned queen of the fashion industry - Diana was famous for her _____ taste.

41. In the film Funny Face - the bookish heroine _____ fashion models for their lack of intellectual interests.

42. The rich new student tried to attract friends by making an _____ display of his wealth.

43. After the quarrel - Gina said nothing could _____ her to talk to Pedro again.

44. The fact that the band was already booked to play in Hollywood on New year's Eve _____ their accepting the gig in London.

45. Thirty years after the war - she could not let go of the past but was still consumed with _____ against the foe.

46. When I saw how Fred and his fraternity brothers had trashed the frat house - I decided to _____ my offer to let them use our summer cottage over spring break.

47. Psychoanalysts must maintain their professional _____ and stay uninvolved with their patients' personal lives.

48. The defense lawyer confidently listened to the prosecutor sum up his case - sure that she could answer his arguments in her _____.

49. Flat prose and flat ginger are equally _____; both lack sparkle.

50. Historically - traders and missionaries often proved themselves to be _____ explorers - bravely venturing into new territories despite the dangers involved.