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Complete Advanced Sentences

Subjects : english, grammar
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1. Although Georgia O'Keeffe painted subjects over the years - she had a definite _____ for painting flowers.

2. By their use of the Internet - propagandists have been able to _____ their pet doctrines to new audiences around the globe.

3. A pragmatic politician - he was guided more by what was _____ than by what was right.

4. There's no point to what you're saying. Why are you bothering to make such _____ remarks?

5. _____ to his downtrodden existence - the day laborer was too meek to protest his supervisor's bullying.

6. Their _____ in rank made no difference at all to the prince and Cinderella.

7. Times of economic hardship inevitably encourage the _____ of countless get-rich-quick schemes.

8. Though Aunt Bea at times had to _____ Opie for inattention in church - she believed he was at heart a God-fearing lad.

9. When both Harvard and Stanford accepted Laura - she was in a _____ as to which school she should attend.

10. Although her early poetry was clearly _____ in nature - the critics thought she had promise and eventually would find her own voice.

11. When Johnny came down with a bad case of poison oak - the doctor recommended calamine lotion to _____ the itching.

12. There is a fine line between speech that is _____ and to the point and speech so abrupt that it verges on rudeness.

13. Covering the Olympic Games - the sportscasters _____ every American victory and grumbled about every American defeat.

14. The winter storm was ______; it changed course constantly.

15. I am a _____ about the proposed new health plan; I want some proof that it will work.

16. At commencement - the dean praised Ellen for her _____ behavior as class president.

17. No matter how hard Darnell tried to lure the trout into taking the bait - the fish was too _____ to catch.

18. Shrewdly purchasing valuable plots of land for small sums - John Jacob Astor gained a reputation as an _____ investor.

19. Bobby was such a _____ eater that he would eat a sandwich only if his mother first cut off every scrap of crust.

20. We made an _____ choice to eat at the first restaurant we saw.

21. A miser hoards money - not because he is _____ - but because he is stingy.

22. Nothing could shake his _____ that his children would get the best education that money could buy.

23. The beauty of Tiffany's stained glass appealed to Esther's _____ sense.

24. When you place a phone call from an airplane - _____ is essential; you are charged for every minute.

25. A doting mother - Emma was more likely to praise her son's childish finger paintings than to _____ them.

26. Paradoxically - _____ reasoning does not always produce incorrect results; even though your logic may be flawed - the conclusion you reach may still be correct.

27. Suppose you are accepted by Harvard - Stanford - and Yale. Which one would you attend? Remember - this is only a _____ situation.

28. When you send a message on Twitter - be _____; a tweet cannot be more than 140 characters long.

29. Josh is such a greedy _____ that - as soon as the earthquake struck - he tripled the price of bottled water at his store.

30. Towering over the nearby houses - the MacMansion looked wholly _____ in the historic neighborhood of small Craftsman bungalows.

31. Although defeat appeared inevitable - the general was _____ in his refusal to surrender.

32. Because Carmen believed in Juan's fidelity - she _____ the notion that he might be having an affair.

33. The bottle of wine I brought to Sharon's party was certainly _____: how was I to know that Sharon owned a winery?

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

35. The mayfly is an _____ creature; its adult life lasts little more than a day.

36. Even the best-mannered students have trouble behaving with _____ on the last day of school.

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

38. To John - who had never missed a meal - hunger was an _____ concept - one he understood only in theory.

39. 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.

40. Although the movie star was no genius - she was sufficiently _____ to tell her true friends from the countless phonies who flattered her.

41. At the protest rally - the students cheered the strikers and booed the dean with equal _____.

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

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

44. Typically - partygoers are _____; hermits are not.

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

46. A radical committed to social change - Reed had no patience with the conservative views _____ in the America of his day.

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

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

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

50. The conceited rap star relished the _____ he received from his groupies and yes-men.