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Complete Advanced Sentences

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1. The young princess made the foolish _____ that the regent would not object to her taking the reins of power.

2. Even though she knew she would be burned at the stake as a witch - Joan of Arc refused to _____ her belief that her voices came from God.

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

4. Although the University of California at Berkeley is just one part of the state university system - in many ways - Cal Berkeley is _____ - for it runs several programs that are not subject to state control.

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

6. The airline customer service agent tried to _____ the angry passenger by offering her a seat in first class.

7. Stories in The New York Times often include _____ allusions to obscure people and events.

8. When the boys first met their new stepmother - they felt some _____ - but eventually they lost that initial awkwardness and talked with her comfortably.

9. Seeking the end of slavery - the abolitionists _____ freedom for the slaves.

10. The mayor was unwilling to _____ the plan until she was sure it had the governor's backing.

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

12. This alleged fiscal crisis is no crisis at all. it is based on _____ claims about financial institutions and on scare stories about impending economic ruin.

13. Nobody minded when Professor Renoir's lectures wandered away from their official them; his _____ were always more fascinating than the topic of the day.

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

15. Tina was still angry despite Tony's soft and _____ words.

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

17. The BP oil spill has caused _____ damage to the entire Gulf Coast.

18. Cool - calm - and collected - James Bond shows remarkable _____ in the face of danger.

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

20. It is _____ that his success came when he least wanted it.

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

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

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

24. 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.

25. 'Any publicity is good publicity - 'said the starlet. 'If I can't have a good reputation - I'll settle for _____.'

26. Noticing the _____ glance the customer gave the diamond bracelet on the counter - the clerk wondered whether he had a potential shoplifter in the store.

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

28. Because Ann felt no desire to marry - she was _____ to Carl's constant proposals.

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

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

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

32. The wealthy - self-indulgent young man felt oddly drawn to the strict - _____ lifestyle practiced by members of some monastic orders.

33. Drinking alcohol can _____ your ability to drive safely; if you're going to drink - don't drive.

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

35. Although Georgia O'Keeffe painted many subjects over the years - she had a definite _____ for painting flowers.

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

37. After medical school - the two doctors took widely _____ paths - one becoming a wealthy plastic surgeon - the other joining the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders.

38. Rumors of police corruption led the mayor to _____ an investigation into the department's activities.

39. 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 _____.

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

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

42. Stop giggling and wriggling around in the pew; such _____ is improper in church.

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

44. Tourists are urged not to _____ the sanctity of holy places by wearing immodest garb.

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

46. 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.

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

48. Warned of _____ weather conditions ahead - the pilot told the passengers to fasten their seat belts.

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

50. These endorsements written by satisfied customers _____ our claim that Barron's SAT is the best SAT-prep book on the market.