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Complete Advanced Sentences

Subjects : english, grammar
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Matilda thought it was somewhat _____ of the young man to have addressed her without first having been introduced. Perhaps manners were freer here in the New World.






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






3. Is an old-fashioned hairstyle an apt _____ for being out of step with the times and in need of change?






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






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






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






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






8. Con artists take advantage of the _____ of inexperienced Internet users to gain access to their credit card information.






9. Denying that she advocated total _____ - Katya maintained she wished only to change our government - not to destroy it utterly.






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






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






12. Though Widow Douglas had hopes of reforming Huck - Miss Watson considered him _____ and swore he would come to no good end.






13. 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.






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






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






16. The Beatles expressed themselves through capricious - flip humor and _____ displays of carefree abandon.






17. To revise a textbook properly - you must do more than make a few _____ changes to the manuscript.






18. A firm believer in democratic government - she could not understand the _____ of people who never bothered to vote.






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






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






21. Uninterested in philosophical or spiritual discussions - Max talked only of _____ matters - such as the daily weather forecast or the latest basketball results.






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






23. Icebreakers were needed to _____ the trapped whales from the icy floes that closed them in.






24. I was bowled over by the _____ of Amy's welcome. What an enthusiastic greeting!






25. Without additional funding - it may not be _____ to build a new stadium for the team on the city's highly developed West Side.






26. Some of the newer - less formal passages on the SAT have a _____ tone that is intended to make them more appealing to students.






27. The president _____ the astronauts - whom he called 'the pioneers of the Space Age.'






28. Although Nancy enjoyed Bill's _____ - lighthearted companionship - she sometimes wondered whether he could ever be serious.






29. Though his fellow students considered him a gifted scholar - Paul knew he would have to spend many years in serious study before he could consider himself truly _____.






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






31. Someone mute cannot talk; someone _____ can hardly stop talking.






32. With its worn-out dialogue and predictable plot - the sitcom struck me as unbearably _____.






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






34. In providing college scholarships for economically disadvantaged youths - Eugene Lang performed a truly _____ deed.






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






36. Don't just hint around that you're dissatisfied; be _____ about what's bothering you.






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






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






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






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






41. The reviewers heaped _____ on the novice playwright - ridiculing his pretentious dialogue - flat characters - and simple-minded plot.






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






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






44. 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.






45. Michael's severe bout of the flue _____ him so much that for a week he was too tired to go back to work.






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






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






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






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






50. As far as I'm concerned - Apple's claims about its new computer are pure _____; no machine is that good!