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  1. On being told that his team had not made it to the finals, his face dropped and he looked most ____________
    1. desperate
    2. forlorn
    3. pitied
    4. rejected
  2. Both men wanted to marry the heroine; they were ____________ for her affection.
    1. contestants
    2. rivals
    3. competitors
    4. enemies
  3. On particularly cold nights, the ____________ in the air becomes frost.
    1. wet
    2. damp
    3. moisture
    4. condensation
  4. A major problem facing governments in developed countries is how to persuade their citizens to ____________
    1. nurture
    2. breed
    3. grow
    4. increase
  5. There are few ____________ places left in the world, even Antarctica has debris left by humans.
    1. barren
    2. deserted
    3. clean
    4. pristine
  6. People who happily take care of other people's children temporarily during difficult situations are known as ____________ parents.
    1. double
    2. second
    3. foster
    4. extract
  7. Many young women from poor countries are being ____________ by being told they will be given work as waitresses in richer countries. In reality, many are forced into prostitution.
    1. exploited
    2. used
    3. confused
    4. mixed
  8. You will find that Holden cars are very ____________ and secure.
    1. depending
    2. independent
    3. dependable
    4. undependable
  9. The panda is an ____________ species.
    1. endangered
    2. dangerous
    3. endangering
    4. danger-free
  10. I'm having such a good time. I've gone to parties for three ____________ nights.
    1. successful
    2. succeeding
    3. succeeded
    4. successive
  11. So what do you do for a ____________
    1. living
    2. life
    3. livelihood
    4. lifetime
  12. He won ____________ : the other competitor's scores were much lower.
    1. decidedly
    2. decisively
    3. undecidedly
    4. indecisively
  13. He is our current ____________ on foreign affairs.
    1. advice
    2. advisor
    3. advisory
    4. advise
  14. Captain Hook was a ____________ pirate.
    1. notorious
    2. well-known
    3. famous
    4. popular
  15. Rice is the ____________ food of Asians.
    1. staple
    2. stale
    3. stain
    4. stake
  16. He is a very good runner. He can ____________ just about anybody.
    1. outrun
    2. outpace
    3. outdo
    4. outlast
  17. Old habits die ____________ and it is difficult to break them.
    1. away
    2. naturally
    3. hard
    4. easily
  18. A thank you note doesn't have to be long. It is the thought that ____________
    1. pleases
    2. says
    3. shows
    4. counts
  19. The boy is ____________ to bed because he has come down with flu.
    1. confined
    2. bound
    3. limited
    4. restricted
  20. The earthquake was a ____________ . Thousands died.
    1. grave accident
    2. catastrophe
    3. havoc
    4. disastrous
  21. ____________ does not take alcoholic drinks.
    1. philanthropist
    2. teetotaller
    3. drunkard
    4. numismatist
  22. When the bell for recess rang, the pupils made ____________ for the canteen.
    1. course
    2. a path
    3. a beeline
    4. a route
  23. It is better to be safe than ____________
    1. sorry
    2. sorrowful
    3. having
    4. sad
  24. Compact discs may eventually make cassettes a thing of ____________
    1. the museum
    2. old
    3. antiquity
    4. the past
  25. Although we were poor, we were never in ____________
    1. want
    2. poverty
    3. shortage
    4. need
  26. Education is highly ____________
    1. revered
    2. cherished
    3. venerated
    4. prized
  27. People can hurt one another's feeling without ____________ to.
    1. trying
    2. wanting
    3. having
    4. meaning
  28. Hospitality is a ____________ nature to these friendly villagers. They always treat their guests well.
    1. first
    2. true
    3. real
    4. second
  29. Some people go out of their ____________ to help others.
    1. duty
    2. way
    3. limit
    4. path
  30. Singapore is ____________ society. Its people are well-to-do.
    1. luxurious
    2. a developed
    3. a mature
    4. an affluent
  31. The commandos are about to ____________ the building.
    1. charge
    2. sack
    3. rush
    4. storm
  32. The horror movie scared them out of their ____________
    1. skin
    2. wits
    3. lives
    4. seats
  33. His ideas were ahead of his ____________ . No one took them seriously.
    1. time
    2. age
    3. era
    4. period
  34. The golf course he designed was like no ____________
    1. equal
    2. one
    3. other
    4. parallel
  35. He has a ____________ appetite and eats a lot.
    1. hungry
    2. voracious
    3. healthy
    4. mean
  36. Every pupil has to do their ____________ . If we want the funfair to be a success.
    1. duty
    2. bit
    3. contribution
    4. role
  37. I was told to put it where it was usually ____________ .
    1. fit
    2. belonged
    3. stored
    4. taken
  38. The police have a new ____________
    1. assistance
    2. progress
    3. clue
    4. information
  39. The manager ____________ us that there had been budget problems in the company.
    1. offered
    2. revealed
    3. concluded
    4. told
  40. ____________ someone else has borrowed the book I left on the table.
    1. Personally
    2. Properly
    3. Presumably
    4. Perfectly
  41. The guests wanted some tea so I made ____________
    1. some it
    2. it them
    3. some them
    4. them some
  42. The guests wanted some tea so I made ____________
    1. some it
    2. it them
    3. some them
    4. them some
  43. The team have won their last three matches ____________ I find a bit surprising actually.
    1. that
    2. which
    3. what
    4. how
  44. Only in summer ____________ people swim so often in the sea.
    1. see you
    2. do you see
    3. you see
    4. you have seen
  45. I'm going to see ____________ about a change of course.
    1. my tutor, Dr Smith,
    2. my tutor Dr Smith
    3. my tutor (Dr Smith)
    4. my tutor : Dr Smith
  46. They partied all night and we decided ____________ to the hotel manager.
    1. to complain
    2. complain
    3. complained
    4. complain
  47. Access to the internet ____________ rather rare a few years ago.
    1. would be
    2. was
    3. has been
    4. had been
  48. ____________ libraries have got quite a lot of information on those scientists.
    1. Almost all
    2. All almost
    3. All the most
    4. All most
  49. This year you've taught my son, ____________
    1. haven't you?
    2. have you?
    3. don't you?
    4. didn't you?
  50. It's time to call for a ____________ to all the arguing.
    1. stop
    2. end
    3. cease
    4. halt
  51. ____________ hesitates is lost.
    1. He who
    2. Who
    3. Who he
    4. He
  52. There's something I want to ____________ to you about.
    1. discuss
    2. talk
    3. tell
    4. say
  53. It's no trouble ____________ you at the airport.
    1. meeting
    2. meet
    3. met
    4. have met
  54. ____________ from Save the Children's gift catalogue is easy.
    1. Buying
    2. Selling
    3. Bought
    4. Buy
  55. The noise ____________
    1. woke me up
    2. woke up me
    3. me woke up
    4. up woke me
  56. The whole hall unbelievably won the award for ____________ .
    1. the most beautiful international public building
    2. the beautiful public international most building.
    3. the public most international beautiful building
    4. the international most public beautiful building.
  57. If I went there, I ____________ the laser printer.
    1. could use
    2. can use
    3. used
    4. use
  58. ____________ entered the house.
    1. A short fat mysterious stranger
    2. A short, fat, mysterious stranger
    3. A short and fat mysterious stranger
    4. A short, fat mysterious stranger
  59. It's a fair comment, ____________ .
    1. isn't it?
    2. hasn't it?
    3. is it?
    4. wasn't it?
  60. The Church ____________ on this site since the fifteenth century.
    1. stood
    2. standing
    3. stands
    4. stand
  61. ____________ a friend of mine was there.
    1. Actually
    2. Presently
    3. At the moment
    4. Really
  62. There is still a large wage ____________ between men and women in some industries.
    1. differentiation
    2. indifference
    3. differential
    4. difference
  63. He looked at me in ____________ when I told him I had been to over 40 countries this year.
    1. unbelievingly
    2. believed
    3. unbelievable
    4. disbelief
  64. It was the middle of the night and there was a ____________ silence in the old house.
    1. dead
    2. deathly
    3. dying
    4. deadly
  65. AIDS is a ____________ disease.
    1. communicative
    2. communicating
    3. communicable
    4. communal
  66. He is well-behaved in school. But outside school, he shows his true ____________ when he uses foul language.
    1. type
    2. colours
    3. stripes
    4. form
  67. These poor, starving and dirty slum dwellers are ____________ of misery.
    1. a model
    2. a picture
    3. a portrait
    4. an example
  68. A doctor is on ____________ twenty-four hours a day.
    1. demand
    2. request
    3. call
    4. tap
  69. His opponents were no ____________ for him.
    1. competition
    2. challenger
    3. match
    4. equal
  70. Singaporeans enjoy a high ____________ of living.
    1. cost
    2. standard
    3. level
    4. class
  71. Some fashion models you see in _______ magazines are very well paid.
    1. colourful
    2. beautiful
    3. glossy
    4. bright
  72. It rained for five days in a ___________.
    1. sequence
    2. row
    3. straight
    4. spell
  73. You are given a week's ________ after the deadline to pay your fine.
    1. period
    2. delay
    3. concession
    4. grace
  74. The girl was so embarrassed that she turned as red as a _________
    1. beetroot
    2. carrot
    3. rose
    4. lipstick
  75. If you've had a bad holiday, you can make _________
    1. a claim
    2. an ad
    3. a complaint
    4. a request
  76. It's a little terraced house and sort of very old fashioned but ________ clean and very cosy.
    1. spotlessly
    2. horribly
    3. horrendously
    4. awfully
  77. _____ all the confusion, we didn't tell them until the next morning.
    1. Because of
    2. Due of
    3. Causing
    4. Reason of
  78. If they'd ______ him more time, he'd have been able to do a better job.
    1. give
    2. giving
    3. given
    4. gave
  79. The boss explained during the meeting that it was _______ of what should have priority
    1. a fact
    2. a belief
    3. a possibility
    4. a question
  80. He ________ that he liked coffee more than any other hot drink.
    1. spoke
    2. replied
    3. described
    4. talked
  81. I never ________ doing that.
    1. agreed
    2. persuaded
    3. mentioned
    4. said
  82. He's ________ a swimmer as his sister.
    1. better
    2. so good
    3. good as
    4. not as good
  83. They said on the news ________ of Alaska was covered in snow.
    1. whole
    2. half
    3. any
    4. each
  84. Look at the _________ page to find out what is in the book.
    1. contents'
    2. content's
    3. content
    4. contents
  85. You couldn't find a copy of 'Hamlet, ___________
    1. could you?
    2. can you?
    3. couldn't you?
    4. didn't you?
  86. The pizza's not too bad. Actually, it is ________
    1. quite good
    2. too good
    3. not good
    4. so good
  87. I'm afraid he's being more of ________ than a help.
    1. a hindrance
    2. an assistance
    3. an entertainment
    4. a solution
  88. The driver had his car window _______ by the thief who stole his belongings.
    1. smashed
    2. repaired
    3. crashed
    4. replaced
  89. Can I ask if you know ________
    1. what is this?
    2. is what this?
    3. what this?
    4. what this is?
  90. Have you seen my watch _____ in the house? I can't find it.
    1. anywhere
    2. nowhere
    3. everywhere
    4. wherever
  91. He took a ________ course so that he could speak the language.
    1. hurried
    2. rushed
    3. quick
    4. crash
  92. It's 12 p.m.. It's _______ for a boy of your age to sit up late.
    1. an hour too late
    2. a too late hour
    3. too late an hour
    4. an hour late too
  93. Brazil is the _______ producer of coffee.
    1. leading
    2. star
    3. eminent
    4. champion
  94. The passengers escaped from the burning car ____________
    1. scorching
    2. stuttering
    3. limping
    4. slipping
  95. The nurse placed the instruments in boiling water to ______ them.
    1. clean
    2. heat
    3. steam
    4. sterilize
  96. She ________ her husband for being rude to the salesman.
    1. called
    2. scolded
    3. praised
    4. refused
  97. Some people think that it is not _________ to believe the abominable snowman exists.
    1. awkward
    2. skilful
    3. unreasonable
    4. clumsy
  98. This stretch of the river is ___________
    1. treacherous
    2. malicious
    3. intelligent
    4. cunning

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