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VOCABULARY CONSOLIDATION 1

VEXING VERBS
A Common collocations – Complete each phrase with a word from the box.
abort adhere collaborate compile conspire divulge quibble writhe
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1. ................................... in pain 5. ................................... a mission


2. ................................... a secret 6. ................................... statistics
3. ................................... over minor details 7. ................................... to assassinate the president
4. ................................... on a project 8. ................................... to the rules

B Fine-tuning your knowledge – The numbers below refer to the questions in the Vocabulary section of Final
Test 1. Review the words, then fill each blank with the correct form of the appropriate verb.

126. upgrade a. Let the boss have the last word. He doesn’t like anyone ................................. him.
uplift b. The rousing performance of Handel’s Messiah ................................. the audience.
upstage c. You can ................................. your computer by adding more memory to it.
upend d. The naughty child extended his foot and ................................. the poor teacher!

134. a. Government troops had to be called in to ................................. the rebellion.


ward off
b. The Senate will ................................. voting on the bill until after the elections.
provoke
c. Is it true that vitamin C will ................................. a cold?
suppress
d. What ................................. you to do such a foolish thing?
defer
e. You’ve been doing this for years. I’ll ................................. to your experience.

137. abort a. The immigrant children were eager to ................................. into American society.
preserve b. Sumo wrestlers ................................. enormous amounts of food.
consume c. If neither side agrees to compromise, the talks will have to be ................................. .
assimilate d. The ancient Egyptians were experts at ................................. dead bodies.

143. shrivel a. The woman ................................. when she saw a mouse scamper across the kitchen.
shriek b. The sergeant ................................. out orders to his men.
bark c. After months of neglect, the plants on her balcony had ................................. and died.
writhe d. The dancers ................................. and stretched as if their bodies were made of elastic.

148. downsize a. Not wanting to upset him, she ................................. the damage she had done to the car.
downplay b. If the company ................................. , several hundred employees will be laid off.
download c. He spent the evening ................................. pages from the Internet.
downgrade d. If his work does not improve, he will be ................................. to assistant manager.

154. a. The airline announced that everyone aboard had ................................. in the crash.
perish
b. He was executed for ................................. classified information to a foreign power.
cherish
c. The anxious student ................................. the thought of her upcoming exams.
dread
d. Knowing their father was dying, they ................................. every moment with him.
divulge
e What if the Cold War had turned into World War III? ................................. the thought!

159. enumerate a. A group of angry protesters have ................................. in front of the Town Hall.
alleviate b. We can ................................. the room by opening the windows a bit.
congregate c. The new peripheral road has greatly ................................. traffic in the downtown area.
ventilate d. How many causes of World War II can you ................................. ?

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VOCABULARY CONSOLIDATION 1

NOTORIOUS NOUNS
A Amusing associations – Find the word in the box that is suggested by each prompt.
ammunition eviction mortality ripples ruffles temptation urbanity whims

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1. ........................................ - Eve gave in to this when she bit into the apple.
2. ........................................ - It afflicts tenants who don’t pay their rent.
3. ........................................ - It keeps a funeral director in business.
4. ........................................ - You see these when you throw a stone into a quiet lake.
5. ........................................ - Little girls either love them or hate them.
6. ........................................ - Spontaneous women are never without them – note the pun!
7. ........................................ - A refined city-dweller has this, but not a country bumpkin.
8. ........................................ - Without this, a gun’s a not-so-deadly weapon.

B Fine-tuning your knowledge – The numbers below refer to the questions in the Vocabulary section of Final
Test 1. After reviewing the words, fill in the blanks with the appropriate words.

125. conduct a. The discovery of the structure of DNA was a great scientific ................................. .
intersection b. Another word for refinement and sophistication is ................................. .
urbanity c. He is a noisy, unruly child whose ................................. leaves a lot to be desired.
breakthrough d. The accident occurred at the ................................. of Main Street and Vine.

142. variation a. After her son’s birthday party, the house was in total ................................. .
array b. She has always felt a strong ................................. with the objectives of Greenpeace.
affinity c. The children were dressed in their best ................................. .
disarray d. I didn’t say he’s lying. I said his story is an interesting ................................. on the truth.

147. ripple a. Girls who are tomboys wouldn’t be caught dead in dresses with .............................s.
rivulet b. During the storm .............................s of water ran through the streets.
ruffle c. The villagers gazed in horror at the charred .............................s of their homes.
remnant d. A ............................. of laughter went through the crowd as the comic fell onto the stage.

149. controversy a. They divorced years ago, but the ............................. between them is still intense.
alteration b. Women executives feel a strong ............................. between their careers and families.
conflict c. Decades after abortion was legalized in the USA, the ............................. still rages.
antagonism d. The tailor assured him that the suit would fit perfectly after a few .............................s.

155. influx a. The prison guards feared that the .............................s were about to stage a rebellion.
inmate b. The new teacher valued the ............................. of her more experienced colleagues.
input c. Islanders are busy preparing for the summer ............................. of tourists.
inquest d. The police commissioner has ordered an ............................. to investigate the scandal.

160. outreach a. Would anyone like to place a wager on the ............................. of the match?
outlay b. Residents are opposed to building an industrial zone on the ............................. of town.
outskirts c. Educating your children requires a substantial ............................. of money.
outcome d. The community has launched an ............................. program for troubled youths.

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ADDLING ADJECTIVES
A Common collocations – Complete each phrase with a word from the box.
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abrupt accomplished defective gaping


glaring imminent indigenous prestigious prevalent

1. an ................................. musician 4. ................................. merchandise 7. a ................................. hole


2. a ................................. omission 5. a ................................. award 8. an ................................. halt
3. an ................................. species 6. a ................................. belief 9. an ................................. crisis

B Fine-tuning your knowledge – The numbers below refer to the questions in the Vocabulary section in Final
Test 1. After reviewing the words, fill in the blanks with the appropriate words.

124. extraneous a. Who signed this letter? The name is totally ................................. .
superficial b. If you remove the ................................. information, the report will be easier to follow.
illegible c. The student’s essay was extremely ................................. and lacking in detail.
simultaneous d. The terrorists set off ................................. explosions at several points in the city.

127. a. The store replaced the ................................. stereo as the product was under warranty.
provisional
b. The problem was highly ................................. and difficult to solve.
conspicuous
c. If you must cheat, do you have to be so ................................. about it?
defective
d. The appointment is ................................. , but if your work is satisfactory you will be
complex
offered a permanent position.
132. contingent a. No one was willing to risk fishing in the ................................. lake.
intoxicated b. The driver had his license revoked for driving while ................................. .
potable c. Only a very small percentage of the earth’s water supply is ................................. .
contaminated d. Needless to say, our picnic plans are ................................. on the weather.

136. glaring a. Harvard and Yale are among the most ................................. universities in the USA.
vacant b. The bullet had left a ................................. wound in the victim’s leg.
gaping c. The article contained several ................................. errors.
prestigious d. The apartment has been ................................. for several months.

140. a. If you point the camera into the sun, the photo will be ................................. .
partial
b. The patient may never walk again; a ............................... recovery is all we can hope for.
overexposed
c. As a child, he was highly ................................. to colds and respiratory infections.
superfluous
d. It was clear that the couple wanted to be alone; so, feeling ................................. , I left.
susceptible
e. He’s always been ................................. to fast cars and beautiful women.

145. eligible a. The printer will work with all IBM-................................. computers.
compatible b The patient was so weak that his voice was barely ................................. .
conceivable c Desperate for work, she applied for every job she was ................................. for.
audible d It is highly ................................. that the politician’s phone had been bugged.

146. indignant a. Massive deforestation in the area has endangered many ................................. species.
undignified b. Rude salesclerks make for ................................. customers – and vice versa!
indigent c. How dare he ruin her party with his bad manners and ................................. behavior!
indigenous The hostess had every right to be ................................. .
d. When the stock market crashed in 1929, many families were left ................................. .

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AUDACIOUS ADVERBS
Fine-tuning your knowledge – The numbers below refer to the questions in the Vocabulary section in Final Test 1.
After reviewing the words, fill in the blanks with the appropriate words.

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130. alternately a. Most people react ................................. when they are told they no longer have a job.
sullenly b. After a few drinks, the three friends ................................. burst into song.
spontaneously c. Her crying was ................................. mixed with sniffling and sobs.
sluggishly d. I’ve never seen you move so ................................. . Are you coming down with the flu?
138. inadvertently a. Many a break-in occurs when home-owners ................................. leave a window open.
vigorously b. ................................. we bought identical jackets at the same shop last week.
supposedly c. It was a brilliant performance, which the audience ................................. applauded.
coincidentally d. The necklace is ................................. valued at over a million dollars.

151. timely (adj) a. The boy was saved, thanks to the ................................. arrival of the fireman.
consistently b. The boss insists that everyone be here ................................. , so don’t be late.
concisely c. There is little space for the article, so write it as ................................. as possible.
punctually d. The employee was dismissed as his work was ................................. below standard.

FINE LINES AND DELICATE DIFFERENCES


Below are groups of words that are easily confused. At least one of the words in each group has appeared in the
Vocabulary section of Final Test 1. Discuss each group, then fill in the blanks with the appropriate words.

1. alteration a. The bartender’s black eye was the result of an ................................ with a drunk customer.
altercation b. When the scandal broke, the politician had no other ................................. but to resign.
alternative c. Animal migration patterns tend to follow the ................................. of the seasons.
alternation d. After a few minor .................................s, the contract was signed by both parties.

2. fatality a. Many religions are based on a belief in the ................................. of the soul.
mortality b. The head-on car collision ended in four .................................s.
morality c. The 20th century witnessed a dramatic decrease in infant ................................. .
immortality d. “How dare you question the ................................. of my actions!” she said indignantly.

3. a. Reducing energy ................................. is a high priority in the 21st century.


resumption
b. The article, to my mind, is based upon several false ..............................s / ..............................s.
presumption
c. The peace talks came to an abrupt halt with the ................................. of hostilities.
assumption
d. I’m sick and tired of his arrogant ................................. . Just who does he think he is?
consumption
e. In the old days, the disease tuberculosis was also referred to as ................................. .

4. eviction a. Is it true that the company has a ................................. in the Personnel Department?
evacuation b. Months behind in his rent, the tenant knew he was facing imminent ............................... .
vacancy c. The police assisted the firemen in the ................................. of the burning building.
vaccination d. The children lined up to receive their polio .................................s.

5. illegible a. The roast was so overdone that it was ................................. .


ineligible b. Their meeting had made an ................................. impression on him.
inedible c. The dying woman was so weak that her voice was virtually ................................. .
indelible d. His composition was so ................................. that the teacher refused to read it.
inaudible e. His lack of experience makes him ................................. for the job.

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