Vocabulary building for good writing
You will find below a collection of common words and phraes picked up from today’s Hindu — the newspaper considered to the gold standard in English language journalism.
There are in all 13 words, and 14 sentences. You are to spot the right word/ phrase for the gaps in the sentences to complete them. One or two words have no sentences corresponding to them, where as one or two words have been used mre than nce for their different usages. This makes the task a little harder, but highly rewarding.
Take recourse to any good online dictionary to get the correct sense of the words / phrases.
You may send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive your feedback within a day or two of your sending your answer.
Hindu words January 19, 2018
Scoff, Synagogue, Override, To keep a close tab on, Mole (not related to Chemistry), Clandestine, Classified, Ward off, Prevail over, Thump as verb, To show someone the way, Weary, Decry
1. While describing the gadget addiction of her son to the school teacher, the mother broke down. Clearly, she felt ——- about the matter.
2. All ———— documents in the Reserve Bank of India are kept securely in a huge iron vault with electronic lock.
3. After the convict heard his 10-year sentence, he gave a long, ——— laugh. He had no strength to look at his wife seated nearby.
4. The Pakistani spy used to meet the Indian army man in a ————– manner in a wayside dhaba dressed like truck drivers. The exchange of cash and secret maps used to take place there.
5. When the defence lawyer began to argue noisily with the judge, the latter had no option but to ———- him —————.
6. The doctor was ——– to see the patient’s unresponsiveness to even very strong antibiotics.
7. When the student suggested that a trench could be built around the school building to keep snakes away, the head master —— at the suggestion. Only a day after, a deadly cobra was found hiding in the file cabinet in the office.
8. The Jews maintain their ——— with far more care than we, Hindus, do for our temples.
9. After receiving an intelligence input, plainclothes policemen are ———————— on all strange-looking visitors to the Jagannath temple.
10. The angry manager ———– his fist on the table to describe how lack of punctuality in the office has affected working.
11. Terrorists keep packets of dates in their possession to ————- — hunger during their long secret missions.
12. Judges must not allow their political sympathies to —————– over their legal sense while deciding a case.
13. Kohli will like to forget the way South Africa ——- his side recently.
14. The Supreme Court has ——— the way some groups of people have resisted the release of Padmavati describing their intolerance as deplorable.