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Select the most appropriate set of words from the given choices to fill in the blanks.

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It will take some time for many South Koreans to ___________ the conflicting images of North Korea, let alone to___________ what to make of their northern cousins.

A. reconcile, decide

B. understand, clarify

C. make out, decide

D. reconcile, understand

Correct Answer :

A. reconcile, decide


The key word in the given statement is let alone. It is synonymous with never mind, which is used to indicate that something is far less likely than the one already mentioned. For example, He cannot even run a kilometre, let alone participate in a marathon. So, the thing which is mentioned before this let alone phrase has to be of a lesser degree or extent.
Option (a) is correct, because reconcile means solving a matter, or restoring friendly relations (North and South Korea separated after World War II), so it will take them time to conclude what really went wrong with North Korea.
Option (b) is wrong, because understanding just means to comprehend or get it and clarify means to make things clear but does not refer to coming to a conclusion. Option (c) is wrong because make out can mean detect with senses. Option (d) is wrong because, understand is different from deciding.

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The deceased left _______ children.

A. behind

B. for

C. with

D. by

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I had a vague _________ that the lady originally belonged to Scotland.

A. notion

B. expression

C. imagination

D. theory

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I am an entertainer, ___________ , I have to keep smiling because in my heart laughter and sorrow have an affinity.

A. even if I have tears in me

B. even though I am depressed inside

C. while entertaining people

D. in the entertainment business

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To ___time, please go___ foot and not by bus.

A. spend, with

B. kill, towards

C. utilise, on

D. gain, on

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______________ his being innocent of the crime, the judge sentenced him to one year imprisonment.

A. Inspite of

B. In case of

C. On account of

D. In the event of

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The new government took __________ last year.

A. out

B. after

C. over

D. upon

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The two brothers look so_____ that it is difficult to tell one from the other.

A. identical

B. same

C. similar

D. resembling

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I did not see the point of _________ waiting for them, so I went home.

A. hanging around

B. hanging on

C. hang together

D. hanging up

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Few professions can ___________ the sheer variety and constant ___________ of being a doctor.

A. like, struggle

B. share, enthusiast

C. match, challenge

D. draw, work-load

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___ about prolonged power cuts in urban areas, the authorities have decided to ___ over to more reliable and eco-friendly systems to run its pumps.

A. Worried, shift

B. Frantic, move

C. Troubled, jump

D. Concerned, switch

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Mountaineering institutes___to the young climbers the technical knowledge which has been accumulated over the years.

A. impart

B. indicate

C. apply

D. help

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The law prohibits a person from felling a sandalwood tree, even if it grows on ones own land, without prior permission from the government. As poor people cannot deal with the government, this legal provision leads to a rip-roaring business for ___________, who care neither for the ___________ , nor for the trees.

A. middlemen, rich

B. the government, poor

C. touts, rich

D. touts, poor

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Sometimes the greatest inventions ___________ an idea of startling simplicity.

A. stumbles upon

B. hinge upon

C. starves without

D. lacks

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A child is the future of a family _________ nation.

A. just as

B. as a

C. like a

D. as well as of a

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His residence is on the______ of Hyderabad.

A. rim

B. core

C. periphery

D. outskirts

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The ability of a woman to do well does not ______ on whether it is a mans world or not, because everyone has
his/her own opportunities. (1) trust (2) depend (3) reckon (4) live (5) rest (6) believe

A. (4) and (5)

B. (2) and (3)

C. (1) and (6)

D. (2) and (5)

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A five-year-old boy was_____ from his school on Monday last by his servant for a ransom of Rs 8, 000.

A. driven

B. arrested

C. escorted

D. kidnapped

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She had a terrible night caused by a(n)_____ during her sleep.

A. incubus

B. debility

C. obsession

D. delusion

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I. The report ended on a .......... note.
II. They must take .......... steps to deal with the problem.

A. criticising

B. huge

C. positive

D. fancy

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Although there is ______________ gunfire, there is no stiff resistance to the revolutionary army.

A. bitter

B. meagre

C. continuous

D. sporadic

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It is not ______________ for a man to be confined to the pursuit of wealth.

A. healthy

B. easy

C. possible

D. common

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The stock markets ___________. The state they are in right now speaks volumes about this fact.

A. is the barometer of public confidence

B. are the best indicators of public sentiment

C. are used to trade in expensive shares

D. are not used to taking stock of all markets

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The last____ were performed before the body was cremated.

A. rites

B. writes

C. rights

D. withers

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He has a____tongue; his pinching sarcasm has______ everyone who has come into contact with him.

A. wanton, immunised

B. vitriolic, alienated

C. pungent, animated

D. recalcitaant, humanised

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When we call others dogmatic, what we really object to is ___________ .

A. their giving the dog a bad name

B. their holding dogmas that are different from our own

C. the extremism that goes along with it

D. the subversion of whatever they actually believe in concomitantly

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The car we were travelling in _________ a mile from home.

A. broke off

B. broke down

C. broke into

D. broke up

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Unpredictable __________ of the child could not lead the consultants to any ___________.

A. performance, setting

B. belief, judgment

C. operation, purpose

D. behaviour, conclusion

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I dont suppose that Pramod will be elected __________ how hard he struggles as he is not completely supported by the committee.

A. although

B. seeing as

C. no matter

D. however

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The petitioner had ______ an immediate stay form the court on allotment of the Hats ________ of investigation into the alleged irregularities.

A. asked file process

B. sought, completion

C. propagated, finish

D. demanded, course

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By the time he was eighteen years old, Peter _______ to make a living and support his family.

A. begins

B. began

C. started beginning

D. would begin