Archive for January, 2010

La linguistique française

January 19, 2010

More English vocabulary

January 18, 2010

I. Choose the word that correctly completes the expression:

1. a jaunty _______
(a) appear (b) appearance (c) appeared (d) pear

2. a search-and- _______ operation
(a) rescue (b) run (c) save (d) hope

3. lavish _______
(a) spent (b) sent (c) spending (d) sending

4. veering toward ______
(a) a disasters (b) disasterous (c) disastrous (d) disaster

5. sifting through _________
(a) a rubble (b) rubbles (c) the rubble (d) the rubbles

6. a _______ recuperation
(a) sustain (b) sustaining (c) sustained (d) sustains

7. wrenching ______
(a) joy (b) hungered (c) hunger (d) joys

8. expedite ______
(a) decisions (b) decide (c) decided (d) decides

9. an ______ spree
(a) eats (b) eat (c) eating (d) ate

10. all-in-_____
(a) one (b) zero (c) once (d) two

11. bridge ____ gap
(a) all (b) any (c) now (d) not

12. a huge recall of _______
(a) an car (b) a cars (c) cars (d) that cars

13. They went ______ hog and ordered all the trimmings.
(a) half (b) whole (c) quarter (d) no

14. His salary maxed _____ at $25,000.
(a) in (b) on (c) up (d) out

15. What are the ______ and bolts of good nutrition?
(a) nuts (b) a nuts (c) nut (d) note

16. Although they cannot search through everything, they will conduct spot ______.
(a) check (b) checked (c) checks (d) checker

17. Many people were still found to be suffering in the area that was ______ by the earthquake.
(a) ravage (b) ravaged (c) ravages (d) no ravage

18. After having worked for a whole month without a holiday, she _____ ____ a day off.
(a) fancy taking (b) fancied took (c) fancied takes (d) fancied taking

19. He spent many _____ nights worrying about his finances.
(a) sleepness (b) unsleepness (c) sleepless (d) unsleepless

20. Their plans to graduate at the end of the semester ____ amok.
(a) ran (b) runned (c) running (d) runs

II. Use each of the following words in sentences that make their meanings clear.

1. befuddled
2. sprightly
3. bewildered
4. minutiae
5. bemused
6. quirkily
7. stymied
8. meander
9. dawdling
10.recurring
11.musings
12.pommel
13.touted
14.bracing for
15.afterglow
16.bilk

Getting down to writing ….

January 15, 2010

I. Use each of the following as the topic sentence of a paragraph. Write a new paragraph for each one.

1. Well, is it a done deal, then?
2. Don’t sully such an immaculate record.
3. The clamour for the latest scoop created a public outcry.
4. They have set their sights on the conference about climate change.
5. No one would want to buy such a gas guzzler.
6. Those remarks will generate tremendous buzz.

II. Use each of the following as the theme for a story. Write a one story per topic.

1. Financial woes
2. Sitting idle
3. Rallying around a cause
4. Some might have been well-heeled but ….
5. A Treasure trove of keepsakes
6. Copycat
7. All natural

Expressions that illuminate

January 13, 2010

For each of the following choose the word which best completes the expression.

1. _______ traumatic stress
(a) lost (b) post (c) cost (d) ghost

2. a _____-blown rebellion
(a) cruel (b) nose (c) full (d) half

3. a contentious _______
(a) master (b) matters (c) masters (d) matter

4. a once-in-a-lifetime _______
(a) opportunities (b) chances (c) live (d) chance

5. the school of hard _______
(a) nocks (b) works (c) knocks (d) locks