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1
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
To encourage productivity we must reward industry and ...........laziness

A withhold

B withdraw

C punish

D oppose



Correct Option: C


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2
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
I took the drug to relieve my headache only for it to...............my condition

A alleviate

B provoke

C abate

D aggravate



Correct Option: D


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3
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
An optimist wears a smile most of the time but ...........goes about with a long face

A an oculist

B an activist

C a pacifist

D a pessimist



Correct Option: D


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4
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
You will make a good counsellor by listening to your clients rather than........them

A offending

B ignoring

C mishandling

D threatening



Correct Option: B


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5
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
Tell Chike something confidential and he makes it.............the next minute

A public

B personal

C popular

D private



Correct Option: A


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6
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
You will succeed fairly well with adolescents if you coax rather than......them

A coerce

B punish

C pamper

D curse



Correct Option: A


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7
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
While Adjoa is attentive to her duties, Kofi is ...........

A curious

B negligent

C punctual

D realistic



Correct Option: B


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8
In each of the following sentences, there is one word underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A - D, choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentences.
Life has become a misery for many due to the harsh economic conditions, but a few are still able to live in ............

A satisfaction

B extravagance

C peace

D comfort



Correct Option: D


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9
From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that best completes each of the following sentences.
He is a young man of .........character

A stable

B permanent

C transient

D recognized



Correct Option: A


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10
From the words lettered A to D, choose the word that best completes each of the following sentences.
My parents do not........late night parties

A indulge

B suffer

C tolerate

D create



Correct Option: C


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