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The following exercises are especially useful for those students taking the First Certificate exam.

Complete the following sentences by adapting the word given in brackets.

Exercise 1

1)  We need to find a __________ to the problem as soon as possible. (solve)

2)  Juan speaks English fluently and makes very few __________ mistakes. (grammar)

3)  The teacher keeps a record of every student's __________ . (attend)

4)  Air-conditioning is a ___________ if you live somewhere like the south of Spain. (necessary)

5)  Don't be afraid of the dog.  He's absolutely __________ . (harm)

6)  The company is trying hard to improve customer __________ . (satisfy)

7)  Measures were taken around the world to __________ airport security after the 11 September attacks. (tight)

8)  We're going to change our suppliers as they have become very __________ in the last year. (rely)

9)  Patricia's very __________ . She writes short stories, paints and makes mosaics. (create)

10) We need your __________ at the bottom of the page. (sign)


Exercise 2

1)  The index at the back of the book is in __________ order. (alphabet)

2)  The fans waved __________ as the film star stepped out of the limousine. (excite)

3)  Chickenpox is a highly __________ disease which many people catch as a child. (infect)

4)  Matt is very __________ . He wants to be number one at everything. (compete)

5)  Harry loves cars and he's so __________ about them. (knowledge)

6)  There is little __________ of the president being re-elected. (likely)

7)  The prime minister thinks there may be a __________ to overthrow him.  (conspire)

8)  In __________ with Tokyo, London and Paris are relatively cheap. (compare)

9)  The police were unable to __________ that she had committed the crime. (proof)

10)  The president's speech went on for so long that I almost died of __________ ! (bore)


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