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Vocabulary exercise

In English, we use certain suffixes for nouns referring to persons and certain other suffixes for practices or philosophies. Consider Person Practice Adjective Misanthrope Misanthropy Misanthropic Misogynist Misogyny Misogynous/misogynistic Monogamist Monogamy Monogamous Bigamist Bigamy...

Abortive

Abortive (unsuccessful) Abortive means unsuccessful. The terrorist made an abortive attempt to blow up the bridge. (Their attempt to blow up the bridge was not successful.) I made an abortive effort to bake a...

Abnegate (verb)

Abnegate (verb) When you abnegate things, you renounce them; you refuse to take them. In a bid to lose weight, Maya abnegated sweets for one month. Maya likes sweets but she stopped taking them...

Abject

Abject (adjective) Abject means ‘hopeless’, ‘defeated’ or ‘extremely sad and servile’ An abject person is a defeated person who has lost all hopes. An example is a slave. The word abject is commonly used...

Abhor

Abhor (verb) To abhor something is to hate it very much; to detest Hatred is milder than abhorrence, so use this word to refer to something that you really, really, really hate. To abhor...

Aberration

Aberration (noun) If something is an aberration, it is not typical; it is a deviation from the standard. James has always been a nice guy. His bad behavior at his wife’s birthday party was...

Reading comprehension exercise 6

Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow. Time was when people looked heavenward and prayed, “Ye Gods, give us rain, keep drought away.” Today there are those who pray, “Give us...

Reported speech exercise

This grammar exercise tests your ability to convert direct speech into indirect speech. An example is given below. Direct speech: ‘Do you think you know better than your father?’ asked his angry mother. Indirect...