The purpose of this exercise is to help you work on the versatility of your English B and on deducing meaning from context and applying background knowledge.
I have chosen a short excerpt from a Guardian article, and blanked out some of the words.
Your task is to read each paragraph carefully, and come up with possible solutions to fill in the gaps. See how many options you can find.
If you like, you can be more radical, and change the whole phrase around that word.
Think about the solutions you’ve come up with. Are some of them lower register, or more formal?
Spoiler alert: I’ve given you the solutions under the text of the article, so avert your eyes if you want to make this a real exercise.
Text of the article
“MPs have criticised a project by academics that involved sending emails from fictitious constituents claiming they were concerned about financial support during the coronavirus lockdown.
Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) and the London School of Economics (LSE) sent emails to every MP’s inbox from _____________________characters including a cleaner and lawyer.
Copies of messages seen by the Guardian showed the ________________senders – who_____________ with names including Paul, Thomas and Maryam – wrote that they worked for large companies but were “______________about the long term” and saw “people all around me who are______________jobs or _____________pay cuts”.
All emails ended with the request: “I’d like to know what you and the Conservative party are going to do to______________this crisis in the best possible way.” Some added they were a “Conservative supporter”.
_____________________in different MPs’ offices discovered the connection only when they replied with a standard question, asking for the sender’s address so they could confirm they were the right person to help, and received no response.”
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Sophie Llewellyn Smith, writing as The Interpreting Coach, is a coach, interpreter trainer, conference interpreter, designer of online teaching materials, and creator of Speechpool. Follow the blog to pick up tips on how to improve your interpreting skills.