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Hello,

here is a quiz I've compiled all by myself. Do you agree with the answers? Thank you for your help.

1. I can't PIN her down to a definite date for her arrival.

A. glue B.stick C.fix D.pin

2. The boy NUDGED his sister with his elbow to draw her attention to the man standing at the street corner.

A.nudged B.poked C.pointed D.stroked

3. Stan sprang into action like a lion that had been STALKING its prey.

A.scramping B.crouching C.creeping D.stalking

4. I BEAR no grudge, even though my heart may break.

A.take B.carry C.bear D.support

5. It was a magnificent achievement, by any STANDARDS.

A.reasons B.standards C.levels D.limits

6. Tom's loyalty to the company KNOWS no bounds.

A.holds B.sees C.knows D.recognises

7. By an unfortunate OVERSIGHT, the new preserve never has been officially named, but we may designate it here as The Elk River Game Preserve.

A.neglect B.oversight C.disregard D.insult

8. The flight SKIRTED the coastline and we caught glimpses of fishing boats.

A.outlined B.sided C.edged D.skirted

9. We have to deliberately take a different point of view and come AT the problem from a new direction.

A. to B.on C.at D.by

10. The essay revealed his GIFT for embellishing ideas and giving them simple and urgent form.

A.craft B.gift C.faculty D.expertise
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Hi. A good start. Thanks for sharing it.

There are few suggestions. First of all, you'd better not use the same word of as an answer instead of one in the question/statement.
successorThe boy NUDGED his sister with his elbow
Nudge itself implies a "a prod someone with elbow".

In many questions, there is no possible choice except for given in a statement.
My take:

#1) I can't pin down the date. Not "pin her down".

#2) Sounded ok to me.

# 10 can be any of the choices.

The others are ok.
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Goodman#1) I can't pin down the date. Not "pin her down".
Hi Goodman. I've just stumbled on that:

They wouldn't pin themselves down to a definite date. Doest it sound good? Is it rather informal?

By the way, "to pin somebody down" is often used as "put somebody in a spot", right? Emotion: smile
<<They wouldn't pin themselves down to a definite date. >>

This's fine. This means they refuse to commit themselves to a specific date.

But " to pin down something" has an entirely different meaning.

The motorcyclist was pinned down by the the fallen tree after the collision. This meant "being disabled, unable to move".
Goodman, the original sentence is I can't PIN her down to a definite date for her arrival.

The meaning is 'I cannot get her to commit to naming an arrival date'. There is no mention of 'pin down something'-- it only appears in the alternative sentence which you yourself suggested ("#1 I can't pin down the date. Not "pin her down")-- and then you say that "to pin down something" has an entirely different meaning.The motorcyclist was pinned down by the the fallen tree after the collision. This meant "being disabled, unable to move".

I have warned you before about being argumentative and obfuscatory. If I continue to find you imposing on threads, I will have all of your posts moderated.
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Fandorin, the words in capitals in the quiz sentences are to be omitted-- only blanks will be there in the quiz itself.
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Successor, this is my opinion on your quiz questions:

1. OK

2. Change B to rubbed. Poked is a possible answer.

3. Change A to scratching (this kind of quiz should only use real words)

4. Change B to tote. Carry is a possible answer.

5. OK

6. OK

7. OK

8. OK

9. OK

10. Change C to present. Faculty is a possible answer.
Goodman, the original sentence is I can't PIN her down to a definite date for her arrival.

MM,

OK, Thanks. I misread the question.

<<I have warned you before about being argumentative and obfuscatory. If I continue to find you imposing on threads, I will have all of your posts moderated.>>

To me part of the learning is to be able debate any grammar topic and if my saying "I disagree, sorry" is considered argumentative, then perhaps your moderation should be applied more uniformly. My examples and explanations usually are long and detailed. So I made errors. I admit, I tend to be a bit overly liberal at times with my opinion but I have never used porfanity or heavy language. So if you want to exercise your moderator privilege on this ground, I have nothing further to say.

Debate is fine. Rambling,inconsistent debate that muddles a thread is not.
Case closed.
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