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1. For many of the villagers, marriage was a practical ____, one not necessarily ____ of love but nevertheless grounded largely in economic advantage.

A) Arrangenmenet … devoid

B) Bargain … worthy

I chose B, but answer was A. I think both work though.

2. Although the trail was steep and winding, the hikers refused to be _____ by its difficulty,

A) daunted

B) threatened

C) stifled

I chose A, but in some degree, B works as well, how about C?
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1. No. B won't work. You can't have a bargain worthy of love.
2. Only daunted works very well. The difficulty of a steep trail cannot threaten or stifle people.
3. with is used after preoccupation, not on.
CJ
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MIA61. For many of the villagers, marriage was a practical _, one not necessarily _ of love but nevertheless grounded largely in economic advantage.

A) Arrangenmenet … devoid

B) Bargain … worthy

I chose B, but answer was A. I think both work though.
NOPE - the correct answer is A. B does not work at all.

2. Although the trail was steep and winding, the hikers refused to be __ by its difficulty,

A) daunted

B) threatened

C) stifled

I chose A, but in some degree, B works as well, how about C?
Here - the reason is less specific. A IS the best choice, but B and C might be used under "creative license" - it depends on the writer, the purpose of the writing, and the intended audience. BUT for most uses = A.

3. Intense preoccupation on technique appears to be the one trait that great pianists have in common.

Why the underlined "on" is used wrong here? Because you must have a preoccupation WITH something.
If you want to use ON you need: focus. eg - An intense focus on technique....
Thanks.

your welcome!

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Nick
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GOt it, thank you guys.