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Could you please help me get the correct answers of the following questions, which I faced today in a competitive examination?


1. Find a synonym of the bold-faced word: I’d use to initiate my argument with an anecdote whose significance will soon become apparent.

A. predict

B. announce

C. herald

D. preface


2. Select the correct linking word: He should have spent all the weekend preparing for his test; he in fact just lay in bed watching videos.

A. Nevertheless before He

B. However before He

C. Whereas before He

D. Despite before He


3. The synonym of ‘Ignite’ is-

A. to set fire

B. to burn

C. kindle

D. to lit


Thanks

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Please give us your answers first, but please check also that you have typed the questions and answers exactly correctly. For example, the start of sentence (1) is ungrammatical.

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Dear GPY, thanks for your prompt reply.

I have corrected sentence no. 1 and put my answers below


1. Find a synonym of the bold-faced word: I’d like to initiate my argument with an anecdote whose significance will soon become apparent.

A. predict

B. announce

C. herald

D. preface

My Answer: D. Preface

2. Select the correct linking word: He should have spent all the weekend preparing for his test; he in fact just lay in bed watching videos.

A. Nevertheless before He

B. However before He

C. Whereas before He

D. Despite before He

My Answer: A. Nevertheless before He

3. The synonym of ‘Ignite’ is-

A. to set fire

B. to burn

C. kindle

D. to lit

My Answer: A. to set fire

1. To my mind, "initiate" is itself a somewhat questionable choice of word for that sentence. "preface" is a good choice of word, and may well be the expected answer, but it does not mean exactly the same as "initiate".

2. The question is written in a confusing way. "before He" seems, because of the capital, to be referring to the word "He" at the start of the sentence, whereas apparently the second "he" is actually meant. The expected answer is probably "however".

3. "to set fire" is not a synonym of "to ignite". It would have to be "to set fire to" if transitive or "to catch fire" if intransitive. "kindle" can be a synonym of "ignite", but only in certain contexts. For various reasons I do not have confidence that these questions have been carefully written by a native English speaker, assuming that they have been copied exactly correctly. I'm not sure whether the answer is supposed to be "to set fire" and the question was not written properly, or the answer is meant to be "kindle". The answers are also inconsistent because some include "to" before the infinitive and some do not. "to lit" is not a verb in English. Again, it's hard to know whether this is deliberate or a mistake.

Dear GPY, thanks a lot.

You took a lot of trouble for me. I am genuinely indebted to you.

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