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I need to fill each gap with one word only. Clueless about gap no. 2 (hard???) and extremely dubious about gap no.13 (like?), I've written my words below the gapped text. Any corrections or suggestions?
Many thanks!


Television used to act (0)______ a uniquely unifying national phenomenon. Never before (1)_______ so many people had so common (2)______ core of shared cultural experiences. People might not know the names of their next-door neighbours, (3)_____ they probably watched many of the same programmes.
(4)______ days, however, with the vast expansion of television programming, everyone can watch (5)_______ different, just as each Internet user can explore a different selection of websites. Even so, programmes aimed at international markets generally (6)_______ to be less popular (with the partial exception (7)_______ those from America) and people still often choose to watch their own national programmes. In (8)_______, if television develops along similar (9)_______to the movie business, with a few blockbusters attracting vast international audiences, people may even (10)______ up watching a narrower range of programmes.
But (11)______ patterns of viewing habits develop, television will almost certainly become a personal (12)_______ of equipment, more (13)_______ a mobile phone than a communal source of entertainment. Armed (14)_______ a credit card and a remote control, viewers will be able to pick their programmes from wherever they choose. Television will then have become truly global. (15)______, perhaps, will the cultural values it instils.

0 as
1 had
2
3 although
4 These
5 something
6 prove
7 of
8 fact / addiction
9 lines
10 end
11 if
12 piece
13
14 with
15 As
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I suggest next time you fill in the required words in another color in the space provided, it's much easier to follow.
Probably so common a core and more like a mobile phone.

CJ
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I think #2 is "a"

#3 could be "but" as well. I would not consider "although" to be incorrect.

#6 I'd use "tend" but "prove" is probably okay as well.

#11 I'd use "however" - I think that one is better than "if"

#13 You "like" seems okay to me.

These aren't easy!
Thank you all. So, this could be the "correct" version (unless you spot something else):

Television used to act (0) as a uniquely unifying national phenomenon. Never before (1) had so many people had so common (2) a core of shared cultural experiences. People might not know the names of their next-door neighbours, (3) although/but they probably watched many of the same programmes.
(4) These days, however, with the vast expansion of television programming, everyone can watch (5) something different, just as each Internet user can explore a different selection of websites. Even so, programmes aimed at international markets generally (6) tend/prove to be less popular (with the partial exception (7) of those from America) and people still often choose to watch their own national programmes. In (8) fact/addiction, if television develops along similar (9) lines to the movie business, with a few blockbusters attracting vast international audiences, people may even (10) end up watching a narrower range of programmes.
But (11) however/if patterns of viewing habits develop, television will almost certainly become a personal (12) piece of equipment, more (13) like a mobile phone than a communal source of entertainment. Armed (14) with a credit card and a remote control, viewers will be able to pick their programmes from wherever they choose. Television will then have become truly global. (15) As, perhaps, will the cultural values it instils.

To Marius: Before posting, I thought about filling or not the gaps directly in the text. I might be wrong, but it seemed to me that leaving the spaces blank was a better choice... when I have somebody's else solutions in front of me, I tend to be mislead. But maybe it's just me, because I'm not that proficient. Emotion: smile

To CJ: You wrote "probably"?!! I've learnt what you say is 100% correct! Emotion: smile

To Barbara: I really like your "tend" (no. 6) and "however" (no. 11)! And, yes, the CPE is the ( here => /ði:/ !) most difficult exam for ESL students in Europe ("P" stands for "proficiency"... I've still got a long way to go!) Emotion: sad
Tanit, by "real world" standards, you are VERY proficient!
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For (9) "tracks" could be the fixed expression they are looking for. Just try to google this: http://www.google.de/search?q=%22along+similar+tracks%22

Mike
2 a ("so common a core") -> fixed expression
3 but ("although" is fine too)
6 tend
8 fact (NOT addition)
11 whatever
13 like
15 so (meaning "also" or "too", NOT "then")