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Fill the blanks with one suitable word.

I had no______(1)sat down and opened the menu than she came in, smiling, slightly swaying, her arm outstretched. _________(2)catching sight of her, I realized that all the time I had been half-hoping for this,_________(3) since I boarded the plane. And the___________(4)she sat down, it was as she had been expecting me, as if we had arranged to meet the night before. We had________(5) exchanged opening pleasantries when behind me I heard the waiter, with remarkable intuition, ask whether he should bring champagne. We began talking wildly, questioning and answering, laughing between smiles_____________(6)I complimented her on her English, she pouted, ______________(7) it was nowhere near as fluent as it had been. It was not_________(8)the first bottle of champagne have been emptied that the conversation drifted sorry inexorably to the past and it was only____________(9) that awkwardness and tentativeness crept in. _________(10) time passed, an air of unreality seem to descend upon de proceedings. By the time____________(11) we had finished our starters, our burts of conversation have become shorter, less animated, and the pauses between them correspondingly longer. We finished the second bottle in resigned silence, at __________(12) point her eyes were clearly filling up with tears.
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Hi Paola;
Try your best to do the exercise, and then we can comment on your work.
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AnonymousThe following is based on US usage.
I don't think that any of these answers are specific to a particular regional variety of English. Personally, I do not think it is necessary to mention "US usage" unless it is known or suspected that there is a difference.

As far as (8) is concerned, I imagine that "have" should read "had".
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The following is based on US usage. I'm a native English speaker in the US, and this was difficult for me. I can't answer 6 and 8 as they are given. If there is a period after the word "smiles," then 6 could be "When." I can't answer 8. The line might be misprinted.

1. sooner
2. Upon
3. ever
4. moment
5. just
6.
7. since
8.
9. then
10. As
11. that
12. which
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Paola Flores Fill the blanks with one suitable word.I had no_____(1)sat down and opened the menu than she came in, smiling, slightly swaying, her arm outstretched. ________(2)catching sight of her, I realized that all the time I had been half-hoping for this,________(3) since I boarded the plane. And the___________(4)she sat down, it was as she had been expecting me, as if we had arranged to meet the night before. We had________(5) exchanged opening pleasantries when behind me I heard the waiter, with remarkable intuition, ask whether he should bring champagne. We began talking wildly, questioning and answering, laughing between smiles_____________(6)I complimented her on her English, she pouted, ______________(7) it was nowhere near as fluent as it had been. It was not_________(8)the first bottle of champagne have been emptied that the conversation drifted sorry inexorably to the past and it was only____________(9) that awkwardness and tentativeness crept in. _________(10) time passed, an air of unreality seem to descend upon de proceedings. By the time____________(11) we had finished our starters, our burts of conversation have become shorter, less animated, and the pauses between them correspondingly longer. We finished the second bottle in resigned silence, at _________(12) point her eyes were clearly filling up with tears.
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Paola Flores Fill the blanks with one suitable word.
I had no______(1)sat down and opened the menu than she came in, smiling, slightly swaying, her arm outstretched. ________(2)catching sight of her, I realized that all the time I had been half-hoping for this,________(3) since I boarded the plane. And the___________(4)she sat down, it was as she had been expecting me, as if we had arranged to meet the night before. We had________(5) exchanged opening pleasantries when behind me I heard the waiter, with remarkable intuition, ask whether he should bring champagne. We began talking wildly, questioning and answering, laughing between smiles_____________(6)I complimented her on her English, she pouted, ______________(7) it was nowhere near as fluent as it had been. It was not_________(8)the first bottle of champagne have been emptied that the conversation drifted sorry inexorably to the past and it was only____________(9) that awkwardness and tentativeness crept in. _________(10) time passed, an air of unreality seem to descend upon de proceedings. By the time____________(11) we had finished our starters, our burts of conversation have become shorter, less animated, and the pauses between them correspondingly longer. We finished the second bottle in resigned silence, at __________(12) point her eyes were clearly filling up with tears.