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Sentence Completion Questions

A sentence completion question tests not only your vocabulary but also your understanding of the relationships among the words in a sentence. In such a question, you are given a sentence with a word missing and are asked to choose the word that best completes the sentence. Here is a typical question:

Although the students had been late for class, the teacher dismissed them ____ at 3:00.

A. randomly

B. individually

C. promptly

D. distinctly

E. anxious

The following strategies can help you answer these types of questions:

  1. Read the entire sentence first. Look for clues indicating what part of speech the missing word must be -- noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, or adjective. In the sample question, for example, the missing word must be an adverb modifying the verb dismissed.
  2. Try each answer choice in the sentence. Eliminate those that do not fit grammatically or do not make sense. In the sample question, you can immediately eliminate anxious because it is an adjective, not an adverb.
  3. Pay special attention to words that show relationships such as difference (although, but, however) and similarity (and, also, another, likewise). The word although in the sample question is a clue that the correct word will indicate a contrast with the students' being late for class. The correct answer is C, promptly.

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