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A well-known feature of the European landscape is the castle. Some types of fortifications _________ built thousands of years ago, but the first real castles only started to appear as recently as one thousand years ago. Construction of most of the larger castles in Europe was between around 1100 and 1500. Initially, the _________  of these castles was to lay claim to land won in battle and also for defence. ________, the owners of the castles also realized that their castles were an effective __________ to intimidate local people. Therefore, castles became a symbol of wealth and authority for those owning them, and a useful tool to keep control of territory and the residents living on that territory.

(A) have been                   were                           have                        was

(B) purpose                       feature                      aspect                      plan

(C) Alternatively               Fortunately             However                 Thus

(D) process                          form                           way                            use

A) were: Past Simple Passive (finished time, thousands of years ago) third person plural (some types)
B) purpose: the other words don’t create meaning in context, and plan would be followed by for
C) However: the other words don’t create meaning in context
D) way: the other words don’t create meaning in context

A recent study reveals that the ability to walk quickly in old age is an indicator of a long life. The report examined results from recent research.
The _________ in the research were tested on a regular ________ over an extended period of time. The researchers focused on the relationship between walking speed in the post sixty-five age group and longevity. They concluded that there was a direct correlation between walking speed and life span.

A key researcher gave the explanation that this link exists __________ walking involves the use of many bodily functions working in unison. The heart, lungs, skeletal system, joints, muscles, nerves and brain have to work together in order to ensure a consistent speed. Damage to any of these systems may mean a much slower walking speed _________ could signal medical problems.

(A) experimenters                         investigators                     performers                participants

(B) circumstance                            situation                           condition                     basis

(C) therefore                                    instead of                         because                        so

(D) which                                           also                                     this                                 it

A) participants: the other words don’t create meaning in context
B) basis: collocation with regular, and the other words don’t create meaning in context
C) because: giving justification/reason for the link
D) which: relative pronoun introducing a defining relative clause



  1. ss September 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm - Reply


  2. Ayca Ozel Sonmez September 23, 2019 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    (1)a- were, b-purpose, c- Alternatively, d-way
    (2)a-participants,b- basis, c- because, d-which

  3. haithammamdouh14 September 24, 2019 at 5:12 am - Reply

    1 a have been b purpose c thus d way
    2 a participant b condition c because d which

  4. jacoblee9090 September 24, 2019 at 11:00 am - Reply

    have been, purpose, alternatively, use,





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