I have six questions to ask:
It has been found that if they are sitting down at the time, they tend to move _________ in their chair more than usual.
a. about b. to and fro
'a' is the key. No problem. I found the example in my dictionary:
She was gazing out the window, rocking rhythmically to and fro.
So can I choose 'b' ? No - "to and fro" implies a rhythmical rocking movement backwards and forwards.
I have just heard _______ story you can imagine.
a. the most fantastic b. a more fantastic
The key is 'a'. No problem. I feel uneasy with 'b'. But it seems grammatically correct. Could you please explain what's wrong with this one? If you insert "than" after "story", then "a more fantastic story" would make sense.
The girl who had been at school with her said she was reserved, hard to make friends with and inclined to be ________.
a. mean b. unfeeling
The key is 'a'. Could you please explain what's wrong with 'b'? Semantically, nothing.
No one____ finds life worth living - he has to make it worth living.
a. always b. ever
The key is 'b'. As 'b' can mean 'always' could you please kindly explain why 'a' isn't correct? Actually, on thinking about it, the sentence "No-one ever finds life worth living" is an odd one. It makes it seem as though everyone ought to commit suicide. And "he" does not relate to the first part at all. I think this is a really bad query.
She must go ____ her tasks unconcernedly, as usual.
a. go about b. go to
The key is 'a'. 'b' can mean 'to start to do something, or to start to be in a particular state' and 'to make a lot of effort to do something for someone ' . Could you please explain why 'b' isn't correct? [[Is the "go" in the example a typo?]] If you have looked "go to" up on the OED site, you will see that this meaning is extended > "go to sleep". If you use "go to" here, then "she" will be moving from a to b to do her tasks.
I have asked a question about this sentence. But this is a different question:
First-year physics courses are supposed to teach students_____ a lab report.
a. the ways of writing b. to write c. how to write
The key is 'c'. My question is 'Can I choose 'b'? No - the sentence would then say that all the students learn on 1st year physics courses is to write a lab report.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
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