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    Dear teachers,

    I have four questions to ask:

    No.1
    The ________ crown jewels are kept in th eTower of London.
    a. invaluable b. worthy
    The key is 'a'. No problem.
    'b' isn't correct because although it mean "having many good qualities" it is use to refer to something not interresting or exciting. Is that right?

    No.2
    I bought some new ___ for my flat.
    a. furniture b. possession c. possessions
    The key is 'a'. I agree. I can't use 'b' and 'c' because I can't buy ''possession''. When the furniture is moved into my house then it is my "possession". Is that right?

    No.3
    We should always bear in mind that _________ decisions often result in serious consequences.
    a. instant b. prompt c. hasty
    The key is 'c'. I agree.
    'a' and 'b' only suggest 'quick' but they don't suggest incorrect. Is that right?

    No.4
    It is hard to iamgine a large city without policemen, but such was the ________ in London in the early 18th century.
    a. situation b. condition
    The key is 'a'. I agree. Could you please kindly explain why 'b' isn't correct since it means "a particular state somebody is in"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Hi jiang

    No.1
    The ________ crown jewels are kept in the Tower of London.

    a. invaluable
    b. worthy <problem: requires an animate reference>


    No.2
    I bought some new ___ for my flat.

    a. furniture
    b. possession <singular; needs to be plural>
    c. possessions <Oh, it could work in today's English; i.e., possessions as in things, but a. furniture is the best choice because of the noun 'flat'.>



    No.3

    We should always bear in mind that _________ decisions often result in serious consequences.

    a. instant <right now>
    b. prompt <on time>
    c. hasty <means, hurried>


    No.4

    It is hard to imagine a large city without policemen, but such was the ________ in London in the early 18th century.

    a. situation
    b. condition <state of [one's] being; situation with regard to physical or mental integrity, health, strength, etc.>

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    Hi Soup,
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    No.1
    The following is from my dictionary and I guess that’s why I get confused:
    Helping the poor is a worthy cause.
    Could you please explain why ‘cause’ is used here?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
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    Hi jiang

    No.1
    The ________ crown jewels are kept in the Tower of London.

    a. invaluable
    b. worthy <problem: requires an animate reference>


    No.2
    I bought some new ___ for my flat.

    a. furniture
    b. possession <singular; needs to be plural>
    c. possessions <Oh, it could work in today's English; i.e., possessions as in things, but a. furniture is the best choice because of the noun 'flat'.>



    No.3
    We should always bear in mind that _________ decisions often result in serious consequences.

    a. instant <right now>
    b. prompt <on time>
    c. hasty <means, hurried>


    No.4
    It is hard to imagine a large city without policemen, but such was the ________ in London in the early 18th century.

    a. situation
    b. condition <state of [one's] being; situation with regard to physical or mental integrity, health, strength, etc.>

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    Hi jiang

    Ex: Helping the poor is a worthy cause.


    => It's a cause (deemed) worthy of our help.

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