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    How can we deal with these kinds of questions?

    How can we deal with these kinds of questions? Meanwhile, Would you please confirm my answers if correct?



    All through the TOEFL iBT exam, there was...(1)... silence! You could hear a ..(2)... drop!When all of a sudden, there was a power cut and people started shouting and moving around as if the hell had broken ...(3)... and I could not even hear myself ...(4)...!


    1. deafening
    2. pin
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    4. think

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    #2

    Re: How can we deal with these kinds of questions?

    Did you have alternatives to choose from?

    I'd have expected 'a' before 'deafening' in #1.

    2, 3 and 4 are fine.

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    #3

    Re: How can we deal with these kinds of questions?

    "All hell had broken loose," not "the hell."

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    Re: How can we deal with these kinds of questions?

    I think silence is an uncountable noun here. Isn't it?

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    Re: How can we deal with these kinds of questions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kharkhun View Post
    I think silence is an uncountable noun here. Isn't it?
    Have a look at definition B2 here: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...tish/silence_2

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    Re: How can we deal with these kinds of questions?

    Look at here Please. The second entry:

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/silence_1

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    Re: How can we deal with these kinds of questions?

    If you did not have a choice of answers, a better answer would have been 'All through the...exam there was complete/total silence'.

    A deafening silence falls suddenly when something startling, unexpected or embarrassing happens, halting all conversation, with nobody knowing what to say or do.

    Silence is expected in an exam.


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    Re: How can we deal with these kinds of questions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kharkhun View Post
    I think silence is an uncountable noun here. Isn't it?
    Not if you use deafening. We say a deafening silence. If there's no article, then I'd use a different adjective like total.

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