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    Alertly vs raptly

    In the following fill-in-the-gap exercise:
    Some other nations did the occasional scrawl when listening ..., but the British were undoubtedly the most compulsive of all those attending.

    a ecstatically B calmly C raptly D alertly
    Obviously, the correct option is C raptly, but I was wondering about the meaning of "listening alertly", I feel it means to listen as if expecting the other person to make a mistake or say something objectionable. Am I correct here? Thank you.


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    Re: Alertly vs raptly

    Rather more that the listeners are intending to be aware of anything unusual or unexpected

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    Re: Alertly vs raptly

    Quote Originally Posted by micaelo View Post
    In the following fill-in-the-gap exercise:
    Some other nations did the occasional scrawl when listening ..., but the British were undoubtedly the most compulsive of all those attending.

    a ecstatically B calmly C raptly D alertly
    Obviously, the correct option is C raptly, but I was wondering about the meaning of "listening alertly", I feel it means to listen as if expecting the other person to make a mistake or say something objectionable. Am I correct here? Thank you.
    Obviously C? Option B would fit better, but the use of 'compulsive' is odd; compusive what? Speakers? Listeners? Writers? Option D might fit except 'occasional scrawl' implies a less attentive approach.

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