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    strand (v)

    Once hailed as a kind of free-market solution offering parents an escape from moribund public schools, elements of the charter school movement have prompted growing concern in recent years. In California, the state's largest charter school operator has just announced the closing of at least 60 campuses, stranding 10,000 children just weeks before the start of the school year. (A) inconveniencing (B) puzzling (C) idling (D) resettling
    Please choose the answer that best matches the meaning of the underlined word.
    Last edited by sitifan; 03-Jan-2009 at 18:14.

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    Re: strand (v)

    If someone is "stranded" it means that they are left someplace without any means of travel. For example, a huge snow storm hit Detroit today and the buses couldn't complete their routes, stranding thousands of commuters. Therefore, the people that normally rely on the bus as their means of transport are inconvenienced because they have to either call a friend for a ride or walk or call a taxi.

    I think (A) would be the most likely choice in your example, but none of the answers are really that suitable. (Even if one is stranded, that doesn't necessarily mean that they are idle.)

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