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    exhaustive, admirable, attain

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    The scientists have made an ___- study of the viruses that cause the disease.
    a. exhaustive b. exhaustion
    'a' is correct. Is that right?
    No.2
    The young employee has a(an)_____ quality---- he is totally honest.
    a. respectable b. admirable c. decent
    'a' is correct. Is that right?

    No.3
    After working for the firm for ten years he fianlly ____ the rank of deputy director.
    a. achieved b. attained
    'b' should be correct. Is that right?

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

    jiang

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    Re: exhaustive, admirable, attain

    A is exhaustive, as exhaustion is a noun, which doesn't work here. For number 2, I fail to see the point of the question. All are possible, though I think "decent" most closely matches the meaning of honest, which is probably the point here. For number 3, attained is the ususal cliché for a rank, although to achieve a rank is not so wrong... the only difference between the two words is their French etymology... achieve tends to mean "reach and finish" while attain tends to mean "reach and hold". So the second and third questions involve what we might regard as splitting hairs, so if it is from a great big public exam... poor kids, they have a hard life.

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    Re: exhaustive, admirable, attain

    Dear konungursvia,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. I understand your explanation.
    They are from a national exam.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    A is exhaustive, as exhaustion is a noun, which doesn't work here. For number 2, I fail to see the point of the question. All are possible, though I think "decent" most closely matches the meaning of honest, which is probably the point here. For number 3, attained is the ususal cliché for a rank, although to achieve a rank is not so wrong... the only difference between the two words is their French etymology... achieve tends to mean "reach and finish" while attain tends to mean "reach and hold". So the second and third questions involve what we might regard as splitting hairs, so if it is from a great big public exam... poor kids, they have a hard life.

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