Use of English

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Select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence.

The team’s poor performance at the tournament plumb the depths of horror.
Select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence.

Zinana’s examination result was not unfavourable.
Choose the option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italic

Chibuzor gave a curt nod and walked away.
Choose the option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italics.

The girl took a cursory glance at the letter and hid it.
Choose the option opposite in meaning to the word or phrase in italics.

The man’s mordant wit is apparent to the entire village.
The word in capital letters has the emphatic stress. Choose the option to which the given sentence relates.

Adamu is leaving a CAR behind.
The word in capital letters has the emphatic stress. Choose the option to which the given sentence relates.

The bed is IN the room.
Choose the option that best complete the gap(s).

Do you mind…another hour or two?
Choose the option that best complete the gap(s).

The students had a…on Independence Day
Choose the option nearest in meaning to the word or phrase in italics.

Ayodeji is an ardent supporter of education for the girl child.
Choose the option that has the same consonant sound as the one represented by the letter(s) in italics.

lose
In each of questions 12 to 20, choose the option opposite in meaning to the word(s) or phrase in italics.

The witness averred that she had seen Dosun at the scene of the crime.
The high cost of living these days calls for a lot of frugality.
Tunde’s reaction underscores the point I was making.
Everyone admired the manager’s adroit handling of the crises in the company.
The principal took exception to the ignoble role the teacher played in the matter.
He is notorious for his drunkenness.
The chairman’s conduct redounds to the image of the company.
Her phlegmatic temperament endears her to her friends.
The workers suddenly became restive.
Read the passage below carefully and answer the questions(21 - 25) that follow.

If our thought is to be clear and we are to succeed in communicating it to other people, we must have some method of fixing the meaning of
the words we use. When we use a word whose meaning is not certain, we may well be asked to define it. There is a useful traditional device for
doing this by indicating the class to which whatever is indicated by the term belongs, and also the particular property which distinguishes it
from all other members of the same class. Thus, we may define a whale as a ‘marine animal that spouts’. ‘Marine animal’ in this definition indicates the general class to which the whale belongs, and ‘spouts’ indicates the particular property that distinguishes whales from other
such marine animals as fishes, seals, jellyfish and lobsters. In the same way, we can define an even number as a finite integer divisible by two, or a democracy as a system of government in which the people themselves rule. There are other ways, of course, of indicating the meanings of words. We may, for example, find it hard to make a suitable definition of the word ‘animal’, so we say that an animal is such a thing as a rabbit, dog, fish or goat. Similarly, we may say that religion is such a system as Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. This way of indicating the meaning of a term by enumerating examples of what it includes is obviously of limited usefulness. If we indicated our use of the word ‘animal’ as above, our hearers might, for example, be doubtful whether a sea-anemone or a slug was to be included in the class of animals. It is however, a useful way of supplementing a definition if the definition itself is definite without being easily understandable. Failure of an attempt at definition to serve its purpose may result from giving as distinguishing mark one which either does not belong to all the things the definition is intended to include, or does belong to some members of the same general class which the definition is intended to exclude.
[Adapted from Straight and Crooked Thinking by R. H. Thonless]



The writer uses the expression fixing the meaning of the words we use to mean
One of these summarizes the approaches to definition discussed in the passage.
The expression we may well be asked as used in the passage means
Which of the following statements can be deduced from the passage?
From the passage, which of these is a disadvantage of defining by enumerating?


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