English Skill Building – 119
Fill in the blanks of the following paragraphs. Remember, the same word will fit into all the blank places. Find out what was the word.
My grandfather was reading the morning newspaper as usual, but, unlike other days, he was not his jovial self. His face looked __________, and overtaken by anxiety. I was curious to find out why he appeared so tense. Standing behind his chair, I peered into the newspaper to see what news he was reading then. I found out that he was reading a long op-ed on the situation in the Russia-Ukraine war front. There was a photo of trucks loaded with dead bodies of soldiers being taken for burial in __________. My grandpa was a pacifist, and shuddered to see spilling of blood. He felt that Putin had made a __________ mistake in invading Ukraine. The war has dragged on for eight months now, and no signs of a peaceful resolution had emerged. Instead, threat of a full-blown nuclear war was looming on Europe. The situation, no doubt, was very __________.
My father was a very reputed official of the company where he worked till his retirement. In recognition of his contributions to the organization co-opted him to the comany’s __________. He had many unusual habits. He seldom used the company car for commuting to and from work. Instead, he used to __________ a local train despite the inconvenience of traveling in the cramped compartments. He had joined the company soon after passing his engineering exam.Being a bachelor then, he stayed in a place which offered lodging but no __________.
In the work place, he was a true leader. He took everyone on __________ while implementing new practices. Often, he conducted classes for the new recruits. Like a teacher, he wrote important things on the __________ using multi-colored chalks.
He was a very honest manager. The top management gave him sweeping financial powers because his conduct was unquestionably above __________.
The Apex Court, after taking up the plea of the Tamil Nadu government that Karnataka was holding back the flow of Cauvery water, asked the Karantaka government counsel to file a __________ within 30 days. The latter verbally __________ his counterpart’s contention saying that Tamil Nadu routinely, and unfoundedly alleges that Karnataka hinders the flow of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The judges remarked that the Court will g by technical facts only and will not be influenced by such claims and __________ claims. Around this time, the Advocate General of Kerala waiting to buy snacks at the canteen __________ rushed in and pleaded that Kerala should be made a party to the conflict and asked to submit its position before the court. The judges assured that the Court wouldn’t do anything under the __________, and ensure justice to the three parties.
When the court was about to rise for the day, a judge light-heartedly asked the Tamil Nadu counsel where he got his Mercedes car from. The counsel asserted that he had bought it a week ago over the __________ from a Delhi dealer.
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