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1. Other papers asked the question: How can we trust our politicians if they ________ on society?


2. The secret of being a good driving teacher is never on any occasion to lose your temper or your ________ .


3. Invariably if interest rates go up, the building societies pay more to their savers and borrowers complain at the increase they have to pay and maintain the societies are ________ their affairs.


4. The government next announces that measures are due to come into ________ that will change the whole process.


5. Of course we all get ________ with endless leaflets through the door telling us of bargains at the local supermarket.



6. Apparently when he was still at school, he didn't have a ticket for his train journey one day and he was ________ .


7. The only ________ to me is as they were successful on the first attempt, how come some years before it had taken me four tries!


8. The first question you have to ask is who are the customers that they are each trying to ________ .


9. This piece of information was discovered by one keen local reporter and was ________ up out of all proportion by the national press.


10. They say this but then the difficulty is trying to find out when the measures are coming into effect and when they will be ________ .


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Prepositions
Very and too have different meanings. Consider this example:
  • I have $100.
  • This bottle of wine costs $90. It's very expensive, but I can buy it.
  • That bottle of wine costs $150. It's too expensive, so I can't buy it.

    "Very" in front of an adjective amplifies it. To amplify something even more than "very," you can say "extremely":
  • It's 75F. It's hot.
  • It's 90F. It's very hot.
  • It's 105F. It's extremely hot.

    "Too" means "more than the limit." For example:
  • You must be 17 years old to watch this movie. Jackson is 14. He's too young.
  • This shirt is a size large, and I need a size small. The shirt is too big for me.
  • The train left at 8:00 and we got to the station at 8:30. We arrived too late.

    Remember, use too much and too many before nouns... and use too before adjectives. You can't say "The shirt is too much big." - because "big" is an adjective.

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