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General English Questions and Answers

1. There was very little reaction to Henry's speech, except from one or two people at the back who kept on asking what Henry's party intended to do about the ________ price of fruit and vegetables.

2. At eleven o'clock he ________ a brief visit to a public house on the estate. Henry couldn't offer to buy anyone a drink because he knew very well that his opponents would consider that to be dishonest. So he let one of his supporters buy him a drink instead.

3. Elizabeth realized that it had been a ________ to take her daughter to the house where her father was killed some years before.

4. The accountant of the bank turned out to be one of the masked ________ who rushed armed into the building and took all the money from the safe.

5. Without her glasses she made a ________ and filled in the wrong form.

6. I wouldn't call this a bad mistake, it is simply a ________ of the pen.

7. At lunch time he went to his sister's house to see his wife and daughters. They had spent the morning addressing envelopes for the leaflets he was sending out. His sister, Vera, thoroughly ________ of his involvement in politics.

8. This is a new store and there are cameras all over the place to watch for ________ .

9. This is private property and we are not supposed to go beyond this point because they will prosecute us as ________ .

10. It was quite clear they didn't want me because I was told not to ________ to come back to work tomorrow.

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English Phrases
If you give an apology, you say you are sorry for doing something wrong.

If you give an excuse, you provide a reason or explanation for the problem (this can be seen as trying to avoid responsibility).
  • Apology: "I'm sorry I was late. It won't happen again."
  • Excuse: "I was late because my car wouldn't start."
  • Apology: "I'm sorry for the mistake in my report. I should have checked the statistics more carefully."
  • Excuse: "Well, if you hadn't rushed me to finish the report, I wouldn't have made a mistake!"

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