English vocabulary exercise from EnglishLearner.com - Advanced level

Word formation - sample exercise

Find the missing words

Read the five sentences below. The same base word is missing from each sentence, but in different forms. Please note that in most cases several words can correctly complete one of the sentences, but there is only one base word that you can use in all five sentences. Enter the correct form of this word to complete each sentence. When you have entered all the answers, click on the "Check answers" button. Click on "Give me a letter" to get the next correct letter (but you'll lose points). If you make a mistake, please try again until you get all the answers right.
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Now read the numbered sentences below and try to guess the missing words.
Look at the first sentence:

1) She has a natural _______ in sports, and seems to do well in any sport she tries.

Both talent and interest correctly complete it, but if you look at the second sentence, you'll see that neither fits there, no matter how you try to change the base words:

2) If you are _______ to come to the party, everyone will be really happy to see you.

Talent or interest wouldn't work in the rest of the sentences, either. So you'll need to think of a different word, one that fits (in its correct form) in all five sentences. Look at the sentences now again and try to find the missing word, and complete the sentences with (again, you need to use the base word in its correct form). If you're stuck, click on the button "Give me a letter".

1) She has a natural in sports, and seems to do well in any sport she tries.
2) If you are to come to the party, everyone will be really happy to see you.
3) If you are to do the job alone, just ask Beverly to give you a hand.
4) His to speak French has limited his advancement in the federal public service.
5) There is a Swedish proverb which states that the strongest among the disabled is the one who never forgets his .

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Exercise written by Elek Mathe - EnglishLearner.com - last modified on January 11, 2013