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Practice Quiz Try this short quiz to see if the lessons and exercises in EnglishHints.com could help you learn English online. (See bottom of the page for suggestions about related pages.)
(After answering and checking each question, click the right-facing arrow to get the next one.)
For questions 1-6, choose one or more :
1. Fearlessly means
? a person who is afraid ? to hesitate ? doing something because of fear ? a person who is unafraid ? to act without fear
2. An ‘employee’ is
? A person who is employed at a workplace ? A job ? A workplace ? A person that supervises or gives jobs to others ? A company that provides jobs for people
3. Things that burn easily are:
4. ‘Put off’ may mean
? to take off a piece of clothing ? to drop something on the floor ? to postpone ? to push something aside ? to help someone exit a bus or train
5. “Cut it out!” can mean:
6. Mary told me she looks up to Mark. She probably means
? Mark is taller than her. ? Mark is always climbing something. ? She thinks Mark is funny. ? She admires Mark.
7. Four of the following sentences mean basically the same thing, but the other does not. Which sentence has a different meaning?
? Although I have spoken English all my life, I still am learning new words. ? I have spoken English my whole life, but I know only a fraction of the words in an English dictionary. ? Even if I had spoken English all my life, I still could learn new vocabulary. ? Even though I’ve spoken English for as long as I’ve lived, there are still words I don’t know. ? In spite of speaking English all my life, I continue to learn new words every year.
8. Which of the sentences in the answers is the closest in meaning to the following statement?:
Before introducing a major new product, a corporation’s management team needs to consider all the different ways it may impact their business. ? Before a new product is developed, a business should calculate its potential profitability. ? When a company wants to produce a new product, it first needs to analyze its various possible effects on their profits and other products. ? While an innovative product may be attractive to a company, management should look into its costs before committing to manufacture it. ? Business analysts need to examine the value of a product before it goes into production. If you want to know more about questions 1-2, see List of Suffixes . For question 3 see Negative Prefix List . For 4-6 see Common Idioms , which has the links to the alphabetical index pages. Question 7 is explained in "Why study grammar?" on the English Grammar Lessons introductory page.
In question 8, a
ll of the
sentences are similar in meaning. However, A, C, and D talk about considering only
profitability (A), costs (C) or value (D). The example sentence talks about “ all the different ways it may impact their business.” Sentence B is similarly
inclusive. It talks about its “various possible effects on their profits and
other products”—not just its costs or profit. Incidentally,
much of the vocabulary for these sentences is taken from the Teamwork and
Technology page in Vocabulary Games. ‘Analyze’ and ‘analyst’ can be practiced
in the readings and exercises accompanying English
Detective 1, and much more business language can be practiced in issues 11
and 12. See and Academic Vocabulary Word Lists page 1 3.
For help planning what you need to learn in English, see
Learning English Online. For specific suggestions by level, or for specific purposes like preparation for a test or business English, see Study English Online.
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