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(After answering and checking each question, click the right-facing arrow to get the next one.)
For questions 1-6, choose one or more:
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, all 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 Academic Vocabulary Word Lists page 1 and 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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