Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word or phrase that bestfits each of the numbered blanks from 31 to 35
How men first learnt to (31) ……………… words is unknown; in other words, the origin of language is a mystery. All we really know is that men, unlike animals, (32) ……………… certain sounds to express thoughts and feelings, actions and things so that they could communicate with each other; and that later they agreed (33) ……………… certain signs, called letters, which could be combined to represent those sounds, and which could be written down. These sounds, whetherspoken or written in letters, are called words.
Great writers are those who not only have great thoughts but also express these thoughts in words that (34) ……………… powerfully to our minds and emotions. This charming and telling use of words is what we call literary style. Above all, the real poet is a master of words. He can convey his meaning in words which sing like music, and which by their position and association can (35) ……………… men to tears. We should, therefore, learn to choose our words carefully, or they will make our speech silly and vulgar.
(thirty first) ………………
Correct answer: A
Explanation: This question asks to distinguish the meaning and usage of verbs with similar meanings.
A. Invent (v) = invented, is a valuable creation and has made a finished product
B. Create (v) = creativity, is the ability to imagine as many new cases and ideas as possible, whether valid or not
C. Make (v) = to make, is the creation of a product from existing ingredients and recipes, not creative
D. discover (v) = to discover, to find out, to discover something, something that already exists but is not known
Language is the most valuable invention of mankind. Therefore, using the word “invent” is the most accurate.
Translation: How men fìrst learnt to invent words is unknown: in other words, the origin of language is a mystery. = How man first invented words is still unknown; in other words, the origin of language is a mystery.