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 best fits each of the numbered blanks from 26 to 30
Mobile phones: a benefit or social nuisance?
Few people under 30 will be able to imagine a time before the existence of mobile phones. Neither will they be _____ (26) ____ of the harmful effect that many people predicted text language would have on young people’s language skills.
Interestingly, linguists nowadays believe that themselves clearly in texts is evidence of a good background in grammar and sentence structure. Mobile phones are credited with encouraging people to communicate more. They can also provide reassurance to people _____ (27) ____ are alone in dangerous situations. Some people use mobile phones as a kind of barrier to unwelcome social contact; texting can signal your unavailability to _____ (28) ____ people in the same way that wearing sunglasses and headphones does.
Some issues with mobile phones are still controversial. Talking loudly on the phone while on public transport is thought to be rude and ____ (29) _____ by many people in the UK. ____ (30) _____a significant minority of people still do it, despite the sighing and other obvious signs of disapproval from their fellow passengers.
(Adapted from “Advanced Expert” by Jan Bell and Roger Gower)
Correct Answer: GET
A. anxious + about (adj): worry, worry, worry
B. alert + to (adj): alert, alert
C. aware + of (adj): aware, aware
D. forgetful (adj): forgetful, have poor memory
Neither will they be (26) aware of the harmful effect that many people predicted text language would
have on young people’s language skills.
They also will not be aware of the harmful effect that many people predict written language will have on young people’s language skills.