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Complete each of the following sentences with one adjective.

This adjective should be one that is


often used (i.e., it collocates) with the nouns and / or adverbs in italics. To help you, the first and last
letters of each word have been given to you, and there is a sample sentence to show you how that
adjective could work with one of the nouns or adverbs.
The first one has been done as an example.
Word association: Adjectives
G
e
n
e
r
a
l

V
o
c
a
b
u
l
a
r
y
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1. C_AREFU__L is often followed by the nouns analysis, assessment, consideration, deliberation,
examination, observation, or planning.
(Sample sentence: After _____ observation, we noticed that the drug was beginning to take effect).
2. C__________L is often followed by the nouns argument, aspect, debate, feature, idea, importance,
issue, role, or theme.
(Sample sentence: The _____ theme of his talk was the possibility of interstellar travel).
3. C__________L is often followed by the nouns analysis, appraisal, evaluation, examination, or
scrutiny.
(Sample sentence: They carried out a _____ examination of the documents to see if they were
genuine).
4. D__________G is often followed by the nouns consequence, effect, impact, result, admission,
allegation, criticism, or disclosure.
(Sample sentence: After a series of _____ allegations about his professional misconduct, he
resigned).
5. E__________L is often followed by the nouns characteristic, component, element, feature,
ingredient, part, or requirement.
(Sample sentence: A working knowledge of Spanish is an _____ requirement if you want the job).
6. F__________E is often followed by the nouns accusation, allegation, assumption, belief, claim,
description, impression, or statement. It is often preceded by the adverbs blatantly, completely,
entirely, patently, totally, or utterly.
(Sample sentence: She made several _____ assumptions about her new professor).
7. I__________T is often followed by the nouns aspect, element, factor, feature, issue, part, or point. It
is often preceded by the adverbs crucially, extremely, particularly, terribly, or vitally.
(Sample sentence: It is vitally _____ to disconnect the appliance from the power supply before
dismantling it).
8. I__________E is often preceded by the adverbs absolutely, almost, nearly, practically, quite,
seemingly, totally, utterly, or virtually.
(Sample sentence: I found the language practically _____ to learn).
9. I__________D is often preceded by the adverbs deeply, extremely, genuinely, keenly, mainly,
particularly, primarily, principally, or seriously.
(Sample sentence: I like 19th century art, but I'm primarily _____ in the pre-Raphaelite movement).
10. L__________Y is often followed by the nouns delay, discussion, interview, negotiations, pause, or
period.
(Sample sentence: After a _____ pause, she continued speaking).