Sentence Completion
Verbal Ability

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Q.

Elinor ____ to counteract her negative feelings, but only succeeded in ____ them

 A.

tried - allaying

 B.

desired - ameliorating

 C.

hesitated – deprecating

 D.

hoped – mitigating

 E.

endeavoured - intensifying

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Solution:
Option(E) is correct

 ‘But’ indicates a need for opposites. Thus the sentence implies that she tried to overcome negative feelings but only succeeded in making them worse. Hence, we choose endeavoured (tried) and intensifying (making stronger).

(allaying = mitigating = making less severe; ameliorating = improving; deprecating = criticizing)


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