Sentence Completion
Verbal Ability

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The subtle shades of meaning, and still subtler echoes of association, make language an instrument which scarcely anything short of genius can wield with ____ and ____ .


confidence - aloofness


definiteness – certainty


sincerity - hope


conservatism – alacrity

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Option(B) is correct

The sentence suggests that language is something very difficult to handle; it almost requires genius to handle it with skill. Therefore we choose two words that indicate ‘skill’ in effective use of language. Also the use of the word ‘subtle’ indicates that language is not obvious, and it is therefore hard to be precise - hence definiteness and certainty.

(aloofness = keeping apart, arrogant; alacrity= speed and eagerness; eloquence = ability to speak well)

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