GAP FILLING ACTIVITIES WITHOUT CLUES

Use of articles and prepositions.

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A flower is (a) ----- best gift of nature. It is (b) ----- symbol (c) ----- purity and beauty. It gives us (d) ----- pleasure. There is nobody but loves (e) ----- flower. But it is (f) ----- matter of sorrow that (g) ----- flower does not last long. It blooms (h) ----- the morning and fades away very soon. Nowadays flowers are cultivated (i) ----- our country. Many people earn their livelihood (j) ----- flower cultivation.


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The benefits (a) ----- reading newspapers can hardly be exaggerated. Newspaper is (b) ----- storehouse of knowledge. The chief business (c) ----- a newspaper is to give us news which we need to know. It tells us what happens (d) -----  home and abroad. The modern civilized people cannot do without (e) ----- newspaper. Newspaper plays (f) ----- important role in the lives (g) ----- a nation. It makes (h) ----- world smaller and provides (i) ----- great benefit (j) ----- us. 


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The issue (a) ----- using cell phones at school is (b) ----- matter of recent debate. Many schools are struggling to prevent their students (c) ----- using cell phones, (d) -----  Guardians also have different views (e) ----- allowing their children to use technological devices such as cell phones, video games and (f) ----- internet. There are some guardians who do not want their children to use technology as it might cause harm (g) -----  them. (h) ----- the other hand, some guardians do not want to deprive them of (i) ----- blessing (j) ----- technology.


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The sea-beach of Cox's Bazar is (a) ----- beautiful gift of nature. The blue water (b) -----  the sea and its rising waves are always (c) ----- pleasant sight which cools our mind (d) ----- a moment. It is (e) ----- longest sea-beach in the world. (f) -----  Saint Martin island is also a gift of nature in the Bay of Bengal. The beauty (g) ----- the island is simply bewitching. (h) ----- Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest of the world is another beautiful gift (i) ----- nature. Its wild life and (j) ----- mysterious setting make it more charming.


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Child labour is one of (a) ----- biggest curses (b)  ----- the 21st Century. It is unfortunate that this has become very accepted (c) ----- our society. Only poverty is responsible (d) ----- this. (e) ----- a family of five or six children, (f) ----- parents have to send their kids to work so that they can fill their empty stomach. These poor and helpless children are rewarded (g) ----- all kinds of abuse though they work hard all day long. No other thing is as disgraceful as (h) ----- child abuse for (i) ----- nation. (j) ----- government has taken necessary measures to check it.


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It was (a) -----  dark night. A blind man was walking (b) -----  the road with (c) -----  lamp in his hand. Two men laughed (d) -----  the blind man. One said, "What's (e) -----  use of a lamp (f) -----  a blind man?" The other called him (g) -----  fool. The blind man heard this and said, "It's (h) -----  those who're careless." "What (i) -----  surprise", said (j) -----  others.


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A student must take care of his (a) -----  health because (b) -----  sound mind lives (c) -----  a sound body. Good health is the key (d) -----  success. (e) -----  order to enjoy good health, a student observe (f) -----  rules of health. (g) -----  unhealthy man may be (h) -----  possessor (i) -----  vast wealth but he leads (j) -----  unhappy life.


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A stitch (a) ----- time saves nine. This is (b) ----- very well-known proverb. Some people don't care (c) ----- anything. They put off a job (d) ----- tomorrow, though they are not sure whether (e) ----- day will come. (f) ----- this way, they can't finish (g) ----- work when they need it. Then they say, "Alas! If we were not careless (h) ----- our jobs when we had a lot (i) ----- time, we could be (j) ----- successful". 


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Student politics hinders (a) ----- normal progress of student. It brings prosperity (b) ----- few but causes harm (c) ----- many. Because of student politics normal administration (d) ----- a college or university is hindered. As a result, there arises (e) ----- session jam. For this problem of (f) ----- campus student politics, is mainly responsible. So, we should think (g) ----- the necessity (h) ----- student politics. Either we should avoid student politics or we should bring about (i) ----- a positive change (j) ----- this sector. 


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(a) -----  cricket is a foreign game (b) -----  our country. But it is (c) -----  international game. (d) -----  winning the ICC Trophy in (e) -----  Malaysia in 1996, it has become more popular than football in our country. 'By defeating (f) -----  Kenya Bangladesh got (g) -----  first victory (h) -----  the ODI cricket in 1998. Bangladesh got the taste (i) -----  winning the test match in January, 2005 defeating (j) -----  Zimbabwe.


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Our life is (a) -----  sum total of hours, days and years. But all days are not equally memorable (b) -----  us. Most of the days are forgotten (c) -----  the passage of time. Only a few of these days remain ever fresh (d) -----  our memory. My (e) -----  first day at school is such (f) -----  day. It is fresh in my mind even now. When I was (g) -----  a boy of six my father proposed that I should be admitted (h) -----  school in (i) -----  class 1. I felt (j) -----  both joy and delight.


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There is (a) ----- close relationship between man and nature. Man has established (b) ----- friendship with nature. It helps us (c) ----- many ways. Similarly, trees are closely related (d) ----- our life. Trees play (e) ----- important role (f) -----  our life and economy. Trees are very great source of food useful (g) ----- us. We get (h) ----- oxygen from them. They are (i) ----- and vitamin. They meet (j) ----- our local demands.


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Our motherland Bangladesh is (a) -----  agricultural country. Most (b) ----- our people are engaged (c) ----- cultivation. (d) ----- many cultivators are too poor (e) ----- buy and use modern (f) -----. Still, they can grow (g) ----- bumper crops if (h) ----- climate is favourable. We hope (i) ----- become (j) ----- developed nation soon.


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Sports are very essential (a) ----- us. There are various types (b) ----- sports. Among them cricket, football, volleyball, swimming etc. are very popular. All types of sports are beneficial (c) ----- us. There is relation between the body and the mind. "A sound mind lives in (d) ----- sound body" is a wise saying. In order (e) ----- win success (f) ----- life, we should have a sound health which depends (g) ----- regular participation in games and sports. (h) ----- sports keep us physically fit. Sports exercise (i) ----- important influence (j)-forming one's personality.


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Bangladesh is beset (a) -----  many problems. Illiteracy is one (b) ----- them. It is not (c) ----- boon to us. It is undoubtedly (d) ----- curse. It hinders all kinds of developments of (e) ----- country. It also causes many other problems (f) ----- our society. As most (g) ----- our people are not conscious of the importance of education, we cannot take proper step to eradicate (h) ----- illiteracy. As a result, we are lagging behind. We have to depend (i) ----- the foreign aids. All of us should come forward jointly to remove illiteracy (j) ----- the society. Then the development of the country will be possible.


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(a) ----- effort there can be no success (b) ----- life. Life loses its interest if there is no struggle. (c) ----- games become dull if there is no competition (d) ----- them and if the result can be easily foreseen. No matter we win (e) ----- game or lose it, the keener the contest, the (f) ----- greater the interest. (g) ----- victory is not (h) ----- real triumph unless both (i) ----- sides are equally strong. Whether we like it or not, life is (j) ----- continuous competitive examination.


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Punctuality is of great value (a) -----  a student. (b) -----  unpunctual boy who is late (c) -----  the class will miss (d) -----  part of his lesson and fall (e) ----- other students. But (f) -----  punctual student will learn his lesson in (g) -----  time and do well in (h) -----  examination. Punctuality is the key (i) -----  success in life. We all should be (j) -----  punctual in our activities.


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A library is (a) -----  part and parcel of (b) -----  educational institution. It is a unique place where books (c) -----  different subjects are kept (d) -----  reading. It enables (e) -----  readers to read books of their choice that create (f) -----  enthusiasm (g) -----  learning. Students should pay a visit to (h) -----   library regularly. They can borrow books for (i)  -----  certain period and return them (j) -----  the given time.


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One day I met (a) -----  lame man. (b) -----  talking for a while, he showed me an identity card. Seeing (c) -----  identity card I came to know that he was (d) -----  university student. After completing his (e) -----  study, he joined (f) -----  army. During the Liberation War he fought (g) -----  bravely (h) -----  the occupied army (i) -----  the then West Pakistan. But it is an irony of fate that a bullet of the enemies hit (j) -----  his left leg. Thus, he lost his leg.


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The prize giving ceremony is (a) -----  occasion of joy. Almost every school holds (b) -----  prize giving ceremony. The last prize giving ceremony of our school was held (c) -----  2 March in (d) -----  school compound. We decorated (e) -----  school building very tastefully. (f) -----  big pandal was created to hold the function. There were two tables neatly decorated (g) -----  which prizes were kept. (h) -----  one side was the platform from where the speeches were delivered. There was a victory stand (i) -----  where the recipients received their (j) -----  prizes.


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(a) -----  teacher is often compared (b) -----  an architect. He is called the architect of a nation. He is (c) -----  light of learning and makes (d) -----  illiterate people worthy citizens of our country. But it is (e) -----  matter of regret that teachers are not held (f) -----  due respect in our society. They lead (g) -----  humble life in (h) -----  midst (i) -----  want. Still, they keep the light of education burning in order to remove the darkness of illiteracy and superstitions (j) -----  the society.


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It is useful (a) ----- students to take part (b) ----- social service. (c) ----- taking part in social service, they can benefit themselves as well as (d) ----- nation. (e) ----- student life is (f) ----- period of preparation / preparing (g) ----- future life. If the students do some social work, they will be better prepared (h) ----- giving service (i) ----- the nation on completion of their education. As the students have no family burden and as they get enough time during (j) ----- large vacation, they can do a great deal of work for the people. 


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We live (a) ----- society. So, we must learn how to live (b) ----- peace and amity (c) ----- others. We have to respect (d) ----- others' rights and privileges and likings and dislikings as we expect others (e) ----- respect us. We have (f) ----- lot of duties and responsibilities (g) ----- society. Education should aim (h) ----- making each individual fully aware (i) ----- these duties and responsibilities. It is true that one has to learn how (j) ----- earn the bread.


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Learning is (a) ----- continuous process. Learning (b) ----- language depends on a process based (c) ----- language skills. We need to practice (d) ----- language depends on a process four skills to learn (e) ----- language properly. We learn (f) ----- listening, speaking, reading and writing. But we have to learn not by rote but (g) ----- understanding. We know that (h) ----- child starts to learn its mother tongue (i) ----- listening and lisping and then speaking. Native speakers learn their language easily (j) ----- listening and speaking.


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It is anticipated that (a) ----- new century is now facing (b) ----- various challenges especially environmental disaster. Feeding (c) ----- ever growing population is (d) ----- first and foremost challenge (e) ----- Bangladesh. It is very difficult to sustain (f) ----- current level of agricultural production. Because our agricultural land is being reduced due (g) ----- habitat, industrialisation, river erosion, etc. Besides, we are losing our forests gradually. Trees are being cut down indiscriminately resulting in (h) ----- increase of pollution. So, it is imperative to check (i) ----- reckless alarming condition (j) ----- our own existence.


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One day I met (a) -----  lame man. After talking (b) -----  a while he showed me an identity card. Seeing (c) -----  identity card I came to know that he was (d) -----  university student. After completing his (e) -----  study he joined (f) -----  army. (g) -----  the Liberation War he fought bravely against (h) -----  occupied army of the then West Pakistan. But it is an irony (i) -----  fate that a bullet of the enemies hit (j) -----  his left leg. Thus, he lost his leg.


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A true friend is (a) -----  asset. He stands (b) -----  his friend in time of danger. He is not (c) -----  greedy man. He always wishes (d) -----  the welfare of his friend. But it is (e) -----  matter (f) -----  fact that (g) -----  ideal friend is very rare today. (h) -----  selfish man cannot be (i) -----  true friend. He thinks (j) -----  his own interest.


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Akbar (a) -----  Great was one of the greatest emperors of India. He was (b) -----  the one side a great ruler and on the other side a man of (c) -----  wisdom. (d) -----  all the Mughal rulers he was the best. (e) -----  a result, his name has been written in golden letters in the page of (f) -----  history. He was (g) -----  uneducated person. But he had (h) -----  ability to rule (i) -----  kingdom (j) -----  an expert ruler.


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(a) ----- travelling has a beneficial influence (b) ----- our mind. The human mind always craves (c) ----- change. This is afforded (d) ----- travelling in new lands. There is none who does not feel the thrill (e) -----  joy at the new sight and experience. Travelling gives us (f) ----- opportunity to enjoy (g) ----- most charming scenes (h) ----- nature. Though it is expensive, it can bring a change both (i) ----- body and mind. Thus, travelling can help one to complete his knowledge and make him to be (j) -----  perfect man.


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Gratefulness is acknowledgement and appreciation of help received from others. In (a) ----- the society we cannot do all (b) ----- things. Sometimes we need the help (c) ----- others. We are entirely dependent (d) ----- the society. (e) ----- man may be in danger or in problem at any time. It is (f) ----- natural instinct in man to come forward to help the needy because (g) ----- his fellow-feeling, friendship and kinship. Gratefulness comes from (h) ----- depth of heart and finds its manifestation (i) ----- books, words and deeds of the grateful man. The grateful man feels highly obliged (j) ----- the benefit he has received.


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Internet is (a) ----- latest discovery of science. It is (b) ----- greatest advancement in this field. It is a computerised process (c) ----- a telephone set. To get internet connection, it requires a modem, telephone line and a different sort (d) ----- software for using the networking system. Nowadays, an internet is (e) ----- great use to us. It has made the world smaller and brought the world (f) ----- our reach. We can get any information in (g) ----- very short time. It has not only widened our (h) -----  knowledge but also made us thirsty (i) ----- the unknown. It's (j) ----- miracle like Aladin's magic lamp.


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Travelling has a great influence (a) ----- our minds. The human mind always craves (b) ----- change. There is none who does not feel (c) ----- thrill of joy at the new sight (d) ----- experience. The traveller comes in contact (e) ----- various types of people. If he moves about (f) ----- the observant eyes, he can acquire a lot of practical knowledge (g) ----- men and things of the world which books alone cannot provide. Travelling gives us (h) ----- opportunity to enjoy the most enchanting sights of (i) ----- nature. It helps one enrich his knowledge and makes him (j) ----- perfect man.


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Patriotism is a noble (a) -----  virtue. It inspires (b) -----  man to shed last drop of blood to defend the freedom (c) -----  his country. A man (d) ----- patriotism is no better than (e) -----  beast. A true patriot is honoured by (f) -----  all. He thinks (g) -----  the welfare of his country. On (h) -----  other hand (i) -----  unpatriotic man thinks only of his own interest. Those who die (j) -----  the country are true patriots.


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English is (a) -----  international language. We feel (b) -----  necessity of learning English (c) -----  every step. This is the only language of international overseas business, communication, co-operation and (d) -----  co¬existence. It is essential to receive (e) -----  foreign degree or higher education. All (f)-----  good jobs need English knowing persons. So, every educated man should know how to communicate (g) -----  English. To learn and develop (h) -----  skill of English, especially (i) -----  the students, is very important. No student should be ignorant (j) -----  it.


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(a) ----- good man is (b) ----- man of character. His polite behaviour is (c) ----- because he can win the heart (d) ----- other people around him, no matter whether he is rich or poor. He also gets the admiration (e) ----- all he deals with. He behaves well (f) ----- who are rude towards him because he hates to behave rudely. One, who pretends to be polite great asset even those cannot be polite (g) ----- all (h) ----- circumstances. But (i) ----- man who is really polite does not fear anybody whatever be (j) ----- the provocation.


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(a) ----- issue of food adulteration has drawn the attention (b) ----- general people. We hardly find any food (c) ----- our country which is not adulterated in one way or other. At present, sub-standard foods are sold (d) ----- most of (e) ----- hotels. Very recently government has directed (f) ----- mobile court to look (g) ----- the matter of food adulteration. They are catching (h) ----- dishonest hoteliers red handed (i) ----- using unhygienic ingredients which are really harmful (j) ----- human body.


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Man is (a) ----- maker (b) ----- his own fate. If he makes (c) ----- proper division (d) ----- his time and does his duties accordingly, he will surely improve and prosper (e) ----- life. But if he does otherwise, he is sure to suffer when it is too late. To waste time is as bad as to commit (f) ----- suicide. (g) ----- fact our life is nothing but the sum total (h) ----- hours, days, and years. If we waste (i) ----- morning hours (j) ----- life, we shall have to repent afterwards.


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(a) ----- Bangladesh lies in the southern part (b) ----- Asia. She is now apparently in (c) ----- grip of all sorts of pollutions like air pollution, soil pollution and water pollution. (d) ----- dwellers of the urban areas are (e) ----- worst sufferers of such pollution. The industrialization process (f) ----- Bangladesh over (g) ----- past decades has created significant environmental problems. We know about some of (h) ----- most common types (i) ----- environmental pollutions and ways of coping (j) ----- them. In this case, we need awareness most.


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A hospital is (a) ----- home for the sick. It gives medical treatment (b) ----- them at free (c) ----- cost. A hospital is generally run (d) ----- the government. A hospital has (e) ----- outdoor and indoor section. (f) ----- great number (g) ----- the sick people are treated in (h) ----- outdoor section. People attacked (i) ----- serious illness are admitted (j) ----- the indoor section.


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An ideal teacher is often compared with (a) ----- architect. He is called (b) ----- architect of a nation. He is the light of learning and makes (c) ----- illiterate people worthy citizens (d) ----- our country. But it is (e) ----- matter of regret that the teachers are not held (f) ----- due respect in our society. They lead (g) ----- humble life in the midst of want. Still, they keep the light of (h) ----- education burning in order to remove (i) ----- darkness of illiteracy and superstitions (j) ----- the society.


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(a) ----- festivals have always been integral parts (b) ----- our tradition and culture. We have (c) ----- number of festivals which we celebrate (d) ----- the year. Some of our national festivals are related (e) ----- our history of Independence and Language Movement, some are related to our religions and (f) ----- rests are related to our art and culture. Whatever may be (g) ----- occasion, people (h) ----- all walks of the society take part (i) ----- these festivals spontaneously. We should continue (j) ----- tradition of our festivals.


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Dowry means property or money brought (a) -----  a bride to her husband. During marriage ceremony (b) -----  section of greedy people claim much wealth or money (c) -----  the guardians of the brides. (d) -----  poor illiterate girls become the victims (e) -----  dowry. If (f) -----  guardians fail to fulfill (g) -----  demand of (h) -----  bridegroom, the brides are maltreated. So, the poor cannot think of marriage of their daughters. It is (i) -----  social curse. This curse can be eliminated (j) -----  changing the outlook of people specially the male members.


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You are (a) -----  students of Class Ten, the highest class of the school. To come (b) -----  this stage, you had to undergo a lot of hardships and to make (c) -----  effort. None of you can deny (d) -----  fact of getting help (e) -----  so many dedicated teachers. This is however (f) -----  usual process. What (g) -----  tremendous job teachers should dread to bring you (h) -----  this stage. All these have been done to you to help you (i) -----  becoming a unique person, having (j) -----  ability, integrity, etc.


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Gourab always tries to educate (a) -----  uneducated. He tells them to check the beast (b) -----  them. He reads (c) -----  Dhaka College. Being (d) -----  active boy, he hates (e) -----  idle. He has a great deal (f) -----  books. He makes the best use (g) -----  time. He has made (h) -----  few plans. He knows that (i) -----  time is (j) -----  valuable thing.


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Nowadays, parents are very conscious (a) ----- the harmful effect of punishment (b) ----- children. (c) ----- child psychologists think that both physical and mental punishment can be disastrous (d) ----- child's growth and development. It may lead to fear and hatred of (e) ----- person who punishes (f) ----- child. Again, if (g) -----  child is punished, he may lack initiative. He may also feel hostile (h) ----- him. others. So, (i) ----- rude behavior gradually develops (j) ----- him. 


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Road accidents have recently become (a) ----- regular phenomenon in our country. As a result (b) ----- the accidents, many persons fall victim (c) ----- untimely death. It is reported that most (d) ----- the accidents occur for (e) ----- violation of traffic rules, (f) ----- unskilled drivers and unconscious passers-by. Many unlicensed and faulty vehicles also endanger the passengers and (g) ----- passers-by. So, in order to save us (h) ----- the accidents the government is trying to create (i) ----- awareness among the people and has passed strict laws against (j) ----- accused.


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Morning walk is (a) ----- exercise suitable for (b) ----- people (c) ----- all ages. It gives us (d) ----- numerous benefits. (e) ----- people who wake up early (f) ----- the morning and go out for (g) ----- walk, can enjoy fresh morning air. Moreover, this exercise helps them maintain (h) ----- good health. Again, they can make (i) ----- good start (j) ----- their work.


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(a) ----- education removes our ignorance and gives us light (b) ----- knowledge. In respect (c) ----- imparting education, there should be no discrimination (d) ----- man and woman. Education is one of (e) ----- human rights. If we deprive women (f) ----- the right of education, almost half (g) ----- our population will remain (h) ----- darkness. No development can be brought about (i) ----- participation of women. So, government is doing everything to educate (j) ----- womenfolk.


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(a) ----- youth is the best time (b) ----- life. This is (c) ----- time when it is most important (d) ----- one to remember (e) ----- maxim, "As you sow, so shall you reap." One must sow (f) ----- seeds of industry, truthfulness, honesty and other virtues (g) ----- this season to reap the harvest (h) ----- prosperity and happiness. Whatever takes root in (i) ----- man at this time lasts throughout the rest (j) ----- his life and moulds his future.


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Money cannot buy (a) -----  happiness. Money is a must (b) -----  our life. But it is not (c) -----  necessary to bring our happiness. Happiness is absolutely (d) -----  psychological thing.  It is (e) -----  name (f) -----  a feeling. It means (g) -----  contentment of the mind. He who is satisfied (h) -----  what he gets and content with his life is a really happy one. Happiness cannot be purchased with (i) -----  money. No doubt money has got something to do (j) -----  happiness, but it cannot give us happiness.  


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Though patriotism is (a) ----- universal human trait, it is often torn away (b) -----  the state herself. (c) -----  poor people of a poor country become indifferent (d) -----  their state of affairs and lose (e) -----  sense of patriotism. Such people would have become as patriotic as (f) -----  Simon Bolivar or (g) -----  Abraham Lincoln if they had a caring government or leader who would make their lives a bit easier. (h) -----  people of a wealthy country simply love their country because the state provides them (i) -----  everything (j) ----- shelter, education, job and security.


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Journey is always a pleasure (a) -----  me. Wherever I go on a journey my heart leaps (b) -----  joy. But (c) -----  journey by boat gives me (d) -----  greatest pleasure. Since Bangladesh is a land (e) -----  rivers, it is (f) -----  easy matter to make (g) -----  journey by boat. Whenever I get (h) -----  opportunity to make (i) -----  journey by boat, I make the best use (j) -----  the opportunity.


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A gentleman once advertised (a) -----  the post of a peon and nearby 50 candidates came to apply for (b) -----  post. Of course, only one could be chosen and 49 must be sent away. When (c) -----  choice was made, (d) -----  friend asked (e) -----  gentleman why he had selected (f) -----  one who came (g) -----  the least recommendation. The gentleman said, "There were many things I noticed (h) -----  his favour. He knew the use of the mat at the door; he closed the door gently as he entered, he made way (i) -----  the lame man who came into the office; and all of my questions were answered properly and respectively. I think his politeness is (j) -----  great recommendation.


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Truthfulness is (a) -----  greatest of all (b) -----  virtues which makes (c) -----  man really great. If we do not cultivate (d) -----  habit (e) -----  speaking the truth, we cannot command (f) -----  confidence of others. We may succeed once or twice (e) -----  telling lie, but it never brings (h) -----  good result. A lie never lies hidden. When (i) -----  real character of a liar is revealed, nobody believes him. All hate him and speaks ill of him (j) -----  his back.


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Time is (a) ----- very precious thing. (b) ----- time which is lost once is lost forever. There is (c) ----- proverb, "Time and tide wait for none." It is time which does not have (d) ----- relative feelings. It does not wait (e) ----- anyone if it is not used wisely. It is really essential to realise (f) ----- importance of time on our life. Those who have become great would make proper use (g) ----- time. They never put (h) ----- their work (i) ----- tomorrow. That's why, they have contributed a lot (j) ----- the society. 


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(a) ----- modern world is undoubtedly (b) ----- world of computers. It has brought (c) ----- a great change in our way of life. It works as (d) ----- substitute for human brain. It has enabled us to perform any difficult work accurately (e) -----  a few seconds. In the fields (f) ----- medical science, printing, education etc. computers are doing wonderful jobs. In (g) ----- western countries, computers dominate every sphere of (h) ----- man's life. Our country is also gradually moving towards (i) ----- computer culture. It saves both our time and energy. If we make a constructive use of it, it can render (j) ----- great service to mankind. 


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Traffic jam is (a) ----- problem in all towns and cities (b) ----- Bangladesh. It occurs where (c) ----- number of vehicles crowd so close that movement becomes impossible (d) ----- sometime. It is more common where (e) ----- streets are narrow and have many bends. Weak traffic control system is also largely responsible (f) ----- it. It is (g) ----- very annoying and time killing. When caught in (h) ----- traffic jam, we simply get stuck (i) ----- at one place. We can move neither forward nor backward. We have to wait and look repeatedly (j) ----- our watch. 


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(a) ----- education removes our ignorance and gives us (b) ----- light of knowledge. In respect (c) ----- imparting education, there should be no discrimination (d) ----- man and woman. Education is one of (e) ----- basic human rights. If we deprive woman of the right (f) ----- education, almost half of our population will remain (g) ----- darkness. No development can be brought (h) ----- without the participation of woman. So, (i) ----- government is doing everything to educate (j) ----- woman folk.


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Coronaviruses are a family (a) ----- viruses that cause illness ranging (b) ----- the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These viruses were originally transmitted (c) ----- animals and people. SARS, for instance, was believed to have been transmitted from civet cats (d) ----- humans while MERS travels from (e) ----- type of camel to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not infected (f) ----- humans. The name coronavirus comes from (g) ----- Latin word corona, meaning crown or halo. Under (h) ----- electron microscope, the image of (i) ----- virus is reminiscent (j) ----- a solar corona.