Vocabulary Test 1 - Vivid Verbs 'say'

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Can you remember what each of the vivid verb mean?


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  • 1. 

    To accuse someone without proof

    • A.

      Assert

    • B.

      Allege

    • C.

      Rant

    • D.

      Whimper

    Correct Answer
    B. Allege
    Explanation
    Alleging is the act of making a claim or accusation against someone without providing concrete evidence. It implies that the accusation is being made without definitive proof, but rather based on suspicion or belief. Therefore, "allege" is the correct answer as it best aligns with the given statement of accusing someone without proof.

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  • 2. 

    To make fun of someone by saying unkind remarks about him/her

    • A.

      Harangue

    • B.

      Jeer

    • C.

      Divulge

    • D.

      Taunt

    Correct Answer
    D. Taunt
    Explanation
    Taunt means to make fun of someone by saying unkind remarks about them. This involves intentionally provoking or mocking someone in a hurtful or disrespectful manner. The other options, harangue, jeer, and divulge, do not specifically imply making fun of someone. Harangue refers to a long, passionate speech, jeer means to mock or ridicule, and divulge means to reveal or disclose information. Therefore, taunt is the most appropriate word that fits the given definition.

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  • 3. 

    To make something that is secret known to others

    • A.

      Whimper

    • B.

      Bellow

    • C.

      Shriek

    • D.

      Divulge

    Correct Answer
    D. Divulge
    Explanation
    The word "divulge" means to make something that is secret known to others. Out of the given options, "divulge" is the only word that fits this definition. "Whimper," "bellow," and "shriek" all refer to making sounds, while "divulge" specifically refers to revealing information.

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  • 4. 

    To shout in a loud, angry and uncontrolled way

    • A.

      Bellow

    • B.

      Rant

    • C.

      Shriek

    • D.

      Harangue

    Correct Answer
    B. Rant
    Explanation
    The word "rant" best fits the description of shouting in a loud, angry, and uncontrolled way. It implies a passionate and often lengthy outburst of anger or frustration. "Bellow" refers to a deep, loud shout, typically associated with animals. "Shriek" refers to a high-pitched, piercing scream. "Harangue" refers to a forceful and lengthy speech, usually delivered in a critical or aggressive manner. Therefore, "rant" is the most appropriate answer to describe the given scenario.

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  • 5. 

    The lady ____________ with laughter when she realised she had won the contest.

    Correct Answer
    shrieked
    Explanation
    The word "shrieked" is the correct answer because it accurately describes the lady's reaction of laughing loudly when she realized she had won the contest. Shrieking is often associated with a high-pitched, loud and sudden sound, which fits the context of the lady's laughter in this situation.

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  • 6. 

    A drunk in the train station was _____________ passers-by on why they should not have voted for the current government.

    Correct Answer
    haranguing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "haranguing". This word means to aggressively criticize or lecture someone, usually in a public setting. In this context, the drunk person is actively engaging with passers-by and passionately expressing their disapproval of the current government, potentially in a loud and confrontational manner.

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  • 7. 

    "Keep quiet!" the discipline master _____________ across the hall in his deep voice.

    Correct Answer
    bellowed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "bellowed". In this sentence, the discipline master is shouting or speaking loudly, which is indicated by the phrase "in his deep voice". The word "bellowed" accurately conveys the loud and authoritative tone of the discipline master's voice, making it the most suitable choice for the blank.

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  • 8. 

    The students at the back of the hall ______________ at the speaker when he refused to allow them to go for a break.

    Correct Answer
    jeered
    Explanation
    The word "jeered" means to mock or ridicule someone in a disrespectful or scornful manner. In this context, the students at the back of the hall are reacting to the speaker's refusal to allow them to go for a break by jeering at him. They are expressing their dissatisfaction or disagreement with the speaker's decision by mocking or taunting him.

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  • 9. 

    "My daughter is innocent. I don't care what others say. I know she has been framed," he _____________.

    Correct Answer
    asserted
    Explanation
    The word "asserted" is the correct answer because it means to confidently state or declare something as true, without providing any evidence or proof. In this context, the person is expressing their strong belief in their daughter's innocence and disregarding any opposing opinions or accusations made by others.

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  • 10. 

    The starving dog lay in the corner, _______________ pitifully

    Correct Answer
    whimpering
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "whimpering" because it is the most appropriate word to describe the sound that the starving dog is making. Whimpering typically refers to a soft, high-pitched cry or sound that is often associated with distress or pain. In this context, it effectively conveys the dog's pitiful state and emphasizes its suffering.

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  • 11. 

    The angry mother __________ and raved about her son's lack of manners.

    Correct Answer
    ranted
    Explanation
    The word "ranted" means to speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way. In this context, the angry mother expressed her frustration and anger about her son's lack of manners by speaking loudly and passionately.

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  • 12. 

    Mr Tan is ___________ to have struck his wife on her head. The police is still investigating the case.

    Correct Answer
    alleged
    Explanation
    The word "alleged" suggests that there is an accusation or claim that Mr. Tan has struck his wife on her head, but it has not been proven or confirmed yet. The police are currently investigating the case to gather evidence and determine the truth.

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  • 13. 

    The manager refused to _____________ to her employees how much she earns every month.

    Correct Answer
    divulge
    Explanation
    The manager refused to divulge to her employees how much she earns every month.

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  • 14. 

    The other children used to ____________ him in the playground because he was wore thick glasses and had braces.

    Correct Answer
    taunt
    Explanation
    The word "taunt" means to mock or tease someone in a hurtful or mocking manner. In this context, the other children used to taunt him in the playground because he wore thick glasses and had braces. They would make fun of him because of his appearance, which made him a target for their ridicule.

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