TOEIC : Adjectives/adverbs

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for TOEIC

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Adjectives/Adverbs

When he finally did arrive, over seven hours late, Paul's _________________ appearance was extremely disturbing to all of us. He was wearing tattered sheets for pants.

Possible Answers:

clean

neat

disheveled

roiling

Correct answer:

disheveled

Explanation:

In this sentence, we're looking for an adjective to describe "Paul's appearance." Since we are specifically told that "he was wearing tattered sheets for pants," it is only reasonable to describe his appearance as "disheveled," which means messy or not in proper order.

Example Question #2 : Adjectives/Adverbs

The mystery of Paul Williamsonbergfriend's disappearance remains a hotly ____________ topic in the industry; there remain strongly held beliefs on both sides of the question.

Possible Answers:

debated

oven

burning

agreed upon

Correct answer:

debated

Explanation:

While "debated" can also be used as a verb, in this case it is the correct adjective to describe the "topic" of Paul Williamsonbergfriend's disappearance. It is important to recognize the way in which a word with more than one possible application is being used in a given sentence.

Example Question #3 : Adjectives/Adverbs

Choose the word that best completes the sentence.

The car salesman's performance was the _____________ in the region, so he got a raise. 

Possible Answers:

highest

most

higher

high

Correct answer:

highest

Explanation:

The correct choice is the word "highest." We know that this is the correct choice because there the word "the" precedes the blank, so we know that we are talking about a superlative, and the superlative form is "highest." It is not higher or high because they are not the superlative forms of the word. While "most" is also a superlative, it is not the best choice since we are talking about performance in sales, and performing the highest makes more sense than performing the most. 

Example Question #4 : Adjectives/Adverbs

Choose the word that correctly completes the sentence.

Although they contain a ___________ amount of information and entertainment, few people value or take advantage of the benefits of public libraries.  

Possible Answers:

distressing 

enormous

staggering

amazing 

Correct answer:

staggering

Explanation:

The best choice is "staggering." Since the article used in this sentence is "a" instead of "an," we know that the next work in the sentence has to start with a consonant and not a vowel, which eliminates "amazing" and "enormous" even though both of these words make sense logically. The other choice, "distressing" implies that it makes you upset, which does not make sense in this context. The best choice is "staggering" which means large and overwhelming.

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