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Although World War II ended more than half a century ago

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Although World War II ended more than half a century ago [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2018, 04:20
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Although World War II ended more than half a century ago, Russia and Japan still have not signed a formal peace treaty; and both countries have been (i) ___________ to develop more (ii) ___________ relations.




Blank (i) Blank (ii)
(A) reticent (D) amiable
(B) inhibited (E) colder
(C) loath (F) hostile
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: 2-Blank text completion [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2018, 04:37
Why can't the answer be loath and amiable? Could someone please elucidate?
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munisum wrote:
Why can't the answer be loath and amiable? Could someone please elucidate?


I'll give an explanation a shot. The keyword in this sentence is Although, because it's suggesting a shift in the sentence from a negative to a more positive tone. The negative in the first sentence refers to the war against each other. The second sentence attempts to follow up at how this dynamic is changing, making loath not a good choice. Reticent ( restrained in expression, presentation, or appearance) is a better choice because it shows that while they are not willing to sign a peace treaty, they both know that still won't attack each other. Their relationship can be described as amiable. In this case, the question would be solved easier filling in the blank for (ii) and then going back to (i).
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Re: Although World War II ended more than half a century ago [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2018, 01:21
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Please format the question according to the rules https://greprepclub.com/forum/qq-how-to ... -2357.html

This way is way much better to pinpoint the options.

The explanation above is really spot-on. Kudo

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