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# Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of

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Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of [#permalink]  24 Oct 2017, 17:03
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Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of France and Great Britain, was in fact (ii) _________ to their security, but argued that Russian national interest would compel it to make (iii) _________ with those countries.

 Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii) (A) steadfastly (D) pledged (G) common cause (B) nominally (E) indifferent (H) rack and ruin (C) sporadically (F) immune (I) vim and vigor

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Nominally, indifferent, common cause.

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Re: Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of [#permalink]  14 Nov 2017, 03:57
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“In fact” suggests that Russia did not have the same concern for the security of France and Great Britain as one would expect of an ally. For the first blank, we’d like a word that describes a not-fully-committed ally, and for the second blank, we’d like a word that means “not concerned.”

Nominally works for the first word, as it means “in name (only).” Indifferent works for the second, as it means that Russia didn’t really care. The “but” that introduces the last clause tells you that Churchill argued that Russia would act as an ally, albeit only for its own national reasons. To make common cause is to act as an ally.

Nominally, indifferent, common cause.
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Re: Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of [#permalink]  03 Apr 2018, 11:25
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Re: Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of [#permalink]  27 Apr 2018, 00:20
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context said Russia didn't care much about security of other nations so sporadically is wrong here and nominally would be correct answer
as Russia is ally only in name not in real sense
Re: Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of   [#permalink] 27 Apr 2018, 00:20
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