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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 iBlank iiBlank iii
a) steadfastlyd) pledgedg) common cause
b) nominallye) indifferenth) rack and ruin
c) sporadicallyf) immunei) vim and vigor
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Re: QOTD #21 Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an al [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2016, 19:15
I got the first two blanks correct but the 3rd one I do not understand. Can you help explain to me what common cause they are referring to?
Also, what is the source of this question?
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Re: QOTD #21 Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an al [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2016, 02:51
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“Churchill conceded” say that all is not well between Russia, and France and Great Britain, again the word “ally” say things between them are not bad either. So “nominally” and “indifferent” will fit the first two blanks well. “Would compel” in second half of the sentence gives us the clue that things between Russia, and France and Great Britain is going to improve. Hence “Common cause” fits the third blank well.

Hence the answers are “nominally” and “indifferent” and “common cause”
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Re: QOTD #21 Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an al [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2016, 11:51
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“Churchill conceded” say that all is not well between Russia, and France and Great Britain, again the word “ally” say things between them are not bad either. So “nominally” and “indifferent” will fit the first two blanks well. “Would compel” in second half of the sentence gives us the clue that things between Russia, and France and Great Britain is going to improve. Hence “Common cause” fits the third blank well.

Hence the answers are “nominally” and “indifferent” and “common cause”



Thanks makes sense!
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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] New post 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.

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Re: Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2018, 11:25
How about "sporadically" for the first blank .. sporadically = occasional, infrequent
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Re: Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an ally of [#permalink] New post 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
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Re: QOTD #21 Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an al [#permalink] New post 07 May 2020, 08:20
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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 iBlank iiBlank iii
a) steadfastlyd) pledgedg) common cause
b) nominallye) indifferenth) rack and ruin
c) sporadicallyf) immunei) vim and vigor




[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B, E, G




The phrase "was in fact" suggests that there is a contradiction between the kind of ally Russia was (appearance) and its consequence to the national security of France and Great Britain (actual fact). Thus, the words we choose for the first and second blanks should reflect this contradiction.

We can right away rule out steadfastly because we know that it was an appearance.

We can choose nominally because it means something that is in name only; something that is officially though perhaps not in reality - or in other words
an appearance.

Well if Russia was nominally an ally then the second blank should be a word that indicates the reality, which is contradictory to it being an ally, and therefore the word indifferent is the best choice.

Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) nominally an ally of France and Great Britain, was in fact (ii) indifferent to their security

The "but" after the comma indicates a new idea that is in contradiction to the earlier sentence fragment, which states that Russia was indifferent to the security concerns of France and Great Britain. Well then the second part of the sentence should assert the opposite - namely, Russian national interest would compel it to make common cause with those countries.

"to make vim and vigor with those countries" is wrong and bad usage.

Coming back to the first blank,

If we say "sporadically an ally" we would have to choose "pledged to their security", in which case the third blank would have to be filled with a word which means "discord with those countries". But no option that is a synonym of "discord" is available which makes good sense from the point of view of grammar and usage. Of course "rack and ruin" is a synonym of discord but "to make and ruin with those countries" is bad usage, in fact wrong usage. But "to make common cause" is accepted usage, a common expression used regularly and fits in perfectly.

So we are justified in eliminating "sporadically" for the first blank.
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Re: QOTD #21 Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an al [#permalink] New post 11 May 2020, 21:50
These are the absolute toughest 3-blank questions you can ever find on a standardized test. The reason is because there are NO context clues whatsoever here. You literally have to analyze the relationship between the words and just jumble them around in your head. In essence, this is more like a brainteaser instead of a legitimate problem that tests anything. Another thing is that the grammatical structure does not make sense. The "but argued that" phrase does not line up with what came before. This question should not be asked.
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Re: QOTD #21 Churchill conceded that Russia, (i) _________ an al [#permalink] New post 11 May 2020, 21:52
By the way, A) steadfastly can also work here. This question got thrown out, by the way. It was one that I successfully argued against.
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