Fill in the Blanks

The following question has a sentence with two blanks. Given below it are four pairs of words. Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

The southern right whale appeared in the harbour on Wednesday and has                   onlookers as it                    and blows water spouts a short distance from downtown office buildings.

  1. delighted, breaches
  2. piqued, bellows
  3. vexed, yawps
  4. galvanized, arises


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  1. The answer is option 2.Piqued by someone is to get attracted to it or awaken interest which fits in the first blank.Hence i choose option 2.

    1. TG.Prabhat

      Thanks for sharing your approach, Shubhra!
      You can confirm it with the solution that I’ll post tomorrow morning 🙂

    1. TG.Prabhat

      Well done, Sumit!
      See the answer’s explanation in my comment below.

  2. TG.Prabhat

    The answer is 1.


    Seeing the second blank, 1. and 4. fit. For the first blank, option 1. fits best as to ‘galvanise’ means to shock or excite (someone) into taking action, which cannot be inferred from the sentence. The sentence only speaks of onlookers.

    Breach: (of a whale) rise and break through the surface of the water

    Pique: feel irritated or resentful resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride.

    Bellow: (of a person or animal) emit a deep loud roar, typically in pain or anger.

    Vex: make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, especially with trivial matters.

    Yawp: shout or exclaim hoarsely.

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