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.

Ironically, the normally ________ speaker became diffident and ______ when confronted with the approbatory stares of her eager spectators.

  1. quiet, fervent
  2. garrulous, reticent
  3. dispassionate, tacit
  4. humble, supercilious

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  1. Priyanka Rathi

    In this The Word Ironically helps to directly eliminate 1 and 4 and 3 can be overruled because of dispassionate
    thus 2

  2. Mayank Khanna

    Reason garrulous only talks about speaker who is enthusiastic about his speech and irony means he did something he wasn’t expected of . Other automatically fills the blank correctly.

  3. The answer should be option 2.ironically implies that there are two contrasting situations, diffident means shy which indicates that the first blank should be the opposite of it.The word garrulous best fits it.Thus option 2

  4. The correct answer is 2. Option 3 and 4 do not fit the first blank. The words ‘ironically’ and ‘diffident’ help in selecting the word garrulous (someone who speaks a lot) in the first blank.

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