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What does "clingy" mean?



 
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What does "clingy" mean? #1 (permalink) Fri May 01, 2009 1:15 am   What does "clingy" mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #591 "Real Life: Personalities (2)", question 7

I went out with Diane a few times but I found her to be very .......... She seems desperate to make friends and, after only one date, she told me that had already developed a very strong emotional attachment for me. She's kind of scary, actually.

(a) spontaneous
(b) clingy
(c) practical
(d) independent

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #591 "Real Life: Personalities (2)", answer 7

I went out with Diane a few times but I found her to be very clingy. She seems desperate to make friends and, after only one date, she told me that had already developed a very strong emotional attachment for me. She's kind of scary, actually.

Correct answer: (b) clingy

Your answer was: incorrect
I went out with Diane a few times but I found her to be very spontaneous. She seems desperate to make friends and, after only one date, she told me that had already developed a very strong emotional attachment for me. She's kind of scary, actually.
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Can you tell me what " clingy" means ?
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What does "clingy" mean? #2 (permalink) Fri May 01, 2009 4:56 am   What does "clingy" mean?
 

'Clingy' refers to someone who is very emotionally needy or dependent. They tend to be unable to spend time alone or by themselves, and need constant assurances that they're appreciated.

The word comes from the verb 'to cling'
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What does "clingy" mean? #3 (permalink) Fri May 01, 2009 11:25 am   What does "clingy" mean?
 

thank you very much !
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What does "clingy" mean? #4 (permalink) Tue May 05, 2009 2:56 am   What does "clingy" mean?
 

Hi Maple Leaf,
Clingy has a few meanings that I can think of. First it can be used to describe a person who is insecure in a new situation and staying close to friends, to help them feel comfortable. It can also be used to describe clothing that is a tight fit on the skin.
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What does "clingy" mean? #5 (permalink) Tue May 05, 2009 5:20 am   What does "clingy" mean?
 

thanks , Phil
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What does "clingy" mean? #6 (permalink) Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:02 am   What does "clingy" mean?
 

Hello,

Quote:
I went out with Diane a few times but I found her to be very clingy. She seems desperate to make friends and, after only one date, she told me that had already developed a very strong emotional attachment for me. She's kind of scary, actually.


Should we insert a word "she" immediately after "she told me that" in the second sentence of the test paragraph, please?

Thank you.

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What does "clingy" mean? #7 (permalink) Mon Oct 11, 2010 18:09 pm   What does "clingy" mean?
 

Hi Bhikku,

We certainly should... and I have done so, though it won't register until the next server update.

Thanks.
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What does "clingy" mean? #8 (permalink) Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:04 am   What does "clingy" mean?
 

Hello Beeesneees,

Thank you for your clarification. At first I was wondering whether the “that’ was a conjunction or a pronoun referring to the antecedent “after only one date” since it is common to leave out the conjunction “that” in sentences. In other words, the sentence should have been like this:

She seems desperate to make friends and, after only one date, she told me that that had already developed a very strong emotional attachment for me.

Once again, thank you for clarifying my problem. Goodbye!

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