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Many home owners lost money in America when the housing market recently bottomed out.

Correct answer: (b) bottomed

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The local college football team bowled over their opponents in the last game with a final score of 49-7. It was a refreshing change of pace.

Correct answer: (d) over

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It is hard for developing countries to advance due to what some call the "brain drain." The developing country's best and the brightest are often hired to work in other countries for higher salaries than are available in their home countries. This, in turn, leaves the developing countries with less talented and smart people to help them advance.

Correct answer: (b) brain

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"Don't be too hard on him for coming in dirty. Boys will be boys. They all like to get dirty at that age," Mary told Ellen.

Correct answer: (d) boys

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"I don't mind if you ride to the store on your bikes. Make sure to wear your brain buckets, though. I don't want you getting hurt or cracking your head open," Ryan said to his two boys.

Correct answer: (c) brain

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"I thought we would start figuring out our options by brainstorming for five minutes. Once that is complete, we will look through the list of ideas we have come up with and talk about the pros and cons of each. So what I need you to do is right down anything that comes to mind and don't stop to think whether it is a good idea or not. We will critique the ideas after the five minutes," Janice told the team.

Correct answer: (a) brainstorming

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"I have only had one hobby for years throwing pottery. However, I got kind of sick of it and decided to branch out and try new things. I am now learning how to refinish furniture and play the bass guitar," Susan told Louise.

Correct answer: (d) branch out

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"I decided to break away from the fraternity in college and make different kinds of friends. They weren't a bad group of guys but they were more interested in partying and having fun than planning a future for themselves and getting good grades," Matt told his little brother.

Correct answer: (c) break

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"We had a small ground breaking ceremony before we started building the new office. We invited the new workers and their families. We had a barbecue and some beers. Then the Manager put a shovel into the ground and dug out some dirt to signify where the new office will go. It was fun," Marcie told her good friend when she asked what Marcie had done that day.

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"As you know, we have been trying to break into the cell phone market without much success. However, we have a new product that we hope will make us a major competitor in that market. We are wondering if you would be able to provide the service for our new phone," Lisa told the telephone network executives.

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