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Have you heard the latest news about our mutual friend, Mary?

Correct entry:   latest
The error was: (b) earliest

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I was telephoned late last night just before I went to bed and told Mary is expecting a baby.

Correct entry:   expecting
The error was: (c) awaiting

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According to my informant the baby is likely to be born some time in late March or early April.

Correct entry:   born
The error was: (c) borne

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As you know Mary and her husband Dave have been trying for a baby for some years now.

Correct entry:   trying
The error was: (b) attempting

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Dave is deliriously happy about the news and just can't stop talking about it.

Correct entry:   talking
The error was: (c) to talk

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Mary remains very calm and cool on the outside but you can tell that inwardly she's just as pleased as Dave.

Correct entries:   inwardly, inside
The error was: (c) internally

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Naturally the arrival of a baby after all these years is going to completely transform their lives from now on.

Correct entries:   transform, change
The error was: (b) transfer

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At the moment they are busy making plans about which room to use and whether Mary should continue working.

Correct entry:   whether
The error was: (c) weather

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Dave is so carried away with it all that he's put the baby's name down for a very expensive private boys' school.

Correct entry:   away
The error was: (a) on

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There is one small problem of course. What happens if the baby turns out to be a girl?

Correct entry:   out
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