Part 2: Open cloze in PDF C1 USE OF ENGLISH PART 2


In this part the candidate needs to fill in the 8 gaps in the text with one word (there may be more than one option). It is mostly a grammar based exercise, focussing on modal verbs, auxiliary verbs, pronouns, connectives, quantifiers, comparatives but there are also elements of vocabulary with phrasal verbs, fixed expressions, idioms and contextual vocabulary. Spelling, grammar and punctuation (capital letters) are important.

Fill in the gaps with one word. More than one option might be possible.


Winning arguments

It is widely believed that when conflict is involved, there is never really a winner. One of the parties will always come off being offended or it could all _____ (1) into an endless disagreement. But when arguing with someone, especially when you know you are _____ (2) about something, one should bear in mind a few key tactics. The first thing is that facts do not convince, how many times have we _____ (3) the same mindless old-wives tales repeated, “cold weather makes you ill” is one of my pet hates. There is an element of persuasion known _____ (4) in-group bias that can be a key factor in gaining the upper hand in an argument. This means that we generally only take into account a person’s viewpoint if we believe them to be similar to us. This is why it can be a good idea to try to relate _____ (5) your opponent, instead of pointing out your differences. The second thing is to keep your temper and not lose control. Having a _____ (6) of self control and recurring to anger, shouting or even violence will not help your standing in an argument. One must be patient and logical in the face of adversity. Finally, try to stay on point and not _____ (7) your adversary to change the topic suddenly, it is very easy to go off topic and realise that you are arguing about something completely different from the original point. So, if you take these points _____ (8) account, maybe next time no one will come out offended and an argument can also become something almost enjoyable whenever it follows a logical path.

Take a look at the frequent answers and phrases for part 2: open cloze


  1. The first answer is turn as it collocated with into to have the meaning become.
  2. The second answer is right/correct as it the context requires a word meaning true.
  3. The third answer is heard because of the context.
  4. The fourth answer is as. As collocates with known in a word pattern.
  5. The fifth answer is to as it collocates with relate in a word pattern.
  6. The sixth answer is lack as it collocates with of in a word pattern.
  7. The seventh answer is allow as it is followed by the full infinitive and requires the meaning let.
  8. The eighth answer is into as it is part of the fixed phrase take into account, meaning, bear in mind.
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