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"You can't learn a musical instrument ______________ you practise every day"

NOTE: The question originally did not include the sentence that provides context. Given that context, "unless" is the only sensible choice. I am leaving this answer up to illustrate some of the ...
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Why isn’t “the passengers were perished” correct?

Passive voice can only be used with transitive verbs. That is, verbs with both a subject and an object. In the passive voice, the original subject is removed and the object becomes the new subject. ...
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"You can't learn a musical instrument ______________ you practise every day"

One possible answer is "unless." You can't learn a musical instrument unless you practise every day The same sentence could also begin with the "unless" clause, in which case unless means "if not" ...
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Is this a trick? Or too difficult?

"We are going on tour two weeks from now" means "it is arranged that our tour starts two weeks from now". This provides information about how far in the future the departure is. "I'll be gone the ...
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Can the conjunction "while" always be replaced by "whereas"?

My native intuition agrees with your own: it's a pretty poor use of "whereas". Whereas "while" can have a broad catch-all conjunctive meaning like that of "and", "...
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Stephen Hawking believes that the earth is unlikely to be the only planet ____ life has developed gradually

It doesn't. In this circumstance if you said "that life has developed gradually", this would imply life had developed the planet "that life has developed ON gradually" is correct.
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

I believe you are right. We know that identity crime can be categorised into three types. We know that identity theft is on the rise. We can infer that the internet makes identity theft easier, but no ...
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Stephen Hawking believes that the earth is unlikely to be the only planet ____ life has developed gradually

Short answer: We can't use the word that here. Full answer: Hawking believes that the earth is unlikely to be the only planet ____ life has developed gradually. Here we are interested in the ...
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Is this a trick? Or too difficult?

It is a clear question, and there is enough information to answer it. I'm going on tour two weeks from now This tell you when she is leaving. The tour will start after two weeks. I'll be ...
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demand is weak vs demand is modest

D, most certainly. Modest is a more positive word for small, and is often associated with 'barely enough', often linking back to issues of individual pride and making do with less. I.E.: "She lives ...
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"adjective" or "noun" for answering the question word "What"

Both make sense and are grammatical, but in practice you would use answer (1). You don't need "girls" to be repeated as it is unambiguous. If, however, you wanted to express that dainty and small ...
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Correct answer from options: True, false and not given

You are correct and I would say it's a trick question. The passage only talks about lead instruments replaced by guitar in the 1950's, but this does not mean that the guitar was not used at all in ...
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As I expected / had expected / have expected

You are right that I have expected is incorrect, since have relates to a completed action, and expect is not really an action. I expected is past simple, and relates to something that happened before ...
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The new employee was ____ a failure

If the sentence was “The new employee was ____ to be a failure” then all four verbs would be possible: considered: after doing some thinking (maybe not a lot of thinking), people reached the ...
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Usage of wish for expressing regret

You're missing nothing: as you believe, the correct answer is 1. had met. When wish takes a complement content clause† the verb is always in 'subjunctive' mood—this requires that the ...
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In the long run or In the long term

Good one! I suspect the dictionary definitions really don't give much information about the nuance of each of these. "In the long term" is the more literal of the two. It means what it says, "over a ...
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My sister doesn't know whether tomorrow can be a holiday for her

This is a poor question since all of the verbs are grammatical and could be used according to the context: can, will, is. It's one of those questions where you have to shrink your skull down so it ...
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"Many people choose to work ........ the comfort ..........their home"

The idiom is "Do ____ from the comfort of your ___". It's possible that your interpretation of what the phrase is trying to say is what's mixing you up. The sentence is trying to say that people, ...
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Why is E the correct answer to a practice test on an article titled 'Quake rocks Southern Phillippines'?

It seems to me that all the statements are true according to the article. (a) The first sentence says, "there were no reports of casualties or destruction". (b) Third sentence: "the quake was felt ...
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A test question, complete the sentence?

You are right, Pufu. whereas is used to contrast two disparate pieces of information: bananas are yellow whereas dates are brown Example E is not disparate information, indeed it offers a reason ...
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Error spotting: I have dreamt all my life to own a beautiful maroon-coloured car

The first version I have dreamt all my life to own a beautiful maroon coloured car. is wrong because the verb is "to dream of" not "to dream to." The second version I have dreamt all my life of ...
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

I agree with you: the answer key is wrong. As James K points out, presumably your answer must be based on the text, and not on some other source of information. But going by the text: It clearly ...
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Mary's house is near to/next to the hair salon.

Next to implies an immediate vicinity; whereas near to implies "a short distance away." In this way, you can have a next-door neighbour, who lives next to you, but your bank, a short drive away, ...
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demand is weak vs demand is modest

doldrums is an allusion to sailing conditions of yesteryear in equatorial regions where calms would cause ships to come to a standstill, sometimes for weeks. The drivers are being (faintly) likened ...
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Why isn’t “the passengers were perished” correct?

The coordinating conjunction and doesn't have to carry over the passivity. Note that if it did coordinate passivity, you wouldn't repeat were anyway. But what it depends on is the actual verb used. ...
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Stephen Hawking believes that the earth is unlikely to be the only planet ____ life has developed gradually

It is the only pub ________ this local beer is served. where or that? It is the only pub where this local beer is served It is the only pub that serves this local beer. It is the only pub that ...
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Error spotting: I have dreamt all my life to own a beautiful maroon-coloured car

Actually, the statement is grammatical, but it doesn't make sense. Using the infinitive to own here implies that the goal of dreaming was to own a red car. In other words, it means something like ...
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Mary's house is near to/next to the hair salon.

Most (not all) native speakers say near {some thing or some place} rather than near to {some thing or some place}. And we say next to {some place} never next {some place} She left her umbrella ...
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demand is weak vs demand is modest

Answer: d) weak The previous sentence ends "demand is strong". Therefore "demand is weak" is a good way of saying the opposite. "modest" is not a clear opposite to "strong". It has a nuance that ...
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