The Puzzling”talk” In English

ANSWERS: 1. talk 2. tell 3. speak 4. say. ANSWERS: 1. natter 2. prate 3. gibber 4. jaw 5. jabber 6. gabble 7. chat 8. chatter 9. drivel 10. prattle 11. gab 12. blather

PART A – DISCOVER THE SHADES OF MEANINGS AMONG THESE SYNOMYMS

When we utter a sound, we are being able to:

  1. TALK/give information
  2. TELL/give information in spoken or written words
  3. SAY/convey information as an act
  4. SPEAK/convey information as a skill

When we talk, our contents are not being confirmed as being true:

  1. PRATE/talk foolishly and tediously
  2. PRATTLE/talk foolishly and inconsequentially
  3. GIBBER/talk foolishly in fear
  4. JABBER/talk rapidly and excitedly
  5. GABBLE/talk nonsense
  6. CHAT/talk in a friendly and informal way
  7. CHATTER/talk in a malicious way
  8. JAW (slang)/talk in prolonged way
  9. NATTER/talk unimportant matters
  10. GAB/ talk unimportant matters at length
  11. BLATHER/talk incessant nonsense
  12. DRIVEL/talk silly nonsense

When we talk, we are also being able to make a sound:

  1. DRAWL/make prolonged vowel sounds
  2. DRONE/make a low humming sound

PART B – READ THE PASSAGE AND FILL IN THE BLANK WITH THE CONCISE WORDS

Standing there, he is ______(1) with his friends about the travel recently taken by him to the mountains. The place has no tales ever _______(2) on TV; but in days to come it will be mentioned in the rare lecture that he’s about ________(3) on the latest discovery of the world largest cave in Vietnam. The cave hall was _______(4) to be stretching in over 2 km length.

ANSWERS: 1. talk 2. tell 3. speak 4. say

PART C – CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD TO FILL IN THE BLANKS

  1. He is wrong to think that the more he ________her; the more she loves him.
  2. He was so idle that he could have ______ until someone was ready to scream.
  3. The boy ________at his mom’s question and shows that he has done something wrong.
  4. Dare you stand here and ________ with him all day!
  5. We often ___________at some difficult words in pronunciation.
  6. He failed in learning the contents of his speech and ________ many times in the last meeting.
  7. I don’t like to join any online community to _________ about TV shows.
  8. It’s unbelievable that intelligence agencies could not intercept and identify terrorist attempt ____________before the bombing.
  9. I have taken the interview photo in which he was _________ about his awards.
  10. The man has no knowledge about spacecraft and felt no shame in __________ about shuttle craft.
  11. She was at length found to be the girl with the gift of _________and left alone.
  12. This audio story has _____________for hours about the falsified events.

ANSWERS: 1. natter 2. prate 3. gibber 4. jaw 5. jabber 6. gabble 7. chat 8. chatter 9. drivel 10. prattle 11. gab 12. blather

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