Advanced Vocabulary for IELTS 7.0 – 8.0 – 9.0: Practice Exercises & Answer Key (Part 8)

Practice daily to improve IELTS score with Advanced Vocabulary and IELTS Vocabulary Practice Exercise for IELTS Academic & IELTS General Training test takers. This lesson includes 9 Parts. You can also check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 , Part 5 , Part 6 , Part 7 in the previous posts.

(K) Fill in the gaps using the words from the box below. Use each word once only. Do not change the form. propensity predilection aberration quibble penchant gaffe     throwback puissance

  1. My only___________ is that the colour isn’t very nice, but otherwise I think you have chosen well.
  2. He is a(n) ___________ to the days of the neanderthals, so outdated are his views on the place of women in society.
  3. It was an embarrassing___________ ; I’ll grant you that, but it will soon be forgotten and your reputation should remain relatively intact. Choose your words more carefully next time though.
  4. We will put the full___________ of the nation into this campaign and we will emerge victorious.
  5. She has a(n) ___________ for men a lot younger than her.
  6. He has a(n) ___________ to talk too much when he gets nervous.
  7. His behaviour in this particular instance was a(n) ___________ , I assure you; he is normally a very dependable guy.
  8. He has a(n) ___________ for Italian food, I have noticed.

(L) Fill in the gaps using the words from the box below. Use each word once only. Do not change the form.

pedantic          feckless           quintessential              cumbersome    indecorous       fallible
  1. Greek salad is the____________ starter at a Greek restaurant.
  2. The____________ bureaucracy of our civil service is frustrating, to say the least; nothing gets done quickly.
  3. He is nothing but a(n) ____________ drunk; his contribution has shrunk to such a degree as to render him virtually useless.
  4. We are all____________ to varying degrees I’m afraid; to err is simply human.
  5. His____________ behaviour did not win him many new friends at the United Nations; it is as though he was out to insult everyone he spoke to, embarking on some sort of diplomatic suicide mission.
  6. He is a nice fellow, but a tad too____________ for my taste; he needs to unbutton the top collar on his shirt now and then and let himself go, but, alas, that will never happen to such a stickler for the rules.

Answer Key


  1. quibble
  2. throwback
  3. gaffe
  4. puissance
  5. penchant / predilection
  6. propensity
  7. aberration
  8. penchant / predilection


1 quintessential 2. cumbersome 3. feckless

4 fallible 5. indecorous 6. pedantic

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