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Dependent Prepositions (2)

For each sentence, choose the best word or phrase to complete the gap from the choices below.

  1. I have no sympathy 1.___ people who are sent to prison for stealing. No matter how poor they are, they should find an honest way to make a living.
    A B C D
  2. If you are really serious 2._____ taking the IELTS exam, you're going to need to do at least two pieces of written homework each week.
    A B C D
  3. Over the years, he gradually became impervious 3.__ his wife's comments about his chosen profession and in the end she stopped complaining.
    A B C D
  4. One notable absence 4.____ the list of candidates for Seven Wonders of the World was the New York skyline because judges didn't consider it to be a single structure.
    A B C D
  5. Her rude comments at the meeting are indicative 5.__ her whole attitude to the job and her co-workers.
    A B C D
  6. Professor Dominic Harris is a world-renowned authority 6.__ the use of the indefinite article in Shakespeare's plays.
    A B C D
  7. Europe and the United States are still in dispute 7.____ how much each country should pay towards the upkeep of the International Space Station.
    A B C D
  8. The drug quinine is derived 8.____ the ground up bark of the cinchona tree, originally found in Peru.
    A B C D
  9. Scientists are worried that a new breed of super-rat is emerging that is immune 9.__ every kind of rat poison currently available.
    A B C D
  10. This week a senior government finance minister was forced to resign when he became implicated 10.__ a 'cash for influence' scandal.
    A B C D
  11. In the UK there is currently no restriction 11.__ the number of passengers you can carry on a bicycle whereas cars and motorbikes are restricted in this way.
    A B C D
  12. Students studying in a UK language school now need to show evidence of progress in order to be eligible 12.___ an extension to their student visas.
    A B C D