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exceeded
The ·company's profits WERE GREATER THAN expected
incurred serious damage
The oil tanker WAS SERIOUSLY DAMAGED
make reference to
In this work we REFER TO the significant contribution in this field of Professors Walters and Marlow at Columbia University.
sanction
No self: respecting democracy can PERMIT/ALLOW these coercive methods of interrogation.
spoke of
In his inaugural address Barack Obama TALKED ABOUT the long political journey he had made
assistance
Some students asked for HELP with their projects
dispose of
Many big cities need to find new ways to GET RID OF rubbish
dwellings
Several of the HOUSES/FLATS were condemned as unfit for human habitation.
spouse
Under the current law, a HUSBAND OR WIFE must wait for two years after separation, before beginning divorce proceedings.
premises
Police conducted a thorough search of the HOUSE/BUILDING/LOCATION, but no drugs were found.
pledge
The government has made a PROMISE to review the composition of select committees.
cordial
Relations between Pakistan and India, rarely FRIENDLY at the best of times, have recently worsened
exemplary
The design of the new hospital, with its light -filled social areas, is IDEAL (i.e. could be shown as an example)
justifiable
there isn't a FAIR/GOOD reason for torturing prisoners
worsened
Medical reports suggested that the trapped miners' physical condition GOT WORSE rapidly after the first week.
occupation
The suspect refused to reveal his JOB to the police.
advisable
The construction company claimed it had informed employees that the wearing of goggles was A GOOD IDEA
occasions
There were at least two TIMES when...
negotiations
...secret TALKS were held between the British and Irish Governments.
accelerated
The pace of change within the industry has SPEEDED UP over the past decade.
in excess of
ATMs generally do not permit withdrawals OVER/MORE THAN £500.
somewhat
Retail turnover, in the period leading up to Christmas, has been SLIGHTLY/A BIT lower than expected.