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HOW TO MAKE A DECISION

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Advanced Level - C1


VOCABULARY

1. accord = grant

2. backdrop = everything that you can see behind the main thing you are looking at

3. bitter = hard, severe

4. bombast = arrogant, pompous

5. bravado = boast, bravery

6. caution

7. certainty = fact, truth

8. concern = worry

9. convention

10. courage

11. daunting message = discouraging,

12. dear = expensive

13. dilemma

14. dispiriting

15. distinctive angle = special point

16. dowdy = shabby, old-fashion

17. dutiful = obedient

18. emerge

19. foe = enemy, rival

20. frailty = weakness

21. gut instinct

22. haunting voices

23. invariably = constantly

24. juggle with

25. lack

26. mean = nasty

27. mesmerizing

28. oblique = implied

29. oblivion = unconsciousness

30. perverse = ill-mannered, contrary

31. presumption = assumption, belief

32. rehash = repeat

33. rush headlong into sth = to start doing something with a lot of enthusiasm but without thinking about it first

34. self-deception

35. submit

36. sufficient

37. tackle a challenge = take on, deal with

38. temptation

39. unfeasible = impossible

40. unfold = reveal, open


Complete the sentences with correct words.


dear , emerges , lack , headlong, dowdy, sufficient, bombast, frailties, unfeasibly, foes, submit, presumption, accord, self-deception, conventions, dutiful, rehash, tackle, unfolding, daunting


1. However, we seldom ____________ to the business of decision-making the kind of careful attention it requires.

2. When faced with a large decision we ____________ rituals and procedures.

3. We typically procrastinate, lean on the nearest person or rush ____________ into an unexamined solution.

4. The chief enemy of good decisions is a lack of ____________ perspectives on a problem

5. A tolerable way forward gradually ____________ from the present confusion.

6. Our enemies know our ____________ and they actively want the worst for us.

7. It can be ____________ hard to be a true friend to ourselves in the way we should be.

8. Were so much better at getting into the heads of bitterest ____________.

9. It is pushing us into some crazy moments for which we paid____________ .

10. Then ____________ its stubborn and impatient certainties to gentle rational cross-examination.

11. All our decisions are ____________ in the backdrop of a giant ticking death clock.

12. We should take its ____________ messages to heart.

13. Death may lend us a perverse new sort of confidence to ____________ challenges.

14. It wears____________ clothes and speaks quietly.

15. It certainly lacks glamour in an age of bravado and ____________.

16. Most future relationships will merely ____________ the themes of the current unsatisfactory one.

17. From an early age we've learned how to do the ____________ expected things.

18. There’s a risk of being overly-faithful for too long to ____________.

19. Sometimes caution is just weakness and cowardice wrapped up in the cloak of ____________.

20. Courage and caution need to fight this one out without any____________ of victory on either side.

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