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Reading and writing fill in the blanks practice exercise. Below is text with blanks. Choose the correct word for each blank to complete the text.

Ever been running the treadmill, exhausted, ready to quit ,but you’re at the 2.9 mile mark, therefore you run that last 10th to make it an even three? Why do you do it? Well it may be because round numbers are intrinsically (1) ……………………. to us, even if there’s no obvious reward for (2) …………………. them. And that’s according to a study in the journal Psychological Science. Researchers studied three decades of Major League Baseball batting (3) ………………….. and play-by-play data. They found that the players were four times as likely to end the season with a batting average of .300, rather than .299. Players purposely manipulated their averages, by choosing when to  work out a walk, or when to be pinch-hit for. Examining over 4 million SAT scores revealed a similar trend. (4) …………………… with scores of, say, 1,290 rather than 1,300 were more likely to retake the test—even though admissions data showed that(5) ………………………… didn’t seem to favor rounded scores. It’s not clear why these seemingly arbitrary goals are (6) ………………… to us. But they illustrate the internal motivation that could confound some ideas in economics. Because some (7) ………………………. are apparently more equal than others.

(1) partaking, stating, haying, motivating
(2) screening, reaching, rationalizing, hoeing
(3) averages, nurslings, upbringings, leverage
(4) Accruals, Retributions, Students, Gullets
(5) evaluations, cooperation, portrayals, administrators
(6) important, discordant, lowest, nonabsorbent
(7) spinnerets, increments, antithesis, directionless
 

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