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.
Sound depressing, even apocalyptic? Well, it could be the future. If government (1) …………. are right, about 20 years from now, two out of five households will be single (2)………… And there is evidence the situation is already (3) ………… According to a report, Social Isolation in America, published in the American Sociological Review in 2006, the average American today has only two close friends. Twenty-five per cent of those surveyed said they do not have anyone to talk with about important things—And yet, while some are (4) ……….. a crisis in our ability to make friends, others are saying exactly the opposite. For example, MSN’s Anatomy of Friendship Report, published last November, suggests that the average Briton has 54 friends – a (5) ………. rise of 64 per cent since 2003.
1. forecasts, prediction, goals, aims
2. occupancy, occupied, household, family
3. deteriorating, improving, damaging, recovering
4. declaring, requiring, announcing releasing
5. spectacular amazing special applausive