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TOEFL vocabulary. Study the words and complete the exercise below.

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Contemporary (cun-TEM-per-ār-ee) adj: having to do with modern times, about the present times

My father loves to read old books, but I like the contemporary books. I want to know what is popular now.

Conventional (cun-VEN-shun-ul) adj: formal or expected, having to do with customs, normalcy

He had a very conventional approach to parenting. He did not approve of his teenagers dating until they were twenty-one.

Determined (de-TER-mĭnd) adj: wanting to accomplish something

I may not have a lot of work experience, but I am always determined to learn new things and do well.

Disruptive (dis-RUPT-iv) adj: creating difficulty, getting in the way of something

The boy was disruptive during his high school class. He talked loudly while the teacher tried to speak, and eventually, he was sent out of the room.

Haphazzard (hap-HA-zerd) adj: not planned, disorganized

Unfortunately, the city was planned in a haphazzard way. Many people never go downtown, but do all their shopping in the northern district. 

Practice: Complete the sentences. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. My niece is both competitive and _______________. I am sure she will attend a top university.

2. She realized she was being _______________ when the manager stared at her angrily.

3. They both like music from the 1920's, but they also like ___________________ music, stuff from recent years.

4. His office is arranged in a very _______________ way. It's a wonder he gets anything done.

5. Sometimes a ______________________ attitude helps peole avoid trouble, since they are doing what is normal.

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