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Open Cloze - (B2) First Certificate of English

For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

The Dictionary

(0) IN 1857 the Philological Society (1) ............ London decided to produce a new and comprehensive dictionary of the English language. It took them 22 years to find a publisher, but eventually Oxford University Press agreed to take (2) ............ the project. James A. H. Murray (3) ............ selected as the editor. More than 1,000 contributors across the world sent Murray and his team in Oxford examples of words (4) ............ different contexts. The project was supposed to take ten years. However, (5) ............ five years, the editors had only reached (6) ............ word 'ant'. Eventually, in 1884, the first part appeared, (7) ............ in 1928 the tenth and last volume was published. Readers could look up the definitions and history of 400,000 words. However, as the English language is constantly evolving new words (8) ............ had to be added ever since.

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