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As a child, Mary _______________ her stringent upbringing; however as she grew older she began to appreciate her grandmothers strict ______________.
a) Tolerated... autonomy
b) Despised... discipline
c) Embraced... authority
d) Disavowed... abstinence
e) Loathed... liberality

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Last updated date: 22nd Jun 2024
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Hint: You need to find the words that are most suited here and bring out some meaning of the sentence. For a sentence to be grammatically correct, the subject and verb must both be singular or plural and agree with each other in their tense.

Complete answer:
 For the solution of this question let us first look at the given option and try to understand their meaning and use –
Option (a) – tolerated... autonomy – tolerated is a verb (past tense) meaning to allow the existence, presence, practise even if you do not agree with it or it means to endure something/. Whereas, the word autonomy means that the person has the ability (or freedom) to act on his own values and interests.
Option (b) – despised... discipline – despised is the past tense of despise meaning – to feel contempt or a deep repugnance for something or towards someone. Whereas, discipline defines the practise of training people to obey rules using punishment to correct disobedience.
Option (c) – embraced... authority – embraced is the past tense form of an embrace, meaning to hold someone closely in one’s arms as a sign of affection. Whereas, authority describes the power or right to give orders or make decisions.
Option (d) – disavowed... abstinence – disavowed is the past tense of disavowing which means to deny any responsibility or support for. The word abstinence defines the practice of restraining from indulging in something.
Option (e) – loathed... liberality – loathed is the past tense of loathe which means feel intense dislike or disgust for. Whereas, liberality means the quality of giving or spending freely.
Now, in option autonomy is not suited as it won’t complete the meaning of the sentence. Therefore, this is incorrect.
Option (b) in this both the words are best suited to complete the meaning of the sentence as it indicates that Mary does not like the strict rule but later she understood the discipline put by her grandmother. This will be the correct answer.
Option (c) is incorrect because she did not embrace the strict rules. Therefore, this cannot be the correct solution.
Option (d) is also incorrect as she has not denied any responsibilities and neither is the grandmother is restraining herself.
Option (e) is also incorrect as she did not like intense dislike and neither the grandmother gave liberty.
Therefore, the correct solution is an option (b).

Note:
Be careful with the meanings of the words because each word has a definite meaning and the meaning sets them different. Here you need a word that shows that Mary does not like the strictness and her grandmother liked to be authoritative to make her have good behavior.