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Question 16 of 30

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This paragraph has numbered blanks indicating that words or phrases have been omitted. First read through the entire passage. Then, for each numbered blank, choose the completion that is most appropriate given the context of the entire paragraph.

Verspätung

Solange ich ihn (14) , ist er immer pünktlich (15) ; ich verstehe (16) nicht, warum er uns diesmal im (17) gelassen hat.

Select an Answer

Select the most appropriate completion from the options below for blank (16).

damit

Correct Answer: 
No

dadurch

Correct Answer: 
No

darin

Correct Answer: 
No

deshalb

Correct Answer: 
Yes

The first clause — “As long as I have known him, he has always been punctual” (Solange ich ihn kenne, ist er immer pünktlich gewesen) — needs to be linked to the next clause — ich verstehe … nicht — with a word that indicates that the first clause provides a reason or an explanation, something that we might express in English as “therefore.” In German, “therefore” can be expressed with deshalb (D). The resulting clause makes sense: ich verstehe deshalb nicht (Therefore, I do not understand). It would not make much sense to say “With which, I do not understand” (A), “Through which, I do not understand” (B), or “In which, I do not understand” (C).

Question Difficulty: 
hard