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Question 17 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 (17).

Loch

Correct Answer: 
No

Vergessen

Correct Answer: 
No

Stich

Correct Answer: 
Yes

Mangel

Correct Answer: 
No

The speaker says that he or she cannot understand “why he left us … this time” (warum er uns diesmal … gelassen hat); from the context, we can infer that the person has left them hanging, or left them in the lurch. In German, “to leave someone in the lurch” is expressed idiomatically with the phrase im Stich lassen, thus Stich (C) is the correct answer. Neither Loch (A), Vergessen (B), nor Mangel (D) results in a meaningful German phrase.

Question Difficulty: 
hard