28. Jim was so badly burnt that at first they began to _____ of his life.
A. despair B. designate
C. disappoint D. despise
[答案] A. despair.
[注释] despair of (=be in despair) 对.......失望：1) Don't despair: things will get better soon. 2) He began to despair of success. 3) He despaired of being able to repair the TV set. (他对能否修好这台电视机表示失望。) designate指明, 指出, despise 轻视, 藐视。
29. The government's strong action demonstrated its _____ to crush the rebellion.
A. energy B. resistance
C. courage D. determination
[答案] D. determination.
[注释] determination意为“决心”, 后常接动词不定式作定语。
30. New mineral resources may be discovered during the forthcoming Antarctic _____.