): In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a number. Find the suitable word from the options given against each number and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningfully complete. Human life has always__ (121) __ between isolation and belonging; solitude and solidarity. But in the 21st century, and especially in the First World, many humans are___ (122) ___ than they have ever been. Primed to live in families and clans, many citizens are now atomised individuals, tethered to gadgets, unglued from a common destiny. In India, too, the elderly are left to__ (123) ___ for themselves in cities, __ (124) __ by the young. This reconfiguring has happened thanks to a reordering of the structures of work, technology and a breakdown of communal life. Its costs are exceedingly high. Mounting medical evidence __ (125) __that lonely people are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and anxiety.

Find the appropriate word.

A fend Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
B resist Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
C give Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
D ask Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
E none of these Correct Answer Incorrect Answer


These days the elderly are left alone by their children therefore they need to  provide for themselves. Fend = to provide for oneself.

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