# PTE reading Reorder paragraphs samples 48
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a) But sometimes, the persons of opposite nature also come closer fall in each other’s company by accident, chance or out of ignorance vitiating the above statement to some extent
b) If a man moves in the company of good, gentle and noble people, he is usually adjudged to be a gentleman.
c) It is usual for a man to see the company of those who possess tastes, tendencies, and temperaments like his own.
d) On the other side, if he keeps company with evil persons and bad characters, he is considered to be a man of bad character.
e) Generally, the character and conduct of a person is gauged by the kinds of people he mixes and moves with.
a) If caught in the act, they were punished, not for the crime, but for allowing themselves to be caught another lash of the whip.
b) The bellicose Spartans sacrificed all the finer things in life for military expertise.
c) Those fortunate enough to survive babyhood were taken away from their mothers at the age of seven to undergo rigorous military training.
d) This consisted mainly of beatings and deprivations of all kinds like going around barefoot in winter, and worse starvation so that they would be forced to steal food to survive.
e) Male children were examined at birth by the city council and those deemed too weak to become soldiers were left to die or exposure.
a) But categorization schemes are not always helpful in determining what one can do with or about organizational culture.
b) Much of the literature on organizational cultures is focused on categorizing the types of cultures.
c) It has taken the understanding of corporate culture far beyond what used to be called the informal organization.
d) This literature is both interesting and informative.
a) This is now orthodoxy to which I subscribe – up to a point.
b) It emerged from the mathematics of chance and statistics.
c) Therefore the risk is measurable and manageable.
d) The fundamental concept: Prices are not predictable, but the mathematical laws of chance can describe their fluctuations.
e) This is how what business schools now call modern finance was born.
a) The situations in which violence occurs and the nature of that violence tends to be clearly defined at least in theory, as in the proverbial Irishman’s question: ‘Is this a private fight or can anyone join in?’
b) So the actual risk to outsiders, though no doubt higher than our societies, is calculable.
c) Probably the only uncontrolled applications of force are those of social superiors to social inferiors and even here there are probably some rules.
d) However binding the obligation to kill, members of feuding families engaged in mutual massacre will e genuinely appalled if by some mischance a bystander or outsider is killed.
a) Besides, war has a juridical meaning in international law, which has codified the laws of war, imbuing them with humanitarian content.
b) The phrase ‘war against terror’, which has passed into the common lexicon, is a huge misnomer.
c) How can then one characterize a conflict to be waged against a phenomenon as war?
d) Surrendered, or captured, combatants cannot be incarcerated in razor wire cages; this ‘war’ has a dubious legality.
e) Terror is a phenomenon, not an entity – either State or non-State.
a) A study of this effect suggests that the average white-collar workers demonstrate only about twenty-five percent listening efficiency.
b) However, for trained and good listeners, it is not unusual to use all the three approaches during a setting, thus improving listening efficiency.
c) There are three approaches to listening; listening for comprehension, listening for empathy, and listening for evaluation.
d) Although we spend nearly half of each communication listening, we do not listen well.
e) Each approach has a particular emphasis that may help us to receive and process information in different settings.
a) With the passages of time, vices become more apparent and virtues become objects of jealousy and envy, thereby causing contempt and hatred in the hearts of each other.
b) They become familiar with not only strengths but also the weaknesses of each other’s characters.
c) Generally, people think that familiarity should breed love, mutual understanding, and tolerance.
d) They expect that coming together of two persons should bring them closer and forge the bond of kinship between them.
e) But when two persons come closer, they come to know not only strengths but also weaknesses of each other’s character.
a) But this does not mean that death was the Egyptians’ only preoccupation.
b) Even papyri come mainly from pyramid temples.
c) Most of our traditional sources of information about the Old Kingdom are monuments of the rich like pyramids and tombs.
d) Houses in which ordinary Egyptians lived have not been preserved, and when most people died, they were buried in simple graves.
e) We know infinitely more about the wealthy people Egypt than we do about the ordinary people, as most monuments were of the rich people.
a) The wall does not simply divide Israel from a putative Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders.
b) A chilling omission from the road map is the gigantic ‘separation wall’ now being built in the West Bank by Israel.
c) It actually takes in new tracts of Palestinian land, sometimes five or six kilometers at a stretch.
d) It is surrounded by trenches, electric wire, and moats, there are watchtowers at regular intervals.
e) Almost a decade after the end of South African apartheid, this ghastly racist wall is going up with scarcely a peep from Israel’s American allies who are going to pay for most of it.
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