In the following passage some words have been deleted. Fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given. Select the most appropriate option for each blank.
After coffee had been served in different-sized cups and mugs, the chief rose (1)______ his place at the head of the table (2)______ a speech of welcome, (3)______ Aziz translated. Scott made a short (4)______, which was applauded even before Aziz had been given the (5)______ to interpret what he had said.
Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank No.1.
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