01. The bullet [penetrated] the policeman's protective vest, but didn't cause any serious injury.
02. Demonstrators have been trying to [penetrate] the restricted area where the leaders of the richest countries are meeting to discuss economic matters.
03. Undercover policemen have succeeded in [penetrating] the criminal world of motorcycle gangs in our city.
04. The walls of the bomb shelter are so thick that nothing can [penetrate] them.
05. It has taken this country many years to [penetrate] the foreign automobile market.
06. The [penetration] of the CIA by Soviet spies has created a huge scandal in the U.S.
07. When I denied having cheated on the test, the teacher gave me a [penetrating] look that made me nervous.
08. Novelist E. M. Forster wrote that Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever [penetrated] into the ear of man.
09. There is a Chinese proverb which notes that opinions are like nails; the more often you hit them, the deeper they [penetrate].
10. The hippopotamus has skin an inch-and-a-half thick, so solid that most bullets cannot [penetrate] it.
11. In the painting 'The Calling of Saint Matthew' by Caravaggio, Christ enters the scene from the right, along with a brilliant shaft of light [penetrating] the darkness.
12. In 1615, the English explorer William Baffin [penetrated] to within 780 miles of the North Pole, and for the next 250 years, no one else got nearer.
13. Police have determined that no actual [penetration] occurred during the sexual attack on the young girl.
14. The Caribbean Sea around Jamaica is extremely clear, and sunlight [penetrates] to a depth of more than 65 feet.
15. The islands of Fiji are characterized by white sandy beaches, [impenetrable] rainforests, shifting sand dunes, and beautiful marine life.
16. Because water is transparent, it allows enough sunlight to [penetrate] for plants to carry on photosynthesis.

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