01. My tennis serve is [pathetic]; I really have to work on it.
02. The baby was sick for the first few days after it was born, and was [pathetically] small and weak.
03. The little dog looked [pathetic] waiting outside in the pouring rain.
04. Helen Keller once said that the most [pathetic] person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
05. The teacher dismissed the student's excuses as [pathetic], and gave him a zero for failing to meet the deadline for his final essay.
06. The young boy had a [pathetic] look of sadness on his face after the girl declined his invitation to the dance.
07. The kittens mewed [pathetically] for their mother.
08. He looked really [pathetic] stumbling around drunk at the party, trying to hit on girls.
09. The little dog looked [pathetic] sitting out in the pouring rain.
10. Your excuses for losing today are [pathetic]. You lost because you didn't put in enough effort and you didn't play as a team.
11. The homeless men were crowded [pathetically] together, trying to keep warm in the winter evening.
12. My grandmother was [pathetically] thin in the final weeks before her death.
13. Stop whining about how hard your life is, you sound [pathetic].
14. The young girl woke up, and cried [pathetically] for her dead mother.
15. He made a [pathetic] attempt to win his old girlfriend back, but she was totally uninterested in having anything to do with him.

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