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At first, you will not object
That I am the case, matter and subject

Change my third and I become
Noxious, venomous, even lethal to some

Change my third again then the bars and inns of the city
Are the place where you'll find me, very likely.

What am I?

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You are a

Topic

At first, you will not object / That I am the case, matter and subject

"Case", "matter", and "subject" are all synonyms for TOPIC.

Change my third and I become / Noxious, venomous, even lethal to some

Change the 3rd letter to X, the word is now TOXIC. As in poisonous.

Change my third again then the bars and inns of the city / Are the place where you'll find me, very likely.

Change the 3rd letter to N, the word is now TONIC. As in gin & tonic water.

As for the title itself

Change the 3rd letter to E. The TOEIC is an English language test.

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  • $\begingroup$ ninja'd... :( +1 $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Dec 23, 2016 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ ^ by 59 secs :D $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Dec 23, 2016 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ What about the title :)? (hint: same trick!) $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Dec 23, 2016 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS Clever, I didn't realize that was a clue. I added it to the answer. $\endgroup$
    – MikeQ
    Dec 23, 2016 at 14:46
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I think you are -

Topic,Tonic and Toxic

At first, you will not object That I am the case, matter and subject

Topic can be a case, matter or a subject

Change my third and I become Noxious, venomous, even lethal to some

p->x gives Toxic -> Venoumous

Change my third again then the bars and inns of the city Are the place where you'll find me, very likely.

x->n Tonic -> A refresher like an alcohol which serves as a tonic.

Oh well the title:

A test of English for some -> Test -> TOEIC

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