Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 340

Directions(1-3): In the given question, few sentences which are grammatically correct and meaningful are stated. Connect them to form pairs with the given word/ phrase in the best possible way without changing the intended meaning. Choose the answer accordingly.

  1. Yet
    I. We only have people doing this work.
    II. We have not developed the technology to get machines to do it.
    III. And to create systematically forest reserves.
    Only I and II
    Only II and III
    All I, II and III
    Only I and III
    None of these
    Option A
    Statement III doesn’t have any relevance to statements I & II. So Sentence III is not applicable and hence the options with III becomes invalid.
    If you say that something should not or cannot be done yet, you mean that it should not or cannot be done now, although it will have to be done at a later time. So, the sentence should say that people are doing work because the technology is not available yet. It might be though, in some time in future.
    New Statement: We only have people doing this work because we have not yet developed the technology to get machines to do it.
    ‘Yet’ acts as an adverb and in the middle of the sentence. Hence, the correct answer is A.

     

  2. While
    I. The soldiers formed the picket lines on either side
    II. In order to encourage the growth and preservation of the forests
    III. Many curious onlookers who, jesting and laughing, stared at their strange foreign enemies.
    Only I and II
    Only II and III
    All I, II and III
    Only I and III
    None of these
    Option D
    “While” is used to indicate two simultaneous actions. Thus, only I and III can be connected with it to indicate that when the soldiers formed the picket lines, the curious onlookers stared at their strange foreign enemies
    New Statement: While the soldiers who formed the picket lines on either side, many curious onlookers who, jesting and laughing, stared at their strange foreign enemies.
    Hence, the correct answer is D.

     

  3. Although
    I. If children learn to be patient and gentle while they are little.
    II. She had always wanted children.
    III. This wasn’t the way she had intended to start a family.
    Only I and II
    Only II and III
    All I, II and III
    Only I and III
    None of these
    Option B
    The definition of ‘although’ is ‘regardless of a fact’ or ‘despite a fact that’. To start a family generally means getting married and having children. But when using ‘although’, we must also provide with a statement that says ‘even though the children were wanted…’. Statement II & III can fulfil this criterion.
    New statement: Although she had always wanted children, this wasn’t the way she had intended to start a family.
    Hence, the correct answer is B.

     

  4. Directions(4-7): In the given question, a sentence is divided into five parts out of which the last part is correct. Out of the remaining four, there are errors in three parts. Choose the part which doesn’t have an error. If all the four parts are correct, mark E i.e. All are correct as the answer.

  5. Out all the things to think about, (A) she could not get the prisoner right (B) of her thoughts, even when (C) Evelyn returns with sweet bread (D) she normally would have pounced on.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option C
    Only part C is correct.
    In part A ‘out’ is incorrect and should be replaced by ‘of’. In part B, after prisoner ‘right’ must be replaced with ‘out’. In part D ‘returns’ must be replaced with ‘returned’ as the sentence is in past tense.

     

  6. At length, on the beginning of May, (A) with the help of some of my acquaintances, (B) rather to improve too good an occasion (C) for neighbourliness than of any necessity, (D) I set up the frame of my house.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    Only part B is correct.
    In part A ‘on’ is incorrect and should be replaced by ‘in’. In part C, after improve ‘too’ must be replaced with ‘so’ as, ‘too’ is used in negative sense.
    In part D ‘of’ must be replaced with ‘from’ to make the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  7. In Italy public opinion (A) as whole was favourable (B) to the visit, especially if (C) it was not considering an obstacle to (D) the projected increase of the army and navy.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option A
    Only part A is correct.
    In part B article ‘a’ must be introduced before ‘whole’. In part C, after especially ‘if’ must be replaced with ‘as’. In part D present participle form of ‘considering’ must be changed to ‘considered’ as the sentence is in past form, to make the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  8. According by common optics, where (A) images are absolute, the diffraction pattern (B) is supposed to be infinite (C) small, and two radiance points, (D) however near together, form separated images.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    Only part B is correct.
    In part A after according ‘to’ should be used. In part C, adjective ‘infinitely’ must be used instead of noun ‘infinite’. In part D adjective ‘radiant’ must
    be used instead of noun ‘radiance’, to make the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  9. Directions(8-10): In each of the following sentence, a word is missing and a phrase is given in bold. From the options given below each question, choose the most appropriate pair, the first of which can fill the blank and the other replace the highlighted word to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct and meaningful.

  10. A reporter’s phone placed to ___________ soundbites at an Akshay Kumar press conference has become the source of (many humiliation).
    Renounce, must humour
    Receive, many speculations
    Record, much humour
    Remake, much speculations
    Retrieve, much humiliation
    Option C
    Renounce means formally declare one’s abandonment of (a claim, right, or possession).
    Receive means detect or pick up (broadcast signals).
    Record means convert (sound or a performance) into a permanent form for subsequent reproduction or broadcast.
    Remake means make (something) again or differently.
    Retrieve means get or bring (something) back from somewhere

     

  11. One of our ___________ about millennials is instant gratification, which means people sometimes take (put away) and they want to get material goods quickly.
    Charges, ways and means
    Matters, take away
    Interests, beaten path
    Revelation, nuts and bolts
    Concerns, short-cuts
    Option E
    “Put away” means to move or place (anything) so as to get it into or out of a specific location or position.
    “Ways and means” refer to methods and resources for achieving something.
    “Take away” means a restaurant or shop selling cooked food to be eaten elsewhere.
    “Beaten path” refers to something or somewhere that is out of the way or out of a central, popular or touristy area.
    “Nuts and bolts” refer to the basic practical details.
    “Short-cuts” means an alternative route that is shorter than the one usually taken.
    Getting something ‘instantly’ would mean taking the shortest route possible. So, it is obvious that millennials would go for ‘short-cuts’. This might concern people as ‘short-cuts’ might results in using unethical means or skipping minute but valuable details. Hence, the correct answer is E.

     

  12. India is a big jewellery market, ___________ most of the demand is (choired) around weddings and festivals.
    Though, gathered
    Although, centred
    However, intensified
    But, attracted
    Despite, focused
    Option B
    The first part of the sentence says that India is a big jewellery market. So, it would not be wrong to assume that everyone in India buys jewellery.
    But the second part states that most of the purchase is made on occasions such as weddings and festivals. Since these occasions are the specific reason for the jewellery purchases, we say the demand is ‘centred’ or ‘focused’. But ‘despite’ cannot be used to introduce the counter-statement, i.e. it should have been used before “India is a big…”. So, ‘although’ is the correct choice. Hence, the correct answer is B.

     

 

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