English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 133

Directions(1-7): In the given statements, a blank has been given. This needs to be filled up using the correct combination of words from the options mentioned, so that the resulting statement is grammatically and contextually correct.

  1. Bangladesh delayed the start of the planned repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, _______ that it had not compiled a list of those ready to return.

    I. On thin ice
    II. On the grounds
    III. For the reason

    Only II
    Only I and II
    Only I and III
    Only II and III
    None of the above
    Option D
    ”On thin ice” refers to being in the danger zone and if you make another mistake, there will be trouble.

     

  2. America’s government was briefly _______ after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a spending bill.

    I. Turned off
    II. Shut down
    III. Shut Out

    Only I
    Only II
    Only I and III
    Only II and III
    None of the above
    Option B
    ”Shut out” means to exclude someone from something

     

  3. These approaches are not _______ to most business systems because they don’t have clearly defined outcomes and they deal with far too many variables.

    I. Applicable
    II. Pertinent
    III. Validate

    Only II
    Only III
    Only I and II
    Only II and III
    All of the above
    Option C
    Applicable and pertinent both mean relevant/appropriate.

     

  4. The new opportunities for Indian IT will _______ retraining of hundreds of thousands of engineers and establishment of new consulting practices.

    I. Entail
    II. Involve
    III. Necessitate

    Only I
    Only III
    Only I and II
    Only II and III
    All of the above
    Option E
    All of the words are synonyms and mean need/require.

     

  5. Strategic defaulters may _______ up to 40 percent of nonperforming loans, against an original estimate of 15 percent, which was revised to 25 percent at the end of 2017.

    I. Account for
    II. Add up
    III. Back down

    Only I
    Only II
    Only II and III
    Only I and II
    All of the above
    Option A
    Account for means ‘to explain, give a reason’.
    Add up means ‘to make sense, seem reasonable’.
    Back down means ‘retract or withdraw your position or proposal in an argument’.

     

  6. The most noteworthy global financial and economic event of 2017 was the _______ rise of bitcoin.

    I. Stratospheric
    II. Prosaic
    III. Phenomenal

    Only II
    Only I and II
    Only II and III
    Only I and III
    All of the above
    Option D
    ‘Prosaic’ means unremarkable/ mundane.

     

  7. The anti-dumping law provides the US businesses with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the _______ effects of unfair pricing of imports into the US.

    I. Harmful
    II. Adversely
    III. Favourable

    Only I
    Only III
    Only I and II
    Only II and III
    None of the above
    Option A

     

  8. Directions(8-10): In the statements given below, a blank has been given. This needs to be filled up using a correct combination of words from the options mentioned below. The statement so formed must be contextually and grammatically sound.

  9. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and __________ his commitment to the “denuclearisation” of the peninsula.

    A. Emphasized
    B. Affirmed
    C. Redundant
    D. Forced

    A,B
    B,D
    A,D
    B,C
    None of the above
    Option A

     

  10. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has __________ a penalty of Rs 58.9 crore on ICICI Bank Limited for non-compliance of directions issued by it.

    A. Appoint
    B. Wrecked
    C. Slapped
    D. Imposed

    A,C
    C,D
    B,D
    A,B
    None of the above
    Option B

     

  11. India’s listed corporates will have to __________ quick action to get on board more directors, including a woman, if they have to ensure compliance with the SEBI’s new corporate governance norms.

    A. Intimate
    B. Initiate
    C. Concede
    D. Take

    A,B
    B,C
    B,D
    A,C
    None of the above
    Option C

     

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