Directions(1-5): A sentence with one blank is given, indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word that best fits the blank.
- You should not try to _______ your children for not studying properly.
DomineeringBrowbeatBlusterBemeanNone of theseOption B
Browbeat (verb)– intimidate (someone), typically into doing something, with stern or abusive words
Domineer- assert one’s will over another in an arrogant way
Extend- cause to cover a wider area; make larger
Bemoan- express discontent or sorrow over (something)
- Carmen grabbed a _________of wood from the box and jerked the stove door open.
TumultChunkRetractedUproarNone of theseOption B
Chunk (noun) –a thick, solid piece of something
- You will miss a great opportunity if you ________ instead of accepting the job offer!
VacillateFomentTriteBefuddledNone of theseOption A
Vacillate– waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive
Foment- instigate or stir up
Trite- dull on account of overuse
Befuddle- cause to become unable to think clearly
- The soldiers __________ their equipment with branches and leaves.
MoribundAccessedCamouflagedIncreasedNone of theseOption C
Camouflage – noun – a means or attempt to conceal something
Moribund- (of a person) at the point of death
- My friend, Rima, is so _________ in her talks that no one is able to guess her age.
UpswingStipulationPrecociousHomageNone of theseOption C
Precocious – having mature qualities at an unusually early age
Upswing- an increase in strength or quantity; an upward trend
Stipulation- a condition or requirement that is specified or demanded as part of an agreement
Homage- special honour or respect shown publicly.
- The party’s ________________ were based on prejudice rather than on any coherent ideology.
III. FoundersOnly IOnly IIOnly IIIBoth I & IIBoth I & IIIOption B
The blank requires a plural noun as it followed by ‘were’. ‘Basis’ is singular. So, option I is wrong.
Founders refer to the people who established the party. People can’t be based on something. So, option III is also wrong. Hence, the correct answer is B.
- The book is hard to obtain, because of ________________ demand following the author’s appearance on TV.
III. AssessOnly IOnly IIOnly IIIBoth I & IIBoth I & IIIOption A
The blank requires an adjective. ‘Access’ and ‘assess’ are verbs and ‘excess’ is an adjective. Hence, the correct answer is A.
- The company’s spending has also ________________ following the launch of a new Sunday magazine.
III. DecreasedOnly IOnly IIOnly IIIBoth I & IIBoth I & IIIOption D
Here, ‘spending’ is used as a gerund. The verb in the blank must suitable for this gerund. ‘Spending’ cannot be made. It can, however, rise or decrease. Hence, the correct answer is D.
- Lewis was annoyed that Adam did not show ________________ respect and deference to him.
III. LeastOnly IOnly IIOnly IIIBoth I & IIBoth I & IIIOption B
‘Multiple’ is used for countable nouns. ‘Respect’ is not countable. Option I is wrong.
People don’t get annoyed when they are not least respected. So, option II is also wrong.
Hence, the correct answer is B.
- The novel’s early readers were understandably annoyed at having their narrative expectations constantly ________________.
III. ThwartedOnly IOnly IIOnly IIIBoth I & IIBoth I & IIIOption C
The tense of the sentence is simple past tense and thus the verb in the blank should also be in simple past. Hence, the correct answer is C.
Directions(6-10): In the given question, a statement with a blank has been given, followed by three word out of which more than one can complete the sentence grammatically and contextually. Find the word (s) which can fill the blank and choose the option accordingly.