English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 148

Directions(1-5): In the given question, a statement with a blank has been given, followed by three words 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.

  1. California was the first state to shut down to counter the coronavirus and has avoided the ___________high infection and death rates suffered in the northeast.
    I) longing
    II) staggeringly
    III) enlightening
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both II & III
    Both I & II
    Option B
    The word ‘longing’ means ‘having or showing a yearning desire’. It does not make any sense if used in the blank.
    The word ‘staggeringly’ means ‘to an astonishing or shocking degree’. It makes proper sense here in the given blank.
    The word ‘enlightening’ means ‘giving someone greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation’. It makes no sense whatsoever, if used in the blank.
    Thus, only II fits the given blank and makes the sentence grammatically and contextually correct.
    Therefore, the correct answer choice for this question is option B.

     

  2. Healthcare workers and doctors are warning of ______consequences if we are unable to control the spread soon.
    I) bright
    II) dire
    III) grave
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both II & III
    Both I & II
    Option D
    The words ‘dire’ and ‘grave’ are synonyms. They mean ‘extremely serious or urgent or solemn in manner or appearance.’ These two words perfectly fit the given context.
    The word ‘bright’ means ‘intelligent and quick-witted’. It can also mean ‘giving out or reflecting much light; shining’.
    Thus, only II and III fit the given blank and make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct.
    Therefore, the correct answer choice for this question is option D.

     

  3. There is a need to ___________skills and technological capabilities to connect manufacturing activities to the global value-chain with consistency and reliability of quality and standard of products
    I) warranted
    II) jovial
    III) harness
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both II & III
    Both I & II
    Option C
    The word ‘harness’ means ‘make practical and effective use of’. It makes perfect sense if used in the given blank.
    The word ‘jovial’ means ‘cheerful and friendly’. It does not fit the given blank. The phrase ‘Jovial skills’ makes no sense.
    The word ‘warranted’ means ‘justified’ or necessitated a course of action’. This word does not make sense if used in this blank.
    Thus, only III fits the given blank and makes the sentence grammatically and contextually correct.
    Therefore, the correct answer choice for this question is option C.

     

  4. A month into the largest-ever remote working experiment, we have set step into _________territory at scale.
    I) unparalleled
    II) unexplored
    III) uncharted
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both II & III
    Both I & III
    Option D
    The words ‘uncharted’ and ‘unexplored’ are synonyms. They refer to something that is not evaluated or discussed in detail. They can also refer to an area, which is not investigated or mapped.
    The word ‘unparalleled’ means ‘having no parallel or equal; exceptional’. It does not fit the given blank.
    Thus, only II and III fit the given blank and make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct.
    Therefore, the correct answer choice for this question is option D.

     

  5. The monsoon has now further ___________into Maldives-Comorin area, some more parts of south Bay of Bengal and covered Andaman Sea along with Andaman and Nicobar islands.
    I) retaliated
    II) advanced
    III) directed
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both II & III
    Both I & II
    Option B
    The word ‘retaliate’ means ‘to make an attack in return for a similar attack’. This does not fit the given blank.
    The word ‘advanced’ means ‘proceeded or moved further’. ‘Directed’ means directed control the operations of; manage or govern’. It can also mean ‘to point towards a particular direction’. This does not fit the given blank.
    Thus, only II fits the given blank and makes the sentence grammatically and contextually correct.
    Therefore, the correct answer choice for this question is option B.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate words.

  7. Water is a precious natural resource and …………. (1) need sustaining the life of all living creatures. It cannot be produced or ………….. (2)electronically or hydrologically or by any other technology, though it can be recycled to some extent. On the earth, 75 percent of surfaces are covered with water. Yet, people living in the remaining surfaces are suffering without …………. (3) water for their basic requirements. All major claims and conflicts over water in the world arise in respect of the share and distribution of three percent of fresh water, which …………. (4) in ice poles, glaciers, rivers, ponds, and other water bodies. Access ……. (5) water for all people was considered a primary need and given priority in governance during the pre-colonial days.

    intricate
    basic
    rudimentary
    vital
    None of these
    Option B

     

  8. subtracted
    enlarged
    added
    intensified
    None of these
    Option C

     

  9. portable
    potable
    drinkables
    pure
    None of these
    Option B

     

  10. incurs
    presents
    gives
    occurs
    None of these
    Option D

     

  11. to
    of
    from
    through
    None of these
    Option A

     

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