Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 302

Direction: In the given question, there is a statement with some words given in bold. Some of the bold words have been correctly used, while some have not been. Pick the words that have been used correctly. If all the bold words are correct in the given context, mark option, E, i.e., ‘All are correct’ as your answer.

  1. A warm wind was rustle(1) the trees, which were covered thick(2) with half – opened leaves, and looked like fountains of green spray thrown highly(3) into the air.
    Only 1
    Both 2 and 3
    Both 1 and 3
    None of these
    All are correct
    Option D
    ‘Rustle’ means a soft, muffled crackling sound like that caused by the movement of dry leaves or paper. Thus, this form of a verb does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by the gerund form of verb ‘rustling’.
    ‘Thick’ is an adjective which means made up of a large number of things or people close together; thus, it does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by an adverb ‘thickly’.
    ‘Highly’ is an adverb which means at or to a high degree or level; thus, it does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by an adjective ‘high’

     

  2. The doctors think, as I do, that the injury(1) to your spine is one which you will ingrown(2) by and by because you are so young and strong.(3)
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 2 and 3
    Only 3
    All are correct
    Option A
    ‘Ingrown’ means embedded into the flesh, which does not make sense here. ‘Outgrow’ means to improve in something as one grows, which makes sense here, as the sentence talks about how the doctors believe that the patient’s injury would soon improve as he is young and strong. Thus, ‘ingrown’ does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by the word ‘outgrow’.
    ‘Injury’ is used as a noun which means an instance of being injured. Thus, this word is correctly used.
    ‘Strong’ is used as an adjective which means having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks. Thus, this word is correctly used.

     

  3. Elsie had quite lost her plaintive(1) look and her injured tune(2), and was as bright and beaming a maiden(3) of twelve as anyone could wish to see.
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 1 and 3
    Only 3
    All are correct
    Option A
    ‘Tune’ is used to refer to a musical note and does not make sense here as the sentence talks about Elsie’s voice and the emotion is conveyed. Thus, it does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by a word ‘tone’.
    ‘Plaintive’ is an adjective which means sounding sad and mournful or unhappy. Thus, this word is correctly used.
    ‘Maiden’ is also used as a noun which means a young unmarried girl. Thus, this word is correctly used.

     

  4. Sickness is such a disagree(1) thing in itself, that unless sick people take great hurts(2), they soon grow to be eyesores(3) to themselves and everybody about them.
    Only 1
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 2 and 3
    Only 3
    Only 2
    Option B
    ‘Hurt’ is a verb while we need a noun here to be modified by the adjective ‘great’. Additionally, the sentence is talking about efforts taken by sick people, so ‘hurts’ is inappropriate. ‘Pains’ would have been more suitable.
    ‘Disagree’ is a verb which means have or express a different opinion, and does not make sense here as the sentence needs an adjective. Thus, it does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by the word ‘disagreeable’.
    ‘Eyesores’ is used as a noun which means a thing that is very ugly, especially a building or it can be referred to an unpleasant sight.

     

  5. There was a cushion with a pretty fluted cover(1), that Marry had never seen before, and several other things were scattered(2) about, which gave the room quite a different air(3).
    Only 1
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 1 and 3
    Only 3
    All are correct
    Option E

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the given questions, four words are printed in bold and are numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the positions of two of these words may be incorrect and need to be exchanged to make the sentence correct. Find the two words which need to be exchanged. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e., ‘No exchange required’.

  7. The authors explore the underlie(1) between the practices elite athletes use during a competition(2) and theories which links(3) psychological preparation(4) for performance.
    1-2
    1-3
    2-3
    3-4
    No exchange required
    Option B

     

  8. The legitimacy(1) of the government’s interest(2) in questioned(3) the public’s health is rarely protecting(4) by Americans.
    1-2
    1-4
    2-3
    3-4
    No exchange required
    Option D

     

  9. The underlying(1) theory upon which a great number of statistical(2) procedures are based, distributed(3) that the variable or variables sampled are normally assumes.(4)
    1-4
    1-3
    2-3
    3-4
    No exchange required
    Option D

     

  10. Since the days of forged(1) Western civilization, when myths were early (2) in fire and stone, society has been fascinated(3) with the ancient Greek imagination.(4)
    2-3
    3-4
    2-4
    1-2
    No exchange required
    Option D

     

  11. Rather than rely on alternative(1) generalizations and theories in the traditional(2) sense, the author offers an abstract(3) that taps the unique(4) nature of each human situation.
    2-3
    1-3
    1-4
    2-4
    No exchange required
    Option B

     

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