Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 344

Directions(1-4): 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.

  1. We had recently (A)/began the process (B)/ of recruiting insurance (C)/ agents of our (D)/ North-Eastern branches.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option C
    The error in part A is ‘have’ will be used in place of ‘had’ as ‘Have’ is used in the sentence that talks about the present. ‘Had’ is used in the sentence that talks about past in which the action is already completed.
    The error in part B is ‘began’ must be replaced with ‘begun’ as Past participle takes the third form of the verb.
    The error in part D is ‘for’ is the correct use instead of ‘of’ as preposition as ‘of’ is used for any ‘cause’, ‘relation’ or ‘origin’.

     

  2. Karnataka Lokayukta Justice (A)/ P. Vishwanatha Shetty, the States’ (B)/ anti-corruption ombudsman, were stabbed (C)/ multiple time by a complainant in his (D)/ office chamber on Wednesday.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option A
    The error in part B is, ‘states’ is plural. Karnataka is one single state. So, the apostrophe should be before the ‘s’ i.e. ‘state’s.’
    The error in part C is, ‘Were’ is plural. There is just one person involved in this sentence. So, we must use ‘was.’
    The error in part D is, ‘Multiple’ means more than one. So, it is plural. Therefore, we must use ‘times.’

     

  3. Pune will knew they have a (A)/ chance, has given that they got a (B)/ 1-1 draw when they had went to Bengaluru (C)/ in the league stage and Roca’s team will have (D)/ the backing of the home crowd at their Fortress.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option D
    The error in part A is, ‘knew’ is in the past tense, and ‘will’ in the future tense. So this is wrong.
    The error in part B is, ‘has’ used in this part of the sentence has disrupted the continuity of the sentence. The sentence was continuing with ‘have’ that was used in the previous part, so we don’t need to use ‘has’ again.
    The error in part C is, we can only use ‘V3’ with ‘has, have, had.’

     

  4. In the end of the absorbing (A)/ 90-minute clash, coaches (B)/ Ranko Popovic and Albert Roca have (C)/ smiling, locked in a warmer (D)/ embrace on the side-lines.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    The error in part A is the incorrect use of ‘In the end’. In the end is generally used as an idiom, which means ‘finally’. But grammatically correct option is to use ‘At the end’ generally followed by ‘of.’
    The error in part C is the helping verb to be used here should be indefinite i.e. ‘are’ or ‘were’.
    Part D is incorrect because ‘warmer’ can be used only when comparisons are made. Here we must use ‘warm’ only.

     

  5. Directions(5-8): In the given question, there is a statement with some numbered words. Some of the bold words are correctly used, while some are not. Pick the words which have been used correctly. If all these words are relevant, then option E i.e. ‘All are correct’ is your answer.

  6. Just in the past year, there’s been overwhelming(1) interest in storing renewable power, particularly in the western United States where curtailment(2) of renewable power generation is now a routine coincidence(3).
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 1 and 3
    Only 3
    All are correct
    Option B
    (1): ‘Overwhelming’ means very great in amount.
    (2): ‘Curtailment’ means the action or fact of reducing or restricting something.
    (3): ‘Coincidence’ means a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
    Thus, it does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by a word ‘occurrence’ which means an incident or event. Therefore the correct answer is option B.

     

  7. According to an aggressive military plotting(1) known as the Schlieffen Plan (named for its mastermind, German Field Marshal Alfred von Schlieffen), Germany began fighting World War I on two fronts, invading(2) France through neutral Belgium in the west and confronting(3) Russia in the east.
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 2 and 3
    Only 3
    All are correct
    Option C
    (1): ‘Plotting’ means to secretly make plans to carry out (an illegal or harmful action). Example: “the two men are serving sentences for plotting a bomb campaign”. Thus, it does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by a word ‘strategy’ which means a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim.
    (2): ‘Invade’ means enter (a place, situation, or sphere of activity) in large numbers, especially with intrusive effect. Thus it fits the context of the sentence correctly.
    (3): ‘Confronting’ means to come face to face with (someone) with hostile or argumentative intent.Thus it fits the sentence correctly.

     

  8. Visual artists like Otto Dix of Germany and British painters Wyndham Lewis, Paul Nash and David Bomberg used their firsthand experience(1) as soldiers in World War I to create their art, capturing the anguish(2) of trench warfare and exploring the themes of technology, violence and landscapes dedicated(3) by war.
    Both 1 and 2
    Only 2
    Both 2 and 3
    Only 3
    All are correct
    Option A
    (1): ‘Experience’ means practical contact with and observation of facts or events. It fits the context correctly here.
    (2): The word ‘Anguish’ means severe mental or physical pain or suffering. It also fits the context appropriately.
    (3): ‘Dedicated’ means devoted to a task or purpose. This one does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by a word ‘decimated’ which means to kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of.

     

  9. These include the historical bad debts that were expected to be evolved(1) under the insolvency(2) process and do not reflect their value in the books of banks, but consume significant(3) management bandwidth.

    Both 1 and 2
    Only 2
    Both 2 and 3
    Only 3
    All are correct
    Option C
    (1): ‘Evolved’ means to develop gradually. Example: “The Company has evolved into a major chemical manufacturer”. Thus, it does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by a word ‘resolved’ which means to settle or find a solution to (a problem or contentious matter).
    (2): ‘Insolvency’ is a state of financial distress in which someone is unable to pay their bills. Thus it fits the context correctly.
    (3): ‘Significant’ means sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.

     

  10. Directions(9-10): Given below are three statements, of which some may be incorrect. Identify the correct statement(s).

  11. I.The hospital on Thursday said initially four healthcare worker from Covid ward were found positive.
    II.The hospital on Thursday said initially four healthcare workers from Covid ward were found positive.
    III.The hospital on Thursday said initially four healthcare workers from Covid ward were found to be positive.
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both II and III
    All of these
    Option D

     

  12. I.She couldn’t explain the sense that she didn’t belong inspite the pictures of her and Jonny on the walls and all her things sprinkled around the room.
    II.She couldn’t explain the sense that she didn’t belong despite the pictures of her and Jonny on the walls and all her things sprinkled around the room.
    III. She couldn’t explain the sense that she doesn’t belong despite the pictures of her and Jonny on the walls and all her things sprinkled around the room.
    Only II
    Only I
    Only III
    Both II and III
    All of these
    Option A

     

 

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