English Test for IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 02

Directions(1-5): Which of the phrases (A), (B), (C), (D) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold to make the sentence grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is, mark (E) ie ‘No correction required’ as the answer.

  1. The new facts he has discovered could not change my opinion.
    has not changed
    could not be changed
    cannot be changed
    may not be changed
    No correction required
    Option E


  2. On firm ground the tent had held in place by pegs driven into the ground.
    has been held at
    was held in
    was being held with
    should be held at
    No correction required
    Option B


  3. In the midst of his laborious work, came a stroke of good fortune.
    comes a strike of
    came a strike of
    a strike comes of
    came a stroke for
    No correction required
    Option E


  4. Tourists have still come to Egypt and are probably still inscribing their names on the old stones.
    are still coming
    have come still
    still have come
    will have still come
    No correction required
    Option A


  5. There was a pause when we had finished and then a strangely subdued voice broke the silence.
    the strange subdueing
    a strange subdueing
    the strange subdued
    a stranged and subdueing
    No correction required
    Option E


  6. Direction (6-10): In each question below a sentence is given with two blanks in each. Each question is followed by four options with two words in each. You have to select that option as your answer which can fill both the blanks of the sentence.

  7. A recent report by the Atlantic Council – Democracy in the Crosshairs: How Political Money Laundering Threatens the Democratic Process – included three case studies of _____________ political funding: Banks, the German far-right party Alternative für Deutschland and the _____________ number of small donations received by Donald Trump’s campaign.
    obscure, determined
    opaque, staggering
    murky, explanatory
    nebulous, satisfactory
    All are Correct
    Option B


  8. ven Cameron’s more achievable goals appear to be _____________ him. He still seems to be in his £25,000 shepherd’s hut, writing this wildly called-for book of his, with the publication date now pushed back again to some unspecified date next year. Perhaps the shepherd’s hut could be _____________ to some remote snowy location, where a captive Cameron would be forced to write the book readers would like to read as opposed to the one he wants to write.
    evading, propelled
    dodging, impelled
    eluding, towed
    intangible, goaded
    All are Correct
    Option C


  9. As for layout, it is fashionable for gentlemen _____________ to adorn their frontispieces with some quotation from Heraclitus or Bowie or whoever. But it would perhaps be apt if Cameron’s featured only that hilariously _____________ and portentous line from Game of Thrones: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.
    copyists, coordinated
    journalists, serviceable
    historians, dexterous
    scribes, clunky
    All are Correct
    Option D


  10. He will claim – and be justified in claiming – that, for all the liberal hand-wringing, he has been _____________ , both in style and in substance. He has campaigned hard, packing in daily rallies across the country, telling the crowds at each stop that a vote for the local Republican candidate is, in fact, “a vote for me”. So if Republicans prevail, Trump can say that Americans saw what the Trump era _____________ – and they wanted more of it.
    vindicated, entailed
    absolved, barred
    exonerated, denied
    acquitted, evicted
    All are Correct
    Option A


  11. The pattern of serial, _____________ lying – at last count he had made more than 6,400 false or misleading claims over the 650 days of his presidency, hitting a rate of 30 whoppers a day during the current campaign – would have won public approval. Americans would have accepted the semi-admission of _____________ Trump himself offered this week: “When I can, I tell the truth.” Meaning: when the truth is inconvenient, I lie.
    shabby, veracity
    egregious, mendacity
    venial, candor
    exiguous, probity
    All are Correct
    Option B


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