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.
- Directly the meeting commenced then the Board called for the Chairman’s resignation.
No sooner had the meeting commenced thanAs soon as the meeting commenced whenHardly did the meeting commenceSoon after the meeting commences thatNo correction requiredOption A
- The bank is overstaffed, has led to lo w productivity.
led towill lead towardsand has led inwhich has led inNo correction requiredOption A
- You delay in taking a decision conveys a negative impression.
You delay to takeIf you delay takingYour delay in takingTo delay by takingNo correction requiredOption C
- Today management student itself are opted to work for NGOs even though salaries offered to them are low.
student itself isstudents themselves arestudents havestudent himself hasNo correction requiredOption C
- Absence off any guidelines, they are unwilling to take up the project.
Absent ofIn the absence ofBecause of the absenceWithout being absentNo correction requiredOption B
- It all sounds so easy, but it’s not. All these plans are being discussed as _______________ , yet time is alarmingly running out. There is grave _______________ that an agreement will not be reached at the EU summit next month. And the EU has suggested the latest a deal could be finalised is November – that’s just eight weeks away.
reasonable, confidenceplausible, concerncredible, indifferenceconceivable, insouciancetenable, patienceOption B
- Had it been a rehearsal, not the final hearing, notes for Brett Kavanaugh would surely have featured the suggestion, for the sake of _______________ , that he try to act a bit more like an actual judge. Part of the job description being, you imagine, the office holder’s ability to appear emphatic without pulling angry faces; to appear honest, without a reference from a 10-year-old; to subdue, for the sake of public faith in the judiciary, any behaviour that looks cheap, overblown, uncontrolled. And that includes _______________ .
verisimilitude, sniffingveracity, emanatingsemblance, emittingprospect, draftinglegitimacy, respirationOption A
- Labour, by common _______________ , is winning the battle of ideas. Even as shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s plans for reshaping British capitalism were being dismissed as a _______________ to statism and trade union power, his critics were bemoaning that the Tories’ response was either a pale imitation of the same or a reheated and tired Thatcherism. Worse for his critics, McDonnell was winning a hearing because he spoke to widely held concerns about the economy.
dissent, recessionchaos, retrogressionsquabble, advanceconsent, regressionprotest, retroactionOption D
- The Conservatives have dominated the government of Britain. The party emerged in the 1830s, at a time when steam locomotives were the scary new thing and only very affluent chaps had the vote. Since then, the Conservative party has collided with economic and social movements so powerful that many people, including many Tories themselves, thought they were _______________ to disappear. Yet this party originally rooted in reactionary _______________ adjusted to universal male suffrage, to women securing the vote and to the transformation of an agrarian economy into an industrial one.
doomed, detrimentexplicit, incarcerationdoomed, privilegedelivered, incarcerationdoomed, forgoOption C
- As she stood at the touching ceremony to rename a Brussels square Place Jo Cox, the murdered MP’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, remembered her hope that the assassination of a _______________ politician would warn the British of the dangers of violent extremism. Fat chance. In a voice that spoke to her and her country’s unhappiness, she said: “Despite many people working extremely hard to show that Jo’s murder was not in _______________ , I’m sadly not at all sure that this was the case.”
outrageous, conceitedprincipled, vainopportunistic, egotisticalcrooked, vaingloriousdissipated, egotisticOption B
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.