English Test for IBPS PO 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 30

Directions: In the passage given below there are 10 blanks. Every blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C), and (D). You have to tell which word is APPROPRIATE according to the context. If all are appropriate then mark your answer as “E”.

In September, when the Fed ___1___ raising rates, average hourly pay had just grown by 2%, on an annualised basis, over the prior three months. Now that has risen to 2.8%. By one measure, wages grew by fully 4% in the third quarter of the year. Accelerating pay suggests that ___2___ in the labour market has almost gone. The pick-up in wages could ___3___, however. Since the recession hordes of workers have left the labour force altogether: labour-force participation among 25- to 54-year-olds in the third quarter of the year was lower than at any time since 1984. If some can be ___4___ back to work, wages will be ___5___.

  1. fiddled with
    toyed with
    played with
    speculated with
    All are Correct
    Option E


  2. slack
    All are Correct
    Option A


  3. shoot up
    peter out
    All are Correct
    Option D


  4. appalled
    averse to
    All are Correct
    Option C


  5. held in
    held down
    hold back
    bottle up
    All are Correct
    Option E


  6. Directions: 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.

  7. She rushed to the station but could find any trace of her daughter there.
    not found trace
    find no trace
    found not trace
    finding no trace
    No correction required
    Option B
    The use of ‘but’ suggests that the phrase in bold must have a negative sense. Hence ‘find any trace’ should be replaced with ‘find no trace’. Hence go with option (2).


  8. As it was already afternoon, Rohan decided to check out of the hotel and go home.
    for checking out
    to checking out
    to check outing
    to checked out
    No correction required
    Option E
    No correction required


  9. Five people which ignored an evacuation order were trapped in a mountain region encircled by a wildfire.
    who ignored an
    those ignoring an
    who ignores a
    that ignored a
    No correction required
    Option A
    For ‘people’ we use ‘who’ not ‘which’. Further, ‘ignored’ (past tense) cannot be replaced with ‘ignores’ (present tense) as given in option(3). Hence (1) is the correct option.


  10. Since she was the most popular model on the ramp, she thought no end to herself.
    no ending to herself
    no ends of herself
    no end of herself
    no end with herself
    No correction required
    Option C
    The correct phrase is ‘no end of’ which means ‘very many or much’; ‘very great’. The phrase is correctly written in option (3) only. Hence go with it.


  11. actress says that she is not comfortable walk into the ramp in designer-wear.
    to walks on
    walking down
    walking with
    walks to
    No correction required
    Option B
    Walk on’ means ‘a very small part in a film or a play which usually does not involve any speaking’. ‘Walk down’ means ‘to walk along a path of something like that’. ‘Walk with’ means ‘to walk with someone’. ‘Walk to’ means ‘to go to a pre-decided destination/ place’. Here for the given sentence, the correct option is (2).


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