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___.
fiddled withtoyed withplayed withspeculated withAll are CorrectOption E
slacktautdesirousrigorousAll are CorrectOption A
shoot upwaxsurgepeter outAll are CorrectOption D
appalledaverse totempteddissentedAll are CorrectOption C
held inheld downhold backbottle upAll are CorrectOption E
- She rushed to the station but could find any trace of her daughter there.
not found tracefind no tracefound not tracefinding no traceNo correction requiredOption 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).
- As it was already afternoon, Rohan decided to check out of the hotel and go home.
for checking outto checking outto check outingto checked outNo correction requiredOption E
No correction required
- Five people which ignored an evacuation order were trapped in a mountain region encircled by a wildfire.
who ignored anthose ignoring anwho ignores athat ignored aNo correction requiredOption 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.
- Since she was the most popular model on the ramp, she thought no end to herself.
no ending to herselfno ends of herselfno end of herselfno end with herselfNo correction requiredOption 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.
- actress says that she is not comfortable walk into the ramp in designer-wear.
to walks onwalking downwalking withwalks toNo correction requiredOption 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).
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.