English Test for IBPS PO Prelims 2020 Exam set – 20

Directions(1-5): In this question, two columns I and II and three sentences are given, which are divided into two parts. Column I (A, B and C) consists of first half of each sentence and Column II (D, E and F) consists of second half of each sentence. Match column I with column II, so that the sentences formed are both meaningful and grammatically correct. Choose the option as your answer.

  1. I.
    A) The fall knocked some $1.5 billion off the market value of the company
    B) Despite all the irregularities, it was evident that
    C) Seeking to regain the initiative after weeks of civil unrest,
    II.
    D) the government appeared ready to offer concessions.
    E) chaired by India’s sixth-richest person Shiv Nadar.
    F) there were none to be seen.
    A-D and C-E
    B-D and C-F
    A-E
    A-E and C-D
    C-E
    Option D

     

  2. I.
    A) The amount of carbon compound found in the air is
    B) The dollar fell broadly earlier this week after a
    C) His dog was being very aggressive for the past
    II.
    D) the amount of rain in the area was a big threat to the livelihood.
    E) thaw in trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
    F) because cars have very big engines as compared to the motorcycles
    A-E
    B-D and C-E
    B-E
    B-D and C-F
    A-D
    Option C

     

  3. I.
    A) Juice on an empty stomach leads to
    B) Eating blueberries for breakfast improves memory and
    C) Having sugar as the first thing in the morning boosts insulin levels
    II.
    D) which increase the load on the pancreas.
    E) restaurant owners even join them on drives.
    F) an increase in hydrochloric acid content, which kills lactic acid bacteria.
    B-E and C-F
    A-E, B-F and C-D
    A-F and C-D
    B-F
    A-E and C-F
    Option C

     

  4. I.
    A) A long wait at baggage – handling
    B) It is perhaps in our genes
    C) My cousins were being educated in exclusive public schools
    II.
    D) Frustrated my plan to reach home early.
    E) While we lived in the dim outskirts of their world.
    F) Not to wait for our turn.
    B-F and A-D
    B-E and C-F
    A-E, B-F and C-D
    B-F
    A-E and C-F
    Option A

     

  5. I.
    A) The Indian embassy in Kathmandu has
    B) Mr. Jaising said the Union had issued advisories
    C) Almost every step mentioned in the notes seems
    II.
    D) To have been religiously followed by the family
    E) But not backed it up with action
    F) Reached out to hundreds of Mansarovar pilgrims
    B-E and C-F
    A-E, B-F and C-D
    A-F and C-D
    B-F
    A-E and C-F
    Option C

     

  6. Directions(6-8): Four statements are given below at A, B, C and D . There may be some errors in the given statements. Mark the incorrect statement as the answer. If all the statements are incorrect, mark option E, i.e., “All are incorrect” as the answer.

  7. Greece is indeed an enchanting place, and it is my long-cherished wish to visit this ancient and beautiful land.
    Indeed, it is my long-cherished wish to visit this an ancient Greece and beautiful land.
    I have always wanted to visit Greece and immerse myself in this ancient and beautiful land.
    The ancient and beautiful land of Greece has always pulled me towards it and it is my long-cherished wish to visit this enchanting place.
    All are incorrect
    Option B
    Sentence B describes Greece as “an ancient and beautiful land”. This phrase on the whole should be placed before “Greece” as adjectives or attributes (an ancient and beautiful land) are stated before the subject (Greece). So, it should be “…to visit this an ancient and beautiful land of Greece”. Hence, the incorrect sentence is B.

     

  8. Instead of simply punishing them, the system encourages offenders to modify their behaviour.
    The new system emphasises on reformations rather than punishments.
    The introduction of the new system for reforming offenders, instead of simply punishing them, has led to reduction in crime rates.
    The offenders simplify the system by modifying their behaviour instead of punishing them.
    All are incorrect
    Option D

     

  9. He’s going on holiday for the third time this year, never mind that he has hardly any money left.
    Despite having no money left, he is going on holiday for the third time this year.
    Never mind he is going on holiday for the third time this year and that he has hardly any money left.
    His frequent holidays might suggest that that he’s wealthy, but in reality, he is not.
    All are incorrect
    Option C
    “Never mind” is used as a way of emphasizing that, although a particular thing is true, the one you have just mentioned is more important or interesting. Sentence C states two facts; he is going on a holiday and he doesn’t have any money. Likewise, here the latter is more important than the former. So, “never mind” should be placed before the second clause. Hence, the incorrect sentence is C.

     

  10. Directions(9-10): In the given question, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below the sentence alternatives to the bold part are given at (A), (B), (C) and (D) which may help improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E) i.e. ‘No correction required’.

  11. We all fell apart when he did his imitation of the tea-lady.
    Fell for
    Fell away
    Fell behind
    Fell about
    No correction required.
    Option D
    The context of the sentence makes it clear that they were laughing hardly after seeing his imitation of the tea-lady. Thus, the phrasal verb which correctly describes the situation is “fell about” which is the past form of “fall about” as the sentence is in past tense. Fall about: Laugh so much that one’s entire body moves somewhat uncontrollably
    The meanings of the other phrasal verbs are:
    Fall apart: Be emotionally in crisis
    Fall away: Cease to support a person or cause
    Fall behind: Be late (for a regular event)
    Fall for: Be fooled; to walk into a trap or respond to a scam or trick

     

  12. I felt compelled to go in for a run because it was such a lovely, sunny day.
    Go for
    Go in with
    Go onto
    Go off with
    No correction required.
    Option A
    The context of the sentence makes it clear that the author felt the need of running. Thus, the phrasal verb which correctly describes the situation is “go for” which means to undertake (an action).
    The meanings of the other phrasal verbs are:
    Go in for: Like, has an interest in
    Go in with: Join, enter
    Go into: Get involved in; to investigate or explore
    Go off with: Elope, run away with someone

     

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