English Test for IBPS PO Prelims Exam set – 30

Directions(1-5): In the given question, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below the sentence, alternatives to the emboldened part are given as (A), (B), (C) and (D), which may help improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative out of the given five options. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer will be option (E), i.e., “No correction required”.

  1. If your new job offer ”falls under”, you can come and work for me.
    falls through
    falls in
    falls down
    falls off
    No correction required
    Option A
    ‘Fall under’ somebody’s influence/spell means to be affected by someone in a strong and often negative way.
    If an arrangement, plan, or deal ‘falls through’, it fails to happen.
    If a roof or ceiling ‘falls in’, it collapses and falls to the ground.
    If an argument, organization, or person ‘falls down’ on a particular point, they are weak or unsatisfactory on that point.
    If something ‘falls off’, it separates from the thing to which it was attached.


  2. The curtains were flung open to ”let in” a stream of sunlight and fresh air.
    let up
    let up on
    let off
    let on
    No correction required
    Option E
    To let someone or something in means to allow them to enter.
    If bad weather or an unpleasant situation ‘lets up’, it stops or improves.
    ‘Let up on’ someone/something means to stop treating someone severely, or to stop doing something so forcefully.
    ‘Let somebody off’ means to not punish someone who has committed a crime or done something wrong, or to not punish them severely.
    ‘Let someone on’ means to tell other people about something that you know, especially when it is a secret.


  3. The hot car seats stung the children’s bare legs and made them ”cry up” in protest.
    cry down
    cry out
    cry off
    cry over
    No correction required
    To ‘cry up’ means to praise publicly in order to enhance in value or repute.
    ‘Cried off’, it means to decide not to do something that you have arranged to do.
    To ‘cry out’ means to speak in a loud voice, or to say something loudly or from a distance.
    ‘Cry over’ isn’t a phrasal verb, but rather a part of the idiom ‘cry over spilt milk’, which means to express regret about something that has already happened or cannot be changed.


  4. The couple also plans to educate school children about wildlife conservation and ”providing an alternate source of income” for hunters and trappers in order to stop poaching.
    provide an alternative source of income
    provide an alternate sources of income
    providing an alternative source of income
    will provide an alternate source of income
    No correction required
    Option A


  5. When Benjamin Button starts aging backwards, he sees ”his loved one’s age and die because” he grows younger by the day.
    his loved one’s age and die as
    his loved ones age and die because
    his loved ones age and die as
    his loved ones age and die because of
    No correction required
    Option C


  6. Directions(6-10): In the following passage, there are blanks each of which has been numbered. These numbers correspond to the question numbers; against each question, five words have been suggested, one of which fills the blanks appropriately.

    The Syrian Civil War has gone through several phases over the (6) of seven years and it now appears to be entering another one. Government forces have regained (7) over much of Syria with Russian air support and Iranian ground forces. Only Idlib and the territories east of the Euphrates river remain out of the hands of President Assad’s (8). With the U.S. planning an imminent withdrawal from Syria, things could soon shift again.
    Control over Eastern Syria is important for the government in Damascus for political and economic reasons. President Assad has on numerous occasions stated his desire to establish control over the entire Syrian territory in order to (9) the image of a strong and stable regime. Before the war, Syria produced 387,000 barrels per day of which 140,000 bpd were exported. Most of this oil came from Eastern Syria, which is now under the control of the U.S.-backed SDF. Currently, the Syrian oil industry is a shadow of its (10) self-due to the civil war.

  7. periodical
    Option C


  8. control
    Option A
    ‘delineation’ means the act of describing or portraying something


  9. personality
    Option E


  10. demean
    Option D


  11. replica
    Option B


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