Direction (1-5): 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.
- The Bank of England reports that consumer credit grew by 8.5% in July, with debt the only way to _____________ the gap between wages and staying alive. Rent _____________ with housing cuts means private landlords refuse universal credit tenants. Now No 10 has just stamped on plans to give tenants three-year leases, bowing to property company protests.
socket, accountbridge, arrearsseverance, wagesbridge, advanceAll are CorrectOption B
- That scratching sound you can hear are the _____________ snatching their bags – and what’s left of their reputation – before _____________ off their pirate president’s ship. It’s only slightly surprising the panic has set in before they even reached the half-way point on their voyage towards his promised treasure.
dogs, rushingcats, scootingrats, scamperinglions, scurryingAll are CorrectOption C
- One of the first people to work through this _____________ was scholar Manuel Chrysoloras. In the 1400s, he argued that even though looking at real naked bodies is “licentious and base”, viewers are not admiring the bodies themselves, but the “mind of their maker”. This idea formed the basis _____________ Italian Renaissance art theory, which posited painting and sculpture as primarily mental activities, rather than manual ones.
enigma, atproblem, tomystery, ofconundrum, forAll are CorrectOption D
- A decade later, a new intellectual _____________ can be found on the left. Meanwhile, a panicked right flips between recognising that the social order is broken – but offering no credible solutions – to believing it just hasn’t made the case for its profoundly unpopular ideology with enough _____________ . When Jeremy Corbyn became odds-on favourite to win the Labour leadership in 2015, most of the British right collapsed into paroxysms of laughter, some even urging Tories to join Labour to vote for him to “help consign the party to electoral oblivion”.
ferment, vigourquiet, spiritalleviate, spirittranquilize, verveAll are CorrectOption A
- Commentators may _____________ about “chips and cheese in Styrofoam containers, and behind them is a massive fucking TV”, or claim that “the demand for food banks only exists because they are there” while _____________ about smartphones and Sky TV, but I had none of these when I was living in poverty. Neither do thousands of others. I sold my tiny secondhand TV and the iPhone I had bought myself when I had a decent job, to pay the rent.
deride, substantialmock, admiringflout, approvingscoff, sneeringAll are CorrectOption D
- He wants a start a new business but he did not have any money.
thought to startwant to startedwanted to startwants for startNo correction requiredOption C
- The smoke if inhaled proves to be more fatal than the burn itself.
be most fatalkill more fatalbe additional fatalbe greater fatalNo correction requiredOption E
- He covered the expensive furniture at sheet before he started painting the ceiling.
with sheet aheadwith sheet beforein sheet priorin sheet earlierNo correction requiredOption B
- As Rohan was already late, he had his breakfast while walk down the road.
walking down thewalking at thewalked on thewalked down theNo correction requiredOption A
- The poor bullock do not move since the cart was overloaded with heavy goods.
cannot moveunable to movewas not movedcould not moveNo correction requiredOption D
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.