English: Word Usage Questions Set 11

Directions: A word is given followed by its usage in options. Find the option in which there is inappropriate usage of word.

  1. Sham
    A) The sham was telling the birthday boy that they were headed to the dentist, when there was a surprise party waiting for him.
    B) My mother said that the product in the infomercial was a sham and didn’t work.
    C) When we found out that the engagement was just a sham, we were very upset.
    D) She ate a solely organic diet and scanned everything she bought for pesky sham ingredients.
    E) None of these
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      Option D
    Explanation:
    Sham(noun) = pretence, fake, fraud;
    In D , Sham = artificial
  2. Ruse
    A) If my fake identification ruse backfires, I will not be allowed to enter the bar to see my favorite band.
    B) The man’s ruse to rob the old lady was ruined when one of her neighbors caught him trying to break into her home.
    C) According to the president’s enemies, his interest in public education is a ruse to distract attention from the economy.
    D) The security guard knew the girls were going to try and use a distractive ruse in order to shoplift.
    E) None of these
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      Option B
    Explanation:
    Ruse (noun) = trick, cunning plan
    In B, ruse = scheme
  3. Deplorable
    A) I can’t believe you are trying to sell me a car in such a deplorable condition!
    B) When I saw the pictures of the dead women and children, I could think of no reason for such a deplorable act.
    C) These poor people had been through deplorable times.
    D) John’s deplorable behavior is going to get him arrested one day.
    E) None of these
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      Option C
    Explanation:
    Deplorable(adj.) = abysmal, very bad
    In C, deplorable = Distressing
  4. Woo
    A) When you try to make a woman fall in love with you, this is an example of a time when you woo her.
    B) It wasn’t that easy to woo conservative Tamilians, after all.
    C) The woman’s woo was her floral perfume that captivated the man’s senses.
    D) I  love to woo you princess.
    E) None of these
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      Option C
    Explanation:
    Woo(verb) = persuade, try to attract
    In C, woo = allure
  5. Fray
    A) After sustaining damage to his upper lip during a boxing match, Carl got patched up and reentered the fray.
    B) As this year’s election heats up, more and more politicians are being drawn into the fray.
    C) Soon the mob joined the fray, and began swinging at their opponents with clubs.
    D) Our fray for self-preservation intensified as the war progressed. I struggle to keep up with life’s demands.
    E) None of these
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      Option D
    Explanation:
    Fray(noun) = tussle, battle
  6. Accede
    A) Do not accede too readily to his demands or he will think you are a wimp!
    B) If you accede an outstanding article to a magazine, there is a good chance that it will be published in their next issue
    C) Because Jack wants to make his wife happy on their anniversary, he will accede to wear a tuxedo for their dinner date.
    D) Perhaps the congressmen should accede to the president’s demands so the budget crisis can be averted.
    E) None of these
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      Option B
    Explanation:
    Accede(verb) = agree to, surrender to
  7. Thwart
    A) Because Buffy wanted to thwart Sherry’s chances of winning the pageant, she posted the video of the wild bachelorette party on YouTube.
    B) After a series of tragic school shootings, the President didn’t attempt to conceal his anger as he lashed out at the groups who were trying to thwart gun control legislation.
    C) In order to thwart the advancing enemy troops, the captain ordered the explosives team to destroy the bridge.
    D) The young gymnast has suffered an injury which will thwart him from being part of the Olympic team.
    E) None of these
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      Option D
    Explanation:
    Thwart(verb) = block, prevent, stop
  8. Ram
    A) A gust of wind was strong enough to ram a buggy into the back of my sister’s car in the grocery store parking lot.
    B) As the driver continued to ram the car in front of him, shocked onlookers hoped that this act of road rage wouldn’t end in a fatality
    C) Thank you for the hug, but that tight ram was made it difficult to breathe for a moment.
    D) The police began to ram the door with a piece of steel in order to force their way in.
    E) None of these
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      Option C
    Explanation:
    Ram(verb) = crash into, collide with
  9. Embolden
    A) The loss will only embolden me to work harder to earn a medal in the next Olympics.
    B) If we give in to the terrorists, our actions will embolden other terrorist groups to commit the same criminal acts.
    C) Do you believe alcohol commercials embolden teens to drink?
    D) While I try to maintain a stern embolden when I punish my daughter, I often forget myself and smile.
    E) None of these
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      Option D
    Explanation:
    Embolden(verb) = encourage
  10. Unprecedented
    A) The Internet has erased distance and given people unprecedented access to each other.
    B) Because of his unprecedented nature, the eager student learned lots of interesting information at the library.
    C) Even the police department is shocked by the unprecedented amount of crime occurring in our small town.
    D) The damage caused by the hurricane is unprecedented and has never been experienced before in this country.
    E) None of these
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      Option B
    Explanation:
    Unprecedented(adjective) = not done or experienced before

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11 Thoughts to “English: Word Usage Questions Set 11”

  1. Shubham Gupta

    explain 7th plzzz

    1. Srishti

      Thwart = naakam bnana

      Injury is not making the gymnast ‘nakaam’ it is just hindering his elogibility. Sooner or later when he will recover, he can reattempt.

  2. Shubham Gupta

    and 3rd ALSo

    1. Srishti

      Deplorable= unacceptable

      Match it with the sentences.

      Hope it helps 🙂

      1. Shubham Gupta

        thanks:)

  3. jaga

    Q10 option b kese??

    1. Srishti

      Unprecedented actually means apoorva in hindi which is not a favourable adjective for nature.

      Hope it helps ;:)

  4. _/_

    10 qs ka ans 55 hona chiye mod
    tyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    1. Srishti

      No. The given answer is correct 🙂

      Unprecedented=never done before

      How cN you connect it with the nature of a person ??

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