English: Word Usage Questions Set 36

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

  1. Incipient
    Because the incipient plan has no backup measure, there is no chance it will succeed.
    The children were told that they couldn’t sit at the adult table until they were incipient.
    The best way to stop the disease from spreading is by identifying it while it is incipient.
    Although the cold was incipient, it was still causing Eloise to feel awful.
    All are Correct
    Option B
    Incipient:- just beginning to appear or develop


  2. Cascade
    Once the vampire television show became a hit, a cascade of vampire programs appeared in the primetime lineup.
    As soon as my daughter broke up with her boyfriend, a cascade of young men appeared at our doorstep.
    Eyeing the steak on the neighboring table, the dieting woman couldn’t help but cascade.
    The politician’s statement about his past triggered a cascade of questions from the media.
    All are Correct
    Option C
    Cascade:- something that occurs in rapid succession or in a series


  3. Enigma
    To the new detective, the motive of the crime was an enigma.
    For years, my distant mother-in-law has been an enigma to me.
    The reclusive millionaire was an enigma to everyone in our town.
    A good entrepreneur has a strong degree of enigma about what he seeks to accomplish, and about how to communicate effectively.
    All are Correct
    Option D
    Enigma:- someone or something that is mysterious and difficult to understand


  4. Grapple
    Although President Trump promised to grapple his tax returns upon taking office, he has yet to do so.
    With his wife out of town, he knew he would have to grapple with the kids all week.
    A wrestler is taught to grapple his opponent to achieve victory.
    It might not be the best idea to grapple with someone twice your size.
    All are Correct
    Option A
    Grapple:- to wrestle or struggle


  5. Fringe
    My mom said that fringe was a common detail on the clothing she wore in the 1970s.
    Wanting to add flare to the pillows, the seamstress chose to add fringe.
    When the CEO of the company told the employee that her job was at the fringe of the business, the employee knew she had job security with the company.
    The costumer needed to add fringe to the cowgirl vest.
    All are Correct
    Option C
    Fringe:- a decorative edge made of loose threads, tassels, or twists (as seen on curtains, rugs, piece of clothing, etc)


  6. Deluge
    After a deluge of tornadoes, most of the homes in the town were destroyed.
    There was a slow deluge of water from the faucet in the bathroom.
    The noted physician received a deluge of awards for his work in AIDS research.
    When the company received a deluge of lawsuits, it decided to recall the product responsible for the complaints.
    All are Correct
    Option B
    Deluge:- a large number of things occurring in the same instance


  7. Plaudit
    Individuals who work in the banking industry must be honest and beyond plaudit.
    As my daughter accepted her award, she blushed upon hearing the principal’s gracious plaudit.
    When the shy teenager heard the applause, she had no idea she was receiving a plaudit for her charitable efforts.
    The soldier refused to accept a plaudit for his bravery because he felt he was simply performing his duty.
    All are Correct
    Option A
    Plaudit:- a showing of approval or applause


  8. Respite
    Gardening is the perfect hobby for those who need respite from hectic city life.
    After driving through the desert all day, Jack welcomed the respite of an air-conditioned hotel room.
    In most places, summer brings a much-needed respite to teachers and students alike.
    From the woman’s pained expression, it was obvious she was in respite.
    All are Correct
    Option D
    Respite:- brief interval of rest or relief


  9. Avert
    I always avert my eyes to avoid seeing the bloody movie scenes.
    If our country does not avert in the war between the two nations, many of our citizens will be held hostage overseas.
    If management wants to avert a strike, then it will increase the wages of the employees.
    The government is going to decrease taxes to avert an economic depression.
    All are Correct
    Option B
    Avert:- to stop an incident from occurring


  10. Refrain
    To avoid a punishment, I am going to refrain from talking back to my mother.
    If you refrain from threatening your ex-wife, she might be nicer to you.
    If Al does not refrain in his coffee every morning, he finds it hard to concentrate at work.
    The treaty was signed when both world leaders agreed to refrain from building nuclear weapons for ten years.
    All are Correct
    Option C
    Refrain:- to abstain from making a move


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