English: Word Usage Set 1

Directions: In each of the following questions, a word has been used in sentences in four different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is INCORRECT or INAPPROPRIATE.
 

  1. Cheerful
    A) Amit was in a cheerful mood on his birthday.
    B) The grumpy old man is always cheerful.
    C) People with cheerful nature are loved by all.
    D) You should be cheerful if you want to look beautiful.
    E) All are correct
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    Option B

    It should be The grumpy old man is never cheerful. As he is grumpy i.e bad tempered hence always cheerful makes the sentence contradictory.
  2. Etiquette
    A) Excusing yourself before standing to leave is part of proper table etiquette.
    B) The man was asked to leave when he displayed a complete lack of proper etiquette.
    C) The political candidate hopes to etiquette his vision to potential voters.
    D) His etiquette made him different from the rest of the persons who attended the meeting.
    E) All are correct
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    Option C

    It should be propagates in the place of etiquette. Propagates means to share and spread his vision as per the sentence.
  3. Shiver
    A) The woman shivered as she heard the news of her husband’s accident.
    B) Shivering symptom is normal during fever.
    C) With a chill in the air, all of the campers began to shiver around the campfire.
    D) You should always be shivering ready to complete your important task.
    E) All are correct
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    Option D

    Shivering is wrongly used as an adjective here. Omit it.
  4. Hate
    A) The boy hated his master, as the latter did not paid him well.
    B) You must hate me.
    C) He was beginning to hate the cold.
    D) He looked through them and then handed them hate without comment.
    E) All are correct
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    Option D

    Hate => back
  5. Temperament
    A) Virat showed a good temperament in the slog overs thus he did not lose his wicket.
    B) The impatient temperament of Vivek made him take the hasty decision.
    C) The temperament of the city is too hot to handle.
    D) It is important to hold your nerves and maintain your temperament while giving the exam.
    E) All are correct
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    Option C

    Temperament => temperature. Temperament means nature or personality of an individual. A city cannot have temperament.
  6. Stringent
    A) I was happy to leave my school as it had stringent rules.
    B) Stringent measures were taken to curb black money.
    C) His voice was stringent, as if he were far away.
    D) While the traffic laws may appear stringent, they are necessary to keep the roads safe.
    E) All are correct
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    Option C

    Stringent=>weak. As he is far, and comparison using the word as has been done, stringent cannot come here. He is far so his voice will come lightly i,e weak.
  7. Come
    A) You should come to the school early.
    B) Whenever he comes to our house, he never forgets to bring cookies.
    C) Please may I come in?
    D) I usually come through my files once in a while to get rid of stuff that is out of date.
    E) All are correct
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    Option D

    Come => go ; go through is a phrase
  8. Trust
    A) Trust is the building block of any relationship.
    B) I don’t trust him.
    C) When we use pesticides, we kill them as well as the trustworthy insects – and even the bees.
    D)I just wish you’d trust me.
    E) All are correct
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    Option C

    Trustworthy =>harmful; an insect cannot be trustworthy.
  9. Coward
    A) Stop being a coward and stand up for yourself!
    B) The drunk driver was a coward who refused to accept responsibility for killing the little girl.
    C) I never took you for a coward.
    D) You are a coward and fool guy.
    E) All are correct
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    Option E

  10. Amicable
    A) That senior prank was an amicable thing to do.
    B) It is important for the customer care representatives to be amicable.
    C) Because Shubham is very amicable, he is the peacemaker in his family.
    D) Vivek’s amicable personality allows him to be friends with everyone.
    E) All are correct
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    Option A

    Amicable : showing a polite and friendly desire to avoid disagreement and argument.
    Amicable is not correct here. Should be replaced with a wicket or evil thing to do.

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