Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 301

Directions(1-5): In the given question, a part of the sentence is given in brackets. Below the sentence alternatives to the bracketed parts are given at (A), (B), (C) and (D) which may help improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e., ‘No correction required’.

  1. If that were removed, it would clear the most suitable space and (improve the architectural of) London at the same time.
    improve the architecture from
    improve the architectural from
    improve an architecture of
    improve the architecture of
    No correction required
    Option D
    In the given part, a noun is required; hence, it should be architecture and not architectural.


  2. (I was touching with) empathy when I heard that my friend’s grandfather had died.
    I was touched with
    I had been touching by
    I was touched by
    I was touching by
    No correction required
    Option A
    ‘Empathy’ is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.


  3. The honourable court had taken a condoning view because the accused (have not previous conviction).
    had no previous conviction
    had not previously convicted
    had not been previous convictions
    had no previously convicted
    had not been convictions
    Option A


  4. CEOs behaviour with all his employees is so amiable that everyone (come forward for helping him).
    comes towards him for help
    came toward him for help
    comes forward to help him
    comes forwards for help him
    No correction required
    Option C


  5. The law that now stands abate was a (crook and discriminatory piece) of legislation.
    crooking and discriminatory piece of
    crooked and discriminatory piece of
    crook and discrimination of piece of
    crooked and discriminatory piece for
    crooked and discrimination of piece
    Option B
    ‘was’ indicates past tense. Hence, apart from crooked all the other forms are incorrect.


  6. Directions(6-10): In the given question, one statement with a blank along with four words is given. Two of the given words can fit into the given blank. Five options with various combinations of these words are given. Choose the combination of the words that best fits into the blank.

  7. Democratic leaders under election pressure tend to respond with ______ promises of action.
    a) Construe
    b) Vague
    c) Harness
    d) Ambiguous
    a and c
    b and c
    b and d
    c and d
    a and b
    Option C
    ‘Vague’ means of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning, ‘Ambiguous’ means not clear or decided.
    ‘Construe’ means interpret (a word or action) in a particular way, ‘Harness’ means control and make use of (natural resources), especially to produce energy.


  8. From the ______ 19th century, European powers began to gain control of parts of the Ottoman Empire.
    a) Start
    b) Log
    c) Tardy
    d) Late
    Option D
    ‘Tardy’ means delaying or delayed beyond the right or expected time; late.
    ‘Log’ means an official record of events during the voyage of a ship or aircraft.


  9. A good way to break the ______ of eating too quickly is to put your knife and fork down after each mouthful.
    a) Convention
    b) Trauma
    c) Habit
    d) Entree
    Option A
    ‘Habit’ is an action which is considered bad that someone does repeatedly and finds it difficult to stop doing, ‘Convention’ means a way in which something is usually done. Thus, both are synonymous to each other.
    ‘Trauma’ means a deeply distressing or disturbing experience; ‘Entrée’ means the main course of a meal.


  10. He actually gave her some of his stories to read, and part of a ______ he was working on.
    a) Novel
    b) Keen
    c) Deliberate
    d) Narrative
    Option E
    ‘Novel’ means new and original, not like anything seen before, ‘Narrative’ means in the form of or concerned with narration.
    ‘Keen’ means sharp or penetrating, in particular, ‘Deliberate’ means done consciously and intentionally.


  11. The normally ______ Mr. James was photographed smiling and joking with friends.
    a) Conspicuous
    b) Dour
    c) Stern
    d) Cheerful
    Option B
    ‘Dour’ means relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance.
    ‘Stern’ means (of a person or their manner) serious and unrelenting, especially in the assertion of authority and exercise of discipline.
    Thus, both words are synonyms.
    ‘Conspicuous’ means attracting notice or attention; clear; visible
    ‘Cheerful’ means happy


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