English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 141

Directions(1-5): The given sentence has two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

  1. It is the digital world, ___________, non-locatable, seemingly free and floating, that beckons the way out of the ___________ of the human world.
    surety, impulse
    ephemeral, constraints
    spectators, prepare
    moviegoers, commence
    certainty, eventuate
    Option B
    ‘Ephemeral‘ refers to lasting for a very short time while ‘constraints ‘ means a limitation or restriction.


  2. It was an excellent evening with people from all ________ of life getting a chance to let their hair _______.
    areas, drop
    realms, flowed
    area, undone
    walks, down
    types, loose
    Option D
    The phrase ‘all walks of life’ is used to refer to people who have many different jobs or positions in society. It is usually used with from. Also, the phrase ‘to let your hair down’ means to allow yourself to behave much more freely than usual and enjoy yourself.


  3. Federal law _____ racial discrimination in the workplace because incidents of race discrimination can take many forms, however, in the workplace particularly they can be hard to _____.
    coax, decide
    prohibits, identify
    exhort, deem
    prompt, conjecture
    marks, deem
    Option B
    Prohibit means to formally forbid (something) by law, rule, or other authority.
    Identify means to establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is.
    Prompt doesn’t fit in grammatically, hence option D can be eliminated.
    Coax means to persuade.
    Exhort means to encourage.


  4. In an effort to provide ____________ for higher education to all, most of the universities have been providing education without adequate infrastructure thus churning out ___________ graduates every year.
    chances, fresh
    platform, capable
    opportunities, unemployable
    prospects, eligible
    policy, incompetent
    Option C


  5. He was mainly using the account to _________ contact with Pakistan-based JeM terrorists and radicalise youths by sharing photographs and videos related to the _________ atrocities on Muslims in India.
    end, actual
    create, declared
    cancel, reputed
    terminate, real
    establish, alleged
    Option E
    Alleged means supposed.


  6. Directions(6-10): Two sentences with one blank in each, followed by five alternatives, are given. Choose that option as the answer which can fill both the blanks of both the sentences.

  7. A) The news, which was on the front page of every newspaper for the past few weeks,soon _______________ down.
    B) Some scientists say that, the dinosaurs which ruled the world once, ________________ out when a comet hit the earth and caused a nuclear winter.
    Option C
    “Die down” is a phrasal verb. It means to gradually become less strong.
    “Die out” is a phrasal verb which means to ‘become extinct or disappear.’ It fits in the second sentence.


  8. A) The company employs people to _______________ up debts.
    B) We had to _________________ down everyone we had sold the car to.
    Option C
    In the first sentence, “chase up” is the correct phrase to be used. It means that the company employs people to look for and catch the debtors. “Chase down” is a phrasal verb which means to follow and catch (someone or something). It fits in the second sentence.


  9. A) The sins of the ancestors were ________________ upon their descendants.
    B) Robin had a chance, so he __________________with his grandmother.
    Option B
    The first sentence means that the sins of the ancestors were inflicted on the descendants. The phrase which also means the same is “visited upon”. “Visited with” is the correct phrase which fits in the second sentence.


  10. A) Kohli was one run ______________ of a century when he got out.
    B) A responsible person should never _____________ away from taking responsibilities.
    Option E
    “Shy of” means to have less than a particular amount of something. It fits perfectly in the first sentence.
    “Shy away” means to be unwilling to do something, because one is nervous, afraid, or not confident. It fits in the second sentence.


  11. A) The price of onion ____________________ at least twofold in the last few months in various places of the country.
    B) He _________________ the situation first before going inside the boardroom for the yearly review of the company.
    Option A
    According to sentence A, the price of onion increased heavily. But option D does not fit in the second sentence. Thus, the word that fits in the blank is “appreciated”. Appreciated means rise in value or price.
    Also, option A fits in the second sentence. Here, it means to understand (a situation) fully; grasp the full implications of some situation.


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