Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 204

Directions(1-5): In the following passage, there are blanks each of which has been numbered. These numbers correspond to the question numbers; against each question, five words have been suggested, one of which fills the blanks appropriately.

  1. The objective of ensuring stability of pulse prices is rooted in (1) fluctuations in production levels. It won’t be an understatement to say that the prevailing prices of pulses are at a reasonably stable level. The prices of the five major pulses have been in the comfortable range of Rs 60-75 per kg for quite some time now, as compared to previous high levels of Rs 100-150 because of lower production due to drought. Food inflation has been (2) in containing overall inflation.
    Elementary economics says that price is majorly the (3) of interplay between demand and supply. A basic study of the (4) between the production of pulses and their prices reaffirms that the latter is much influenced by the supply side as the demand is more or less increasing at a steady (and predictable) pace. Thus, it may be said that price fluctuations are largely the (5) of production fluctuations.
    Having curbed
    Have been curbing
    Option B


  2. Detrimental
    Option C


  3. Importance
    Option C


  4. Renumeration
    Option E


  5. Impact
    Option A


  6. Directions(6-8): There are two blanks in the following sentence. From the pairs of words given, choose the one that fills the blanks most appropriately.

  7. The ________ lifeguard was able to swim far out into the ocean to save the ________ woman.
    immense, sinking
    prominent, swimming
    surreal, dousing
    recipient, drenching
    robust, drowning
    Option E


  8. The hot topic _________ a fervent debate between the two political _________.
    spurred, parties
    speculated, friends
    involved, fellow
    comprise, contenders
    dominated, rivals
    Option A
    ‘Spurred’ means to ‘promote the development of; stimulate’


  9. The crowd’s __________ hyped up the performers and made for an __________ show.
    belongingness, active
    rigorous, impressive
    liveliness, energetic
    adversity, imposing
    timidity, animated
    Option C


  10. Directions(9-10): In the given question, five words are printed in bold and are numbered A, B, C, D and E. The positions of some highlighted words may be incorrect and need to be exchanged with another highlighted to make the sentence correct. Find the words that need to be exchanged.

  11. Many of the city’s residents(A) feel contempt(B) for law enforcement(C) because of the increasing accusations(D) of officer misconduct.(E)
    C-D and B-C
    A-B and C-E
    No exchange required
    Option E


  12. The efface(A) of time has done nothing(B) to passage(C) the memories(D) of the tornado that destroyed(E) the small town.
    A-E and B-C
    A-B and D-E
    No exchange required
    Option D
    The sentence after exchanging the words will be: The passage of time has done nothing to efface the people’s memories of the tornado that destroyed their small town.


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