Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 236

Directions(1-5): In each of the following sentences an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes the meaning of the proverb. If none of the words/ groups of words represents the meaning, mark E i.e. ‘none of the above’ as the answer.

  1. The company was keen at (cutting down) on the employee overheads in order to make the business profitable.
    Reduce
    Spike
    Ensure
    Elongate
    None of the above
    Option A

     

  2. It was difficult to (put up with) the nagging relatives during the growth years.
    Decorate
    Issue
    Endure
    Ricochet
    Prioritise
    Option C

     

  3. The commissioner advised the fugitives (to turn in) themselves to get some legal respite.
    Lessen
    Accentuate
    Retard
    Liberate
    Surrender
    Option E
    Accentuate means make more noticeable or prominent.
    Retard means delay or hold back in terms of progress or development.
    Liberate means set (someone) free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression

     

  4. Aniket was willing to (go overboard) for receiving a scholarship to pursue higher education overseas.
    Remove
    Stretch
    Incur
    Liquidate
    Enhance
    Option B

     

  5. The central bank was of the idea that it was not suitable (to bail out) the ailing cooperatives.
    Descend
    Alter
    Entertain
    Reverse
    Sell
    Option E
    ‘To bail out’ means to withdraw from an obligation or commitment; sell out.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): 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.

    The objective of ensuring stability of pulse prices is rooted in (6) 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 (7) in containing overall inflation.
    Elementary economics says that price is majorly the (8) of interplay between demand and supply. A basic study of the (9) 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 (10) of production fluctuations.

  7. Curb
    Curbing
    Having curbed
    Have been curbing
    Curbed
    Option B

     

  8. Detrimental
    Stabilising
    Instrumental
    Encouraging
    Smoothening
    Option C

     

  9. Importance
    Prominence
    Consequence
    Concern
    Termination
    Option C

     

  10. Renumeration
    Enhancement
    Transformation
    Improvement
    Correlation
    Option E

     

  11. Impact
    Variation
    Capacity
    Approach
    Constant
    Option A

     

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