Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 237

Directions(1-4): A sentence with two blanks is given, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

  1. Nothing undermines the communication of a changed vision more than ______ on the part of key ______ that seem inconsistent with the vision.
    anything, issues
    behaviour, players
    advocacy, managers
    something, personnel
    philosophy, problems
    Option A


  2. When one buys packets of cigarettes one cannot miss the ____________ warning that is present on the packing which ___________ against smoking and says how it is injurious to health.
    act, threats
    judicial, abet
    article, advise
    action, notify
    statutory, warns
    Option E


  3. He had been __________ to his teacher; consequently, he was ____________ in front of the whole class.
    honourable, detained
    naughty, awarded
    kind, detained
    distrustful, regained
    disrespectful, reprimanded
    Option E


  4. The National Knowledge Commission has said that India will have to bring ________ in education if it has to emerge as the most ______ workforce of the world.
    changes, biggest
    reforms, talented
    alleviation, skillful
    quality, brighter
    outcomes, demanded
    Option B


  5. Directions(5-8): In the given questions, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below the sentence, alternatives to the emboldened part are given as (A), (B), (C) and (D), which may help improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative out of the given five options. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer will be option (E), i.e., “No correction required”.

  6. The actor was happy he got a part in a movie (since the part) was a small one.
    then the part
    although the part
    but the part
    despite the part
    No correction required
    Option B


  7. The master aimed (a blow to) Oliver’s head with the ladle.
    a throw at
    a punch in
    a blow at
    a blow above
    No correction required
    Option C
    ‘Aim a blow at’ means ‘to swing at’.


  8. When I met her for the first time, I (was studying) in London for three years.
    had studied
    had been studying
    have studying
    No correction required
    Option C


  9. Though he promised to support, he (backed up) in the last minute.
    backed out
    backed in
    backed off
    backed up
    No correction required
    Option A
    Phrase ‘back out’ means to decide that you are no longer going to take part in something that has been agreed.


  10. Directions(9-10): In the given question, four words are given of which two are most nearly the same or opposite in meaning. Find the two words and indicate your answer by marking the option which represents the correct combination.

  11. A) History
    B) Hard
    C) Callous
    D) Condone
    Option D
    History means a record or narrative description of past events.
    Hard means not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure.
    Callous has multiple meanings, one of which is to be emotionally hardened.
    Condone means excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with.


  12. A) Contrary
    B) Antifebriles
    C) Equability
    D) Antithesis
    Option C
    Contrary very opposed in nature or character or purpose.
    Antifebriles means (Biochemistry) efficacious against fever, febrifuge.
    Equability means uniform in operation or effect.
    Antithesis means the exact opposite.


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