Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 238

Directions(1-5): Rearrange the following five sentences A, B, C, D and E in a proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph, then answer the questions that follow.

A. During this aging process, you had first heard statements such as: “You can’t ride your bicycle until you are seven” and, “You can’t drive a car until you’re 18”
B. But, you need to remember that part of you has an ageless mind and is quite oblivious to the physical ageing process – you just need to encourage it to overcome this excuse of being old.
C. The age excuse of being too old comes from an inclination to identify yourself with the number of trips you have made around the sun.
D. The age of your body can seem to be quite an obstacle on the road to changing long-held thinking habits.
E. Then at some point you discovered that you went from being not old enough to being too old.

  1. Which of the following will be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?
    A
    B
    C
    D
    E
    Option E

     

  2. Which of the following will be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?
    A
    B
    C
    D
    E
    Option A

     

  3. Which of the following will be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement?
    A
    B
    C
    D
    E
    Option C

     

  4. Which of the following will be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement?
    A
    B
    C
    D
    E
    Option D

     

  5. Which of the following will be the FIFTH (LAST) sentence after rearrangement?
    A
    B
    C
    D
    E
    Option B
    The correct sequence after rearrangement is DAECB.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): Read the sentence to find out whether there is an error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark ‘No error’. Ignore the errors of punctuation if any.

  7. We shall call a meeting (1)/ next week to assess (2)/ the causes of frequently (3)/ delays in infrastructure projects. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    In the third part of the sentence, ‘frequently’ is used as an adverb, while we need an adjective form i.e. ‘frequent’.

     

  8. My friend lives (1)/ at a beautiful house which is (2)/ not more than (3)/ five minutes from the beach. (4)/ No error (5)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    The preposition ‘at’ should be replaced by ‘in’ to convey the correct meaning. ‘In’ is used to express the duration of time.

     

  9. Many believe that (1)/ nothing could have (2)/ avert the war (3)/ between America and Iraq. (4)/ No error (5)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    ‘Avert’ means ‘to turn away (one’s eyes or thoughts); prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence)’.
    The error is in the third part of the sentence because ‘past participle’ form of the verb is required after ‘have’.
    Therefore, ‘avert’ must be replaced with ‘averted’ to form a grammatically correct sentence.

     

  10. The director prefers (1)/ your plan than (2)/ that given by (3)/ the other members of the committee. (4)/ No error (5)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option B
    ‘Prefer’ will take ‘to’ and not ‘than’ as per the grammatical rule.

     

  11. I always prefer (1)/ working in a relaxed atmosphere (2)/ than in one full of (3)/ tension and anxiety. (4)/ No error (5)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    “Relaxed” should be replaced by “relax”. “Tension” and “anxiety” are in basic forms and thus, eliminated.

     

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