Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 263

Directions(1-5): A statement with three blanks, followed by three words, is given below. These words fit in the given sentence in some sequence. Choose the correct sequence from the given alternatives. If the correct sequence is not given in the alternatives, mark ‘None of these’ as the answer.

  1. Ever since he was appointed chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in March in a ___________ surprising and _____________ move, Yogi Adityanath has been ______________ under the public and media glare.

    I. controversial
    II. constantly
    III. highly

    II, III, I
    III, I, II
    II, I, III
    III, II, I
    None of these
    Option B

     

  2. In order to get ____ in their old age, the couple decided to distribute their _____ of land to their children equally so that each has ____.
    I. Apiece
    II. Piece
    III. Peace
    III, II, I
    II, III, I
    I, II, III
    III, I, II
    None of these
    Option A

     

  3. The __________ colonel decided that the recruits will have to practice __________ techniques from Monday in ____________ of the defensive techniques they had been practising so far.
    I. Lieu
    II. Lieutenant
    III. Offensive
    I, II, III
    II, III, I
    III, II, I
    II, I, III
    None of these
    Option B

     

  4. A ______ teacher is always _______ of the needs of the learners, but the student’s mutual _______ is also required.

    I. Conscientious
    II. Conscious
    III. Consent

    I, II, III
    II, I, III
    II, III, I
    I, III, II
    None of these
    Option A

     

  5. We wanted to vacation on an ______, that was not a huge tourist attraction but the bus ride was so packed that anyone without a seat was forced to sit in the centre ______, though it was a relief that the tour guide was __________ in handling them all.

    I. Aisle
    II. Isle
    III. Agile

    III, I, II
    III, II, I
    I, III, II
    II, I, III
    None of these
    Option D
    Isle means an island or peninsula, especially a small one.
    Agile means quick, alert and rapid.
    An aisle is a passage between the rows of seats.

     

  6. Directions(6-9): In the given question, there is a statement with some words which whom is written numbers in brackets. Some of these words are correctly used, while some are not. Pick the words which have been used correctly. If all the bold words are relevant, then option E i.e. ‘All are correct’ is your answer.

  7. We moved from place to place, imbibing(1) the nectar of different cultures, much like the opalescent(2) hummingbird and every time we moved, my mother started from scratch,(3) decorating our new home as if it were the first and only.
    Only 1
    Only 2
    Only 3
    Both 1 and 3
    All are correct
    Option E
    (1): Imbibing is a verb which means to absorb or assimilate ideas or knowledge. From ‘the nectar of different cultures,’ one can decipher that this word is correctly used.
    (2): Opalescent is an adjective which means having a play of lustrous rainbow colours. From ‘hummingbird,’ whose feathers come in a wide variety of colours and appear to have multiple tones and an iridescent glow, one can decipher that this word is correctly used.
    (3): To start from scratch is to begin from the beginning, to set out on some action or process without any prior preparation, knowledge or advantage. Thus, this word is also correct in the context of the sentence.

     

  8. India’s billionaire Singh brothers, already emancipated(1) in one international legal battle over alleged(2) fraud, are being accused of “diversion, siphoning and freehold(3) of assets” by an investor in a lawsuit filed in the high court of Delhi.
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 2 and 3
    Only 3
    All are correct
    Option A
    (1): Emancipated is a verb which means to set free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions. Thus, it does not fit with the context of the sentence and should be replaced by a word which means ‘involved.’
    (2): Alleged refers to a claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof. Thus, this word is correctly used.
    (3): Freehold is a noun which means a permanent and absolute tenure of land or property with the freedom to dispose of it at will. Diversion refers to the action of turning something aside from its course. Siphoning means to draw off or transfer over a period of time, especially illegally or unfairly. Diversion and siphoning are seemed to be synonyms of each other. Thus, freehold does not fit into the context and should be replaced by a word which means ‘depart or departure.’
    The correct word usage would be embroiled, alleged and digression respectively to give proper meaning to the statement.

     

  9. The only reason she’s clung(1) to power is that a significant proportion of the electorate prefers her rapid(2) incompetence to the ruinous dystopia Jeremy Corbyn would foist(3) upon us.
    Only 1
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 1 and 3
    All are correct
    Option D
    (1): Clung is a verb which means to hold on tightly to something. The lady who is referred in the sentence is holding power because a significant proportion of the electorate prefers her. Thus, this word is correctly used.
    (2): Rapid is an adjective which means something happening in a short time or at a great rate. Incompetence is a noun which means inability to do something successfully; ineptitude. Thus, ‘rapid incompetence’ makes no sense.
    (3): Foist is a verb which means to impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on someone or something. From ‘the ruinous dystopia,’ one can decipher that this word is correctly used.
    The correct word usage would be clung, vapid and foist respectively to give proper meaning to the statement.

     

  10. In the wake of a series of incidents of vandalism(1), leading to the destruction of property, the Centre is mulling(2) a few amendments to help fix responsibility for effective demurrer(3) of those participating in an unlawful assembly, riot or public disorder.
    Only 2
    Only 3
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 2 and 3
    All are correct
    Option C
    (1): Vandalism is a noun which is an action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. From ‘leading to the destruction of property,’ one can decipher that this word is correctly used.
    (2): Mulling is a verb which means to think about something deeply and at length. From ‘a few amendments to help fix responsibility,’ one can decipher that this word is correctly used.
    (3): A demurrer is a pleading in a lawsuit that objects to or challenges a pleading filed by an opposing party. The word ‘demur’ means “to object”; a demurrer is a document that makes the objection. One can clearly decipher from the sentence that the word here should mean ‘conducting of legal proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal charge.’
    The correct word usage would be vandalism, mulling and prosecution respectively to give proper meaning to the statement.

     

  11. Direction(10): In this question, a sentence with four words printed in bold is given. These are numbered as (A), (B), (C) and (D). One of these four words printed in bold may either be misspelt or incorrect in the context of the given sentence. Find out the word which is wrongly spelt. If all the words printed in bold are correct, mark (E), i.e., ‘All are correct’, as the answer.

    A seasoned(A) politician with imennse(B) popularity and experience in dealing with(C) the military, he upheld his authority in his third term despite sustained(D) pressure from the generals.

    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    The correct spelling is ‘immense’. ‘Immense’ means extremely large or great, especially in scale or degree.

     

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