Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 307

Directions(1-5): In the following question, a sentence with four words are numbered as (1), (2), (3) and (4). One of these four words may be either misspelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentence. Find out the word which is wrongly spelt or inappropriate. The number of that word is your answer. If all the words printed in bold are both correctly spelt and appropriate in the context of the sentence, mark option E, i.e., ‘All correct’, as your answer.

  1. The congreagation(1) was shocked(2) when its pastor(3) was arrested (4) for selling drugs.
    1
    2
    3
    4
    All correct
    Option A
    Out of the given words, ‘congreagation is wrongly spelt.

    It is correctly spelt as ‘congregation’ meaning ‘a group of people assembled for religious worship’.

     

  2. Because she has a picky(1) palette(2), the toddler(3) refuses to eat anything other than chicken nuggets(4).
    1
    2
    3
    4
    All correct
    Option B
    ‘Palette’ meaning ‘a thin board or slab on which an artist lays and mixes colours’ is not contextually correct. It should be replaced with ‘palate’ meaning ‘a person’s ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavours’.

     

  3. The gorilla(1) forces have been chased(2) into the mountains(3) by the country’s military(4).
    1
    2
    3
    4
    All correct
    Option A
    ‘Gorilla’ meaning ‘a powerfully built great ape with a large head and short neck, found in the forests of central Africa’ is not contextually correct.

    It should be replaced with ‘guerrilla’ meaning ‘a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces’ to form a contextually correct sentence.

     

  4. Despite her reputation(1) as a recuse(2), Samantha held regular gatherings(3) at her home to entertain(4) her close friends.
    1
    2
    3
    4
    All correct
    Option B
    “Recuse” is a verb which means ‘to challenge (a judge, prosecutor, or juror) as unqualified to perform legal duties because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality’.

    However, in the given sentence, we need a noun to indicate what kind of person Samantha was. Thus, the word “recluse” should be used. “Recluse” means ‘a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people’.

     

  5. Campaign(1) representatives(2) can use their computers to canvas(3) potential(4) voters online.
    1
    2
    3
    4
    All correct
    Option C
    The word ‘canvas’ is not contextually correct as it means ‘a strong, coarse unbleached cloth made from hemp, flax, or a similar yarn, used to make items such as sails and tents and as a surface for oil painting’.

    It should be replaced with ‘canvass’ meaning ‘solicit votes from (electors or members)’ to form a contextually correct sentence.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the given question, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below the sentence alternatives to the bold part are given at (A), (B), (C) and (D) which may help improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e., “No correction required”.

  7. We must treat any statement as a rumor (until they are confirmed) with a valid proof.
    till they are confirmed
    until they are confirming
    until it is confirmed
    until it is confirming
    No correction required
    Option C

     

  8. The requirement for Beijing to maintain economic growth and domestic political stability (give also New Delhi geopolitical leverage) as it seeks to counteract China’s inroads in South Asia.
    Given the geopolitical liberal
    Also give New Delhi geopolity leverage
    Also gives New Delhi geopolitical leverage
    To give also New Delhi geopolitical liberation
    No correction required
    Option C

     

  9. It was important to (bring to his notice) that the office was no more a safe place for girls.
    Bring of his notice
    Brought to his notice
    Bring with his notice
    Bring by his notice
    No correction required
    Option E

     

  10. After winning the lottery and putting aside some money, (she was going on a beautiful Caribbean cruise) a month ago.
    She might be going on a beautiful Caribbean cruise
    She will be going on a beautiful Caribbean cruise
    She had been going on a beautiful Caribbean cruise
    She went on a beautiful Caribbean cruise
    No correction required
    Option D

     

  11. The actor was constantly being (roast for his multiple portrayal in his films but he was adamant that they) should be his choice when it comes to picking roles for himself.
    roasting for his multiple portrayals in his film but he was adamant that it
    roasted for his multiple portrayals in his films but he were adamant that they
    roasted for their multi portrayals in his film but he was adamant that it
    roasted for the multiple portrayals in the films but he was adamant that it
    No correction required
    Option D

     

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