Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 352

Direction: In the given question, a part of the sentence is given in brackets. Below the sentence, three alternatives to the bracketed part are given which may help improve the sentence. Choose the option that reflects the correct use of the phrase in the context of the sentence. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e. ‘No correction required’.

  1. I’m already (at my witness end), so if the students do not turn up for the class, I’m going to scream.
    I. at our witness ends
    II. at my wits’ end
    III. at I wits’ end
    Only I
    Both I and II
    Only II
    Only III
    No correction required
    Option C
    The idiom ‘to be at your wits’ end’ means to be so worried, confused, or annoyed that you do not know what to do next. The emboldened phrase is erroneous and must be replaced by alternative (II) to make the sentence grammatically correct. Hence, option C is the correct answer.

     

  2. Directions(2-5): The given sentences, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of the sentences from among the five given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

  3. A) England, Sheffield Castle was built to
    B) a small town developed that
    C) after the Norman Conquest of
    D) is now the nucleus of the modern city
    E) protect the local settlements and
    CAEBD
    CAEDB
    AEDBC
    DBACE
    DCABE
    Option A

     

  4. A) Friday morning survived a
    B) left the engine of the train damaged
    C) and the driver injured
    D) an adult male elephant on
    E) collision with a train which
    AECBD
    DAEBC
    EBCDA
    EBCAD
    DAECB
    Option B

     

  5. A) on various canals have diverted
    B) the natural flow of streams,
    C) residential societies and wrecking property
    D) illegal constructions and encroachments
    E) which led to water entering
    DABEC
    ABCDE
    DACEB
    ABECD
    DBECA
    Option A

     

  6. A) with lyrics that
    B) the Grateful Dead in 1959,
    C) Hunter had written
    D) García and others formed
    E) and sometime later began working
    EABCD
    BCDEA
    DBECA
    DBEAC
    DEACB
    Option D

     

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

  8. Human felicity is produced not so (1)/ much by great pieces of good (2)/ fortune that happen seldom, as by (3)/ little advantages that occur every day. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No Error.
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of the sentence. It is because of the wrong placement of the adverb “seldom”. Note that, adverbs like always, seldom, never etc. are used before the main verb. So, “seldom” should be used before the verb “happen” to make the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  9. According to women right’s activist (1)/ Lucy stone, a wife should no more (2)/ take her husband’s name (3)/ than he should her’s (4).
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option D
    The error is in the fourth part of the sentence. The most common mistake related to possessive pronouns is including an apostrophe with “yours,” “hers,” “ours,” or “theirs.” There are no apostrophes in any possessive pronouns. Thus, we need to remove the apostrophe from ‘her’s’ to make the sentence a correct one. Option D is the correct answer.

     

  10. The local police is investigating the (1)/ death of an unidentified (2)/ man whose body was (3)/ yesterday found in Crackley Woods. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No Error.
    Option D
    The error is in the fourth part of the sentence. The adverb “yesterday” should be used at the end of the sentence to correct the sentence. Remember that, the adverbs of time (adverb of point of time more specifically) like yesterday, today etc. are always used in the end of any sentence.

     

  11. Reshma has not seen the boy (1)/ which suitcase was stolen, (2)/ and she does not (3)/ know where he has gone (4).
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    The error is in the second part of the sentence. “Whose”, as a pronoun is used to denote possession. Here, we are talking about a suitcase, which belongs to a boy was stolen. Thus, ‘which’ needs to be replaced with ‘whose’ to make the sentence correct. Option B is the correct answer.

     

  12. People expect others (1)/ to be honest, that is (2)/ why conmen find it so (3)/ easy to hoodwink people. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    Note that ‘conmen’ means the men who cheat or trick someone by gaining their trust and persuade them to believe something that is not true and ‘hoodwink’ means to deceive or trick. Given the context, the use of ‘that’ is incorrect. It is worth to note that we use ‘that’ is used with defining clauses to add some more information to the main clause.

     

 

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