Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 363

Directions(1-4): In this question, two columns I and II and three sentences are given, which are divided into two parts. Column I (A, B and C) consists of first half of each sentence and Column II (D, E and F) consists of second half of each sentence. Match column I with column II, so that the sentences formed are both meaningful and grammatically correct. Choose the option as your answer.

  1. I.
    A. You are not bound to remain at someone’s side
    B. When we do succeed at it, it just reminds us of
    C. Adulting requires us to get out of
    II.
    D. our comfort zones and barge into the big bad world.
    E. beginning to realize that life isn’t binary.
    F. just because you have been a part of their life.
    B-E and C-F
    A-E, B-F and C-D
    A-F and C-D
    B-F
    A-E and C-F
    Option C

     

  2. I.
    A. Rather, it bats for securing stable forests that have neither been
    B. Kerala which recently witnessed an alarming spurt in the number of black magic cases
    C. India’s urban youth remains overwhelmingly pessimistic about job prospects
    II.
    D. mostly earn less than Rs. 30,000 per month.
    E. who lost their lives were also present on the occassion.
    F. for its consideration to pass as legislation.
    A-D and B-E
    A-F, A-E
    B-F
    C- E
    None of the above
    Option E

     

  3. (I)
    A) She can live her life however she wants only
    B) He went on a strictly diet and
    C) The golden retriever loved the fireworkings
    (II)
    D) immediately lost three kilos.
    E) if she listens to what I have to say.
    F) that took place every Fourth of July.
    A-F
    B-D and C-E
    A-E
    A-E, B-D, C-F’
    None of the above
    Option C

     

  4. I
    A. The President of India is the
    B. Rajya Sabha is known
    C. The best known university for Distance Education
    II
    D. is Indira Gandhi National Open University.
    E. nominally head of the country.
    F. as the upper house of the Parliament in India.
    A-D
    C-F
    A-E, B-F, C-D
    B-F, C-D
    None of the above
    Option D

     

  5. Directions(5-8): A sentence divided into four parts (1), (2), (3) and (4) is given. The errors are in two parts of the sentence. Determine the parts which require correction and mark it as your answer. If the sentence is correct as it is, mark the answer as No error.

  6. Fortunately, there (1)/ a solution to (2)/ endlessly escalated media worry (3)/ about small issues and problems. (4)
    1-2
    2-4
    2-3
    1-3
    No error
    Option D
    In part 1 there is an error in the subject-verb agreement. ‘a solution’ mentioned in part 2 is singular. So to have correct subject-verb agreement we need the singular verb ‘is’ in part 1.
    In part 3, ‘media worry’ is a noun phrase. It should be preceded by an adjective. ‘escalated’ is the past tense of the verb ‘escalate’, so it has been incorrectly used. The correct adjective here should be ‘escalating’.

     

  7. Being a bookworm is uncool, (1)/ the story will have alleged, (2)/ but carrying around an e-reader (3)/ making reading seem chic. (4)
    1-2
    2-4
    2-3
    1-3
    No error
    Option B
    The error lies in parts 2 and 4. Parts 1 and 2 are in the present tense form (is, carrying). If we assume that the sentence should be in present tense form, part 2 uses the future perfect tense (will have alleged) while part 4 uses the present continuous tense (making). So, to make the sentence correct part 2 and 4 need to be made into the present tense form.

     

  8. Social services, health care, education, (1)/ public housing to the needy, (2)/ even food, alongside action to protect life (3)/ and the environment, are all in short supply. (4)
    1-4
    3-4
    2-3
    1-3
    No error
    Option C
    In part 2, it is incorrect to use the preposition ‘to’ with the noun ‘needy’. The correct preposition here is ‘for’. ‘To’ as a preposition is always used with a verb.
    In part 3, the adverb ‘alongside’ has been incorrectly used. ‘Alongside’ as an adverb, means ‘along the side of’ or ‘next to’ something. But in part 3 we need an adverb to go with the verb of motion ‘action’. Thus, the correct adverbial phrase here is ‘along with’.

     

  9. The book had (1)/ a satisfying reception, (2)/ and I am here to question (3)/ its later-day relevance. (4)
    1-4
    3-4
    2-3
    1-3
    No error
    Option B
    In part 3, the usage of the conjunction ‘and’ is incorrect. The two phrases ‘the book… reception’ and ‘I … relevance’ are not similar but are presenting opposite thoughts. So, instead of the conjunction ‘and’, the conjunction ‘but’ is more correct.
    In part 4, instead of the adverb ‘later’, the adjective ‘latter’ is more appropriate.

     

  10. Directions(9-10): In the given question, four words are printed in bold and are numbered A, B, C, and D. You have to decide which of the following is inappropriate in the context. If all the words are appropriate in the context then mark ‘All correct’ as your answer.

  11. The firms in developed countries are especially eager(A) for unfettered(B) access to the attraction(C) Chinese market, and have been pushing(D) their governments to secure it for them.
    D
    A
    B
    C
    All are correct
    Option D
    The error is in word at C, which means the word ‘attraction’ has been wrongly used here. Note that the word after ‘attraction’ is a noun, whereas we need an adjective to modify a noun. Hence, ‘attractive’ should replace the highlighted word mentioned in C to make the statement grammatically correct and contextually meaningful.

     

  12. The expansion(A) of rules-based trade and investment opened(B) up lucrate(C) new markets for US firms(D).
    D
    B
    C
    A
    All are correct
    Option C
    The word ‘lucrate’ is incorrect here as the word is not a standard word in the English language. The expansion of rule-based trade and investment would open up huge profits in new markets. So, the word ‘lucrative’ (producing a great deal of profit) will make the statement meaningful.

     

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