Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 367

Directions(1-5): In the following question, out of the given alternatives, select the one which provides the appropriate meaning of the given word/phrase.

  1. I’ve just been (looking through) the cookery books kept on the table for inspiration.
    To read or briefly examine some of the pages of a book, magazine, etc.
    To think about and plan the future
    To ignore (a person) deliberately
    To rely on someone or something for help or advice
    To consider or regard someone or something in a particular way
    Option A


  2. Could do with (something/somebody)
    To redecorate something
    To abolish, get rid of something
    To say that you want or need something.
    To cheat somebody out of something that is rightfully theirs
    To wish for or ask for (usually after can or could).
    Option C


  3. Make up for (something)
    to make something happen secretly
    provide something good in order to make a bad situation better
    plot against someone for a long time
    take care of some by doing what is needed
    to be reconciled after a quarrel
    Option B


  4. Put up with (something/somebody)
    To put something back in the correct place.
    To stop holding (but withdraw support gently).
    To commit to make a payment
    To propose, suggest or nominate
    To accept an unpleasant situation or person without complaining
    Option E


  5. See through (someone or something)
    To accompany someone into an office
    To chase somebody or something away
    To deal with something in a comprehensive manner
    To apprehend one’s true nature or character
    To meet someone after a very long time
    Option D


  6. Directions(6-10): In the following question, three statements have been given, and a word has been highlighted in each of them. Identify the statement(s) in which the word fits contextually to convey a logical meaning.

  7. I. He engaged his senses and trotted through the nearly vacant streets.
    II. The woman, engaged at the insult, asked her father to avenge her.
    III. He’s engaged to be married to my sister.
    Only I
    Only III
    Both I and II
    Both I and III
    All I, II and III
    Option D
    The word ‘engaged’ carries several meanings:
    1. busy; occupied.
    2. having formally agreed to marry.
    3. arrange to employ or hire.
    Among these, the meaning given in 1, makes statement I correct and the one given in 2, makes statement III correct.
    In statement II, an angry reaction owing to the insult is being talked about, thus, the word “enraged” would be more appropriate. One cannot be ‘engaged at’ an insult.


  8. Leaves
    I. The leaves quickly fell to the ground, forming a thick layer of foliage everywhere.
    II. The leading aristocrat hardly leaves any room for failure.
    III. They gave the boy another one to use until his leaves was up.
    Only I
    Only III
    Both I and II
    Both I and III
    All I, II and III
    Option C
    The word Leaves carries several meanings:
    1. A flattened structure of a higher plant.
    2. Go away from somewhere or someone.
    3. Let (someone) do or deal with something without offering help or assistance.
    Among these, the meaning given in 1, makes statement I correct and the one given in 3, makes statement II correct.
    In statement III, a grant allowing a party to own a property for a specified time, usually in return for a periodic payment, is being talked about, thus, the word “lease” will be more appropriate.


  9. Point
    I. There was no point making an issue of it.
    II. At one point he splashed through a mud puddle, throwing mud and water all over her.
    III. His mother often told him that it was not polite to point at people.
    Only I
    Only III
    Both I and II
    Both II and III
    All I, II and III
    Option E
    The word Point carries several meanings:
    I) Advantage or purpose that can be gained from doing something.
    II) The tapered, sharp end of a tool, weapon, or other object.
    III) A particular moment in time or stage in a process.
    IV) A mark or unit of scoring awarded for success or performance.
    V) Direct someone’s attention towards something by extending one’s finger or something held in one’s hand.
    Among these, the meaning given in I, makes statement 1 correct. The one given in III, makes statement 2 correct and the one given in V, makes statement 3 correct.


  10. Attribute
    I. Ancient people attributed magical properties to certain stones.
    II. He has all the attributes of becoming a scholar.
    III. A file with the read-only attribute set cannot be overwritten.
    Only I
    Only III
    Both I and II
    Both II and III
    All I, II and III
    Option E
    The word Attribute carries several meanings:
    1. To regard a quality or feature as characteristic of or possessed by something.
    2. A material object recognized as symbolic of a person, especially a conventional object used in art to identify a saint or mythical figure.
    3. An option or setting belonging to some object (computing, object-oriented programming).


  11. Conventional
    I. The conventional between the two friends could not have been more different – one is fair and tall and the other is short and dull.
    II. The body counts for such purportedly low – intensity conflicts exceed the casualties of conventional war by many orders of magnitude.
    III. Our society is in a continuous transitory phase resulted by the on-going conflicts between the conventional tradition and the outrageous novelty.
    Only I
    Both II and III
    Both I and II
    Both I and III
    All I, II and III
    Option B
    The word conventional carries several meanings:
    1. It means non – nuclear i.e. agreement on reducing conventional forces.
    2. It also means what is generally done or believed.



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