Mixed English Questions for SBI Clerk and Other Exams — Set 457

Directions(1-6): Which of the following phrases (i), (ii), and (iii) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold letters to make the sentence grammatically correct? Choose the best option among the five given alternatives that reflect the correct use of phrase in the context of the grammatically correct sentence. If the sentence is correct as it is, mark (E) i.e., “No correction required” as the answer.

  1. When someone is unable to afford the necessary materials to manage menstruation, (they often have turn makeshift solutions like) toilet paper or even socks.
    i. they often have turn to makeshift solutions like
    ii. they often have to turn to makeshift solutions like
    iii. they often have to turn makeshift solutions like

    Only i
    Only ii
    Only iii
    Both ii and iii
    No correction required
    Option B
    The highlighted text is missing two ‘to’. The first ‘to’ will come before ‘turn’ and act as a ‘to-infinitive’. The second ‘to’ would come after ‘turn’ and act as a preposition.

     

  2. Narcissists want others also to believe that they are always right because (they lack empathy for one another and want only to take and receive).
    I. They lacked empathy for one another and wanted only to take and receive.
    II. They lack empathy for others and want only to take and receive.
    III. They lack empathy for one another or want only to take and receive.
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and III
    No correction required
    Option B
    The error in the selected part is the use of the reciprocal pronoun “one another” as it should be used only when similar kind of people or race is being referred to. In the above statement, non-narcissists are being referred to, hence, pronoun “others” should be used.

     

  3. (Dance is a universal language who has the ability) to transcend politics.
    I. Dance is a universal language that has the ability
    II. Dance is a universal language having the ability
    III. Dance as a universal language which has the ability in
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and III
    No correction required
    Option A
    The error in the bold part is the use of the pronoun “who” as it is only used for referring to living beings, while in the above sentence, an abstract noun “dance” is being referred to. Thus, “that” should be used instead of “who”.
    Note that this sentence will not take ‘which’ also because the latter part is a defining clause and the information given is important to understand the meaning.

     

  4. At the arrival of the FBI, the (miscreants took towards their hills but failed) to evade the police.
    i. miscreants beat a hasty retreat, but failed
    ii. miscreants took off to their hills, but failed
    iii. miscreants took to their heels, but failed
    Only i
    Both i and iii
    Only iii
    Only ii
    No correction required
    Option B
    The correct phrase is ‘take to one’s heels’. It means ‘to run away’. But the phrase used in option A isn’t incorrect too. ‘To beat a hasty retreat’ also means to run away. So, both the options are correct.

     

  5. The recent attacks on the Jewish community represent with (frightening new reality for Jews) in the United States — and an increasing concern for members of every faith.
    I. a frightening reality for Jews
    II. with frightening reality of Jews
    III. frightening reality along Jews
    Both I and II
    Both II and III
    Only III
    Only I
    No correction is required
    Option D
    The sentence speaks about the effect of attacks on Jewish community and its effect.
    Part II. is incorrect since, ‘with’ implies along or together, but is incorrect to this context.
    Part III. is incorrect since, ‘along’ also implies going with something, somebody somewhat similar to the above explanation.

     

  6. The BMC’s move, (when approved in a general body) meeting, will benefit over 2.83 lakh property owners, who could face increased property tax rates of up to 40 per cent.
    I. when approved at a general body
    II. if approved at a general body
    III. if approved on a general body
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and II
    No correction required
    Option B
    This is a ‘if’ statement since context is official and ‘in’ should be replaced with ‘at’ for correct preposition.
    Part i. is incorrect since, ‘when’ is used which is incorrect to this context since it generally defines a time.
    Part iii. is incorrect since, ‘on’ is an incorrect preposition to use which means over the generally body is different to the context.

     

  7. Directions(7-10): In the following question, a sentence is given with a blank to be filled in with an appropriate word. Select the correct alternative from the options.

  8. The Saharanpur police suspended three police personnel _______ ordered departmental probe against them.

    After
    As
    And
    Although
    Before
    Option C
    After is a conjunction during the period of time following (an event).
    As is a conjunction used to indicate that something happens during the time when something else is taking place.
    Although is a conjunction which is used in spite of the fact that; even though.
    And is a conjunction used to connect words of the same part of speech, clauses, or sentences that are to be taken jointly.
    In the sentence ‘suspended’ and ‘probe’ are to be taken jointly as they are against the same three police personnel.

     

  9. Lata could not get Shreya the best services in the hospital _______ she had paid the fee in advance.
    Even though
    Now that
    Therefore
    Whether
    Nonetheless
    Option A
    The correct phrase to be used in the sentence is “even though” as it means despite the fact that. The sentence means to say that Lata could not get Shreya the best service despite that fact that she has paid the hospital bills in advance.

     

  10. To get the result we need to ________ as it is not an easy task.
    Explore all avenues
    Fast track something
    Deliver the goods
    Cut the ground from under feet
    Chase your tail
    Option A
    The meanings of the idioms are:
    A. Trying every possibility to get a result
    B. Rating something higher in the priority list
    C. Do what is expected or promised
    D. Weaken one’s position
    E. Spending a lot of time and energy on a lot of things but achieving too little

     

  11. Many of us believe that science is something modern ______ the truth is otherwise.
    unless
    though
    if
    as if
    despite
    Option B
    The first part of the sentence presents a fact which is believed by many people. The second part contrasts to what is believed. So, the correct word is “though” which means “but”.

     

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