Mixed English Questions for upcoming Exam — Set 423

Read the sentence to find out whether there is an error in it or not. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is (E). Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.

  1. Either Sheena or Heena (1)/ are going to get in as (2)/ there is only a limited number of seats and (3)/ they take only the best students. (4)/ No error (5)

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option B
    Either = one of => singular. Therefore, are has been wrongly used in 2).

     

  2. I feel miserably for him (1)/ every time I see him walking down (2)/ the streets begging for food and (3)/ at times crying for his mother.(4)/ No error (5)
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    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option A
    The error lies in part 1 of the sentence where the adverb ‘miserably’ is incorrect and the adjective ‘miserable’ needs to be there.

     

  3. The way in which the lady talked (1)/ about her brother, it was (2)/ quite evident that she felt quite (3)/ protection towards him.(4)/ No error (5)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option D
    The error lies in part 4 of the sentence as the noun ‘protection’ needs to be replaced with the adjective ‘protective’.

     

  4. My mentor told me (1)/ that the Tate Gallery is the (2)/ main modern art (3)/ museum in London. (4)/ No error (5)
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    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option B
    The error lies in part 2 of the sentence where the article ‘the’ needs to be omitted to make the sentence grammatically correct. It is not a specific place which will need the article ‘the’ so it needs to be removed. So, ‘the’ before the word Tate Gallery needs to be removed.

     

  5. Soham is best (1)/player of (2)/ our school’s (3)/cricket team. (4)/ No error (5)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option A
    Here the sentence has the word ‘best’ which is an adjective in the superlative degree and with the superlative degree we always use the definite article ‘the’ is used.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): Given a sentence with one blank followed by three alternatives. Choose which one or more alternatives would fill the blank.

  7. When his first child was born, the king granted _____ to all in prison.

    A.Amnesty
    B.Pardon
    C.Death
    D.Begin
    E.End

    Both A and B
    Both B and C
    Both A and C
    All A, B and C are correct
    Only B
    Option A
    Amnesty means an official pardon for people who have been convicted of political offences.
    Having a first child is a special occasion which brings happiness. And it is a tendency of human to remain generous in the times of happiness.
    So, the king is likely to have granted pardon or amnesty to all in prison.

     

  8. Directions: The following statement has two blanks, which are to be filled with the options given below. Find the combination/s which can most suitably complete the sentence without altering the meaning of the statement.

  9. The tsunami swept _______ the entire country and _______ whole towns.
    A. Towards
    B. Through
    C. Upon
    D. Flowed
    E. Flooded

    A-E
    B-E
    C-D
    A-D
    D-B
    Option B

     

  10. The protesters stood _______ as the police tried to ________ them.
    A. Secure
    B. Firm
    C. Disperse
    D. Solid
    E. Retreat
    A-D
    B-C
    B-D
    E-C
    No combination fits
    Option B
    A, B and D will be the possible options for the first blank. ‘Secure’ means ‘fix or attach something firmly’, ‘firm’ means ‘showing resolute determination and strength of character’ and ‘solid’ means ‘undivided’. The suitable option is B. ‘Retreat’ means ‘to withdraw’, ‘disperse’ means ’cause to go in different directions’. The suitable option for the second blank is C.

     

  11. The ________ for freedom is _________ in all of us.
    A. Obsession
    B. Inherent
    C. Acquisition
    D. Implant
    E. Desire
    A-C
    A-B
    C-D
    B-C
    E-B
    Option E
    We can use either ‘obsession’, ‘acquisition’ or ‘desire’ in the first blank. But the second blank can only be filled in with ‘inherent’ as ‘implant’ will make the sentence grammatically incorrect. The correct word should be ‘inherent’. ‘Obsession’ is usually followed by ‘with’ and not ‘for’. ‘Acquisition’ means ‘an asset or object bought or obtained’ and so it is not a suitable option. The suitable word for the first blank is desire.

     

  12. She stood and quietly ________ the scene that _________ before her.
    A. Observed
    B. Stared
    C. Gazed
    D. Lay
    E. Laid
    A-D
    A-E
    C-B
    C-D
    No combination fits
    Option A
    If we are to use ‘gazed’ or ‘stared’ in the first blank, it should be followed by ‘at’. So, the suitable option is ‘observed’, which means ‘to look at something thoughtfully for along time’. ‘Laid’ is a transitive verb and it needs an object after it to make it grammatically correct. So, the suitable verb for the second blank is ‘lay’.

     

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