Mixed English Questions for upcoming Exam — Set 425

Directions (1-5): A sentence divided into three parts I, II and III is given. Determine the part(s) which requires correction and mark it as your answer.

  1. In accordance to the availability of limited seats in (I)/the B.Com course, the college authority decided to give (II)/admission only to the candidates having 90% marks and above. (III)

    Only III
    Both I and II
    Both II and III
    Only I
    No error
    Option D
    Here, only I part is wrong because ‘in accordance to” is used when we have to refer to any person whereas ‘in accordance with’ is used to make reference with the current situation, which here is ‘availability of the limited seats’

     

  2. With marathons mushrooming in every big city (I)/, female road runners from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru (II)/ are steadily graduating to the linger distance mileage. (III)
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and II
    All of the above
    Option C
    The error is in only in the third part of the sentence. The term ‘linger’ means ‘stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave. Since we are talking about distance, we need the adjective ‘longer’ instead of the verb ‘linger’.

     

  3. Mutations of human mitochondria DNA (I) may lead to abhorrent oxidative phosphorylation and energy supplement (II) in cells, indicating a possible relationship with bipolar disorder. (III)
    Only I
    Both I and II
    Only II
    Both I and III
    Both II and III
    Option B
    In part I, instead of noun ‘Mitochondria’, the context demands an adjective to better describe DNA. So, it should be ‘mitochondrial’. Note that adjective ‘aberrant’ means ‘markedly different from an accepted norm’ while ‘abhorrent’ means ‘morally bad’. As per the given context, as we are talking about negative effects of mutations, ‘aberrant’ would make more sense and would convey a logical meaning.

     

  4. She rummaged through the huge mounds of book (I)/ and papers that habitual covered (II)/ her desk, finally locating her tiny Nagasyu keyboard. (III)
    Only I
    Both I and II
    Only II
    Both I and III
    Both II and III
    Option B
    Mounds refer to large piles or quantity of something. We form piles with multiple objects. So, it should be “books” instead of “book” in part I. “habitual” is an adjective and cannot be used to describe a verb (covered). It should be habitually in part II.

     

  5. Post-Galwan India has to brace himself for permanent (I)/strategic resistance to Chinese incremental encroachment using a (II)/variety of tools, including military, economic and diplomatic ones. (III)
    Only I
    Both I and II
    Only II
    Both I and III
    Both II and III
    Option A
    Here, the error is in part A of the given sentence. ‘India’ is a non-living thing and that is why it cannot be followed by possessive pronoun “himself”. To make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct, “Himself” will be replaced by “itself”. Hence, A is the right answer choice.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the given question, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below the sentence, alternatives to the emboldened part are given as (A), (B), (C) and (D), which may help improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative out of the given five options. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer will be option (E), i.e., “No correction required”.

  7. The manager (has been accuse) of siphoning funds from one account to another.

    has accused
    has being accused
    has been accusing
    has been accused
    No correction required
    Option D
    The error in the emboldened part lies in the form of the verb used. In the present perfect tense, it is customary to use the participle form of the verb, in this case ‘accused’, with the auxiliary ‘has been’.

     

  8. The hospitals in India, due to the pandemic, (are failing to guaranteeing) basic health facility.
    is failing to guarantee
    are failing to guaranteed
    are failed to guarantee
    are failing to guarantee
    No correction required
    Option D
    The error in the emboldened part lies in the use of the -ing form of the verb with the particle ‘to’. The particle ‘to’ is always followed by the base form of the verb, in this case, ‘guarantee’.

     

  9. The academic marks of section B are (significant higher), but section A performs better when it comes to sports.
    significant high
    significance higher
    significantly higher
    to significant higher
    No correction required
    Option C
    The error in the emboldened part lies in the use of the adjective ‘significant’ to qualify the following adjective ‘higher’. Replacing it with the adverb ‘significantly’ will make the sentence contextually and grammatically correct.

     

  10. A sombre (memorial servicing was held) for the fallen soldiers yesterday.
    memorial service was held
    memory service was held
    memorial service was holding
    memorial service is held
    No correction required
    Option A
    Th error in the emboldened part lies in the use of the verb ‘servicing’. To complement the preceding noun and form a noun phrase, the noun ‘service’ needs to be used.

     

  11. The captain (acknowledged the resilience) and bravery of his sailors.
    acknowledged the resilient
    acknowledging the resilience
    acknowledged a resilience
    acknowledged an resilience
    No correction required
    Option E

     

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