Mixed English Questions for upcoming Exam — Set 428

Directions (1-5): Two statements with blanks have been given. These statements are followed by five alternatives. Choose the one which fits into the set of statements.

  1. A. The organization decided on an hourly minimum _______________of Rs 35.
    B. Will he ___________a war on these fronts to improve things?

    pay
    declare
    pose
    wage
    campaign
    Option D
    ‘Wage’ is the only word that fits in both the statements suitably. To carry on (a war or campaign) is called wage. The first
    sentence is talking about money/remuneration on an hourly basis, which is also called a wage. Hence, option D is the right
    answer.

     

  2. I. As a last ____________ we had to accept these terms and conditions.
    II. This place has become a good tourist _________now.
    resort
    step
    attraction
    spot
    means
    Option A
    ‘Resort’ is the only word that fits in suitably at both the places.
    In the first sentence, ‘last resort’ is being used to denote the last available option.
    In the second sentence, resort is being used to denote a hotel.

     

  3. I. The next _____________of this case is after two months.
    II. After the accident, she is ___________ after two months.
    dates
    balance
    evidence
    health
    hearing
    Option E
    ‘Hearing’ is the only word that fits in both the statements.
    The meaning of ‘hearing’ are:
    a. the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived. (as used in II)
    b. an instance or a session in which testimony and arguments are presented, especially before an official, as a judge in a
    lawsuit. (as used in I)

     

  4. I. He admired his _________ in the mirror.
    II. The article is an accurate _________ of events that day
    reflection
    description
    imagery
    photograph
    mirage
    Option A
    Reflection refers to an image in mirror and a description of something.
    The word fits in both the blanks.

     

  5. I. The accidental nighttime ____ went on to become a Thanksgiving tradition for the family.
    II. Hearing that his three sons planned to explore the cave, the man decided to join the _____.
    excursion
    dream
    endanger
    stay
    None of these
    Option A
    It is clear from the second sentence that the word in the blank should mean a trip or journey. The intended meaning can be
    delivered only by option A.
    In the first sentence, “nighttime excursion” refers to the travel during the night time.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): Read the following sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number corresponding to that part will be your answer. If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘No error’. Ignore the errors of punctuation if any.

  7. The programme is designed to (1)/ nurture and encourage talents, (2)/ helping to enhance applications for (3)/ university scholarships. (4)

    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option E

     

  8. India is the fastest growing economy in the world (1)/ and is expected to be one of the top three economic powers of the world (2)/ over the next 10-15 years, (3)/ backed by its strong democratic and partnerships. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option D
    The error lies in the fourth part of the sentence. The adjective ‘Democratic’ adds no meaning here and the incorrect form of the word has been used here. Instead, using the noun ‘democracy’ gives meaning to the sentence and renders it correct.

     

  9. If you go through life with a perspective (1)/ that you have something to learn (2)/ from everyone you meet, (3)/ you’ll hoard a lot of informal mentors along the way. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option D
    The error lies in the fourth part of the sentence. ‘Hoard’ is generally used when we talk about materialistic things like ‘hoard of gold’ and not while describing people. Thus, ‘hoard a lot of informal mentors’ is incorrect. Instead, ‘gather’ or ‘collect’ can be used in this context.

     

  10. The increased volumes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (1)/ released by the burning of fossil fuels, land clearing, agriculture, and other human activities, (2)/ are believed to be the primary sources of the global warming (3)/ that has occurred over the past 50 years. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option D
    The error is in the fourth part of the sentence. The sentence refers to the activities that have been occurring over the past 50 years and are still continuing leading to global warming. Thus, the use of ‘has occurred’ is incorrect as the sentence is in present perfect continuous tense. The correct use would be ‘has been occurring’ which makes the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  11. The rapidly escalating US-China trade war (1)/ has sent global financial markets tumbling over the past month (2)/, between rising fears about the impact (3)/ of the long-running dispute on the world economy. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘between’ with ‘amid’. We use ‘between’ to refer to two things which are clearly separated. ‘Amid’ is used when we talk about something happening in an atmosphere or against a background of. Thus, ‘amid’ is the correct word to be used in this context.

     

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