Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam— Set 128

Directions (1-5): Choose the odd sentence out of the given five sentences in each question.

  1. curtailed since Thursday night as crew members belonging to employees unions,
    the relief of office-goers who were affected by the commencement of the State-wide bus strike
    bus services of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation in many districts of the state were
    The strike, following failure of talks with Transport minister has affected bus services
    which did not agree to the wage accord offered by the government, resorted to strike.
    Option B


  2. positive on the economy of the country and coming generations will remember that due to these steps
    all the steps we have taken, we have also paid a price in the short term.
    the issues of farmer suicides and the demonetisation’s impact on small industries.
    a new economic history of the country has been written.
    But, I want to tell you that in the medium and long term, these steps would be seen as
    Option C


  3. Of the total $900 million CSF earmarked for 2017, $400 million is tied to a certification
    that component as it has failed to get the certification since 2015.
    CSF disbursements are not due for several months now.
    the harshest measure appears to be the decision to keep the entire CSF for 2017 in suspension.
    that Pakistan is taking adequate measures against the Haqqani Network. Pakistan was unlikely to get
    Option C


  4. on Monday to bring cities across Maharashtra to a shutdown by Wednesday, is a pointer to multiple failings.
    and then ensure that normal life continued in the days after.
    the speed with which tension spread from Bhima-Koregaon, a village on the outskirts of Pune,
    the commemoration was always going to be larger and more high-profile.
    It appears that the police had failed to anticipate the potential for trouble breaking out in Bhima-Koregaon
    Option D


  5. Major indices across the U.S., Europe, and Asia witnessed significant gains in the year’s first two trading days;
    starved of yield have been happy to bid up stocks in countries like India and China.
    may be all set to carry on their momentum from 2017, which saw major indices offering solid double-digit returns to investors.
    global stocks kicked off the new year by rallying to reach new lifetime highs.
    the Indian bourses were slower to gain traction. The strong start suggests that stocks
    Option B


Directions (6-10): In each of the following questions one sentence is given with a word in bold, choose the most similar meaning of that word and mark it as your answer.

  1. Profane: Because the comic’s jokes were profane and offensive to our religion, we left the show early.
    None of these
    Option C
    Profane = not relating to that which is sacred or religious; secular.


  2. Defile: Because Jared is a hamburger purist, he believes that adding any condiments is only going to defile the flavor of the beef.
    fix up
    None of these
    Option D
    Defile = damage the purity or appearance of; mar or spoil.


  3. Blatant: The drunk driver’s blatant disregard for the lives of others earned him seven years in prison.
    None of these
    Option C
    Blatant = (of bad behaviour) done openly and unashamedly.


  4. Deference: Firefighters deserve to be granted with the utmost deference for their loyal service.
    None of these
    Option C
    Deference = polite submission and respect.


  5. Cosset: From buying expensive toys to boxing vegetable-free lunches, the mother would cosset to her child’s every whim.
    None of these
    Option A
    Cosset = care for and protect in an overindulgent way.



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