Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 336

Directions(1-6): Two sentences with one blank in each, followed by five alternatives, are given. Choose that option as the answer which can fill both the blanks of both the sentences.

  1. A) The families of people who die in _______________ are in a legal no-man’s-land when they try to discover what went wrong.
    B) Inevitably, when both parents have ________________ of the child, there’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between them for the child concerned.
    Option B
    Statement A, ‘custody’, ‘prison’ and ‘captivity’ all fit according to the sentence. But, in statement B neither ‘prison’ nor ‘captivity’ fits as the sentence is talking about taking the responsibility of a child. Thus, ‘custody’ is the only word that fits in both the blanks. Therefore, option B is the correct answer.


  2. A) The Heads of State Council (HSC) is the supreme decision-making _____________ in the SCO.
    B) Industry keeps the ______________ healthy, the mind clear, the heart whole, the purse full.
    Option A
    Though ‘entity’ and ‘authority’ fit well in the blank in sentence A, but, ‘body’ is the only word that fits in the blank of statement B. Therefore, option A is the correct answer.


  3. A) The company is _____________ in the eternal search for a product that will lead the market.
    B) The telephone number you want is ________________; try again in a few minutes.
    Option D
    Statement A, according to the sentence the company is indulged in searching a product that will lead the market.
    Statement B, suggests that the telephone line is jam due to some reason.
    Thus, ‘engaged’ is the only word that fits in both the blanks. Therefore, option D is the correct answer.


  4. A) The children love to play in the _____________.
    B) They do not like when their father _______________ for work.
    Option C


  5. A) What do you charge for work of this ______________?
    B) He can _____________ over 100 words per minute.
    Option E
    After analysing the statements it is evident that the only word that fits in both blanks is ‘type’. Therefore, option E is the correct answer.


  6. A) When the storm _______________ on the river, they had to bail out to reach the shore safely.
    B) Beauty without virtue is a _________________ without fragrance.
    Option A
    Statement A, among all the words, ‘rose’ and ‘hurled’ are appropriate. But, the second word does not fit in the second blank. Thus, ‘rose’ is the correct word that fits in both the blanks. Therefore, option A is the correct answer.


  7. Directions(7-10): In the given question, a part of the sentence is given in brackets. Below the sentence, three alternatives to the bracketed part are given which may help improve the sentence. Choose the option that reflects the correct use of the phrase in the context of the sentence. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e. “No correction required”.

  8. The fence has a strong effect on the cost of living, particularly for the residents (of the localities outside Jerusalem).
    i. on the Jerusalem outside localities
    ii. in and around the localities outside Jerusalem
    iii. around the vicinity of Jerusalem
    Only i
    Only ii
    Only iii
    Both i and ii
    No correction required
    Option E


  9. Ms. Hamiester said that she was (keen demonstrating the students) that young women were capable of extraordinary feats.
    I. keenly demonstrating to the students
    II. keen to demonstrate
    III. akin to demonstrate me
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and II
    No correction required
    Option D
    In the given sentence, “keen demonstrating” is an incorrect phrase.
    Part III: Akin means of similar character. Thus, it makes no sense with the context of the sentence.
    Alternatives I and II fit perfectly in the sentence making it grammatically correct and meaningful.
    Therefore, option D is the apt answer.


  10. He rose up hungry, (was looking forward to devour) the food prepared by Clara’s mother.
    i. Looking forward to devouring
    ii. Had been looking forward to devour
    iii. Looking forward to have devoured
    Only i
    Only ii
    Only iii
    Both ii and iii
    No correction required
    Option A
    Look forward to something means to be pleased or excited that it is going to happen. The ‘to’ in look forward to is a preposition, so we must follow it by a noun phrase or a verb in the -ing form (gerund).
    The expression ‘looking forward to’ is mostly used with the present progressive (present continuous) verb tense to express a future meaning.
    Devour is a verb which means to eat food or prey hungrily or quickly.
    Therefore, option A is the apt answer.


  11. I wonder if you can tell me a bit about (how does you respond) to your dad’s anger.
    i. How did you respond
    ii. How do you respond
    iii. How you responded
    Only i
    Only ii
    Only iii
    Both i and iii
    No correction required
    Option C
    Sentences which make inquiries are not really questions. Also, notice that there is no question mark at the end of the sentence so, the final part of the sentence should have an indirect question which should not be in the interrogative form.
    Therefore, option C is the apt answer.



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