Mixed English Questions for upcoming Exam — Set 383

Directions(1-4): 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 given sentence. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E) i.e. ‘No correction required’.

  1. She had been away (from her home since long time) so felt nostalgic on stepping inside the house.
    I. For her home since a long time
    II. From her home for a long time
    III. From her home since years
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and III
    No correction required
    Option B
    The correct conjunction here must be ‘for’ and not ‘since’. Since is used to denote a starting time, a specific time. ‘For’ is used to denote general periods of time. Hence, the correct answer is option B.
    For + period: a “period” is a duration of time – 􀁽ve minutes, two weeks, six years.
    Since + point: a “point” is a precise moment in time – 9 o’clock, 1st January, Monday.

     

  2. The climax of the romance (occurred after) a few days later.
    I. Occurred for
    II. Occurred in
    III. Occurred
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and III
    No correction required
    Option C
    Since the word ‘later’ is mentioned in the sentence, the use of ‘after’ is repetitive and thus is redundant. ‘Later’ already means ‘afterwards or in the future.’ Thus ‘after’ is incorrect here. Option C is the correct answer.

     

  3. The (importance in the event does not count on) and they keep on gazing with equal interest and absorption at a chorus girl or a man painting a sign.
    I. Importance in the event does count up
    II. Importance during the event does not count in
    III. Importance of the event does not count
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both II and III
    No correction required
    Option C
    It is clear from the sentence structure that the significance of the event is being talked about and not something that was significant in the course of the event.
    ‘to count on something’ means to depend on something, which is not the case here. The sentence talks about something which is not even valued.
    Hence, ‘in’ and ‘during’ after importance do not make sense.

     

  4. Spiritual sharing and spiritual knowledge continue to be very diverse because (those teachings come from one natural environment) and land base.
    I. Of teachings that come from your natural environment
    II. Those teachings come from one’s natural environment
    III. These teachings come from their natural environment
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both II and III
    No correction required
    Option B
    The given sentence makes no sense. Only “one’s natural environment” will make a succinct and meaningful sentence as “one’s” is used to indicate that something belongs or relates to people in general, or to themselves in particular. Also, it will make the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  5. Directions(5-8): Select the phrase/connector from the given options which can be used to form a single sentence from the two sentences given below, implying the same meaning as expressed in the statement sentences. Pick out the option which when used to start a sentence combines both the above sentences in one.

  6. When our channel still had the game of cricket. I was then interviewing the captain of the Indian team and learned a lot about his strategies.
    a) Four years ago
    b) Before four years
    c) During four years
    Only a
    Only b
    Only c
    Only a and b
    None of the above
    Option A
    The sentence initiates with the narrator stating that they still had the game of cricket followed by an interview of the captain of the Indian team. From the given options, ‘before four years’ is grammatically incorrect. ‘During four years’ would not be appropriate to use since it is a very wide timeframe and cannot precisely place the event of interviewing the captain of the Indian team. The word ‘four years ago’ would connect both the sentences appropriately as: ‘Four years ago, when our channel still had the game of cricket, I was interviewing the captain of the Indian team and learned a lot about his strategies’.

     

  7. They were all dressed up. She assumed they were going to church together.
    a) To be more precise
    b) Since
    c) On the contrary
    Only a
    Only b
    Only c
    Only a and c
    None of these
    Option B
    Here the reason behind her assumption is that the other people where all dressed up. ‘To be more precise’ would imply some form of correction. ‘Since’ would imply the reason behind her assumption. ‘On the contrary’ would imply some form of refutation. Hence, B is the correct choice.
    New sentence: Since they were all dressed up, she assumed they were going to church together.

     

  8. ‘Le Bal’ is a modernized fashion event by French influential Ophelie Renouard that came into existence 25 years ago. It has been modelled on the English and French balls of yore.
    a) Models of the English and French balls of yore
    b) Modelled on the English and French balls of yore
    c) Despite modelling on the English and French balls of yore
    Only a
    Only b
    Only c
    Both b and c
    None of these
    Option B
    The correct sentence would be: ‘Modelled on the English and French balls of yore, ‘Le Bal’ is a modernized fashion event by French influential Ophelie Renouard that came into existence 25 years ago.’

     

  9. In terms of TV ratings, the ‘89 Oscars were a success. The show topped the previous five Academy Awards telecasts with 42.7 million viewers.
    a) With 42.7 million viewers
    b) In comparison to the previous five
    c) The ‘89 Oscars
    Only a
    Only b
    Only c
    Both b and c
    None of these
    Option B
    The first part of the sentence states that the Oscars of the year ‘89 was a success according to the TV ratings. The phrase ‘In comparison to the previous five’ will indicate that the ratings were high according to the TV ratings in the year ‘89. Thus, the new sentence can be constructed as: “In comparison to the previous five Academy Awards telecasts, the ‘89 Oscars were a success with 42.7 million viewers in terms of TV ratings.”

     

  10. Directions(9-10): Four statements are given below at A, B, C and D. There may be some errors in the given statements. Mark the incorrect statement as the answer. If all the statements are incorrect, mark option E, i.e., “All are incorrect” as the answer.

  11. His actions were beyond what was considered proper and naturally the family was much disturbed, and they left the room.
    His improper actions greatly disturbed his family, and they were forced to leave the room.
    His actions were beyond what was considered proper and naturally the family were much disturbed, and they left the room.
    His improper actions greatly disturbed his family, who was forced to leave the room.
    All are incorrect.
    Option C
    Collective nouns take singular verbs when the collection is though of as a whole and plural verb when individual composing the collective noun are taken into consideration. ‘Family’ is a collective noun which has been considered as a whole in options A, C and D. it should be succeeded by singular verb ‘was’.

     

  12. Except for tainted politicians, the rest of India will agree that those with criminal backgrounds cannot govern us.
    Barring tainted politicians, the rest of India will agree that those with criminal backgrounds cannot govern us.
    It is only tainted politicians who will not agreeable that those with criminal backgrounds cannot govern us; the rest of India will.
    Apart from tainted politicians, the rest of India will agree that those with criminal backgrounds cannot govern us.
    All are correct
    Option C
    In option C, the adjective ‘agreeable’ is incorrect and needs to be replaced with the verb ‘agree’ to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct. The other options carry a single statement written in different ways. It implies that all the people of India excluding tainted politicians would agree that people with criminal backgrounds cannot govern us.

     

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