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Directions (Qs. 1 - 5): Choose the appropriate article (a, an, or the) to fill the blank in each of the sentences/ phrases below. In case no article is required, mark (d) as your answer.
1. I think ........ dog belongs to ........ new neighbours.
a) the, the             b) an, a
c) the, a                d) No article required
2. She will return in ........ hour.
a) the          b) an
c) a             d) No article required
3. Have you been to ........ new mall in Saket?
a) the             b) an
c) a                d) No article required
4. I've got ........ toothache.
a) the            b) an
c) a               d) No article required
5. She is learning to play ........ guitar.
a) the            b) an
c) a               d) No article required



Directions (Qs. 6 to 10): In the following questions, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error and mark the answer corresponding to the appropriate letter (a, b, c). If the sentence is free from errors, mark (d) as your answer.
6. In most cases, the villain is not Washington, (a)/ but foreign leaders escaping common action (b)/ with coward and hypocrisy. (c)/ No error (d)
7. He wanted to see different kinds of deer, (a)/ so he packed his gears and (b)/ went to the Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary. (c)/ No error (d)
8. Dart is played (a)/ and enjoyed by (b)/ children of all age. (c)/ No error (d)
9. I like my coffee (a)/ with two sugars (b)/ and a little milk. (c)/ No error (d)
10. To appreciate all his diagnosis (a)/ it is necessary to understand certain analyses (b)/ by other authors. (c)/ No error (d)

Conjunction/ Interjection

Directions (Qs. 11 to 15): Fill in the blanks with the appropriate conjunction or interjection.
11. ".........! You stepped on my foot."
a) Ah      b) Oh      c) Ouch      d) Wow
12. The bus stopped ......... the man did not get off.
a) and     b) but     c) or          d) so
13. I guess that's the end of the movie, ..........
a) eureka     b) darn      c) bravo      d) yippee
14. ".........!" shouted the woman when she saw the cat licking milk from her cereal bowl.
a) Yippee      b) Hey     c) Shoo      d) Doh
15. ......... I earn a six digit salary, I am usually broke by the end of the month.
a) However        b) Although
c) Because        d) Besides


Fill in the Blanks

Directions (Qs. 16 to 17): In each of the following questions, a sentence with a blank is given. From the four given options, choose the word that best completes the sentence.
16. The workers are required to be ........... at fire-fighting procedures.
a) adept       b) adopt     c) adapt      d) aloft
17. The hunting party returned with a ........... after a long time.
a) bore      b) boar      c) boor        d) burr
Directions (Qs. 18 to 19): Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate pair of words from the options given below each sentence.
18. The ........... that she was experiencing because of isolation in that lonely house was creating a feeling of ........... within her.
a) dissatisfaction, calmness
b) ennui, discontentment
c) excitement, elation
d) confusion, listlessness
19. It’s pointless to give a ........... ring to a friend who is a plain Jane or an/ a ........... piece to someone who can’t make out a Kangra painting from a Mithila painting.
a) genuine, old b) flashy, antique
c) gold, wooden d) dull, prehistoric


Odd Word Out

Directions (Qs. 20 to 22): In each of the following questions, find the odd word from the given options.
20. a) Deep                     b) Profound 
     c) Superficial             d) Discerning
21. a) Humiliating           b) Shameful
      c) Upsetting             d) Thrilling
22. a) Reasonable        b) Level-headed
      c) Sound                 d) Illogical



Directions (Qs. 23 to 25): In each of the questions, out of the four given alternatives, choose the one which would not change the meaning of the original sentence, if it were substituted for the italicised word in the sentence.
23. He is known for his compliant nature.
a) livid            b) complaining
c) adamant     d) yielding
24. On scrutiny the police officer found out that the documents provided by the landlord were totally fabricated.
a) complete        b) genuine       c) forged       d) prepared
25. Everybody in the Assembly shouted and there was pandemonium in the hall.
a) crowd             b) noise
c) commotion     d) laughter


Key with Explanations
In the sentence, we are talking about a specific dog and the specific neighbours. So, both the blanks will take the article 'the'.
2-b; We use 'a' before words that start with a consonant or consonant sound and 'an' before words that start with a vowel or vowel sound. So, the blank will take ‘an’.
3-a; A particular mall is being talked about in the sentence. So, the blank will take the article 'the'.
4-d; No article is required here. Illnesses such as toothache, earache, flu do not require any article. However, illnesses such as headache and cold require the article 'a' before them.
5-a; Definite article 'the' is used to talk about musical instruments.
6-c; 'Coward' is a noun. It is used for a person who is not brave. The sentence requires a noun describing the trait. So, 'coward' should be replaced by 'cowardice'.
7-b; 'Gears' is incorrect. When used in relation to supplies, foods or clothes needed for a special purpose, ‘gear’ is treated as non count. So, the correct word will be ‘gear’.
8-a; The game is 'darts' while the pointed object that is thrown at a dart board is called a 'dart'. Here, the sentence refers to the game and therefore, 'dart' will be replaced by 'darts'. The verb 'is' is correct since'darts' is one of those plural nouns that take a singular verb.
9-d; Generally uncountable nouns such as 'sugar' do not have plural forms. However, in the sentence it means 'two cubes of sugar'. So, 'sugars' is correct. 'a little' in part (c) is also correct. It means a small
quantity of milk.
10-a; 'All' in part (a) suggests that plural form of 'diagnosis' should be used. So, it should be replaced by 'diagnoses'. 'Analyses' is plural and therefore, correct.
11-c; An interjection that expresses pain is required in the blank. So, 'ouch' best fits in the blank. 'Ah' is used to express a range of emotions including surprise, pleasure, sympathy, and realization.
12-b; 'But' is used to introduce a statement that adds something to a previous statement and usually contrasts with it in some way. The given sentence brings about that contrast by saying that although the bus stopped, the man didn't get off. 'And' would have been correct had the sentence said that the man got off: 'The bus stopped and the man got off. ' Here it doesn't bring about a contrast; it simply joins two statements 'The bus stopped' and 'the man got off'.
13-b; 'Darn', which shows disappointment, fills in the blank appropriately.
14-c; 'Shoo' is a word said to frighten or drive away a person or animal. Since, the cat is drinking milk from the woman's cereal bowl, the woman will try to drive her away and not feel happy about it.
15-b; 'Although' means in spite of the fact that.
16-a; ‘Adept’ means skilled; ‘adapt’ means to adjust, ‘adopt’ means to take as your own, and ‘aloft’ means in the air. Hence, option (a) is correct.
17-b; ‘Boar’ is a wild pig, ‘bore’ is a tiresome person, ‘boor’ is a rude or insensitive person, and ‘burr’ is something that is prickly and irregularly spherical. Only option (b) logically fits in the given sentence.
18-b; It is clearly hinted in the sentence that the concerned person is feeling bored because of isolation and so it can lead to the development of negative emotions within her. Option (b) is correct because ‘ennui’ means ‘boredom’ and ‘discontentment’ means ‘dissatisfied’ or ‘not content’.
19-b; ‘Plain Jane’ refers to someone who is plain. So a ‘flashy’ ring will be no use to him. Similarly the usage of phrases such as ‘Kangra painting’ and ‘Mithila painting’ indicate that the word in the second blank would be ‘antique’.
20-c; Options (a), (b) and (d) refer to showing good or outstanding judgment or understanding. However, option (c) is the antonym of the rest of the words. ‘Superficial’ means ‘affecting only thesurface’.
21-d; ‘Thrilling’ is extremely exciting. Humiliating’, ‘shameful’ and ‘upsetting’ are its antonyms, which mean ‘embarrassing’ or ‘annoying’.
22-d; Options (a), (b) and (c) refer to rationality in behaviour or decision. However, option (d) is the antonym of the rest.
23-d; 'Compliant' means willing to do whatever you are asked or ordered to do; ready and willing to comply. 'Yielding' means tending to do or willing to do what other people want you to do. Hence, option (d) is the correct answer.
24-c; To ‘fabricate’ is to fake or concoct. Hence, ‘forged’ would be suitable to replace it.
25-c; ‘Pandemonium’ is a state of noisy disorder. Hence, its suitable synonym would be ‘commotion’.

Posted Date : 13-02-2021

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