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Directions (Q.

1-10): Read each sentence to

find out whether there is any error in it. The
error, if any will be in one part of the sen-
tence. The number of that part is the answer.
If there is no error, the answer is (5).
1. Despite of their best efforts (1)/ they failed to
retain (2)/ the contract due to (3)/ unwanted
political interference. (4)/ No error (5).
2. With rise in population (1)/ man needs more
space (2)/ for growing crops (3)/ and for
building houses. (4)/ No error (5).
3. Your over dependent on (1)/ others even
for (2)/ trivial matters may (3)/ prove disad-
vantageous. (4)/ No error (5).
4. Everybody know (1)/ that his failure can (2)/
be attributed only (3)/ to his lack of
practice. (4)/ No error (5).
5. Beside the chairman (1)/ all the members of
the committee (2)/ were present (3)/ at the
meeting. (4)/ No error (5).
6. Our company can (1)/ no longer afford (2)/
over-manned units as (3)/ our profits has
lower. (4)/ No error (5).
7. The boy possess (1)/ three beautiful pens
(2)/ but he does not (3)/ show them to any-
one. (4)/ No error (5).
8. He is one of (1)/ the best novelists (2)/ that
has ever lived (3)/ Don't you agree? (4)/
No error (5).
9. Come and sit down (1)/ for a while, (2)/ you
are arranging bricks (3)/ since lunch
time. (4)/ No error (5).
10. It was with that moment (1)/ that the front
door scanner (2)/ warned them that (3)/
someone was approaching (4)/ No error (5).
Directions (Q. 11-15): In the following ques-
tions, a sentence has been given with some of
its parts in bold. To make the sentence correct,
you have to replace the bold part with correct
alternative given below. If the sentence is cor-
rect as it is give (5) as your answer.
11. Fishing and swimming are two different
activities, independence of one another.
1) independent of the other
2) independence of the other
3) independent of each other
4) independence on each other
5) No correction required
12. When I will receive the letter, I found that
the date for interview was already over.
1) receive the letter
2) the letter I had received
3) received the letter
4) was receiving the letter
5) No correction required
13. We appreciate your resourcefulness in
effectively handling considerable difficult
1) considerable difficulty
2) considerably difficult
3) considered difficulty
4) considerably and difficulty
5) No correction required
14. He persevered and succeeded to the face
of all obstacles.
1) in facing all the 2) to all the face of
3) by the face of all 4) at the face of the all
5) No correction required
15. You must ensure that I get my cheque
encash before Saturday.
1) my cheque encashed 2) cash my cheque
3) my cheque cash 4) encash my cheque
5) No correction required
Directions (Q. 16-25): In each of the following
sentences there are two blank spaces. Below
each sentence there are five pairs of words
denoted by numbers (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5).
Find out which pair of words can be filled up
in the blanks in the sentence in the same
sequence to make the sentence meaningful-
ly complete.
16. As censorship was ....., people were ..... the
furious battle being fought.
1) clammed, oblivious of
2) revoked, indifferent to
3) imposed, unware of
4) dispelled, ignorant of
5) levelled, unmindful of
17. Man needs food not ..... for the body but for
the soul also. The satisfaction of his physi-
cal wants does not imply his ......
1) merely, contentment
2) properly, superiority 3) only, spirituality
4) necessarily, commitment
5) certainly, entitlement
18. We are proud to say that today ..... 26 per-
cent of our total accounts are ..... by women
and senior citizens.
1) approximate, held 2) nearly, authorised
3) over, maintain 4) above, open
5) around, operated
19. The dimensions of the ..... are known and
the solution is ..... on.
1) problem, agreed 2) theory, dealt
3) measures, decided 4) risks, tempered
5) danger, looked
20. The .......... of the ...... carried out in the
company were published.
1) reports, findings 2) articles, observations
3) drawbacks, preparations
4) results, investigations
5) observations, teams
21. ..... to your error the ..... consignment has
been delayed by a week.
1) According, important 2) Duly, urgent
3) Owing, entire 4) Added, crucial
5) Admitting, special
22. He ..... to the audience in a soft but confi-
dential tone all ..... had happened.
1) explained, whatever 2) narrated, that
3) demonstrated, what 4) briefed, those
5) showed, whatsoever
23. He was ..... not to ..... done the exercise
1) expected, be 2) required, being
3) needed, get 4) warned, be
5) supposed, have
24. The teacher ..... his students ..... being late
to school.
1) shouted, at 2) reprimanded, for
3) reminded, with 4) narrated, of
5) taught, for
25. Giving unfair ..... to one's relatives in the
matter of appointments and such other ben-
efits is ......
1) punishment, parochialism
2) advantage, nepotism
3) benefits, pragmatism
4) preferences, chauvinism
5) leverage, communalism
Directions (Q. 26-30): Rearrange the following
sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F) and (G)
in the proper sequence to form a meaningful
paragraph and answer the questions given
below them.
(A) Equally, if you show disloyalty to your com-
pany or colleagues, your manners will be
seen as unacceptable.
(B) Much of this book is concerned with this
golden rule.
(C) The other half is good manners invoke tak-
ing positive action to make the other person
feel good about your relationship with him.
(D) They indicate to the person you are dealing
with whether you can be relied on to act
correctly and fairly when he does business
with you.
(E) Avoiding these negatives is only half the
(F) Manners are the patterns of behaviour.
(G) If he thinks that you are boorish, selfish or
indisciplined your behaviour is unlikely to
be changed.
26. Which of the following is the SEVENTH
sentence after rearrangement?
1) C 2) D 3) E 4) B 5) A
27. Which of the following is the FIRST
sentence after rearrangement?
1) G 2) F 3) A 4) B 5) C
28. Which of the following is the THIRD
sentence after rearrangement?
1) G 2) E 3) F 4) B 5) A
29. Which of the following is the FIFTH
sentence after rearrangement?
1) A 2) G 3) E 4) F 5) D
30. Which of the following is the SIXTH
sentence after rearrangement?
1) B 2) D 3) F 4) A 5) C
Directions (Q. 31-40): In the following sen-
tences there are blanks each of which has
been numbered. These numbers are printed
below the passage and against each five
words are suggested, one of which fits the
blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate
word in each case.
In the thirties and forties, geography was
..(31).. subject in schools. Children spent hours
tracing maps and ..(32).. about strange places,
people and customs. Harvard University ..(33)..
its geography department after World War II. A
string of leading universities in the United States
..(34).. suit. Geography has been tarred with
racist brush, and no one wants to be ..(35)...
David S Landes, professor of history and
economics at Harvard university, makes a
forceful ..(36).. for geography in his book, 'The
Wealth and Poverty of Nations'. Geography, he
says tells the unpleasant truth that nature is
unfair, unequal in its ..(37).. and that its unfair-
nesses are not easily ..(38)... For Landes,
there is nothing racist in a geography that links
..(39).. and group behaviour to nature, no one
can be praised or ..(40).. for the temperature of
the air, the volume or timing of rainfall, or the
31. 1) full-fledged 2) resourceful
3) decent 4) boring 5) famous
32. 1) knowledge 2) drawings
3) ignored 4) learned 5) figures
33. 1) established 2) nurtured
3) intensified 4) developed 5) abolished
34. 1) followed 2) cleared
3) prepared 4) wore 5) filled
35. 1) learned 2) contaminated
3) neglected 4) prepared 5) knowledgeable
36. 1) decision 2) impeachment
3) lesson 4) plea 5) plan
37. 1) behaviour 2) favours
3) sources 4) deal 5) functions
38. 1) sensed 2) placated 3) remedied
4) over-ruled 5) understood
39. 1) expediency 2) sentiments
3) performance 4) acquisition 5) obedience
40. 1) credited 2) implored 3) admired
4) flattered 5) blamed
B.Krishna Kumar
Study the grammar rules of noun,
pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective,
articles etc. with examples for sentence
correction. If you come across any
unique rule/ case for sentence
correction, note it for future reference.
English Language
I get my cheque encash..
(Writer - Senior Faculty,
Banking Services Chronicle, Hyderabad)
1-1; Delete 'of' after 'despite'. The word
'despite' takes no preposition. We use
either 'despite' or 'in spite of'. 2-5;
3-1; 'Your over-dependence on' is the correct
usage. As 'dependent' is an adjective, its
noun form will be used as a subject.
4-1; 'Everybody' is a singular noun. Hence the
correct verb should be 'knows', not 'know'.
5-1; Replace 'beside' with 'besides'. 'Beside'
means 'by the side of' whereas 'Besides'
means 'In addition to'.
6-4; Replace 'lower' with 'lowered'. If a verb fol-
lows 'has/ have', then it must be in Past
Participle form.
7-1; 'That boy posseses' is the correct usage,
as the verb must agree with its subject (in
number and person). 8-5;
9-3; 'Since lunch time' makes it clear that the
sentence should be in 'present perfect
continuous'. So 'are' should be replaced
with 'have been'.
10-1; Replace 'with' with 'at'.
11-3; To express relation between two things
we use 'each other'. Independence is a
'noun' whereas 'Independent' is an
'adjective'. An 'adjective' is used to mod-
ify a 'noun'. Here 'activities' is a noun and
to modify it, the adjective 'Independent'
should be used.
12-3; The given sentence is in simple past
tense which becomes clear from the
word 'found' in it. Hence the part printed
in bold should also be in simple past
tense, that is the bold part should be
replaced with option 3.
13-2; As we know an adverb modifies an
adjective. The 'difficult' being an adjec-
tive should be modified by the adverb
14-1; In the given sentence the correct prepo-
sition after 'succeed' should be 'in'. As
you know, the verb following a preposi-
tion takes V
(verb + ing) hence 'the face'
should be 'facing'. After changing the bold
part, it should be 'in facing all the'.
15-1; We know that the verb after 'get' takes
past participle form, i.e. V
. Therefore, in
the given sentence, in place of 'encash',
there should be 'encashed'.
16-3 17-1 18-5 19-1 20-4
21-3 22-2 23-5 24-2 25-2
(Q. 26-30) Order is: F D G A E C B
26-4 27-2 28-1 29-3 30-5
31-3 32-4 33-5 34-1 35-2
36-4 37-1 38-3 39-2 40-5.