Sentence Correction (Based on New Pattern)

Directions (Q. 1-5): In each of the following sentences four words or phrases have been underlined. Only one underlined part in each sentence is not accepted in standard English. Identify that part and mark its number 1, 2, 3 or 4 in your answer sheet.

1. Diana felt that she had been very fortunate (1), in that (2) she had happened to brush on (3) two of the exam topics on the morning of the exam but Edward had not been as lucky (4).

2. After a short nap Jim was beginning (1) to feel quite ener-getic and was trying (2) to prevail others (3) to go for a walk (4).

3. Anna had had (1) a row with (2) her fiance, Julia, and had handed him back (3) the engagement ring, which he had to give her (4).

4. He assured the client that he will be there (1) in a few minutes, even though (2) he knew his van was being repaired (3), which would take two hours, and negotiating the traffic, would (4) take another two hours.

5. Ordinary citizens don’t take the risk of reporting (1) corrupt practices, because they know that complaints will not be followed up (2) and that they will be victim (3) for having dared (4) to complain..

Directions (Q. 6-10): Fill in the blanks by selecting appropriate alternative.

6. We can change our whole life and attitude of people ________ us simply by ourselves.
1) near
2) about
3) around
4) towards

7. A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist does not see the clouds________
1) everywhere
2) everytime
3) at all
4) do they?

8. No body likes to be criticised_________ the curtain because everyone feels hurts one way or the other.
1) either at his face or the back of
2) neither on his front nor his behind
3) however foolish may be behind
4) either in front of his face or at the back of

9. Real winner on the platform of problems or on the surface of the crises know________ the challenging situation of the time.
1) to face and tackle
2) how to face and how to tackle 3) how to face and tackle
4) interact to

10. Had Sharma only understood the true meaning and spirit of Swamiji’s speeches, he______ not have ventured to write his 300-page book.
1) could
2) should
3) would
4) will


Answers :------------------
  1. 3; ‘brush up on’
  2. 3; Add ‘on’ after ‘prevail’
  3. 4; Replace ‘had to give’ with ‘had given’
  4. 1; Replace ‘will’ with ‘would’
  5. 3; Replace ‘victim’ with ‘victimised’
  6.  3
  7.  3
  8.  4
  9.  2
  10.  3
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