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Phrase Replacement Quiz for IBPS and NICL AO

Directions: Which of the phrases 1), 2), 3) and 4) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold in the sentence to make it grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is given and no correction is required, mark 5) as the answer.
1. Seeing that there was an ongoing sale in one of her favorite stores, Seeta made a bee line for it immediately after entering the mall.
1) made a bee’s line for
2) make bees lined to
3) made a bee line to
4) make bee line to
5) No correction required
2. Sharon made it to work in the nicks of times, or else she would have missed the meeting.
1) nick of time
2) nicked time
3) nick of timeliness
4) nick and time
5) No correction required
3. Varun was on cloud nine after having stood first in his class.
1) in ninth cloud
2) on nine clouds
3) a cloudy nine
4) cloud on nine
5) No correction required
4. Vithal had a habit of pass the buck when it came to important issues at work.
1) pass to bucking
2) passing buck
3) passing the buck
4) pass buck
5) No correction required
5. Puneet raked his brains and tried to find an answer to a tricky question given in the paper but couldn’t find one.
1) rake his brain
2) racked his brains
3) racked brains
4) raked brain
5) No correction required
6. Never the one to mince words when it comes speaking his mind, the captain criticised the hectic schedule of his team.
1) comes to speaking
2) comes and speaks
3) comes to speak
4) come for speak
5) No correction required
7. Indians are far more transparent than the Americans.
1) farther
2) further more
3) greater
4) many more
5) No correction required
8. He will not be joining the rat race, which starts around this time every year as the board exams draw a close.
1) draw to close
2) drawing a closure
3) draw to a close
4) draw a closer
5) No correction required
9. Lights will go out around the world with hundreds of people sets to take part in the Earth Hour climate change campaign.
1) set to take part
2) set to be part
3) sets for taking part
4) set for part
5) No correction required
10. With nasty viral infections do the rounds in the city, you should give all it takes to protect yourself.
1) coining rounds
2) roundabout
3) doing the rounds
4) done rounding
5) No correction required


Answers:

  1. 5; ‘Make a beeline for’ someone or something means ‘to move quickly towards a particular person or thing’.
  2. 2. 1; ‘In the nick of time’ means ‘just in time’.
  3. 5
  4. 3; ‘Passing the buck’ means to evade responsibility by passing it on to someone else.
  5. 2; ‘Racked his/her brains’ means ‘to think long and hard’.
  6. 1
  7. 5
  8. 3; ‘Draw to a close’ means ‘ending’.
  9. 1
  10. 3
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