Sentence Improvement

Directions to SolveIn questions given below, a part of the sentence isitalicised and underlined. Below are given alternatives to the italicised part which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, option 'D' is the answer.

Q1: During his long discourse, he did not touch that point.

A touch upon

B touch on

C touch of

D No improvement

Q2:have lived in Delhi since I was four.

A am living

B lived

C had lived

D No improvement

Q3: No one could explain how a calm and balanced person like him could penetrate such a mindless act on his friends.

A perpetuate

B perpetrate

C precipitate

D No improvement

Q4: The dissidents hold a great problem in every political party.

A cause

B give

C pose

D No improvement

Q5: But in all these cases conversion from scale have well-formulated.

A can be well-formulated

B are well-formulated

C well-formulated

D No improvement

Q6: The workers are hell bent at getting what is due to them.

A hell bent on getting

B hell bent for getting

C hell bent upon getting

D No improvement

Q7: He died in the year 1960 at 11pm on 14 July.

A on 14 July in the year 1960 at 11pm

B in the year 1960 on 14 July at 11pm

C at 11pm on 14 July in the year 1960

D No improvement

Q8: Five years ago today, I am sitting in a small Japanese car, driving across Poland towards Berlin.

A was sitting

B sat

C have been sitting

D No improvement

Q9: John had told me that he hasn't done it yet.

A told

B tells

C was telling

D No improvement

Q10: Our office clock is not so correct as it should be it is usually five minutes fast.

A right

B regular

C accurate

D No improvement

Q11: You cannot forbid him leaving.

A he leaving

B his leaving

C him to leave

D No improvement

Q12: As she was suffering from high fever, she could not face the examination.

A bear

B suffer

C take

D No improvement

Q13: It was indeed a shock for her, but she has later recovered from it.

A since

B then

C afterwards

D No improvement

Q14: When the examinations were over Anil and me went to our native town.

A me and Anil

B Anil and I

C I and Anil

D No improvement

Q15: The poor villagers have waited in the bitter cold for more than 4 hours now.

A have been waiting

B had waited

C has been waiting

D No improvement

Q16: As he is past his teens now, he can look for himself.

A after

B to

C around

D No improvement

Q17: No sooner he had returned home then his mother felt happy.

A had he returned home when

B he had returned home than

C did he return home than

D No improvement

Q18: Whenever my students come across new words, I ask them to look for them in the dictionary.

A to look it up

B to look them up

C to look at them

D No improvement

Q19: This telephone number is not existing.

A has not existed

B does not exist

C has not been existing

D No improvement

Q20: The end of the examinations is (an) oppurtunity for celebrating.

A chance

B moment

C occasion

D No improvement

Q21: If you are living near a market place you should be ready to bear the disturbances caused by traffic.

A to bear upon

B to bear with

C to bear away

D No improvement

Q22: Most donors would seriously protest any effort to extrapolate from such limited data.

A protest against

B protest at

C protest to

D No improvement

Q23: The logic of Berlin wall already had been undermined but when the news came through that the wall itself had been opened I jumped into a car.

A had been undetermined already

B had already been undetermined

C had been already undetermined

D No improvement

Q24: This matter admits of no excuse.

A admits to

B admits from

C admits

D No improvement

Q25: Please remind me of posting these letters to my relatives.

A by posting

B to post

C for posting

D No improvement

Q26: If he would have tried he would have succeeded.

A is tried

B was tried

C had tried

D No improvement

Q27: There is dearth of woman doctor in our state. We shall have to recruit some from the other states.

A women doctor

B woman doctors

C women doctors

D No improvement

Q28: He sent a word to me that he would be coming late.

A sent word

B had sent a word

C sent words

D No improvement

Q29: I want you to clearly understand that excuses won't do

A you clearly to understand

B you to understand clearly

C to clearly understand you

D No improvement

Q30: If you are not clear about the meaning of a word, it is wise to look to a dictionary.

A look for

B look at

C look up

D No improvement

Q31: Practically every part of the banana tree is used by man.

A each part

B any part

C most part

D No improvement

Q32: There is no more room for you in this compartment.

A there is no more seat

B there is no more space

C there is no more accommodation

D No improvement

Q33: She says she's already paid me back, but I can't remember, so I 'll have to take her word.

A to take her word true

B to take her at her word

C to take her word for it

D No improvement

Q34: The reason why he wrote the letter was because he could not contact him over the phone.

A why he wrote the letter was since

B for which he wrote the letter because

C why he wrote the letter was that

D No improvement

Q35: Young men and women should get habituated to reading and writing about current affairs.

A used

B prepared

C trained

D No improvement

Q36: More than one person was killed in accident.

A were killed

B are killed

C have been killed

D No improvement

Q37: 20 kms are not a great distance in these days of fast moving vehicles.

A is not a great distance

B is no distance

C aren't a great distance

D No improvement

Q38: I shall not go untill I am invited.

A till I am invited

B Unless I am invited

C if not I am invited

D No improvement

Q39: Not long back, in Japan, a mysterious nerve gas affected a large number of people.

A effected

B infected

C infested

D No improvement

Q40: The cloud of misfortunes appears to have blown out.

A over

B up

C away

D No improvement

Q41: In India today many of our intellectuals still talk in terms of the French Revolution and the Rights of Man, not appreciating that much has happened since then.

A much has been happening

B much had happened

C much might happen

D No improvement

Q42: When it was feared that the serfs might go too far and gain their freedom from serfdom, the protestant leaders joined the princes at crushing them.

A into crushing

B in crushing

C without crushing

D No improvement

Q43: I took the cycle which he bought yesterday.

A that he bought yesterday

B that which he had bought yesterday

C that he had bought yesterday

D No improvement

Q44: Realising is the significance of technical education for developing country, the government laid aside a large sum on it during the last plan-period.

A laid up

B set aside

C laid out

D No improvement

Q45: Although India is still by far a poor country, it can become rich if its natural and human resources are fully utilised.

A few and far between

B by and large

C by and by

D No improvement

Q46: We had nothing to eat since 8'o clock, this morning.

A have had nothing

B has had nothing

C did have nothing

D No improvement

Q47: If the room had been brighter, I would have been able to read for a while before bed time.

A If the room was brighter

B If the room are brighter

C Had the room been brighter

D No improvement

Q48: You are warned against committing the same mistake again.

A to commit

B for committing

C against to commit

D No improvement

Q49: The greatest thing in style is to have a use of metaphor.

A knowledge

B command

C need

D No improvement

Q50: While we would like that all Indian Children to go to school, we need to ponder why they do not.

A that all the Indian children

B if all the children of India

C all Indian children

D No improvement

Q51: We did not see this movie yet.

A have seen

B have not seen

C have seen

D No improvement

Q52: Whatever to our other problems. we have no shortcoming to cheap labour in India.

A default

B deficit

C scarcity

D No improvement

Q53: If I stood alone in defence of truth, and the whole world is banded against me and against truth. I would fight them all.

A will be banded

B were banded

C banded

D No improvement

Q54: The old man felled some trees in the garden with hardly no effort at all.

A hard effort

B hardly any effort

C a hardly any effort

D No improvement

Q55: The demonstration passed off peacefully.

A passed out

B passed away

C passed on

D No improvement

Q56: They are social insects, living in communities, regulated by definite laws, each member of society bearing well-defined and separate part in the work of a colony.

A who are living in communities

B living among a community

C who lives with a community

D No improvement

Q57: Mr. Smith arrived at India in June last year.

A to

B by

C in

D No improvement

Q58: While crossing the highway a five year old child was knocked out by a passing car.

A away

B up

C down

D No improvement

Q59: If he had time he will call you.

A would have

B would have had

C has

D No improvement

Q60: I hope you vividly remember the premier of the film when I, my wife and you were present in the hall.

A my wife, I and you

B you, I and my wife

C my wife, you and I

D No improvement

Q61: We were not the wiser for all this effort to explain the case to us.

A none

B neither

C nevertheless

D No improvement

Q62: He found a wooden broken chair in the room.

A wooden and broken chair

B broken wooden chair

C broken and wooden chair

D No improvement

Q63: I would have waited for you at the station if I knew that you would come.

A had known

B was knowing

C have known

D No improvement

Q64: Other countries have eradicated this disease ten years ago.

A eradicated

B had eradicated

C did eradicated

D No improvement

Q65: If you cross the line you will be disqualified.

A cross upon the line

B cross on the line

C cross out the line

D No improvement

Q66: I hope you won't object to me watching while you work.

A against me watching

B me to watch

C to my watching

D No improvement

Q67: The record for the biggest tiger hunt has not been met since 1911 when Lord Hardinge. then Viceroy of India, shot a tiger than measured 11 feet and 6 inches.

A improved

B broken

C bettered

D No improvement

Q68: If you had attended the meeting, you would have benefited a great deal.

A could benefit

B would benefit

C benefited

D No improvement

Q69: It became clear that the strangers were heading into a serious disaster.

A along

B towards

C for

D No improvement

Q70: I will not go to school, if it shall rain tomorrow.

A it would rain tomorrow

B it will rain tomorrow

C it rains tomorrow

D No improvement

Q71: his powerful desire brought about his downfall.

A His intense desire

B His desire for power

C His fatal desire

D No improvement

Q72: Will you kindly open the knot?

A untie

B break

C loose

D No improvement

Q73: I shall be grateful to you if you are of help to me now.

A help

B would help

C helped

D No improvement

Q74: All, but her, had made an attempt.

A All, but she,

B All, but herself,

C All, but her,

D No improvement

Q75: Will you lend me few rupees in this hour of need?

A lend me any rupees

B borrow me a few rupees

C lend me a few rupees

D No improvement

Q76: He was fined for careless driving.

A got fined

B fined

C was to be fined

D No improvement

Q77: Not a word they spoke to the unfortunate wife about it

A did they speak

B they will speak

C they had spoken

D No improvement

Q78: He has not and can never be in the good books of his employer because he lacks honesty.

A has not and cannot be

B has not and can never been

C has not been and can never be

D No improvement

Q79: His father won't be able to leave for Varnasi until they have arrived.

A until they arrive

B until they will have arrived

C until they will arrive

D No improvement

Q80: In fact, if it hadn't been for his invaluable advice on so many occasions I wouldn't have achieved anything in life.

A remarkable advice

B valuable advices

C priceless suggestion

D No improvement

Q81: We look forward to hear from you.

A hearing

B have heard

C listen

D No improvement

Q82: To get one's name in the Rowland Ward's book of hunting records was the hot ambition of every serious hunter.

A extreme

B burning

C high

D No improvement

Q83: Why the dinosaurs died out is not known.

A it is not known

B the reason is not known

C that is not known

D No improvement

Q84: Every time I go in a lift to my sixth floor apartment, I remember the calm and serenity of my ancestral home in the village.

A move in a lift

B ascend in a lift

C take a lift

D No improvement

Q85: It will be no good trying to find an excuse next time.

A to try to find

B to try finding

C trying finding

D No improvement

Q86: He could not look anything in the dark room.

A look at

B see

C see through

D No improvement

Q87: My friend was in hospital for a week after an accident.

A through

B following

C for

D No improvement

Q88: Taxpayers are to be conscious of their privileges.

A have to

B need

C ought to

D No improvement

Q89: My opinion for the film is that it will bag the national ward.

A opinion to

B opinion about

C opinion on

D No improvement

Q90: Due to these reason we are all in favour of universal compulsory education.

A Out of these reasons

B For these reasons

C By these reasons

D No improvement

Q91: The company goes to great length to ensure that employees can be comfortable in their work environment.

A are comfortable

B will be comfortable

C should be comfortable

D No improvement

Q92: Either he or I am going.

A he or I are going

B he is going or I am

C I or he is going

D No improvement

Q93: With a thundering roar the huge rocket soared up from the launching pad.

A flew up

B went upwards

C took off

D No improvement

Q94: Please make it a point to send you letter at my address.

A on my address

B to my address

C in my address

D No improvement

Q95: The more they earn, more they spend.

A More they earn, more they spend

B More they earn, the more they spend

C The more they earn, the more they spend

D No improvement

Q96: He should move on to the next point, and not harp one sting only.

A harp on string only

B harp only one string

C harp upon one string only

D No improvement

Q97: hoping not to be disturbed, I sat down in my easy chair to read the book. I won as a prize.

A I had won as a prize

B I have won as prize

C I had to win as a prize

D No improvement


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