Directions (1-4): In each of the questions, a word has been used in sentences in five different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.
(a) The police fired a round of tear gas shells.
(b) The shop is located round the corner.
(c) We took a round on merry-go-round.
(d) The doctor is on a hospital round.
(e) I shall proceed further only after you come round to admitting it.
(a) I must run fast to catch up with him.
(b) Our team scored a goal against the run of play.
(c) You can’t run over him like that.
(d) The newly released book is enjoying a popular run.
(e) This film is a run-of-the-mill production.
(a) After the long hike our knees were beginning to buckle.
(b) The horse suddenly broke into a buckle.
(c) The accused did not buckle under the police interrogation.
(d) Sometimes, an earthquake can make a bridge buckle.
(e) People should learn to buckle up as soon as they get into a car.
(a) You will find the paper in the file under C.
(b) I need to file an insurance claim.
(c) The cadets were marching in a single file.
(d) File your nails before you apply nail polish.
(e) When the parade was on, a soldier broke the file.
Directions (5-8): In each question, there are five sentences. Each has a pair of words that are italicised and highlighted. From the italicised and highlighted words, select the most appropriate word (A or B) to form correct sentences. The sentences are followed by options that indicate the words, which may be selected to correctly complete the set of sentences. From the options given, choose the most appropriate one.
Q5. Anita bore a beautiful broach (A) / brooch (B) on the lapel of her jacket.
If you want to complain about the amenities in your neighbourhood, please meet your councilors (A) / counsellors (B).
I would like your advice (A) / advise (B) on which job I should choose.
The last scene provided a climactic (A) / climatic (B) ending to the film.
Jeans that flair (A) / flare (B) at the bottom are in fashion these days.
Q6. The cake had lots of currents (A) / currants (B) and nuts in it.
If you engage in such exceptional (A) / exceptionable (B) behaviour, I will be forced to punish you.
He has the same capacity as an adult to consent (A) / assent (B) to surgical treatment.
The minister is obliged (A) / compelled (B) to report regularly to a parliament board.
His analysis of the situation is far too sanguine (A) / genuine (B).
Q7. She managed to bite back the ironic (A) / caustic (B) retort on the tip of her tongue.
He gave an impassioned and valid (A) / cogent (B) plea for judicial reform.
I am not adverse (A) / averse (B) to helping out.
The coupe (A) / coup (B) broke away as the train climbed the hill.
They heard the bells peeling (A) / pealing (B) far and wide.
Q8. We were not successful in defusing (A) / diffusing (B) the guru’s idea.
The students baited (A) / bated (B) the instructor with irrelevant questions.
The hoard (A) / horde (B) rushed into the campus.
The prisoner’s interment (A) / internment (B) came to an end with his early release.
The hockey team could not deal with his unsociable (A) / unsocial (B) tendencies.
Directions (9-10): In each of the following questions there are sentences that form a paragraph. Identify the sentence(s) or part(s) of sentence(s) that is/are correct in terms of grammar and usage (including spelling, punctuation and logical consistency). Then, choose the most appropriate option.
Q9. A. In 1849, a poor Bavarian imigrant named Levi Strauss
B. landed in San Francisco, California,
C. at the invitation of his brother-in-law David Stern
D. owner of dry goods business.
E. This dry goods business would later became known as Levi Strauss and Company.
(a) B only
(b) B and C
(c) A and B
(d) A only
(e) A, B and D
Q10. A. In response to the allegations and condemnation pouring in,
B. Nike implemented comprehensive changes in their labour policy.
C. Perhaps sensing the rising tide of global labour concerns,
D. from the public would become a prominent media issue,
E. Nike sought to be a industry leader in employee relations.
(a) D and E
(b) D only
(c) A and E
(d) A and D
(e) B, C and E