Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here is a set of English Quiz for SBI PO Prelims on error corrections.
Direction for questions 1 to 10: A part of each sentence given below has been underlined. You have to select the option that best replaces the underlined part.
1. British Airspace has been focusing on building European links.
a) concentrating on creating European links
b) pursuing ways of building European connectivity
c) stressing on building European links
d) focusing on forging European links
2. The appetite of banks for funds was lost under the onslaught of the slowdown, corporates refused to borrow even as bank deposits flourished.
a) bank deposits flourished
b) bank deposits swelled
c) bank deposits were enhanced
d) bank deposits flummoxed
3. The 8th-century revival of Byzantine learning is an inexplicable phenomenon, and its economic and military precursors have yet to be discovered.
a) a phenomenon yet to be discovered
b) a phenomenon incompletely explained
c) an inexplicable phenomenon
d) an unidentifiable phenomenon
4. The management can still hire freely but cannot scold freely.
a) cannot scold at will
b) cannot give umbrage
c) cannot take decisions to scold
d) cannot scold wilfully
5. Many people mistake familiarity for a vulgar style, and suppose that to write without affectation is to write at random speed.
a) is to write at random
b) is to write randomly
c) is to write fast
d) is to do speed writing
6. This government has given subsidies to the Navratnas but there is no telling whether the subsequent one will do.
a) whether the subsequent government will do so
b) if the government to follow will accept the policy
c) if the government to follow will adhere to the policy
d) whether the subsequent one will do so
7. Rahul Bajaj has done a great job of taking the company to its present status, but it is time that he let go off the reins.
a) let go of the reins
b) stepped down
c) let go off the reins
d) delegated responsibility
8. With the pick up in the standard of education, expensive private schools have started blooming up in every corner of the country.
a) started blooming in every corner of the country
b) started mushrooming all over the country
c) started mushrooming in every corner of the country
d) blossomed all over the country
9. It is important that whatever else happens, these two factors should not be messed around with.
a) It is important that
b) It is a fact that
c) It should be urgently understood that
d) It should be understood that
10. It must be noticed that under no circumstance should the company go in for diversification.
a) It must be noticed
b) It must be noted
c) It must be pointed out
d) It should be noticed
1. d 'To forge' implies to create a lasting relationship based on hard work. ‘forge ... links’ (smithy) makes better engineering sense than ‘build links’ or ‘create links’. ‘Links’ also goes with the purpose - Aeroplanes.
2. b Bank deposits 'swelled' implies that they increased to a great extent. The banking industry can flourish, not the deposits. Bank deposits cannot be ‘enhanced’ or ‘flummoxed’.
3. c The original phrase is the best suited for the given sentence. The ‘revival’ has taken place, hence (a) is not true. (d) also cannot be true in light of the ‘revival’. (c) is a more precise choice than (b).
4. a 'At will' fits here perfectly in contrast to 'freely'. ‘umbrage’ can be given without intention, so (b) is not right. (d) does not make sense. ‘scolding’ happens spontaneously most of the times, hence it is unlikely that it involves a decision-making process.
5. a 'To write at random' is more concise than 'to write at a random speed' and conveys the meaning perfectly. ‘writing without affectation’ in no sense means writing ‘fast’ or ‘with speed’. We choose (a) over (b) because of the parallel construction with ‘write without affectation’.
6. d The sentence is incomplete as 'will do' does not have an object. It should therefore be followed by 'so'. (a) is not correct as ‘government’ is repeated. ‘policy’ is undefined in (b) and (c).
7. a We let go ‘of’ something, but we turn ‘off’ the lights. The proposals in (b) and (d) might go beyond the scope of the sentence.
8. c The correct idiomatic usage to refer to a proliferation of something is 'have mushroomed'. ‘blooming’ and ‘blossoming’ are not words that we use to indicate that a lot of schools have come up overnight. ‘Mushrooming’ is most apt, literally and figuratively, in this regard. ‘all over’ is a more generic term than ‘in every corner’; the latter term is more specific.
9. a The phrase used is grammatically correct. There is a huge difference between ‘important’ and ‘fact’. (d) similarly overlooks the serious tone of the sentence. (c) sounds verbose.
10. b We take ‘note’ of an important clause. There is nothing to ‘notice’ in the sentence, so (a) and (d) are ruled out. (c) sounds awkward when read along with the rest of the sentence
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