SBI Clerk Mains English (Day-06)


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Word Usage

Directions (1-5): In each of the question there are four sentences. In each sentence a pair of words is italicized and highlighted. From the italicized and highlighted words select the most appropriate the 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 if sentences. From the options given choose the most appropriate one.


A) For those who have spent the whole period under trials, the period(A) undergone / (B) underlyingshould be considered fir remission.

B) It is (A) imperfect / (B) imperativethat these recommendations are incorporated into law soonest

C) The prison has succeeded in reducing (A)recidivism / (B) racism.

D) The latest figures are in stark (A) contract / (B) contrast to core sector growth of 4.3% reported during the same month last year.





E) None of these


A) The government at the Centreis clearly in an(A) unenviable / (B) inevitable position with very little fiscal leeway to boost growth by increasing its spending.

B) The government has rightly asked WhatsApp to explain (A) breach / (B) beseech.

C) Nations need to (A) adopt / (B) adapt green developmental technologies for balancing growth and environment.

D) For instance, in 2015, the Zoological survey updated its list of (A) raptors / (B) rapports.





E) None of these


A) For reporters on every ‘beat’, every assignment is a dot on a learning (A) carve / (B) curve.

B) The Prime Minister and Home Minister have (A) sited / (B) citedtwo reasons to justify the dilution.

C) Nehru had no role to play in the (A) flawed / (B) flooded.

D) But we also known from lots of election surveys that Indians voters have a sophisticated understanding of the economy and of their pocket book considerations of who they see as (A) credible / (B) creditablepeople to vote for.





E) None of these


A) Shifting from labour-intensive establishments from Saudi Arabia to India would serve the respective national priorities by reducing the kingdom’s (A) expatriate / (B) expatiate population and boosting ‘Make in India’.

B) The BJP has been pursuing a particular strategy in Maharashtra and Haryana -a strategy in tune with its overall (A) jargon / (B) jingoist

C) In both the States, the BJP succeeded in(A) winning / (B) weaning away a significant strata of dominant castes through rewards as well as using threats of deprivation.

D) We (A) preclude / (B) persecute and brutalise citizens who have a vision of our nation for the sake of that ‘nation’.





E) None of these


A) “In my hind sight I can see it was my inexpensive and (A) naivety / (B) native with which I had said that”, she told the court.

B) Savarkar, who faced trial in the Gandhi (A) assertion / (B) assassinationcase but was acquitted had not been pronounced innocent by the Court, he claimed.

C) Amid the backlash, Mr. Jami (A) pleaded / (B) pledged with social mediausers to trust victims of sexual assault and avoid ignoring their accusations.

D) Even the exit polls could not (A) shrine / (B) shine through such blinkers.





E) None of these

Match the Column

Direction (6-10): In the following questions two columns are given containing three Sentences/phrases each. In first column, sentences/phrases are A, B and C and in the second column the sentences/phrases are D, E and F. A sentence/phrase from the first column may or may not connect with another sentence/phrase from the second column to make a grammatically and contextually correct sentence. Each question has five options, four of which display the sequence(s) in which the sentences/phrases can be joined to form a grammatically and contextually correct sentence. If none of the options given forms a correct sentence after combination, mark (e), i.e. “None of these” as your answer.


A) A-D, B-F

B) B-E, C-D

C) A-E, C-F

D) A-F, B-D

E) None of these


A) A-D, B-E

B) B-F, C-D

C) B-D, C-F

D) A-F, B-E

E) None of these


A) A-D, B-E

B) B-F, C-D

C) B-E, C-F

D) A-F, B-D

E) None of these


A) A-D, B-E

B) B-F, C-D

C) B-E, C-F

D) A-F, B-D

E) None of these


A) A-D, B-F

B) B-F, C-D

C) B-E, C-F

D) A-F, B-D

E) None of these

Answers :

Directions (1-5) :

1) Answer: D

In (A) “undergone” meansexperience or be subjected to (something, typically something unpleasant or arduous).

“underlying” means be the cause or basis of (something).

In (B) “imperfect” means faulty or incomplete.

“imperative” means of vital importance; crucial.

In (C) “recidivism” means the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend.

“racism” means prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

In (D) “contract” means agreement.

“contrast” means the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association.

So correct answer is D.

2) Answer: (a)

In (A) “unenviable” meansdifficult, undesirable, or unpleasant.

“inevitable” meanscertain to happen; unavoidable.

In (B) “breach” means an act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct.

“beseech” meansask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat.

In (C) “adopt” means legally take (another’s child) and bring it up as one’s own.

“adapt” means make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.

In (D) “raptors” means a bird of prey, e.g. an eagle or hawk.

“rapports” means close relationship.

So correct answer is A.

3) Answer: (c)

In (A) “carve” meanscut (a hard material) in order to produce an object, design, or inscription.

“curve” means a line or outline which gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length.

In (B) “sited” means fix or build (something) in a particular place.

“cited” means refer to (a passage, book, or author) as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement.

In (C) “flawed” means having or characterized by a fundamental weakness or imperfection.

“flooded” means arrive in overwhelming amounts or quantities.

In (D) “credible” means able to be believed; convincing.

“creditable” means deserving public acknowledgement and praise

So correct answer is C

4) Answer: (b)

In (A) “expatriate” meansa person who lives outside their native country.

“expatiate” means speak or write in detail about.

In (B) “jargon” means a form of language regarded as barbarous, debased, or hybrid.

“jingoist” means an extreme form of patriotism that often calls for violence towards foreigners and foreign countries.

In (C) “winning” means ‘be successful or victorious in (a contest or conflict)’.

“weaning” means be strongly influenced by (something), especially from an early age.

In (D) “preclude” means prevent from happening; make impossible.

“persecute” meansharass or annoy (someone) persistently.

So correct answer is B

5) Answer: (a)

In (A) “naivety” meanslack of experience, wisdom, or judgement.

“native” meansassociated with the place or circumstances of a person’s birth.

In (B) “assertion” means a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief.

“assassination” meansmurder, killing.

In (C) “pleaded” means make an emotional appeal.

“pledged” means commit (a person or organization) by a solemn promise.

In (D) “shrine” means holy place.

“shine” meansa quality of brightness produced when light is reflected on something.

So correct answer is A.

Directions (6-10) :

6) Answer: (c)

From the given options only A-E, C-F is matched and make a meaningful sentence. The correct answer after matching will be

(A-E): Over the past two days, there has been non-stop revelry with colours and crackers around the Durga temple at the “Bangla camp” of Hindu refugees in Sindhanur taluk in Raichur district.

(C-F):On a tip-off, the team led by Task Force Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) K.V. Srinivas Rao and Assistant Commissioner of Police V.S.N. Varma and the Bhavanipuram police raided the godown and seized 75,800 packets of spurious cigarettes.

7) Answer: (a)

From the given options only A-D, B-E is matched and make a meaningful sentence. The correct answer after matching will be

(A-D):Members of the CITU, Greater Visakha Nagar Committee, unveiled poster of ‘Chalo Nellore’ State level meeting, which is going to be held in Nellore on December 15.

(B-E):Efforts to draw the attention of the Central government to the delay in commencement of work on the much-awaited four-laning of the nearly 31-km stretch between Khammam and Kodad of the National Highway 365-A have gained momentum.

8) Answer: (d)

From the given options only A-F, B-Dis matched and make a meaningful sentence. The correct answer after matching will be

(A-F): There was widespread condemnation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the National Register of Citizens, with thousands taking to the streets in different parts the city soon after Friday prayers.

(B-D): Speakers at The Hindu Future Club India and KL Business School explained to engineering students the opportunities in management field, at PVP Siddhartha Institute of Technology, Kanuru, in the city on Friday.

9) Answer: (b)

From the given options only B-F, C-D is matched and make a meaningful sentence. The correct answer after matching will be

(B-F):Mobilising and empowering the farming community in the State would be his top priority as Chairman of Telangana Rashtra Rythu Samanvaya Samithi (TRRSS) — State Farmers’ Coordination Committee — PallaRajeshwar Reddy said here on Friday after assuming office.

(C-D):To ensure uniform distribution and consistency in the quality and safety of blood and blood products across the State, the Health and Family Welfare Department will soon set up four region-wise centres of excellence (CoEs).

10) Answer: (a)

From the given options only A-D,B-F is matched and make a meaningful sentence. The correct answer after matching will be

(A-D):Officials of City Task Force on Friday conducted raid on a house and arrested six persons for allegedly storing banned ‘khaini’ and ‘gutka’ products at Gnanapuram area under Kancharapalem police station limits.

(B-F):A day after EknathKhadse and PankajaMunde vented ire about the party leadership in Maharashtra, State BJP chief ChandrakantPatil said on Friday that “anti-party activities” would not be tolerated.

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