SBI Clerk Mains English (Day-76)

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Triple fillers

Direction (1-5): In each of the following sentence there are three blank spaces. Below each sentence there are five options and each option consists of three words which can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct.

1) As many as 195 universities are _______________ about holding final-semester exams as ______________ by UGC, suggesting over 20% of the institutions are not on the same __________ yet with the higher education regulator.

  1. confident, ordered, line
  2. apprehensive, requested, book
  3. denying, demand, boat
  4. undecided, directed, page
  5. negative, guided, coach

2) India was one of the _____________ to the Stockholm Declaration (1972) on Environment and enacted statutes to _________ water and air pollution in 1974 and ’81, _______________.

  1. countries, reduce, proactively
  2. signatories, regulate, respectively
  3. participants, control, subsequently
  4. forces, enhance, gradually
  5. authorities, contain, majorly

3) The association has not __________ the entry of helps, drivers and car cleaners but it has been spreading the word on WhatsApp asking residents to _________ for their own _____________.

  1. stopped, violate, benefit
  2. permitted, educate, purpose
  3. followed, refrain, good
  4. prevented, participate, need
  5. restricted, cooperate, safety

4) It was an evening of ___________ for Luiz as this time he came up against City from the off, starting the match for the Gunners at Wembley and _______ himself from the opening minute. Luiz threw himself in the way of wave after wave of City advances, while showing the confidence levels to stick to Arsenal’s game plan and play ______________ football out from the defensive line.

  1. glory, expose, attacking
  2. revenge, stamp, aggressive
  3. redemption, imposing, expansive
  4. triumph, throwing, desperate
  5. leisure, striking, defensive

5) The _________ to Tokyo 2020 was reluctantly reset in late March after the coronavirus pandemic __________ local organizers and the International Olympic Committee to delay the games by a year, at an __________ cost of $2bn-$6bn.

  1. countdown, forced, estimated
  2. road, ensured, projected
  3. route, mandate, anticipated
  4. trajectory, pushed, expected
  5. journey, challenged, budgeted

Error spotting

Directions (6-10): The given sentence has been broken up into four different parts. The error, if any, will be in any one part of the sentence. Select the option which contains the part of the sentence which has an error (spelling, grammatical or contextual). If there is no error, choose option E

6) The department of telecom had earlier estimated (A) / the company’s AGR dues at Rs 58, 254 crores for a period up to 2016/17 (B) / but the telco had put up the dues at Rs 46, 000 crores (C) / after adjust of certain computational errors and payments made in the past (D) / No error (E) 

  1. The department of telecom had earlier estimated
  2. the company’s AGR dues at Rs 58, 254 crores for a period up to 2016/17
  3. but the telco had put up the dues at Rs 46, 000 crores
  4. after adjust of certain computational errors and payments made in the past
  5. No error

7) The White House and Senate Republicans are at odds (A) / over the amount of funding that should be given (B) / to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the next round of stimulus spending, (C) / a source with direct know-why of the matter told CNN on Saturday (D) / No error (E)

  1. The White House and Senate Republicans are at odds
  2. over the amount of funding that should be given
  3. to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the next round of stimulus spending
  4. a source with direct know-why of the matter told CNN on Saturday
  5. No error

8) Hammered by mounting coronavirus costs (A) / and lost revenues from international students, (B) / fall sports and state budgets gutted by the pandemic, colleges and universities nationwide (C) / have now begun eyeing thinning the faculty numbers (D) / No error (E)

  1. Hammered by mounting coronavirus costs
  2. and lost revenues from international students
  3. fall sports and state budgets gutted by the pandemic, colleges and universities nationwide
  4. have now begun eyeing thinning the faculty numbers
  5. No error

9) ECB, on their part, had said that Archer makes an unauthorized visit to his home on Monday, (A) / when the players should have travelled straight from Southampton to Manchester in their individual cars. (B) /That stop off in Brighton violated the bio-secure protocols in place. (C) / He was subsequently left out of the playing XI for the ongoing second Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford. (D) / No error (E)

  1. ECB, on their part, had said that Archer makes an unauthorized visit to his home on Monday
  2. when the players should have travelled straight from Southampton to Manchester in their individual cars
  3. That stop off in Brighton violated the bio-secure protocols in place
  4. He was subsequently left out of the playing XI for the ongoing second Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford
  5. No error

10) Seen from a larger perspective, one cannot miss reading the ever-expanding Chinese footprint on Iran’s decision (A) / if one draws the dots of China’s other expansionist activities in many sectors of Asia (B) / and against the background of the impending China-Iran deal involving a colossal package worth $400 billion, (C) / to be spread over the next two decades-and-a-half (D) / No error (E)

  1. Seen from a larger perspective, one cannot miss reading the ever-expanding Chinese footprint on Iran’s decision
  2. if one draws the dots of China’s other expansionist activities in many sectors of Asia
  3. and against the background of the impending China-Iran deal involving a colossal package worth $400 billion
  4. to be spread over the next two decades-and-a-half
  5. No error

Answers :

Directions (1-5) :

1) Answer: D

Option A doesn’t work as the 1st blank seems to indicate a negative sentiment going by the rest of the passage but “confident’’ is a positive sounding term.

Option B doesn’t work because of the 2nd blank. UGC being the regulator, it is unlikely that it will “request” universities. Also “on the same book” is not a right use.

Option C has grammatical problems. Option D is also ruled out because there is no expression called “on the same coach”.

Option D is the perfect fit.

Hence, option D is the right answer.

2) Answer: B

Option A doesn’t fit since the term for the 1st blank itself is not making sense.

Option C also gets ruled out as “participants” needs to be followed by the preposition “of”.

The term for the 2nd blank in option D is illogical so it is easily ruled out. The 1st and 3rd terms in option E don’t make contextual sense.

All the terms in Option B fit perfectly.

Hence option B is correct.

3) Answer: E

The term for the 2nd blank rules out option A.

None of the terms in option B make sense so we can discard it. The 2nd and 3rd terms work in option C but the 1st one is not making logical sense so that also is ruled out.

The 2nd term in option D is not fitting at all.

All the terms in Option E fit perfectly.

Hence option E is correct.

4) Answer: C

In option A, while the 1st and 3rd terms can work, the 2nd one doesn’t both grammatically as well as contextually. So we can reject option A.

Option B also can be rejected likewise as the 2nd term is not making any logical sense.

Both the 2nd and 3rd terms are ill fitting in option D. So that is also ruled out. The 1st term of option E is illogical with the context.

The only option where all 3 terms fit in the respective blanks is option C

Hence option C is correct.

5) Answer: A

We can see “an” before the 3rd blank. Therefore, the term there has to start with a vowel. So, we can rule out options B and E.

The word for the 2nd blank in option C doesn’t make contextual or grammatical sense so this can be ruled out. Between options A and D, the terms in the first one fit much better in all the blank spaces.

Hence, option A is correct.

Directions (6-10) :

6) Answer: D

The error is in section D. Here, the verb “adjust” needed to be in present participle form i.e. adjusting.

The corrected sentence would be: The department of telecom had earlier estimated the company’s AGR dues at Rs 58, 254 crores for a period up to 2016/17 but the telco had put up the dues at Rs 46, 000 crores after adjusting of certain computational errors and payments made in the past.

Hence, option D is the correct answer.

7) Answer: D

The part of the paragraph in part D is not fully correct. The term know-why means understanding of the reasons or causes underlying an incident or a phenomena. Such action is not required or relevant in the scenario described. Therefore, the correct term to use would be knowledge.

The corrected sentence would be: The White House and Senate Republicans are at odds over the amount of funding that should be given to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the next round of stimulus spending, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN on Saturday.

Hence, option D is the correct answer.

8) Answer: E

The given passage is perfectly fine and requires no correction.

Hence, option E is the correct answer.

9) Answer: A

The problem lies in part A. The given passage is in past tense but the verb used in part A is in present tense thus creating a contradiction.

The correct passage would be: ECB, on their part, had said that Archer made an unauthorized visit to his home on Monday when the players should have travelled straight from Southampton to Manchester in their individual cars. That stop off in Brighton violated the bio-secure protocols in place. He was subsequently left out of the playing XI for the ongoing second Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford.Hence, option A is the correct answer.

10) Answer: B

The expression “draws the dots” in part B is not correct. The right expression is joining the dots or connecting the dots – which mean associate one idea/trend with another and thus reveal a bigger design/picture of events.  If this is replaced, then the sentence would be perfect.

The correct sentence would be: Seen from a larger perspective, one cannot miss reading the ever-expanding Chinese footprint on Iran’s decision if one joins the dots of China’s other expansionist activities in many sectors of Asia and against the background of the impending China-Iran deal involving a colossal package worth $400 billion to be spread over the next two decades-and-a-half.

Hence, option B is the correct answer.

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