SBI PO Prelims English (Day-12)

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Single fillers

Direction (1-5): A sentence with one blank is given, indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word that best fits the blank appropriately.

1) The Armenians were among the first traders from Europe to come to Calcutta, almost ________ Job Charnock into the city at the end of the seventeenth century.

  1. chased
  2. following
  3. trailing
  4. beating
  5. operated

2) When contacted, officials from Pakistan Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Cricket Board __________ that they were not aware of such a move from the Asian Cricket Council.

  1. advised
  2. reply
  3. refute
  4. confirmed
  5. deliberated

3) Harvard _________ earlier this week that all course instruction will be delivered online, including for students living on campus.

  1. announced
  2. deliver
  3. will declare
  4. University
  5. spoke

4)  Walking about in Calcutta in the summer is not __________ because temperatures can rise to thirty-eight degrees Celsius or beyond.

  1. established
  2. practice
  3. recommended
  4. witness
  5. seen

5) Make sure that you have ____________ to all the emails by end of the day.

  1. answered
  2. responded
  3. checked
  4. read
  5. discussed

Sentence replacement

Direction (6-10): In the given question, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below the sentence, alternatives to the emboldened part are given as (A), (B), (C) and (D), which may help improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative out of the given five options. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer will be option (E), i.e., ‘No correction required’.

6) I will go to play when the rain will stop.

  1. when the rain will be stopping.
  2. when the rain stops.
  3. when the rain stopped.
  4. when raining is stopped.
  5. No correction required

7) If Shami wouldn’t have given away so many runs in his last over, India wouldn’t have lost the match.

  1. If Shami had given away so many runs in his last over
  2. If Shami would have been less expensive in his last over
  3. If only Shami wouldn’t have given away so many runs in his last over
  4. If Shami hadn’t given away so many runs in his last over
  5. No correction required

8) When I returned home from my morning jog, father was leaving for the office

  1. father was packing for the office
  2. father was leaving for office
  3. father is in office
  4. father had left for the office
  5. No correction required

9) We asked her not going but she refused to listen to us.

  1. We asked her against going
  2. Although we asked her not go
  3. We asked her not to go
  4. Though told her not go
  5. No correction required

10) By this time tomorrow,I have finished this project.

  1. I am finishing this project
  2. this project will be finished by me
  3. I may finish this project
  4. I will have finished this project
  5. No correction required

Answers :

Directions (1-5) :

1) Answer: B

Note that the given sentence is in past continuous form which would rule out A and E. Of the remaining options, B. following is the one that makes the most sense in the given context. So, B. is the correct answer

2) Answer: D

Note that the verb before the blank (contacted) is in past tense. Therefore, the verb to follow in the blank must also be in past tense to form a present perfect tense. Therefore, ‘advised’, ‘confirmed’ and ‘deliberated’ are the only three that fit this criterion. Of the 3, D. confirmed is the only one that fits the context. So, D. is the correct answer.

3) Answer: A

Since the statement was made earlier in the week, therefore the verb must be in the past tense. This A and E are the only logical options.Of them, E. is not making sense in the context. Thus, option A is the correct answer.

4) Answer: C

If we read the sentence carefully, we can see that due to high summer temperatures, walking in summer is being asked against. Going by that, C. recommended makes the most sense as ‘not recommended’ would imply advising not to do something. So, C. is the correct answer.

5) Answer: B     

Look at the sentence carefully. Options C, D and E don’t work here since there is a ‘to’ after the blank and checked to / read to / discussed to makes no sense. Therefore, it has to be between A and B. If it were to be A, then the sentence would be ‘you have answered all the emails….’. The presence of ‘to’ means that ‘responded to’ will be the right fit here. So, B. is the correct answer.

Directions (6-10) :

6) Answer: B

The principal clause in this sentence is ‘I will go to play’ whereas the subordinate clause is one we need to correctly identify. When the principal clause is in future tense, then the subordinate clause will be in present tense. If we see the given options, only the subordinate clause given in option B is in present tense.
Hence B is the correct answer choice.

7) Answer: D

Here, the ‘if’ or conditional clause is Shami giving away runs in the last over while the ‘main’ or outcome clause is India losing the match.

The conditional clause should be in past perfect tense while the outcome clause should be in perfect continuous tense.

In the given statement, both are in perfect continuous tense.

To make the sentence correct, we need to make the conditional clause into past perfect tense. Going by that rule, ‘if Shami hadn’t given away so many runs..” fits in perfectly.
Hence option D is the correct answer choice.

8) Answer: B

While using names of common places like school, college, market, temple etc. we don’t use the article “the” before them.

The only situation where “the” will be used is if it is used for secondary purpose. For e.g. My father’s office is just after the temple
Thus, option B is the correct answer choice here.

9) Answer: C

Only infinitives can be used after certain verbs when followed by a noun or pronoun referring to a person is used. In such cases, a gerund cannot be used.

Eg:-Can I ask you to help me (correct) | Can I ask you helping me (incorrect).

The sentence given above contains this mistake as the verb ‘asked’ is followed by the pronoun ‘her’. So instead of not ‘going’, the correct construct would be not ‘to go’

Hence option C is the correct answer choice.

10) Answer: D

The first part of the sentence tells us that it will be in future perfect tense. Future perfect tense indicates actions that have not yet occurred but will occur and be completed in the future. To form future perfect tense correctly, we need subject (By this time tomorrow) + will have + past participle of verb (‘finished’ the project)

Hence, the given sentence is incorrect and will be corrected if the word “will” is placed between ‘I’ and ‘have’.
Therefore option D is the correct answer choice.

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