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English Usage 01

Fill in the blanks of the following sentences using the most appropriate words or words from among the options given below.
1. Their achievement in the field of literature is described as ……………; sometimes it  is even called……………
  (a) magnificent, irresponsible
(b) insignificant, influential
(c) significant, paltry
(d) unimportant, trivial
2. From the time she had put her hair up, every man she had met had groveled before her and she had acquired a mental attitude toward the other sex which was a blend of …………… and ………….
  (a) admiration, tolerance
(b) indifference, contempt
(c) impertinence, temperance
(d) arrogance, fidelity
3. This simplified………………to the decision-making process is a must read for anyone………………important real state, personal,or professional decisions.
  (a) primer, maximizing
(b) tract, enacting
(c) introduction, under
(d) guide, facing
4. Physicians may soon have ……………to help paralyzed people move their limbs bypassing the ……..……nerves that once controlled their muscles.
  (a) instruments, detrimental
(b) ways, damaged
(c) reason, involuntary
(d) impediments, complex
5. Internet is a medium where users have nearly……………choices and ……………constrains about where to go and what to do.
  (a) unbalanced, nonexistent
(b) embarrassing, no
(c) unlimited, minimal
(d) choking, shocking
6. The best punctuation is that of which the reader is least conscious, for when punctuation, or lack of it,……………itself, it is usually because it …………….
  (a) obtrudes, offends
(b) enjoins, fails
(c) conceals, recedes
(d) effaces, counts
7. The argument that the need for a looser fiscal policy to …………… demand outweighs the need to …………… budget deficits is persuasive.
  (a) assess, minimize
(b) outstrip, eliminate
(c) stimulate, control
(d) restrain, conceal
8. The Athenians on the whole were peaceful and prosperous, they had ………… to sit at home and think about the universe and dispute with Socrates, or to travel abroad and ………… the world.
  (a) leisure, explore
(b) time, ignore
(c) ability, suffer
(d) temerity, understand
9. But …………we are now regularly written not just for tools but well-established practices, organisations and institutions not all of which seem to be ………… away.
  (a) reports, withering
(b) stories, trading
(c) books, dying
(d) obituaries, fading
10 The Darwin, who…………… is the most remarkable for the way in which he………………the attributes of the world class thinker and head of the household
  (a) comes, figures
(b) arises, adds
(c) emerges, combines
(d) appeared, combine

Answer

01. [D] unimportant, trivial 02. [B] indifference, contempt
03. [D] Guide, facing 04. [B] ways, damaged
05. [C] unlimited, minimal 06. [A] obtrudes, offends
07. [C] stimulate, control 08. [A] leisure, explore
09. [D] obituaries, fading 10. [C] emerges, combines
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