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English Usage 03

Fill in the blanks of the following sentences using the most appropriate words or words from among the options given below.
1. Learning is more efficient when it is ………….It is less efficient when it is ………………
(a) fast, slow
(b) rapid, turtle-show
(c) tedious, like a joy ride
(d) fun, drudgery
2. To a greater or lesser degree all the civilized countries of the world are made up of a small class of rulers………… and of large class of subjects…………
(a) formed by a small minority, who are uncivilized
(b) powerfully corrupt, pointless crusaders
(c) corrupted by too much power, corrupted by too much passive obedience
(d) who are ruled, who ruled
3. Simple arithmetic tells us that there is more ……………………… than …………………
(a) imitation, innovation
(b) improvisation, improvement
(c) impracticality, knowledge
(d) improbability, probability
4. As a step towards protesting against the spiraling prices the farmers have decided to stage a picket in an effort to………………….
(a) show their virility
(b) make themselves heard
(c) curb the prices
(d) topple the government
5. Science is a sort of news agency comparable……………………… to other news agencies.
(a) principally
(b) in principle
(c) in principally
(d) in spirit and formation
6. Most political leaders acquire their position by causing a large number of people to believe that these leaders are ………………………by altruistic desires.
(a) actuated
(b) convinced
(c) categorized
(d) led
7. Everyone will admit that swindling one’s fellow beings is a necessary practice;upon it is based the really sound commercial success formula……………………….
(a) sell what you cannot buy back
(b) buy what you will sell to another at a higher prices
(c) buy cheap and sell dear
(d) sell what you can, do not buy from a competitor.
8. An act of justice closed the book on misdeed; an act of vengeance………………………
(a) is reprehensible
(b) is sordid
(c) reopens the first chapter
(d) writes and epilogue
9. This is about ……………………… a sociological analysis can penetrate.
(a) as far as
(b) the outer limits that
(c) just how far into the subjects
(d) just the relative distance that
10 I am always the first to admit that I have not accomplished everything that I………… achieve five years ago.
(a) set out to
(b) went to
(c) thought to
(d) though of

Answer

1. (D) fun, drudgery 2. (C) corrupted by
3. (A) imitation, innovation 4. (B) make themselves heard
5. (B) in principle 6. (A) actuated
7. (C) buy cheap and sell dear 8. (C) reopens the first chapter
9. (A) as far as 10 (A) set out to
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