Q1. Given below are four jumbled sentences. Select the option that gives their correct order.
A. On Sunday night by a mob of masked criminals will torment the country’s conscience for a long time to come.
B. Going about it all in methodical madness for several hours.
C. Chilling and brutal, the visuals of the rampage of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
D. The mob ransacked hostels and grievously wounded students, professors and staff,
Q2. In the sentence identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.
Varun asked Gaurav if it was the best what he could do.
(a) what he could do
(b) Varun asked Gaurav if
(c) it was the best
(d) No error
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Q3. Select the wrongly spelt word.
Q4. Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.
Grease the palm
(a) to do the hard work
(b) to bribe
(c) to motivate someone
(d) to deceive someone
Q5. Select the word which means the same as the group of words given.
A story that expresses ideas through symbols
SSC CGL/ CHSL/NTPC 2020 | English | Previous Year Question Paper
Q6. In the sentence identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.
I have visited both Leh and Goa. I think Leh is the most beautiful of the two.
(a) I have visited both Leh and Goa
(b) I think Leh is the
(c) most beautiful of the two
(d) No error
Q7. Improve the bracketed part of the sentence.
(No fewer than) half of his wealth was distributed among the poor.
(a) No less than
(b) No lesser than
(c) Fewer than
(d) No improvement
Q8. Select the most appropriate word to fill in the blank.
The vote by Iraqi parliamentarians in favor of a resolution seeking ________ American troops was the first blowback the U.S. faced after it assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani inside Iraq.
(c) to expel
(d) from expelled
Q9. Select the antonym of the given word.
Q10. Select the synonym of the given word.
Sol. We use only that if Noun is not used after Superlative Adjective. Here, superlative adjective in use is “best” and since there is no noun after it hence, we need to replace “what” with “that”.
Sol. Correct spelling is “Connivance” which means willingness to allow or be secretly involved in an immoral or illegal act.
Sol. Grease the palm: to bribe one discreetly, as by slipping money into their palm.
Sol. Allegory: a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
Almanac: an annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables.
Axiom: a statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.
Anomaly: something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.
Sol. According to the rules of degrees there is no use of superlative degree for “two”. Hence, we need to replace “most” with “more” to make the sentence grammatically correct.
E.g.- Sonu is the more talented of the two.
Sol. Fewer is used before countable noun while less is used before uncountable noun. Since, ‘wealth’ is an uncountable noun therefore “less” will replace “fewer” in the given sentence.
We cannot use “lesser than” because “lesser” and “than” both imply a comparison, which makes them redundant when used together.
Sol. The verb ‘seeking’ is usually followed by the to-infinitive, not by a gerund. Hence, option (c) is the correct choice here.
Sol. Pejorative: expressing contempt or disapproval.
Complimentary: expressing a compliment; praising or approving.
Disparaging, Invective and Deprecatory are synonym of ‘Pejorative’.
Sol. Quail: feel or show fear or apprehension.
Tremble: be in a state of extreme apprehension.
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