Useful Phrase Substitution Questions For SSC CGL And SSC CPO Exam 2018: 2 August


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Directions (1-15): Improve the bracketed part of the sentence.

Q1. It is essential (to thoroughly clean) the machine after every use.
(a) to thorough clean
(b) to thoroughly cleaning
(c) to clean thorough
(d) No Improvement

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S1. Ans.(d)
Sol. ‘Thoroughly’ is an adverb which can qualify a noun, verb, adjective. Hence no improvement is required.

Q2. Before I met Sheetal, I (had had) a bad opinion of her.
(a) have had
(b) had
(c) did have
(d) No Improvement

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S2. Ans.(d)
Sol. Before + V2 (2nd form)+.……..+ Subject + Had + V3 (3rd form). Here the first ‘had’ has been used as a H.V (helping verb) whereas another ‘had’ as a main verb (third form of Have). Hence no improvement is required.

Q3. Mr. Clarke (had staying) here since 2005 and has made India his home.                 
(a) was to stay
(b) is staying
(c) has been staying
(d) No Improvement

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S3. Ans.(c)
Sol. Perfect Continuous Tense …..+ Since + Time. Hence option C improves the sentence.

Q4. The secret of his good health lies in the fact that (he is getting up) before sunrise and has a two-mile walk every morning. 
(a) he used to get up
(b) he gets up
(c) he is used to get up
(d) No Improvement

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S4. Ans.(b)
Sol. To represent habits of the present, Present Indefinite Tense is used. Hence option B is the correct usage.

Q5. (Not only will she go) to the pictures but she will also meet some of her common friends in the evening. 
(a) Not only she will go
(b) Not only she is going
(c) Not only she will be going
(d) No Improvement

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S5. Ans.(d)
Sol. The position of connector ‘not only’…..’but also’ is correct. Also ‘Not only’ takes inverse sentence structure form with it, i.e. H.V. + Subject + Main verb. Hence no improvement is required.

Q6. Our leaders should not (let the criminals activities to grow) in our country.
(a) let the criminal activities to be growing
(b) let the criminal activities to be grown
(c) let the criminal activities grow
(d) No Improvement

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S6. Ans.(c)
Sol. Subject + let/make/watch/hear etc. + V1 (1st form) + object. That is to say ‘no infinitive’ i.e. To + V1) is used after let, make, watch, hear, behold etc.

Q7. (Both the rich along with) the poor are responsible for a great many vices with which our society as well as country is inflicted.
(a) Both the rich as well as
(b) Both the rich and
(c) Both the rich together with
(d) No Improvement

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S7. Ans.(b)
Sol. ‘Both…..and’ is the correct pair as a conjunctional pair to connect the phrases/clauses. Hence option B is the correct usage.

Q8. (The lonely travelled puzzled) when he discovered the foot prints on the sand.
(a) The lonely traveller was puzzling
(b) The lonely traveller was puzzled
(c) The lonely traveller had been puzzled
(d) No Improvement

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S8. Ans.(b)
Sol. The sentence should follow ‘Passive Voice’ form. Hence option B is the correct usage.

Q9.  (No other leader of India is hold) in so high esteem as Mahatma Gandhi, who is called the Father of the Nation. 
(a) No other leader of India is held
(b) No other leader of India was held
(c) No other leader of India is being hold
(d) No Improvement

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S9. Ans.(a)
Sol. The sentence is in Passive Voice form where to be (is, am are, was, were, being, been) is followed by V3 (3rd form). Therefore, replace ‘hold’ with ‘held’. Also we have to improve the sentence without changing its tense. Hence option A improves the sentence.

Q10. She was extremely (annoyed by her) lover’s unreasonable behavior. 
(a) annoyed with
(b) annoyed at
(c) annoyed of her
(d) No Improvement

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S10. Ans.(b)
Sol. ‘Annoyed with somebody’ and ‘Annoyed at something’ is used. Here subject is annoyed at the unreasonable behavior which will be assumed as a thing. Hence option B improves the sentence. 

Q11. It was suggested by the doctor that the patient (should be taken care).
(a) should be taken care by
(b) should be taken care to
(c) should be taken care of
(d) No Improvement

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S11. Ans.(c)
Sol. ‘Should be taken care’ will be followed by the correct ‘preposition’ as the sentence denotes the Passive form. Also only preposition ‘of’ is correct to use here. Hence option C improves the sentence.

Q12. He did not succeed in the examination, (yet he had) worked hard. 
(a) yet he had not
(b) although he had
(c) as soon as he had
(d) No Improvement

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S12. Ans.(b)
Sol. Replace ‘yet’ with ‘although’. Yet is used in the sense of outcomes while although is used for conditions.

Q13. The revolving door remained (stationery) because Jill was pushing on it the wrong way.
(a) stationary
(b) dwelling
(c) thumping
(d) No Improvement

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S13. Ans.(a)
Sol. Stationary: Stationary means unmoving.
Stationery: Stationery refers to letter writing materials and especially to high quality paper.
Thump: hit or strike heavily, especially with the fist or a blunt implement.
Hence option A improves the sentence.

Q14. This is perhaps the same dog (which bit her) while she was returning from market.
(a) who bit her
(b) that bite her
(c) that bit her
(d) No Improvement

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S14. Ans.(c)
Sol. ‘The same’ is followed by ‘that’. Also past form of ‘bite’ is ‘bit’. Hence ‘that bit her’ is the correct usage.

Q15. The poet (describes about the beauty) of a landscape in a very attractive way. 
(a) describes of the beauty
(b) describes the beauty
(c) is describing about the beauty
(d) No Improvement

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S15. Ans.(b)
Sol. Describe/Discuss/Explain doesn’t take ‘about’ with it. Hence option B improves the sentence.

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