Sentence Improvements Questions for SSC CHSL Exam 2016

Directions (1-15): In each question, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below each sentence, some phrases are given which can substitute the bold part of the sentence. Find out the phrase which can correctly substitute that part of the sentence. If the sentence is correct as it is, the answer is ‘No correction required’ or ‘No improvement’.
Q1. The poor villagers have waited in the bitter cold for more than four hours now.
(a) has been waiting
(b) had waited
(c) have been waiting
(d) No improvement

Q2. As John dived off the springboard, he was horrified to see that the water was drained from the pool the night before.
(a) was drained away
(b) was drained
(c) had been drained off
(d) No improvement
Q3. They are waiting for her since morning.
(a) were waiting
(b) have been waiting
(c) wait
(d) No improvement
Q4. He sent a word to me that he would be coming late.
(a) sent words
(b) has sent a word
(c) sent word
(d) No improvement
Q5. Had you helped me, I shall not be miserable.
(a) would not be
(b) should not be
(c) would not have been
(d) No improvement
Q6. When Shankar came home after a hard day in the office he found his wife had slept.
(a) was sleeping
(b) sleeping
(c) has been sleeping
(d) No improvement
Q7. Certainly, man must look up the future and find ways of providing for his needs.
(a) look for
(b) look to
(c) look in
(d) No improvement
Q8. It is a common belief that familiarity dispenses with the necessity of politeness.
(a) dispenses of
(b) dispenses without
(c) dispenses from
(d) No improvement
Q9. As he was much hated by his contemporaries, posterity praises his statesmanship.
(a) he was as much
(b) so much he was
(c) much as he was
(d) No improvement
Q10. My mother asked me when would I have a glass of milk.
(a) I shall
(b) I would
(c) I will
(d) No improvement
Q11. Many accidents can be avoided if we be careful.
(a) might be careful
(b) are careful
(c) were careful
(d) No improvement
Q12. The people in villages are deprived of essential commodities for the past two weeks.
(a) has been deprived
(b) have been deprived
(c) are being deprived
(d) No improvement
Q13. Even if I had stood on a chair, I would not have been able to reach the light bulb.
(a) did not reach
(b) could not reach
(c) would not be reaching
(d) No improvement
Q14. Do you know who she is going to marry?
(a) who she is married?
(b) who is she going to marry?
(c) whom she is going to marry?
(d) No improvement
Q15. After the communal frenzy, slogans now occupy the air, exhorting the people to promote peace, harmony and amity.
(a) thicken
(b) fill
(c) invest
(d) mark



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