Exercise – 2 : English Grammar

Directions (Question 1 – 7) : Read each sentence(s) to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The letter of that part is the answer.If there is no error, the answer is (e), i.e., No error’. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).
Question 1.
(a) The judge asked the man
(b) if the bag he had lost
(c) contain five thousands rupees.
(d) The man replied that it did
(e) No error

Question 2.

(a) I trust you will
(b) show forbearance to me
(c) a few minutes more
(d) so that I can finish this work.
(e) No error

Question 3.

(a) The ground outside the village
(b) abounding with frogs and snakes
(c) the enemies of mankind
(d) is soft and marshy.
(e) No error

Question 4.

(a) We are all short-sighted
(b) and very often see but one side of the matter
(c) our views are not extended
(d) to all that has a connection with it.
(e) No error

Question 5.

(a) Just laws are no restraint on
(b) the freedom of the good,
(c) for the good man desires nothing
(d) which a just law interfere with.
(e) No error

Question 6.

(a) Had he done
(b) his home work well
(c) he would not have
(d) suffered this embarrassment
(e) No error

Question 7.

(a) He was angry with me
(b) because he thought my
(c) remark was
(d) aimed before him.
(e) No error
Directions (Question 8 – 59) : Which of the phrases (a), (b), (c) or (d)given below should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence meaningful and grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required mark (e) as the answer
Question 8. He admitted admiringly that he had never come across a painting which did not please him more.
(a) pleased him more
(b) would have pleased him
(c) had not pleased him more
(d) had been pleased him any more
(e) No correction required

Question 9. It has always been better to use preventive measures than to cure illness

(a) had always been
(b) is always
(c) was always
(d) would have always been
(e) No correction required

Question 10. He had deliberately kept the matter pending so that people should be bribed him.

(a) could be bribed
(b) should bribe
(c) could be bribing
(d) should have bribed
(e) No correction required

Question 11. Because of a shortage the government had appealed to the people to be extravagant with water.

(a) for being extravagant
(b) to be saving
(c) to be economical
(d) to be economic
(e) No correction required

Question 12. He was found absorbingin his studies when I reached there.

(a) was to find absorbed
(b) was found absorbed
(c) had been found absorbing
(d) had to be found absorbing
(e) No correction required

Question 13. The guide warned us that we had better be prepared for along, hard day.

(a) had been better prepared
(b) should better be prepared
(c) should be prepared with
(d) had been better preparing
(e) No correction required

Question 14. Income tax rates are usually associated to one’s annual income.

(a) related to one’s
(b) dependent to one’s
(c) depended on one’s
(d) associated with one’s
(e) No correction required

Question 15. All that I have described have been take nplace in the last four decades.

(a) have taken
(b) has been taken
(c) has taken
(d) was taken
(e) No correction required

Question 16. The fees charged by the architect for the plans of the new building were unreasonable high.

(a) were unreasonably high
(b) were unreasonably higher
(c) had been unreasonably higher
(d) had been unreasonable high
(e) No correction required

Question 17. There are many new emerging fields in information technology and electronics.

(a) newly.emerging
(b) new emergent
(c) new emergency
(d) newly emergent
(e) No correction required

Question 18. People in underdeveloped countries are distressing because of the antagonistic attitude of developed countries

(a) have been distressing with
(b) are distressed because
(c) are distressed at
(d) were distressing by
(e) No correction required

Question 19. He had been be have dim politely and suffered owing to that.

(a) was behaved
(b) had behaved
(c) have been behaved
(d) would have behaved
(e) No correction required

Question 20. It has become a commonly practise to talk about women’s liberation.

(a) commonly practised talk about
(b) common practice to talk about
(c) common practice of talking with
(d) commonly practising to talk about
(e) No correction required

Question 21. He is so brisk himself that he cannot tolerate any efficiency.

(a) tolerate hardly any inefficiency
(b) hardly tolerates lethargy
(c) tolerate any haste
(d) tolerate any delay
(e) No correction required

Question 22. No person with a reasonably self-esteem would ever like to succumb to any pressure.

(a) reasonable self-esteem
(b) reasonable self-esteemed
(c) reasonably self-esteemed
(d) reasonably a self-esteem
(e) No correction required

Question 23. It is the temple where religious rites are celebrated as they were for centuries.

(a) as they have been for
(b)so were they for
(c) as they are for
(d) as they were before
(e) No correction required

Question 24. By the time he had won his commission, the senior officer had to start seeking employment else where.

(a) had started seeking
(b) were started seeking
(c) had been started to seek
(d) were to have started seeking
(e) No correction required’

Question 25. The congestion on the streets must be seen to believe.

(a) have been to believe
(b) have been seen for believing
(c) have seen for belief
(d) be seen to be believed
(e) No correction required

Question 26. He had begun to develop the qualities that he was going to need in later years.

(a) was going to be needed
(b) had gone to need
(c) was later to need
(d) had been gone to need
(e) No correction required

Question 27. All round is emptiness and silence, the silence, it seems, of a land that man has not yet set foot upon.

(a) around is emptiness and silence
(b) round is empty and silent
(c) round are emptiness and silence
(d) around are empty and silence
(e) No correction required

Question 28. He was quite sure that none of them were aware of the truth.

(a) were aware from
(b) was aware of
(c) were beware of
(d) had aware of
(e) No correction required

Question 29. I was too overwhelmed to make any decision.

(a) too much overwhelm to
(b) so overwhelmed to
(c) extremely overwhelmed about
(d) quite overwhelming to
(e) No correction required

Question 30. Shocked of finding an unknown person, the army officer briskly caught hold of him.

(a) Shockingly found
(b) Shocked at finding
(c) Shocked by finding
(d) Finding as a shock
(e) No correction required

Question 31. No sooner did he reach the station than the train had started moving.

(a) had started movement
(b) had been moving
(c) had been started movement
(d) started moving
(e) No correction required

Question 32. He has even venturing into areas which he had shunned.

(a) had even venturing into
(b) even is being venture into
(c) has even been venturing into
(d) has even been ventured in
(e) No correction required

Question 33. When the boy regain consciousness he wanted to eat something.

(a) If the boy regain
(b) When the boy regained
(c) Despite the boy regain
(d) On the boy regaining
(e) No correction required

Question 34. The social worker wanted to bring about little changes in the lives of the people of that village.

(a) to bring back
(b) to bring up
(c) to bring forth
(d) bringing about
(e) No correction required

Question 35. Raghunath proposes to lay claim for the insurance company as soon as he recovers from the accident.

(a) lay claim to
(b) lay claim on
(c)laying claim towards.
(d)lay claim against
(e)No correction required

Question 36. The new concession announced by the Government will have only a marginalised effect on the lives of the people.

(a) marginal effect off
(b) margin of effect on
(c) marginal effect on
(d) marginalising effect in
(e) No correction required

Question 37. The Charitable Hospital works under the auspices from the Welfare Trust of an Industry.

(a) under the auspices by
(b) by the auspices from
(c) through the auspices from
(d) under the auspices of
(e) No correction required

Question 38. Government should not stop to spending money on arm sand ammunition in the wake of the present strained relations.

(a) should not stop spending
(b) shall not be stopped to spend
(c) will not stop to spend
(d) should not be stopping to spend
(e) No Correction Required

Question 39. The one-act play was so humorous that it was hardly impossible to keep a straight face.

(a) is hardly impossible
(b) was almost impossible
(c) is hardly possible
(d) was barely impossible
(e) No Correction Required

Question 40. One of the politicians have open admittance that he had resorted to corrupt practices.

(a) have opened admittance
(b) has opened admittance
(c) has openly admitted
(d) have been open admittances
(e) No Correction required

Question 41. The unkind comments passed by her superiors made her resign.

(a) unkindly comments passing by
(b) unkind comments passing on
(c) unkind comments posed by
(d) unkindly comments passed on
(e) No correction Required

Question 42. The ban on public meetings have been lifted temporarily in view of the auspicious occasion.

(a) have been temporarily lifted
(b) have been lifting temporarily
(c)chad been lifting temporary
(d) has been lifted temporarily
(e) No Correction Required

Question 43. Finishing his breakfast, he started working on the problem that had been awaiting disposal for a long time.

(a) His breakfast finished
(b) His breakfast having finished
(c) Having finished his breakfast
(d) Finished his breakfast
(e) No correction required.

Question 44. One of the function of a teacher is to spot cases of maladjustment.

(a) One of the functions of
(b) Most of the functions of
(c) Some of the functions
(d) One of the functions by
(e) No correction required

Question 45. In our friends’ circle it is customary for each of the members to buy their own tickets.

(a) buying their own tickets
(b) are buying their own tickets
(c) buying his own tickets
(d) to buy his own ticket
(e) No correction required

Question 46. Where the distance is not too much I prefer walking on foot than waiting for a bus.

(a) than wait for the
(b) than no waiting for
(c) to waiting for a
(d) rather than waiting for a
(e) No correction required

Question 47. Being a pleasant morning, he went out for a walk along these a shore.

(a) With a pleasant morning
(b) It being a pleasant morning
(c) Being a pleasing morning
(d) As a pleasant morning
(e) No correction required

Question 48. We are happy to recommend that his son to be considered for the post.

(a) considers for
(b) be considered with
(c) be considered for
(d) may consider for
(e) No correction required

Question 49. A majority of the students believe that the examinations are unnecessary.

(a) have been not necessary
(b) have unnecessary
(c) are being unnecessary
(d) were being unnecessary
(e) No correction required

Question 50. No sooner the advertisement appeared in the news papers than there was a rush on the booking window.

(a) No sooner had the advertisement appear
(b) The advertisement appear no sooner
(c) The advertisement no sooner having appeared
(d) No sooner did the advertisement appear
(e) No correction required

Question 51. May I know whom I am talking – to?

(a) who I am talking
(b) to whom I am talking
(c) whom I talk
(d) who I have talked
(e) No correction required

Question 52. I am working on this job since last Monday.

(a) was working
(b) have been working
(c) being worked.
(d) were to have worked
(e) No correction required

Question 53. The modifications made by them in the draft were so drastic that the entire emphasis had been shifted.

(a) shall have been shifted
(c) had shifted
(b) was being shifted
(d) had been shifting
(e) No correction required

Question 54. It is reliable to learn that there is not substantial evidence to prove his innocence.

(a) is reliably learnt
(b) reliably to learn
(c) was reliable to learn
(d) has been reliable learning
(e) No correction required

Question 55. He has now succeeded in overwhelming the grief.

(a) successful in overwhelming
(b) successful to overwhelm
(c) succeeded to overwhelm
(d) succeeded in overcoming
(e) No correction required

Question 56. Despite their best efforts, they could not convince the members by changing their decision.

(a) and changed their
(b) to change their
(c) with changing their
(d )in changing his
(e) No correction required

Question 57. The novel ideas suggested by the employee were appreciated by the management.

(a) have appreciated by
(b) have been appreciated for
(c) were appreciative of
(d) had appreciated by
(e) No correction required

Question 58. The two brothers were so much similar in appearance that nobody believed that they were twins.

(a) very much similar in
(b) so much similar at
(c) so different in
(d) so different from
(e) No correction required

Question 59. The sight of the accident was so frightened that the by standers could not utter a single word.

(a) so very frightening because
(b) so frightening that
(c) extremely frightening as
(d) extremely frightened
(e) No correction required.