• Practice Test: Verbal Ability – 42


      Directions- Questions (1-10):

    Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error or idiomatic error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is ‘No error’, the answer is ‘5’. (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any).

    1 The Government has asked individuals(A)/ with income over Rs. 10 lakhs to (B)/ electronic files tax returns for the year 2011-12 (C), / something which was optical till last year (D). No error (E)
    2 The power tariff and already (A)/ been increased twice in (B)/ the last 15 months and the Electricity Board had also (C)/ levied additional monthly charges to consumers(D)./ No error (E)
    3 Despite of curfew (A)/ in some areas, minor (B)/ communal incidents were reported (C)/ from different areas of the walled city (D)./ No error (E)
    4 This comes (A)/ at a time (B) / when fund allocation (C) / is been doubled (D)./ No error
    5 As the prison will get(A)/ an official telephone facility soon, the prisoners (B) / won’t have to make calls in discreet manner (C)/ through smuggled mobile phones (D)./ No error (E)
    6 The area was plunged into (A)/ darkness mid a wave of (B)/ cheering and shouting (C) / slogans like ‘Save The Earth’(D)./ No error (E)
    7 The poll contestants approached (A)/ the commission complaining that the hoardings (B) / violated the code of conduct (C) / and influenced public perception (D). No error (E)
    8 The country has (A)/ adequate laws but problems (B) / arise when these are not (C)/ implemented in letter and spirit.(D)/ No error (E)
    9 The Management feels that (A)/ the employees of the organisation are (B) / non-productive, and do not want (C) / to work hard (D)./ No error (E)
    10 As far the issue of land encroachment (A)/in village is concerned, people will (B)/ have to make a start from their villages by (C) / sensitize and educating the villages about this issue (D)./ No error (E)
      Directions- Questions (11-15):

    Which of the phrase (1), (2), (3) and (4) given below each sentence should replace the word/phrase printed in bold in the sentence to make it grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is given and no correction is required, mark (5) as the answer.

    11 US secretary of state made it clear it time running out for diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear programme and said that talks aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would resume in April.
      (1) runs out
      (2) was running out
      (3) ran out
      (4) run
      (5) No correction required
    12 While the war of the generals rage on, somewhere in small town India, wonderful things are happening, quietly and minus fanfare.
      (1) rage
      (2) raging
      (3) rages on
      (4) raged on
      (5) No correction required
    13 According to WWF, the small island nation of Samoa was the first in switch off its lights for Each Hour.
      (1) first to switch of
      (2) the first to switch off
      (3) the first of switch off
      (4) first in switch of
      (5) No correction required
    14 The campaign is significant because not just the youth are directly appealing to the world but because their efforts challenges the chimera of normalcy in the area.
      (1) not just because
      (2) just not because
      (3) not just
      (4) because just
      (5) No correction required
    15 The doctor’s association has threatened to go on indefinite strike support of their teachers.
      (1) on supporting to
      (2) to supporting
      (3) for support
      (4) in support of
      (e)No correction required
      Directions- Questions (16-25):

    In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five word/ phrase are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word/ phrase in each case.

      Greenhouse gases are only (16) of the story when it comes to global warning. Changes to one part of the climate system can (17) additional changes to the way the planet absorbs or reflects energy. These secondary changes are (18) climate feedbacks, and they could more than double the amount of warming caused by carbon dioxide alone. The primary feedbacks are (19) to snow and ice, water vapour, clouds, and the carbon cycle.


    Perhaps the most well (20) feedback comes from melting snow and ice in the Northern Hemisphere. Warming temperature are already (21) a growing percentage of Arctic sea ice, exposing dark ocean water during the (22) sunlight of summer. Snow cover on land is also (23) inmany areas. In the of (24) snow and ice, these areas go from having bright, sunlight-reflecting surfaces that fool the planet to having dark, sunlight-absorbing surface that (25) more energy into the Earth system and cause more warming.

    16 (1) whole
      (2) part
      (3) material
      (4) issue
      (5) most
    17 (1) raise
      (2) brings
      (3) refer
      (4) stop
      (5) cause
    18 (1) sensed
      (2) called
      (3) nothing
      (4) but
      (5) term
    19 (1) due
      (2) result
      (3) reason
      (4) those
      (5) because
    20 (1) done
      (2) known
      (3) ruled
      (4) bestowed
      (5) said
    21 (1) mastering
      (2) sending
      (3) melting
      (4) calming
      (5) increasing
    22 (1) make-shift
      (2) ceasing
      (3) troubled
      (4) perpetual
      (5) absent
    23 (1) dwindling
      (2) manufactured
      (3) descending
      (4) generating
      (5) supplied
    24 (1) progress
      (2) reduced
      (3) existence
      (4) midst
      (5) absence
    25 (1) repel
      (2) waft
      (3) monitor
      (4) bring
      (5) access


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