June 16, 2014

General English for DEECET, EDCET and Entrance Exams

1. We will discuss ...... that matter later.
(Choose the right option to fill in the blank)
1) on 2) about 3) of 4) No word necessary
Explanation: Discuss is a transitive verb and therefore takes a direct object. We need not use any word after discuss. Generally some people use 'about' after discuss. It is wrong to use 'about' after discuss. But we can use about after the word discussion (noun).
Eg: We had a long discussion about the role of television in education.

2. I ...... that film last week.
(Choose the correct form of verb)
1) have seen 2) has seen 3) saw 4) seen
Explanation: If the activity or the fact is assigned to a definite time in the past, we have to use the simple form of the past tense. It is wrong to use present perfect tense.

3. The door bell ...... for the past ten minutes.
(Choose the correct form of verb)
1) is ringing
2) has been ringing
3) was ringing
4) had been ringing
Explanation: If we wish to indicate that the action or occurrence has been going on continuously or repeatedly over a period of time starting in the past and extending right upto the present, then we must use the progressive form of the perfect. (The door bell is ringing for the past ten minutes - Wrong).

4. We have breakfast at eight O' clock, ......
(Choose the right question tag)
1) have we? 2) haven't we?
3) don't we? 4) do we?
Explanation: The verb 'have' denoting something
other than possession, it is represented
in the tag by 'do'. It is wrong to use haven't we?

5. We shall go ...... train.
(Choose the correct option)
1) by 2) by the 3) on 4) in
Explanation: 'By' is used only when the name of the vehicle is used in general sense to denote the means of transport. We come, go, or travel 'by' bus/ train/ tram/ taxi/ car/ and by road/ by rail/ by air/ by sea. In this sense it is not preceded by an article.

6. The coffee smells .......
(Choose the correct option)
1) good 2) strong 3) 1 or 2 4) strongly
Explanation: An adjective not an adverb is to be used after verbs such as feel, sound, taste, smell to denote quality which is experienced by one of the physical senses. It is wrong to use 'strongly.'

7. Flour is made ...... wheat.
(Choose the right preposition)
1) from 2) with 3) of 4) in
Explanation: When one substance is changed into another so that a new substance is produced, we use 'from' but when the original material is not actually changed, but is merely formed into some object, then we use 'of'.
Eg: The table is made of wood.

8. Father comes ...... home at five O' clock.
(Choose the right option)
1) to 2) at 3) in 4) No word required
Explanation: After such verbs as come, go, arrive, get, send, take, bring where it indicates destination the word 'home' in an adverb and therefore no preposition is used before it. But if 'home' represents the place then it must be preceded by the preposition 'at'.
Eg: Mr. Smith is at home.

9. She needs ...... good advice about choosing a career. (Choose the right option)
1) a 2) some 3) any 4) the
Explanation: We do not use a/ an before uncountable nouns.
Eg: advice, information, traffic, patience. We normally use 'some' when we
talk about an indefinite quantity of something.

10. Ashok is ...... clever, but his brother is ...... stupid.
(Choose the right option)
1) rather - rather
2) fairly - rather
3) rather - fairly
4) fairly - also fairly
Explanation: Fairly, rather - both mean 'moderately'; but 'fairly' is used chiefly with
favourable adjectives and adverbs. Eg: good, well, nice etc. While 'rather' is used before 'unfavourable' adjectives and adverbs.
Eg: bad, ugly, late etc.

11. She was tired. She went to work.
(Identify the conjunction that joins the above two clauses).
1) Although 2) but 3) for 4) 1 or 2
Explanation: In the options given above 'although' and 'but' are conjunctions which
can be used to join the above clauses.
Eg: Although she was tired, but she went work (wrong).
She was tired, but she went to work (Right).
Although she was tired, she went to work (Right).

12. The police arrived while I ...... breakfast.
(Choose the correct verb form)
1) had 2) were having
3) was having 4) am having
Explanation: We have to use past continuous to talk about an action that was in progress when something else happened.

13. She gave me a friendly smile.
(Identify the past of speech of the underlined word)
1) adverb 2) adjective
3) conjunction 4) preposition
Explanation: Many adverbs end in '- ly' - for example happily, nicely. But some words that end in '-ly' are adjectives, not adverbs. The most important are friendly, lovely,
lonely, ugly, silly, cowardly etc.

14. One of the photos ...... missing.
(Choosing the right word to fill in the blank)
1) is 2) are 3) were 4) have
Explanation: After one of ............... we use a singular verb.

15. Iron is more useful than ....... metal.
(Choose the right option to fill in the blank)
1) any 2) any other
3) of all 4) all other
Explanation: When a comparison is made by using a comparative followed by 'than', the
thing compared must be excluded from the class of things with which it is compared by
using words like 'any other'.

16. Sundar gave ....... one thousand rupee note to ........ honest boy.
(Chose correct articles)
1) an, a 2) a, an 3) an, the 4) No articles
Explanation: Before a vowel sound we use 'an' otherwise, we use 'a'. Here in the sentence the letter 'o' in the word 'one' takes a consonant sound so it is appropriate to use 'a' in the blank. Further in the word honest the first letter 'h' is silent and takes 'an' before it.

17. The servant says, "Tea is ready".
(The indirect form of the above sentence is The servant says that.....)
1) tea was ready 2) tea has been ready
3) tea had been ready
4) tea is ready
Explanation: If the reporting verb (says) is in present tense the tense of the verb in the reported speech (is) remains unchanged.

18. She sang. Her voice was sweet.
(Choose the right option that denotes the appropriate combination of the above two
sentences).
1) Her song has been sweet
2) She sang sweetly
3) She sung sweetly
4) Her song was sweet
Explantion: We can combine the above two simple sentences into a single sentence by
using v2 + adv (sweetly) which denotes the appropriate combination.

19. This is the ...... book of the two.
(Choose the right option to fill in the blank).
1) good 2) best 3) better 4) nice
Explanation: When two things are compared, the comparative degree of the adjective
should be used. The use of superlative degree in the above case would be an error.

Answers:

1-4
2-3
3-2
4-3
5-1
6-3
7-1
8-4
9-2
10-2
11-4
12-3
13-2
14-1
15-2
16-2
17-4
18-2
19-3.

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