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  • 1. 

    DIRECTIONS for questions 1 and 2: Each question below has a sentence with a word or phrase underlined. The sentence is followed by four words of which one or more could be ‘related’ to the underlined word i.e. they either mean the same or is the opposite of the underlined word. The number of the words which are unrelated to the underlined word is to be marked as your answer. Queestion: My earlier boss used to hate the use of any tautology while speaking

    • A.

      Pleonasm

    • B.

      Redundancy

    • C.

      Trivia

    • D.

      Laconism

    Correct Answer
    C. Trivia
    Explanation
    The underlined word in the sentence is "tautology", which means a statement that is redundant or repetitive. The word that is related to "tautology" is "redundancy", which also means the same thing. "Pleonasm" is another word for redundancy, so it is also related to the underlined word. "Laconism" means using few words to express something, which is the opposite of redundancy, so it is unrelated to the underlined word. "Trivia" means unimportant or trivial information, which is also unrelated to the underlined word. Therefore, the answer is 2.

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  • 2. 

    DIRECTIONS : Each question below has a sentence with a word or phrase underlined. The sentence is followed by four words of which one or more could be ‘related’ to the underlined word i.e. they either mean the same or is the opposite of the underlined word. The number of the words which are unrelated to the underlined word is to be marked as your answer. Question: His lecherous remarks scared her – she dared not sit late in the office

    • A.

      Lascivious

    • B.

      Cruel

    • C.

      Lewd

    • D.

      Salacious

    Correct Answer
    B. Cruel
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "cruel". The word "lecherous" means having or showing excessive or offensive sexual desire, which is related to words like "lascivious," "lewd," and "salacious." However, none of these words mean "cruel," which is unrelated to the underlined word. Therefore, the number of unrelated words is one.

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  • 3. 

    DIRECTIONS : This question has two sentences A and B. Each sentence has one word underlined which is possibly misspelt. Mark your answer as   a:  if the underlined word in statement A alone is misspelt. b: if the underlined word in statement B alone is misspelt. c: if the underlined word in statements A and B are both misspelt d: if neither statement has misspelt underlined word. A. The latest multiplex in the city has, in addition to two cinema theatres and a shopping complex, a coliseum to seat about 1000 people. B. Birthday is a happy occasion for everybody.

    • A.

      A

    • B.

      B

    • C.

      C

    • D.

      D

    Correct Answer
    C. C
    Explanation
    In statement A, the word "coliseum" is misspelled. In statement B, the word "Birthday" is spelled correctly. Therefore, the underlined word in statement A alone is misspelled, making the correct answer option a.

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  • 4. 

    DIRECTIONS : In the question given below, a word with its meaning and usage is given. Select the word that is inappropriate as a replacement for the word in the main sentence. Question:Caustic: Her caustic remarks ate into my friend’s spirit.

    • A.

      Sarcastic

    • B.

      Vitriolic

    • C.

      Euphemistic

    • D.

      Bitter

    Correct Answer
    C. Euphemistic
    Explanation
    The word "euphemistic" is inappropriate as a replacement for the word "caustic" in the main sentence because it means using a mild or indirect word or expression instead of a harsh or blunt one. However, "caustic" refers to remarks that are harsh, critical, and hurtful, which is the opposite of being euphemistic.

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  • 5. 

    DIRECTIONS : In each question, the word at the top of the options is used in four different ways, numbered 1 to 4. Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate. Question: Shadow

    • A.

      The children were having fun chasing each other’s shadow

    • B.

      Though I tried hard, her work put mine in the shadow

    • C.

      People live under the shadow of fear in a military regime

    • D.

      I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that he was lying

    Correct Answer
    B. Though I tried hard, her work put mine in the shadow
    Explanation
    The word "shadow" is used correctly in all the given sentences. In sentence 2, "put mine in the shadow" means that her work overshadowed or outshined mine. Therefore, the usage of the word "shadow" is appropriate in all the sentences.

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  • 6. 

    DIRECTIONS: In each question, the word at the top of the options is used in four different ways, numbered 1 to 4. Choose the option in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate. Question: Pedestrian

    • A.

      This latest novel is a pedestrian story about spies

    • B.

      The exam paper is not pedestrian but difficult

    • C.

      This is the pedestrian highway

    • D.

      Every week, we are forced to listen to a pedestrian lecture

    Correct Answer
    A. This latest novel is a pedestrian story about spies
    Explanation
    The word "pedestrian" is used incorrectly in option 1. The word "pedestrian" means lacking inspiration or excitement, and it is inappropriate to describe a story about spies as pedestrian, as spy stories are typically filled with intrigue and excitement. Therefore, option 1 is the correct answer.

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  • 7. 

    DIRECTIONS for questions 7 to 14: Which word in the sentence below that is incorrectly used? Question: John Grisham demonstrates outstanding brilliance in his writings with every detail in the plot of the novel written with such precision and succinct.

    • A.

      Brilliance

    • B.

      Writings

    • C.

      Precision

    • D.

      Succinct

    Correct Answer
    D. Succinct
    Explanation
    The word "succinct" is incorrectly used in the sentence. "Succinct" means being concise or expressing ideas clearly and briefly, but in the given sentence, it is used as an adjective to describe the way the novel is written. A more appropriate word would be "succinctness" or "succinctly" to convey the intended meaning.

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  • 8. 

    DIRECTIONS : Which word in the sentence below that is incorrectly used? Question: The residents of the state capitol protested the development plans

    • A.

      Residents

    • B.

      Capitol

    • C.

      Protested

    • D.

      Plans

    Correct Answer
    B. Capitol
    Explanation
    The word "capitol" is incorrectly used in the sentence. The correct word should be "capital" as it refers to the city where the government is located. "Capitol" refers specifically to the building where the legislative body meets. Therefore, the sentence should be "The residents of the state capital protested the development plans."

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  • 9. 

    DIRECTIONS : Which word in the sentence below that is incorrectly used? Question: I just saw a boy that was wearing a yellow banana costume

    • A.

      Just

    • B.

      Wearing

    • C.

      That

    • D.

      Banana

    Correct Answer
    C. That
    Explanation
    The word "that" is incorrectly used in the sentence. It should be replaced with "who" since it refers to a person (the boy) rather than an object.

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  • 10. 

    DIRECTIONS : Which word in the sentence below that is incorrectly used? Question: The judge used his absolute powers and then let the thief off with a reprimand

    • A.

      Absolute

    • B.

      Off

    • C.

      Reprimand

    • D.

      Powers

    Correct Answer
    A. Absolute
    Explanation
    The word "absolute" is incorrectly used in the sentence. In this context, "absolute" suggests that the judge used his complete or unlimited powers, which may not be accurate. It is more appropriate to use the term "discretionary" or "judicial" to describe the judge's powers.

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  • 11. 

    DIRECTIONS : Which word in the sentence below that is incorrectly used? Question: The acrid  water of the high Rocky Mountains was perfect for the brewer’s purposes

    • A.

      High

    • B.

      Purposes

    • C.

      Mountains

    • D.

      Acrid

    Correct Answer
    D. Acrid
    Explanation
    The word "acrid" is incorrectly used in the sentence. "Acrid" means having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell, typically as the result of chemical reactions. However, in the given sentence, it is used to describe the water, which does not have a taste or smell.

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  • 12. 

    DIRECTIONS : Which word in the sentence below that is incorrectly used? Question: When the Sharma family moved away, their beautiful gardens began to adulate from lack of care

    • A.

      Moved

    • B.

      Their

    • C.

      Adulate

    • D.

      Lack

    Correct Answer
    C. Adulate
  • 13. 

    DIRECTIONS : Which word in the sentence below that is incorrectly used? Question: The disembark gingerbread man skips through the pages with glee, until he meets his demise in the end.

    • A.

      Disembark

    • B.

      Skips

    • C.

      With

    • D.

      Demise

    Correct Answer
    A. Disembark
    Explanation
    The word "disembark" is incorrectly used in the sentence. "Disembark" means to leave a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle. In the given sentence, it doesn't make sense for a gingerbread man to disembark from anything. A more appropriate word would be "disembodied" or "animated" to describe the gingerbread man.

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  • 14. 

    DIRECTIONS : Which word in the sentence below that is incorrectly used? Question: In the end, however, all the stealth and strategy were for naught, as the young publicity agent couldn’t keep the secret

    • A.

      Stealth

    • B.

      Strategy

    • C.

      However

    • D.

      Naught

    Correct Answer
    B. Strategy
    Explanation
    The word "strategy" is incorrectly used in the sentence. The sentence suggests that despite all the stealth and strategy, the young publicity agent couldn't keep the secret. However, "strategy" does not fit in the context of keeping a secret. A better word choice would be "effort" or "attempt" as strategy implies a planned approach to achieve a specific goal, which is not relevant in this context.

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  • 15. 

    DIRECTIONS : For each of the words below a context is provided. From the alternatives given, tick the word or phrase that is closest in meaning in the given context. Questions: Attrition: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has realized the terrible attrition of a continued war against state

    • A.

      Price

    • B.

      Consequence

    • C.

      Abrasion

    • D.

      Harassment

    Correct Answer
    C. Abrasion
    Explanation
    In the given context, the word "attrition" refers to the wearing down or erosion caused by a continued war against the state. The word "abrasion" is the closest in meaning to this, as it also refers to the process of wearing away or rubbing down. Therefore, "abrasion" is the correct answer.

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