Selecting Words


Direction: In the following questions, sentences are given with blanks to be filled with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.

  1. My Nigerian friend, Fela is having trouble finding work here in London, but he says if push comes to shove he can always______.









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    when push comes to shove : when there is no other choice; when everything has failed.
    Here, go back to Nigeria is the right usage.

    Correct Option: D

    when push comes to shove : when there is no other choice; when everything has failed.
    Here, go back to Nigeria is the right usage.


  1. Leila said the new restaurant was nothing to write about. She thought it was ______.









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    Here, just average is the right usage. nothing much to write home
    about : not especially good; ordinary.

    Correct Option: A

    Here, just average is the right usage. nothing much to write home
    about : not especially good; ordinary.



Direction: In the following questions sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate words). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.

  1. That car is throwing ______ a lot of smoke.









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    throw out : to produce smoke, light, heat etc.
    Here, out is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    throw out : to produce smoke, light, heat etc.
    Here, out is the right usage.


  1. The peasant rebellion was ______ with a high hand by the Emperor.









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    put down (Phr.V.) : to stop something by force
    put off (Phr. V.) : to cancel a meeting/an arrangement that you have made with somebody
    put away (Phr. V.) : to send somebody to prison, to a mental hospital, etc.
    put back (Phr. V.) : to return something to its usual place or to the place where it was before
    it was moved
    Here, put down is the right usage.

    Correct Option: D

    put down (Phr.V.) : to stop something by force
    put off (Phr. V.) : to cancel a meeting/an arrangement that you have made with somebody
    put away (Phr. V.) : to send somebody to prison, to a mental hospital, etc.
    put back (Phr. V.) : to return something to its usual place or to the place where it was before
    it was moved
    Here, put down is the right usage.



  1. We had difficulty ______ finding a parking place.









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    In this case difficulty (N.)
    agrees with in (Prep.). When there is difficulty with something, with (Prep.) is used.
    Look at the sentences :
    • I have difficulty with my travel arrangements.
    • We had no difficulty in finding his address.
    Here, in is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    In this case difficulty (N.)
    agrees with in (Prep.). When there is difficulty with something, with (Prep.) is used.
    Look at the sentences :
    • I have difficulty with my travel arrangements.
    • We had no difficulty in finding his address.
    Here, in is the right usage.