Selecting Words


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

  1. With danger _____ the door, you cannot sit idle.









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    at the door : at the front door of a house
    Here, at is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    at the door : at the front door of a house
    Here, at is the right usage.


  1. Students of St. Xavier’s _____ all the prizes.









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    Here, bore away is the right usage.
    bear away (Phr. V.) : bear off; carry away; take away; carry off
    bear on (Phr. V.) : to be relevant to or burdensome to

    Correct Option: B

    Here, bore away is the right usage.
    bear away (Phr. V.) : bear off; carry away; take away; carry off
    bear on (Phr. V.) : to be relevant to or burdensome to


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 as your answer.

  1. ‘My India’ by Corbett deals ______ the author’s familiarity with and love of India.









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    deal in (Phr. V.) : trade in
    deal with (Phr. V.) : to be about
    Here, with is the right usage.

    Correct Option: D

    deal in (Phr. V.) : trade in
    deal with (Phr. V.) : to be about
    Here, with is the right usage.


  1. Serious threat to our ecology and environment can be _____ with organic cultivation.









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    combated (Verb) : stopped something unpleasant or harmful from happening or from
    getting worse
    hastened (Verb) : to make something happen sooner or more quickly
    impeded (Verb) : delayed or stopped the progress of something
    aggravated (Verb) : made an unpleasant situation worse
    Here, combated is the right usage.

    Correct Option: D

    combated (Verb) : stopped something unpleasant or harmful from happening or from
    getting worse
    hastened (Verb) : to make something happen sooner or more quickly
    impeded (Verb) : delayed or stopped the progress of something
    aggravated (Verb) : made an unpleasant situation worse
    Here, combated is the right usage.


  1. A garden knife is _____ used for right pruning.









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    generally (Adv.) : by or to most people; in most cases
    pruning (Noun) : the activity of cutting off some of the branches from a tree, bush, etc. so that it
    may grow better and stronger
    Here, generally is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    generally (Adv.) : by or to most people; in most cases
    pruning (Noun) : the activity of cutting off some of the branches from a tree, bush, etc. so that it
    may grow better and stronger
    Here, generally is the right usage.