Selecting Words


Direction: Select the most appropriate set of words from the given choices to fill in the blanks.

  1. It will take some time for many South Koreans to ___________ the conflicting images of North Korea, let alone to___________ what to make of their northern cousins.









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    The key word in the given statement is ‘let alone’. It is synonymous with ‘never mind’, which is used to indicate that something is far less likely than the one already mentioned. For example, “He cannot even run a kilometre, let alone participate in a marathon.” So, the thing which is mentioned before this ‘let alone’ phrase has to be of a lesser degree or extent. Option (a) is correct, because reconcile means ‘solving a matter, or restoring friendly relations’ (North and South Korea separated after World War II), so it will take them time to conclude what really went wrong with North Korea. Option (b) is wrong, because ‘understanding’ just means ‘to comprehend’ or ‘get it’ and clarify means ‘to make things clear’ but does not refer to coming to a conclusion. Option (c) is wrong because ‘make out’ can mean ‘detect with senses’. Option (d) is wrong because, understand is different from deciding.

    Correct Option: A

    The key word in the given statement is ‘let alone’. It is synonymous with ‘never mind’, which is used to indicate that something is far less likely than the one already mentioned. For example, “He cannot even run a kilometre, let alone participate in a marathon.” So, the thing which is mentioned before this ‘let alone’ phrase has to be of a lesser degree or extent. Option (a) is correct, because reconcile means ‘solving a matter, or restoring friendly relations’ (North and South Korea separated after World War II), so it will take them time to conclude what really went wrong with North Korea. Option (b) is wrong, because ‘understanding’ just means ‘to comprehend’ or ‘get it’ and clarify means ‘to make things clear’ but does not refer to coming to a conclusion. Option (c) is wrong because ‘make out’ can mean ‘detect with senses’. Option (d) is wrong because, understand is different from deciding.
    The correct word is filled in the above given sentence :-
    It will take some time for many South Koreans to reconcile the conflicting images of North Korea, let alone to decide what to make of their northern cousins.


  1. The law prohibits a person from felling a sandalwood tree, even if it grows on one’s own land, without prior permission from the government. As poor people cannot deal with the government this legal provision leads to a rip-roaring business for ___________, who care neither for the ___________, nor for the trees









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    The touts persuade the people to sell illegally thereby making a profit, not caring about either the poor or the trees.
    The correct word is given as :-
    touts, poor

    Correct Option: D

    The touts persuade the people to sell illegally thereby making a profit, not caring about either the poor or the trees.
    The correct word is filled in the above given sentence :-
    The law prohibits a person from felling a sandalwood tree, even if it grows on one’s own land, without prior permission from the government. As poor people cannot deal with the government this legal provision leads to a rip-roaring business for touts, who care neither for the poor, nor for the trees



  1. Lack of financing options, __________ with HR and technological __________, make small and medium enterprises sector the most vulnerable component of our economy.









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    The correct word is given as :-
    coupled, challenges

    Correct Option: B

    As we can say that ,
    The correct word is filled in the above given sentence :-
    Lack of financing options,coupled with HR and technological challenges, make small and medium enterprises sector the most vulnerable component of our economy.


  1. Many teachers ___________ the lack of ___________ for leaving the job.









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    The correct word is given as :-
    claimed, understanding

    Correct Option: C

    The correct word is filled in the above given sentence :-
    Many teachers claimed the lack of understanding for leaving the job.



  1. Although he is ___________ person, he occasionally loses his ___________









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    The correct word is given as :-
    balanced, temper

    Correct Option: C

    As we can say that ,
    The correct word is filled in the above given sentence :-
    Although he is balanced person, he occasionally loses his temper .