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. You have all come well prepared. I _____ you to pass this exam.









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    expect (Verb ) : to look forward to the probable occurrence
    wish (Verb) : to want or desire
    hope (Verb ) : to wish for a particular event that one considers possible Hope can be used in the Passive in the form it is hoped that...
    Here, expect is the right usage.

    Correct Option: D

    expect (Verb ) : to look forward to the probable occurrence
    wish (Verb) : to want or desire
    hope (Verb ) : to wish for a particular event that one considers possible Hope can be used in the Passive in the form it is hoped that...
    Here, expect is the right usage.


  1. It took the child a long time to recover ______ the shock.









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    recover (Verb) : to regain after illness, a setback or a shock, etc. recover agrees with Prep.-from
    Here, from is the right usage.

    Correct Option: B

    recover (Verb) : to regain after illness, a setback or a shock, etc. recover agrees with Prep.-from
    Here, from is the right usage.



  1. She was relieved to hear from the doctor that the tumour was not malignant; it was ____ .









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    benign (Adj.) : harmless ; not dangerous to life
    malignant (Adj.) : dangerous to life ; harmful
    Here, benign is the right usage.

    Correct Option: B

    benign (Adj.) : harmless ; not dangerous to life
    malignant (Adj.) : dangerous to life ; harmful
    Here, benign is the right usage.


  1. It is ______ if we can organise another exam this month.









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    doubtful (Adj.) : undecided ; suspicious ; unsure ; uncertain
    unlikely (Adj.) : not likely; not likely to occur (happen)
    unsure (Adj.) : uncertain of the facts When if is used in a sentence, we will use doubtful.
    Here, doubtful is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    doubtful (Adj.) : undecided ; suspicious ; unsure ; uncertain
    unlikely (Adj.) : not likely; not likely to occur (happen)
    unsure (Adj.) : uncertain of the facts When if is used in a sentence, we will use doubtful.
    Here, doubtful is the right usage.



  1. The meeting is ____ because the funds have not arrived.









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    put off (Phr. V.) : to delay ; postpone
    put in (Phr. V.) : to make a formal offer of ; to introduce (in a conversation)
    put away (Phr. V.) : to discard
    put out (Phr. V.) : to extinguish
    Here, put off is the right usage.

    Correct Option: B

    put off (Phr. V.) : to delay ; postpone
    put in (Phr. V.) : to make a formal offer of ; to introduce (in a conversation)
    put away (Phr. V.) : to discard
    put out (Phr. V.) : to extinguish
    Here, put off is the right usage.