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 as your answer.

  1. A wiseman _______ not pretend ______ know everything.









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    The sentence is as good as a
    Proverb. Hence, Simple Present should be used. Moreover to express purpose, infinitive should be used.
    Here, does, to is the right usage.

    Correct Option: D

    The sentence is as good as a
    Proverb. Hence, Simple Present should be used. Moreover to express purpose, infinitive should be used.
    Here, does, to is the right usage.


  1. There were no buses yesterday because of the strike, and so I ________ walk to college.









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    The sentence shows past time.
    • I had to walk. (Past Tense)
    Here, had to is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    The sentence shows past time.
    • I had to walk. (Past Tense)
    Here, had to is the right usage.



  1. She dwells too much ______ her past.









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    dwell on : to think or talk a lot about something, especially it would be better to forget.
    Here, on is the right usage.

    Correct Option: B

    dwell on : to think or talk a lot about something, especially it would be better to forget.
    Here, on is the right usage.


  1. My neighbour is very ______ for he believes that nothing good will happen to him.









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    pessimistic (Adjective) : expecting bad things to happen or something not to be successful.
    reasonable (Adj.) : fair, practical and sensible
    forward-looking (Adj.) : planning for the future; willing to consider modern ideas and methods
    optimistic (Adj.) : expecting good things to happen/ something to be successful; positive
    Here, pessimistic is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    pessimistic (Adjective) : expecting bad things to happen or something not to be successful.
    reasonable (Adj.) : fair, practical and sensible
    forward-looking (Adj.) : planning for the future; willing to consider modern ideas and methods
    optimistic (Adj.) : expecting good things to happen/ something to be successful; positive
    Here, pessimistic is the right usage.



  1. If left unattended, even a small cut can turn into a ____.









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    sore (Noun) : a painful red place on your body ; wound.
    Here, sore is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    sore (Noun) : a painful red place on your body ; wound.
    Here, sore is the right usage.