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. After saying that Beverly made too many mistakes, Bob added insult to injury by saying _____.









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    add insult to injury : to make worse.
    Here, she worked very slowly is the right usage.

    Correct Option: B

    add insult to injury : to make worse.
    Here, she worked very slowly is the right usage.


  1. James Watt _____ the steam engine.









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    invent : to produce something that has not existed before.
    discover : to find something that was hidden.
    Here, invented is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    invent : to produce something that has not existed before.
    discover : to find something that was hidden.
    Here, invented is the right usage.



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 grand temple complex that _____ the bygone era.









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    evokes (V.) : to bring a feeling, a memory/ an image into your mind
    invokes (V. ) : to call for assistance/support/inspiration
    provokes (V.) : to incite anger/ resentment
    revokes (V.) : to invalidate/ cause to no longer be in effect
    bygone (Adj.) : past
    era (N.) : a period of time characterized by particular circumstances, events, or personages
    Here, evokes is the right usage.

    Correct Option: B

    evokes (V.) : to bring a feeling, a memory/ an image into your mind
    invokes (V. ) : to call for assistance/support/inspiration
    provokes (V.) : to incite anger/ resentment
    revokes (V.) : to invalidate/ cause to no longer be in effect
    bygone (Adj.) : past
    era (N.) : a period of time characterized by particular circumstances, events, or personages
    Here, evokes is the right usage.


  1. The three brothers formed a little ____ within the family.









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    coterie (N.) : a small group of people who have the same interests and do things together but do not like to include others
    clique (N.) : a small exclusive group of friends/associates
    Here, coterie is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    coterie (N.) : a small group of people who have the same interests and do things together but do not like to include others
    clique (N.) : a small exclusive group of friends/associates
    Here, coterie is the right usage.



  1. I have been fortunate to find a _______ of people who I can call true friends.









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    handful : a small number of people or things.
    Here, handful is the right usage.

    Correct Option: B

    handful : a small number of people or things.
    Here, handful is the right usage.