Sentence Improvement


Direction: In the following questions, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part at (1), (2) and (3) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative.In case no improvement is needed your answer is (4).

  1. Our progress was slow because of having to search for them at frequent intervals.









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    Here, through having is the right usage.

    Correct Option: B

    Here, through having is the right usage.


  1. I hadn’t heard from him for nearly ten years in which time I had got married and had two children.









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    No improvement

    Correct Option: D

    No improvement



  1. I can’t think of anybody whom to invite.









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    Here, Passive Voice i.e., anybody who should be invited is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    Here, Passive Voice i.e., anybody who should be invited is the right usage.


  1. Not until did he receive her letter he fully realised her problem.









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    The structure of sentence should be :
    Not until + Subject + V2 + Object + did + Subject + V1
    Not until he received her letter did he fully realise is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    The structure of sentence should be :
    Not until + Subject + V2 + Object + did + Subject + V1
    Not until he received her letter did he fully realise is the right usage.



  1. When the thief saw the police approaching he showed a clean pair at heels.









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    It is Preposition related error. Hence, a clean pair of heels is the right usage.
    (1) A clean pair of heels : to flee quickly and swiftly.

    Correct Option: A

    It is Preposition related error. Hence, a clean pair of heels is the right usage.
    (1) A clean pair of heels : to flee quickly and swiftly.