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. He has been growing weaker and his life now hangs with a thread.









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    hang by a thread (Idiom) ; to be in great danger
    Hence, by (Prep.) is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    hang by a thread (Idiom) ; to be in great danger
    Hence, by (Prep.) is the right usage.


  1. James had been teaching at the university since June.









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    Present Perfect Continuous Tense-has been teaching is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    Present Perfect Continuous Tense-has been teaching is the right usage.



  1. She is loving chocolate ice cream









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    Stative Verbs → describe a state rather than an action-like, understand, seem, love, hate, have, own, etc.
    They are not used in Progressive Tenses.
    Hence, loves is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    Stative Verbs → describe a state rather than an action-like, understand, seem, love, hate, have, own, etc.
    They are not used in Progressive Tenses.
    Hence, loves is the right usage.


  1. The dictator declared an emergency in the country.









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    No improvement
    declared (Verb) : Stated in an open way so that people may know about it ; to say something officially/publicly
    proposed (V.) : declare a plan for the future
    decreed (V.) : decide with authority by order/command
    order (V.) : impose regulations on

    Correct Option: D

    No improvement
    declared (Verb) : Stated in an open way so that people may know about it ; to say something officially/publicly
    proposed (V.) : declare a plan for the future
    decreed (V.) : decide with authority by order/command
    order (V.) : impose regulations on



  1. A lot depends on your early brought up in the family.









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    upbringing (Noun) : the way a child is brought up
    bring up (Phr.V.) : to care for a child, teaching him/her how to behave, etc. ; raise ; upbringing
    Here, upbringing is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    upbringing (Noun) : the way a child is brought up
    bring up (Phr.V.) : to care for a child, teaching him/her how to behave, etc. ; raise ; upbringing
    Here, upbringing is the right usage.