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FILL IN THE BLANKS Practice Set 7 SOLVED IN HINDI & ENGLISH (with options)


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1. The deadline was nearby, so Mrs Sweth had her students ——– their essay.

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. When the structure is like HAVE + OBJECT (here ‘had + her + students’); HAVE is a main verb and not a helping herb and the third form of the verb is not always necessary after HAVE in this structure as it always happens when HAVE is a helping verb; and this structure is used when we mean ‘to get a work done/completed’ by others. We normally have three cases for it:

CASE-I: Have + object  + V1

When we instruct somebody to do something we use the pattern ‘Have + Object + Bare infinitive (V1 without TO)’. We use this construction for a completed event; e.g.

a) He had Ritu make us all some tea.
b) The teacher had me stay after class to discuss my essay. ( =The teacher made me stay after class to discuss my essay.)
c) I’ll have Aman book you a ticket for Mumbai. (=I will instruct Aman to book a ticket for Mumbai for you.)
d) She has never had people misbehave with her.

CASE-II: Have + object + ing form

Structure ‘Have + Object + ing form ‘ is used for an event in progress; e.g.

a) He had them all dancing.
b) I’ll have you driving in three days.
c) If you give all-night parties you’ll have the neighbours complaining.
d) I just had them doing stretch routines, and after, they got really good at it.

CASE-III: Have + object + V3

We also use ‘Have + Object + V3’ form when we talk about someone doing something for us which we ask or instruct them to do. But with the past participle (v3), note that it always has a passive meaning; e.g.

a) We’re having the house painted next week. (अर्थात घर को पेंट करने का काम हम खुद नहीं कर रहे, बल्कि ये काम हमारे द्वारा किसी और से करवाया जा रहा है.)
b) I’m going to have my car repaired next week. ( =It’s going to be repaired next week.)
c) Have you ever had your wallet stolen? ( =Have it ever been stolen?)
d) I had to have my car washed as it had gone too dirty.

In the given sentence they were students (not Mrs Sweth herself) whose task it was, so the first form i.e. COMPLETE (option ‘A’) is right. Word THEIR in the given sentence suggests that it was students’ task, not Mrs Sweth’s own task.

2. Lokesh was busy when we ——– to see him.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’. Past Simple Tense is required as you see.

3. We got a letter not long ——–.

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. Understand the use of the prepositions AFTER and AFTERWARDS here:

AFTER: It takes a noun, pronoun or gerund (VERB + ING); e.g.

a) Don’t bathe immediately after a meal/after eating.
b) Don’t have a meal and bathe immediately after it.

AFTERWARDS: It does not take a noun, pronoun or gerund; e.g.

a) Don’t have a meal and bathe immediately AFTERWARDS.
b) They bathed and AFTERWARDS played games.

They bathed and played games AFTERWARDS.
= They bathed and THEN played games.

NOTE: AFTERWARDS can be used at either end of the sentence and can be modified by Soon, Immediately, Not long, etc.; e.g.

a) Soon afterwards we got a letter.
b) We got a letter not long afterwards.

4. ——- you hear the president’s speech?

Answer: D

Explanation: Option ‘D’. The main verb in the sentence is HEAR. Helping verbs of the three answer options HAVE, HAS and HAD must have the 3rd form of the main verb, but you see HEAR is the 1st form. So option ‘D’ is correct. DID as a helping verb, always takes 1st form of the main verb.

5. Your criteria ——– not valid.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’. CRITERIA is plural of CRITERION and hence takes a plural verb.

6. Was it ——– you were talking about?

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. With the verb BE (is/are/am/was/were) we use the subjective case of the pronoun in standard English. THEY (option ‘C’) is not possible as the verb is singular; e.g.

a) Who is it? —-It is I. (not ME)
b) Where is Ram? —-That’s HE over there. (not HIM)
c) It was I who came here. (not ME)

7. The news was ——– good to be true.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’. Too + adjective/adverb + to = more than enough. Means the news was so good that it could not be believed. Use of this construction gives a negative meaning.

8. I will be here ——– Thursday and Friday.

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. When two time periods are joined by AND we use DURING before the first one. e.g.

a) The first world war took place during 1914 and 1918.
b) Dr Jain will be here during Thursday and Friday.

9. She couldn’t sleep because she’d drunk ——– coffee.

Answer: C

Explanation: Option ‘C’. TOO is an adverb and is used before adjectives or another adverbs to say that sth is more than good, necessary, possible, etc. Here the meaning is ‘She had drunk more than necessary coffee that she found it difficult to sleep’. Obviously the adjective MUCH should precede the noun COFFEE to convey the idea of the quantity. Hence TOO MUCH is our answer. TOO MANY is not possible here as it’s used for countable nouns.

10. The starving man ——– able to walk.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’. Option ‘C’ is incorrect as ‘IS BARELY’ is used for habitual events, but the given event is not habitual here. Option ‘A’ is incorrect as CAN and ABLE are not used together.

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