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1. After finishing high school, I plan to pursuing law.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’ (plan to pursue). After the verb PLAN if there is an action word we use TO + V1. PURSUE is an action word.

2. He was looking into his book for the last two hours but couldn’t find it.

Answer: C

Explanation: Option ‘C’ (looking for his book). Look for = to search; e.g.

a) We are looking for a partner in a new business venture.
b) Columbus was looking for a shorter route to India when he discovered America.

3. Rajan is having three brothers and three sisters.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’ (has). Here the verb HAVE means ‘to possess/own’. When the verb HAVE has this meaning; it can’t be in the continuous for; e.g.

INCORRECT: I’m having a lot of friends here.
CORRECT: I have a lot of friends here.

INCORRECT: Anita is having a headache.
CORRECT: Anita has a headache.

4. Solomon always refers in the dictionary for clearing doubts about words.

Answer: C

Explanation: Option ‘C’ (to the dictionary). refer to someone/something = to look at a book, map, etc. for information; e.g.

a) Please refer to our catalogue for details of all our products.
b) She spoke for an hour without once referring to her notes.
c) He referred to a history book to find out the dates of the French Revolution.
d) The reader is constantly referred back to the introduction.

5. We live in a populated country of 120 million people.

Answer: C

Explanation: Option ‘C’. Both the words POPULOUS and PUPULATED are adjectives; but they are used differently. We use the word populated to say that people live at a place; e.g.

a) They don’t want to run the risk of bombs falling on populated areas.
b) Wild animals are seldom seen in populated areas.
c) Children who live in heavily populated city neighborhoods are more  likely  to  contract asthma.
d) The area used to be sparsely populated, but then farmers moved

6. Last before year, Shirley got very good grades.

Answer: C

Explanation: Option ‘C’. The day/week/year etc before last = the day, week etc before the one that has just finished; e.g.

a)  I sent the letter off the week before last.
b) It was the dog he’d heard the night before last.
c) We had lunch together the week before last.

7. I am been working here for the past ten years.

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. In the given sentence we have been given for + time (for + the past ten years). With ‘since/for + time’ we use either the Present Perfect/Perfect Continuous Tense or The Past Perfect/Perfect Continuous Tense.

We use The Present Perfect Tense or the Present Perfect Continuous Tense with ‘since/for’ for an action which began in the past and is still continuing. But, if an action which began before the time of speaking in the past, and ‘was still continuing that time’ or ‘stopped at that time or just before it’ we use The Past Perfect Tense or the Past Perfect Continuous Tense.

In the given sentence there is no reference that action of working started before a given time in the past; therefore, you can’t use the Past Perfect Tense (option ‘D’.)

An example of the use of Past Perfect Tense:

Rohan was a teacher when I met him. He had been a teacher for five years.

[In this sentence ‘when I met him’ is the given past time; therefore use of the Past Perfect Tense is quite correct here.]

8. Finally, here are a few examples of passages and their précis.

Answer: D

Explanation: Option ‘D’. Precis is both the singular and plural form. Therefore, option ‘D’ is incorrect.

9. During my Goa tour, I had visited beaches in Vasco, Baga and Vagator.

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. Word during can’t be used with Past Perfect Tense; the given sentence, therefore, is incorrect.  

10. Don’t disturb the boy, he prepares for his examination.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’. The given sentence is in the Present Simple Tense. We use the Present Simple Tense for repeated activities. But in the sentence we are not talking about a repeated activity; rather it’s a one-time instance that is going on at the time of speaking. Therefore here we need the Present Continuous Tense.



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