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Solution Sentence Improvement Practice Set 3 solved in English

Sentence Improvement PRACTICE  SET 3 SOLVED IN HINDI & ENGLISH (with options)



1. For all his wealth, he has no joy in life.

Answer: D

Explanation: No improvement. ‘For all’ is an idiom which means ‘in spite of something’

Hindi translation: धन-सम्पति होते हुए भी उसके जीवन में कोई आनंद नहीं है.

2. There was little he could do to save his battered reputation.

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. Salvage = to try to make a bad situation better. Battered reputation = poor reputation. Use of ‘little’ is quite correct, we use this word in negative references. For positive references we use ‘a little’.

Translation in Hindi: अपनी खराब साख को सही करने के लिए उसके पास करने को कुछ ख़ास नहीं था.

3. The commoners joined the king’s army at crushing the rebels.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’. When one take part in an activity we use the preposition IN.

4. Although the goal-keeper was responsible for the defeat in the important football match, nobody blamed him.

Answer: D

Explanation: No improvement. When a sentence begins with ‘although’ we do not any other conjunctions like ‘but’, ‘yet’, etc. before the next clause.

5. As well as he breaking his leg, he hurt his arm.

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. If an action is there after ‘as well as’ we use gerund (ing form) directly after this.

6. Before I met Radha I had had a bad opinion of her.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’. When a situation described in the main clause lasts until a time indicated in the ‘before-clause’ we use Past Simple Tense in both the clauses. In the given sentence his opinion was still bad about Radha when he met him; e.g.

a) It was two days before my brother returned from Agra.
b) I didn’t think I would like playing football before I tried it.
c) He used to live with us before he shifted to Kolkata.

7. He told his friend that he drank tea every morning.

Answer: D

Explanation: No improvement. We also use the Past Simple Tense for past habits. We generally use these words to express a past habit: Always, Usually, Daily, Everyday, Never, Often, Rarely, Seldom, Scarcely, etc.; e.g.

a) He studied many hours every day.
b) He always carried an umbrella.
c) She always came late.
d) She never missed good plays

8. They watched the sea lions being fed with fish.

Answer: D

Explanation: No improvement. Verb ‘watch’ takes either the Bare Infinitive (V1 without TO) 0r the Present Participle (ing form) after its object. Present Participle does the work of an adjective. Present Participle form of the verb ‘feed’ is ‘feeding’; but here as we need it in the passive voice it will be ‘being fed’.

Translation in Hindi: उन्होंने ‘sea lions’ को fish खिलाते हुए देखा.

9. A majority of the shareholders want the merger.

Answer: D

Explanation: No improvement. ‘A majority of’ and ‘the majority of’ take plural verbs, but ‘the majority’ (without OF) can be used with either a singular verb or a plural verb; means it’s optional; e.g.

The majority is against you.
= The majority are against you.

10. Old habits hardly die.

Answer: A

Explanation: Option ‘A’. ‘Hard’ both an adjective and an adverb, whereas ‘hardly’ can only be an adverb. ‘Hardly’ is not the adverb form of the adjective ‘hard’. The adverb form of ‘hard’ is ‘hard’ itself.

When ‘hard’ is an adverb, it means ‘with a lot of effort’ or ‘heavily or severely’. We use it after the main verb. ‘Hardly’ has a negative meaning; it normally means ‘almost not’ or ‘only just’.

a) I studied hard for my exams but could not pass.
b) The government is coming down hard on rape crime.
c) There is so much noise in the other room. I can hardly hear what you are saying.
d) The instructions are printed so small I can hardly read them.

INCORRECT: I tried hardly to find the key.
CORRECT: I tried hard to find the key.

INCORRECT: It was raining hardly and we all got wet.
CORRECT: It was raining hard and we all got wet.

INCORRECT: You must not have beaten him too hardly.
CORRECT: You must not have beaten him too hard/severely.

NOTE: HARDLY is a negative word; therefore ‘hardly die’ will mean that old habits do not end, but it’s in fact not true. Old habits do end; but it’s difficult to get rid of them. For example ‘smoking’; it can end, but it will end only when with a lot of difficulties.

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