Practice Sets - EnglishSentence Improvement




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1. The match was so very ordinary after all the hype generated by the fans.

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’. SO and VERY can only come together in spoken English; therefore the given sentence is incorrect. Nothing to write home about = not especially impressive, remarkable, or noteworthy; rather dull, uninteresting; e.g.

a) It gets good reviews, but the new sushi restaurant  is really nothing  to write home about.
b) His performance has been  nothing to write home  about so far.  To be honest, we  were expecting much more out of him when we recruited him.

2. She couldn’t help but laugh.

Answer: D

Explanation: Option ‘D’. There is difference between the usages of can’t help and can’t help but though both of them have the same meaning. Can’t help takes gerund (ing form) while can’t help but takes bare infinitive (V1 without TO).  Therefore the given sentence is correct. Though option ‘A’ (laughing) is also correct, as the given sentence is already error free we do no need to consider it; e.g.

a) She can’t help laughing at your foolishness.
b) She can’t help but laugh at your foolishness.

3. He is a singer of repute, but his yesterday’s performance was quite disappointing.

Answer: D

Explanation: Option ‘D’. We can use possessive case with nouns denoting time and duration. Here YESTERDAY is a noun, which denotes time; e.g.

a) Is that yesterday’s paper?
b) I’ve only had one week’s holiday so far this year.

4. I am surprised that he dares speak in such a tone to his father.

Answer: D

Explanation: Option ‘D’. Here DARE = to be brave enough or rude enough to do something. In this sense, it can be used both as a main verb and modal verb. As the given sentence is an affirmative sentence, therefore here DARE is a main verb. Remember in affirmative sentences DARE is always a main verb. When DARE is a main verb, it can be followed by a either the full infinitive (to+v1) or the bare infinitive (V1 without TO). Therefore the given sentences is absolutely correct.

Though option ‘A’ (dares to speak) is also correct, we do not need to consider it as the given sentence is already error free. When you use a main verb in the present simple, you add (s) to the base form of the verb for the third person singular. As the sentence is in the Present Simple Tense, and the subject (he) is singular DARES will be correct; not DARE.

5. Poets often use archaic words that are no longer in use for the sake of greater effect.

Answer: D

Explanation: Option ‘D’. ARE (BE) is the main verb of the given clause. When BE (is/am/are/was/were, etc.) is the main verb we put NO LONGER after it.

Option ‘A’ is not right as ANY LONGER is put after the main verb, in this option the main verb is USED. Option ‘B’ is not right as NO LONGER is not used after the main verb. Option ‘C’ is not also right as in this option ARE is the helping verb, when a helping verb is also there it’s put after that helping verb.

NO LONGER को किसी  sentence/clause में कैसे रखा जाता है इसे जानने के लिए ये पढ़ें:

No longer is normally put between the subject and the verb if the verb consists of only one word; if there is a helping verb or more than one helping verbs, it is put after the first helping verb. If the main verb is BE (is/am/are/was/were, etc.) it is put after BE.; e.g.

a) Rohit no longer smokes. [no helping verb]
b) She could no longer afford to keep him at school. [COULD is the helping/modal verb.]
c) They’re no longer going out together. [BE (are) is helping verb.]
d) Food shortages are no longer a problem. [Main verb is BE (are)]

NOTE: we can also use no longer in front position, but in this case we invert the subject and verb, means helping verb comes before the subject; e.g.

No longer does he dream of becoming famous. He knows his life will be very ordinary.

6. Food was the prime necessity of health.

Answer: C

Explanation: Option ‘C’. Adjective PRIMARY is used when we are saying that a thing is more important in comparison to anything else. But here in the given sentence we have nothing to compare with. We are just talking about the importance of food. For this meaning we use PRIME. Moreover it’s a facts, for facts we use the Present Simple Tense.

7. Men like Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln do great deeds because of their strength of character.

Answer: D

Explanation: Option ‘D’. It’s a true fact, for facts the tense is the Present Simple Tense.

8. It is much too important to be made a joke of.

Answer: D

Explanation: Option ‘D’. TOO MUCH is placed before a noun or verb; whereas MUCH  TOO is placed before an adjective or adverb. IMPORTANT is an adjective, therefore MUCH TOO will be correct here.

a) It is too much food. (FOOD is a noun.)
b) He is much too strong than I expected. (STRONG is an adjective.)

make a joke of something  = to laugh about something that is  serious; e.g.

Don’t make a joke of it! I could lose my job because of this!

Translation in Hindi: यह इतना महत्वपूर्ण है कि इसका मजाक नहीं उड़ाया जा सकता.

9. The constable was a so big man that he could not run fast enough to catch the thief.

Answer: C

Explanation: Option ‘C’ Right structure is so + adjective + a/an + noun, or such + a/an + adjective + noun. Accordingly the given sentence is incorrect, also option ‘A’ and ‘B’ are incorrect; e.g.

She is so great a cook.
= She is such a great cook.

She seemed so intelligent a girl.
She seemed such an intelligent girl.

10. Is there any place for me to sit?

Answer: B

Explanation: Option ‘B’

ROOM = If there is ROOM somewhere, there is enough empty space there for people or things to be fitted in, or for people to move freely or do what they want to; e.g.

a) That sofa would take up too much room in the flat.
b) He’s fainted! Don’t crowd him – give him room.
c) Is there any room for me in the car?
d) There’s hardly room to move in here.

SPACE = A particular kind of space is the area that is available for a particular activity or for putting a particular kind of thing in; e.g.

a) You don’t want your living space to look like a bedroom.
b) Finding a parking space in the summer months is still a virtual impossibility.
c) Is there any space for my clothes in that cupboard?
d) The blank space at the end of the form is for your name.

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