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Part 148 – Fill in the Blanks Previous Year Questions

Q1. The chairperson brushed _______ my suggestion.
(a) out (b) over
(c) aside (d) about
Ans: (c) brush aside (Phr.V.): to ignore something Here, aside is the right usage.

Q2. She politely asked him _______.
(a) to leave her hand
(b) to give up her hand
(c) to release her hand
(d) to let her hand go
Ans: (a) Here, to leave her hand is the right usage.

Q3. Unhygienic surroundings _______ health problems.
(a) give rise to
(b) bring into being
(c) call for
(d) set in
Ans: (a) give rise to (Idiom): to cause something to happen or exist Here, given rise to is the right usage.

Q4. The engineers ________ this bridge since last year.
(a) have repaired
(b) had repaired
(c) have been repairing
(d) are repairing
Ans: (c) since is used with Present Perfect Continuous Tense Here, have been repairing is the right usage.

Q5. There are some people who doubt the ________ of anything they see in a newspaper.
(a) credulity (b) possibility
(c) veracity (d) existence
(c) veracity (Noun): the quality of being true ; the habit of speaking the truth credulity (Noun): the ability or willingness to believe that something is real or true possibility (Noun): the fact that something might exist or happen, but is not certain to existence (Noun): the fact of being real or living Here, veracity is the right usage.

Q6. He travelled all ______ the world when he was eighty years old.
(a) in (b) over
(c) with (d) of
Ans: (b) over (Prep.) is the right usage.

Q7. Dr. Sharma concluded his speech ______ stressing the Buddha’s teachings of the importance of charity.
(a) by (b) with
(c) at (d) in
Ans: (a) by (Prep.) is the right usage.

Q8. Shivaji Maharaj fought ______ every kind of aggression.
(a) against (b) to
(c) with (d) at
Ans: (a) against (Prep.) is the right usage.

Q9. Don’t depend _____ others; you must stand on your own feet.
(a) upon (b) on
(c) to (d) for
Ans: (b) on (Prep.) is the right usage.

Q10. Our life promises a lot ______ pleasure and we must learn to enjoy it.
(a) with (b) for
(c) of (d) at
(c) a lot of (Idiom): a large number or amount of somebody/ something Here, of is the right usage.

Q11. The building is not safe and must be _____ down.
(a) pull (b) pulling
(c) pulled (d) pulls
Ans: (c) pull down (Phr. V.): to destroy Here, pulled is the right usage.

Q12. There is something wonderful _____ him.
(a) of (b) about
(c) for (d) inside
Ans: (b) about (Prep.) is the right usage.

Q13. The song in the play cannot be deleted as it is _____ to the story.
(a) intervened(b) innate
(c) exacting (d) integral
Ans: (d) integral (Adj.): being an essential part of something Here, integral is the right usage.

Q14. She remained a _____ all her life.
(a) spinster (b) bachelor
(c) unmarried (d) single
Ans: (a) spinster (Noun): a woman who is not married, especially an older woman who is not likely to marry bachelor (Noun): a man who has never been married Here, spinster is the right usage.

Q15. Do not stay in the grasslands after dark, as some animals become _____ when they see humans.
(a) provoked (b) alerted
(c) aggressive (d) threatened
(c) aggressive (Adj.): angry, and behaving in a threatening way; ready to attack Here, aggressive is the right usage.

Q16. The company let me ____ time off work.
(a) take (b) taking
(c) to take (d) took
Ans: (a) let (Verb): allow The sentence structure will be as follows: The company let me take time off work Subject let object Inf. (without to) Here, take is the right usage.

Q17. I assume ____ with me.
(a) everyone agreeing
(b) that everyone agrees
(c) everyone to agree
(d) that everyone to agree
Ans: (b) Here, that everyone agrees is the right usage.

Q18. _____ the rain forests is very important, if we do not want the flora and fauna found there to become extinct.
(a) Reserving (b) Destroying
(c) Preserving (d) Maintaining
Ans: (c) preserving (Verb): saving; conserving Here, Preserving is the right usage.

Q19. If I had helped him, he _____.
(a) will not be drowned
(b) would not be drowned
(c) will not have been drowned
(d) would not have been drowned
Ans: (d) The sentence is in Past Perfect Tense. The structure will be as follows: If clause (Past + Perfect) +would + have If I had helped him, he would not have + Past + Participle been drowned. Here, would not have been drowned is the right usage.

Q20. When will you hand ____ your assignment ?
(a) in (b) back
(c) down (d) into
(a) hand in (Phr. V.): to give something to a person in authority hand back (Phr. V.): to give or return something to the person who owns it hand down (Phr. V.): to give or leave something to somebody who is younger than you Here, in is the right usage.

Q21. The housewife _______ the cakes burning, and ran to switch off the oven.
(a) smell (b) smells
(c) smelt (d) smelling
Ans: (c) Here, smelt (Simple Past Tense) is the right usage

Q22. _______ an old legend, King Shirham lived in India.
(a) In the event of
(b) Due to
(c) According to
(d) In reference to
Ans: (c) According to (Prep.): as stated or reported by somebody/ something Here, According to is the right usage.

Q23. _______ you leave now, you will be late.
(a) Until (b) Till
(c) Unless (d) Although
Ans: (c) Unless (Conj.): is used for talking about a situation that could happen in the future. Here, Unless is the right usage.

Q24. The _______ were arrested for illegally hunting the bears.
(a) poachers (b) rangers
(c) soldiers (d) villagers
Ans: (a) poacher (Noun): person who il legally hunt birds, animals, etc. ranger (Noun): person whose job is to take care of a forest, a park, etc. Here, poachers is the right usage.

Q25. If you had followed the rules, you _______ disqualified.
(a) will not be
(b) would not be
(c) will not have been
(d) would not have been
(d) Past Perfect Tensewould not have been is the right usage.

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