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Part 150 – Fill in the Blanks Previous Year Questions

Q1. The Prime Minister of England called _____ the President of America.
(a) in (b) out
(c) on (d) at
(c) call on (Phr. V.): to invite or ask somebody formally to speak; etc. Here, on is the right usage.

Q2. Many a man _____ imprisoned without trial in Fascist countries.
(a) are (b) were
(c) is (d) have been
Ans: (c) many a (Det.): a large number of used with a Singular Noun and Verb Here, is is the right usage.

Q3. The plane will take off when the thunderstorm ______.
(a) stops (b) stopped
(c) would stop (d) will stop
Ans: (a) The structure of the sentence is as follows: The plane will take off when the Simple Future Conj. thunderstorm stops. Simple Present Here, stops is the right usage.

Q4. When the doctor _____, the patient was already ______.
(a) arrived ; died
(b) arrived ; dead
(c) arrive ; dead
(d) arriving ; dying
Ans: (b) Here, arrived; dead is the right usage.

Q5. Age and experience________ wisdom to man.
(a) bring
(b) have brought
(c) are bringing
(d) brings
Ans: (d) Age and experience work as a single unit like bread and butter, cup and saucer, etc. Hence, Singular Verb is used with it. Here, brings is the right usage.

Q6. He drove from Maharashtra _____ Karnataka without stopping to rest.
(a) is (b) to
(c) into (d) towards
Ans: (b) When a starting place and a finishing place is mentioned, Prep. from is used for expressing the beginning and to for the end. Here, to is the right usage.

Q7. If you litter, you _____ to pay a fine.
(a) will have (b) would have
(c) will had (d) would had
Ans: (a) The sentence formation will be as follows: If + Simple Present, will–future Here, will have is the right usage.

Q8. Most animals which are nocturnal have a sharper ____ at night, than in the morning.
(a) vision (b) sight
(c) view (d) eye
Ans: (a) Here, vision is the right usage.

Q9. If I were ____, I wouldn’t accept such treatment,
(a) him (b) them
(c) he (d) one
Ans: (c) Nominative casehe is the right usage.

Q10. I know to ____ you are alluding.
(a) who (b) which
(c) where (d) whom
Ans: (d) Objective Casewhom is the right usage.

Q11. Each man and each woman ____ a vote.
(a) have (b) has
(c) can (d) must
(b) Singular Verb is used when two Nouns are joined by and and come after each. Here, has is the right usage.

Q12. You may bring your dog where _______.
(a) you have to pay
(b) there is no water
(c) pets are allowed
(d) pets can sleep
Ans: (c) Here, pets are allowed is the right usage.

Q13. The chef was wondering _____.
(a) when to brush his teeth
(b) what to prepare for the important dinner
(c) how to wash the dishes
(d) when to take the dog for a walk
Ans: (b) chef (Noun): a professional cook in a restaurant Here, what to prepare for the important dinner is the right usage.

Q14. I have brought some books _______, you to examine.
(a) to (b) for
(c) with (d) over
Ans: (b) Prep.-for is the right usage.

Q15. The speaker did not properly space out his speech, but went on _______ one point only.
(a) stressing (b) avoiding
(c) devoting (d) decrying
Ans: (a) stress (Verb): to emphasize a fact, an idea, etc. Here, stressing is the right usage.

Q16. The usher showed us _____.
(a) how to take photographs
(b) where to sit
(c) when to comb our hair
(d) how to dance
(b) usher (Noun): a person who shows people where to sit in a church, public hall, etc. Here, where to sit is the right usage.

Q17. The explosion that ___________ the bus killed twelve people .
(a) wrecked (b) deflated
(c) stalled (d) hindered
Ans: (a) wreck (Verb): to damage; to destroy Here, wrecked is the right usage.

Q18. There was some __________ between the member’s version and the committee’s version.
(a) discourse (b) discrepancy
(c) certainty (d) recurrence
Ans: (b) discrepancy (Noun): difference between two or more things that should be the same Here, discrepancy is the right usage.

Q19. We have talked a lot ; now let us ________ to work.
(a) get down (b) set off
(c) take off (d) sit up
Ans: (a) get down (Phr. V.): to begin to do something; to give serious attention to something Here, get down is the right usage.

Q20. The lifeguard would not let the children _________ at the deep end of the pool.
(a) swims (b) swim
(c) swam (d) to swim
Ans: (b) Inf. without to will be used. Here, swim is the right usage.

Q21. The audience watched the clowns _________ their act.
(a) performs
(b) perform
(c) performed
(d) are performing
(b) Inf. without to will be used. Here, perform is the right usage.

Q22. He was accused of bringing money into the country in _____ of foreign exchange rules.
(a) anticipation
(b) compensation
(c) perpetration
(d) violation
Ans: (d) violation (Noun): the act of going against or refusing to obey a law Here, violation is the right usage.

Q23. One of the players forgot to ___.
(a) turn up for practice
(b) run away from school
(c) buy shoes for the exam
(d) bring his books for the match
Ans: (a) turn up for practice is the right usage.

Q24. Today students should be reconciled _____ the way things are changing.
(a) with (b) to
(c) for (d) at
Ans: (a) reconcile (Verb): to make oneself or another no longer opposed with (Prep.) is used with reconcile Here, with is the right usage.

Q25. The country’s economic growth was adversely _____ by political instability.
(a) reflected (b) effected
(c) affected (d) expected
Ans: (c) affect (Verb): to have an influence on somebody or something effect (Verb): to achieve or produce Here, affected is the right usage.

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