Verbal Ability Questions

  • Identify the incorrect sentence or sentences:

    A. Harish told Raj to plead guilty.

    B. Raj pleaded guilty of stealing money from the shop.

    C. The court found Raj guilty of all the crimes he was charged with.

    D. He was sentenced for three years in jail.

    1. A and C
    2. B, C and D
    3. B and D
    4. A, C and D
  • Following question consists of four sentences on a topic. Some sentences are grammatically incorrect or inappropriate. Select the option that indicates the grammatically correct and appropriate sentence(s).

    A. Large reductions in the ozone layer, which sits about 15-30 km above the Earth, take place each winter over the polar regions, especially the Antarctic, as low temperatures allow the formation of stratospheric clouds that assist chemical reactions breaking down ozone.

    B. Industrial chemicals containing chlorine and bromine have been blamed for thinning the layer because they attack the ozone molecules, making them to break apart.

    C. Many an offending chemicals have now been banned.

    D. It will still take several decades before these substances have disappeared from the atmosphere.

    1. B & D
    2. A & C
    3. A & D
    4. D
  • Identify the sentence or parts of the sentence that are correct in terms of grammar and usage.Then choose the most appropriate option.

    1. Imagine you are in a train carriage waiting at station.

    2. Out of the window you see a second train standing alongside your's.

    3. The whistle blows, and at last you are on your way.

    4. You glide smoothly past the other train.

    1. 1 and 3
    2. 1 and 4
    3. 2 and 4
    4. 3 and 4
  • Identify the sentence or parts of the sentence that are incorrect in terms of grammar and usage. Then choose the most appropriate option.

    1. Thanks to the coalition, we now have PCTs and hospitals that are confused, low in morale and have no clear idea of their future.

    2. What may seem good political win for anti-Tory forces at Westminster feels like mayhem on the ground.

    3. No responsible politician can afford to feel happy about “the pause” and the giant question mark hanging around the structural future of the NHS.

    4. Labour has to have their own plan, which advances their own thinking post-government.

    1. Only 4
    2. 1 and 3
    3. 2 and 4
    4. 2, 3 and 4
  • Following question consists of four sentences on a topic. Some sentences are grammatically incorrect or inappropriate. Select the option that indicates the grammatically correct and appropriate sentence(s).

    A. The balance of power will shift to the East as China and India evolve.

    B. Rarely the economic ascent of two still relatively poor nations has been watched with such a mixture of awe, opportunism, and trepidation.

    C. Postwar era witnessed economic miracles in Japan and South Korea, but neither was populous enough to power worldwide growth or change the game in a complete spectrum of industries.

    D. China and India, by contrast, posses the weight and dynamism to transform the 21st-century global economy.

    1. C
    2. A & D
    3. C & D
    4. A, B & C
  • A part of sentence given below has been underlined. You have to Select the option that best replaces the underlined part.

    The appetite of banks for funds was lost under the onslaught of the slowdown, corporates refused to borrow even as bank deposits flourished.

    1. bank deposits flourished
    2. bank deposits swelled
    3. bank deposits flummoxed
    4. bank deposits were enhanced
  • A part of sentence given below has been underlined. You have to Select the option that best replaces the underlined part.

    The MP rose up to say that in her opinion, she thought the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed on unanimously.

    1. rose up to say that, the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed on
    2. rose to say that she thought the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed
    3. rose to say that, in her opinion, the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed on
    4. rose to say that, in her opinion, she thought that the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed
  • A part of sentence given below has been underlined. You have to Select the option that best replaces the underlined part.

    Many people mistake familiarity for a vulgar style, and suppose that to write without affectation is to write at random speed.

    1. is to do speed writing
    2. is to write fast
    3. is to write randomly
    4. is to write at random
  • A part of sentence given below has been underlined. You have to Select the option that best replaces the underlined part.

    It must be noticed that under no circumstance should the company go in for diversification.

    1. It should be noticed
    2. It must be pointed out
    3. It must be noted
    4. It must be noticed
  • A part of sentence given below has been underlined. You have to Select the option that best replaces the underlined part.

    Bacon believes that the medical profession should be permitted to ease and quicken death where the end would otherwise only delay for a few days and at the cost of great pain.

    1. be delayed for a few days
    2. otherwise only delay for a few days and
    3. be delayed for a few days and
    4. be otherwise only delayed for a few days and
  • In the following passage, at certain points you are given a choice of three words, one of which fits the meaning of the passage. Choose the best word.

    Sometimes the messages are sent with 1. (a) many (b) few (c) no accompanying words and we speak in 2. (a) body (b) signal (c) foreign language alone. But what gestures make 3. (a) with body (b) up (c) into language? Most of us are 4. (a) easy (b) familiar (c) efficient with the common hand gestures. Some 5. (a) students (b) people (c) officers cannot talk without using their hands. 6. (a) We (b) Arms (c) They reach out as they explain almost 7. (a) exacting (b) shaping (c) changing their words, emphasizing and exaggerating and 8. (a) teaching (b) holding (c) punctuating their hands. Other people hardly 9. (a) adjust (b) use  (c) wave their hands at all when they 10. (a) lecture (b) unite (c) talk.

  • In the following passage, at certain points you are given a choice of three words, one of which fits the meaning of the passage. Choose the best word.

    One of the most interesting new books published recently is "Spaceship' by Prof. E.C. Walker, Our earth he says 1. (a) is (b) have been (c) will be like a spaceship, and all the 400 million people 2. (a) over (b) on (c) upon earth are passengers on it. And we are heading 3. (a) about (b) to (c) towards a disaster. The levels of atmospheric pollution 4. (a) increasing (b) arriving (c) coming in the cities and industrial areas of the world could in time change the weather patterns of the earth, raising the temperature 5. (a) in (b) of (c) for the whole planet. If this rose a few 6. (a) degrees (b) steps (c) miles the deserts of the world would expand to double their size. The polar ice caps would start inching. If the polar ice caps melted, the 7. (a) water (b) ice (c) sea level all over the world would rise 8. (a) in (b) by (c) to about 60 meters. Prof. Walker's 9. (a) idea (b) thought (c) book is not at all about gloom and doom. He admits that the 10. (a) ideas (b) changes (c) solutions he describes could take thousands of years.

  • In the following passage, at certain points you are given a choice of three words, one of which fits the meaning of the passage. Choose the best word.

    I was engaged in many activities and I wanted a proper reconciliation between my activity and thought. Thought without 1. (a) wish (b) action (c) idea is undeveloped thought. Action without 2. (a) thought (b) wish (c) idea is folly. Of course we 3. (a) never (b) belatedly (c) sometimes act on some impulse or 4. (a) peaceful (b) uncontrollable (c) indisputable urge. If suddenly you through 5. (a) no (b) an (c) a brick at me and my 6. (a) hand (b) wrist (c) finger goes up in front to 7. (a) stimulate (b) rescue (c) protect myself, it is an automatic 8. (a) uncontrollable (b) instinctive (c) impulsive action and not a result 9. (a) to (b) in (c) of deliberate thought. Over living is 10. (a) made (b) conditioned (c) developed by a series of automatic 11. (a) thoughts (b) actions (c) wishes from morning till night. Anything 12. (a) we (b) I (c) they do outside that common range of 13. (a) thoughts (b) ideas (c) actions, however, has to be 14. (a) proceeded (b) preceded (c) followed by some measure of thinking. 15. (a) Some (b) If (c) The more action and thought are 16. (a) developed (b) allied (c) hostile and integrated, the more effective 17. (a) they (b) thoughts (c) we become and the happier you 18. (a) appear (b) develop (c) grow. There will then be no 19. (a) reconciliation (b) conflict (c) inflict between a wish to do something and 20. (a) inability (b) probability (c) plausibility to act.

  • In the following passage, at certain points you are given a choice of three words, one of which fits the meaning of the passage. Choose the best word.

    According to a report in yesterday's newspaper 1. (a) once (b) a (c) new police dog was taken to Raj Bhavan 2. (a) at (b) next (c) on Monday. This was to trace the 3. (a) killers (b) dogs (c) police of the "very important horse" which 4. (a) has (b) were (c) was reported missing on Sunday. The dog picked 5. (a) on (b) at (c) up the scent on some traces of 6. (a) those (b) blood (c) report and ran a few yards before losing the 7. (a) bet (b) track (c) game. The police have launched a vigorous 8. (a) search (b) investigation (c) campaign into the whole affair. They have 9. (a) given up (b) requisitioned (c) report the services of a forensic expert, 10. (a) a (b) an (c) two fingerprint expert and a photographer. 11. (a) There (b) We (c) So are now fourteen horses at Raj Bhavan 12. (a) who (b) where (c) which are kept in a large shed near the gate.

  • The multi sourcing of

    • P: financial mess with
    • Q: coins led to a
    • R: using their own mix of
    • S: different mints

    metals and alloys.

    1. SQRP
    2. QPSR
    3. RPQS
    4. PSRQ
  • In paliopathology

    • P: would be to obtain
    • Q: the fundamental objective
    • R: background information
    • S: as much

    on the skeleton as possible.

    1. PRQS
    2. QPSR
    3. SRQP
    4. RPSQ
  • The national unity of a free people

    • P: to make it impracticable
    • Q: for there to be an arbitrary administration
    • R: depends upon a sufficiently even balance of political power
    • S: against a revolutionary opposition that is irreconcilably opposed to it
    1. QRPS
    2. RSPQ
    3. QRSP
    4. RPQS
  • It is very easy

    • P: a great deal more than one realises
    • Q: may mean
    • R: that a phrase that one does not quite understand
    • S: to persuade oneself
    1. SPQR
    2. RSQP
    3. RQPS
    4. SRQP
  • These positive effects vary from genetic changes that

    • P: to other related infections,
    • Q: make us more resistant to the diseases responsible
    • R: for epidemics and
    • S: which have effects on human that are

    hard to pin down and quantify.

    1. QRPS
    2. SQPR
    3. PRSQ
    4. RPQS
  • All such students

    • P: get success
    • Q: who are honest and hard-working
    • R: and recognition
    • S: in very walk of life
    1. PSRQ
    2. SPRQ
    3. PRQS
    4. QPRS
  • He was so kind and generous that

    • P: he not only
    • Q: made others do so
    • R: but also
    • S: helped them himself
    1. SPQR
    2. PRSQ
    3. QPRS
    4. PSRQ
  • We must read

    • P: if we want to absorb the fruits of great literature
    • Q: but with concentration
    • R: them not as we do cricket stories
    • S: undefined
    1. QPSR
    2. PRQS
    3. PSQR
    4. PRSQ
  • It has been established that

    • P: Einstein was
    • Q: although a great scientist
    • R: weak in arithmetic
    • S: right from his school days
    1. SRPQ
    2. QPRS
    3. RQPS
    4. QPSR
  • Education is

    • P: of the proper sense of responsibilities
    • Q: the first need
    • R: in a citizen
    • S: for the development
    1. SQPR
    2. QSRP
    3. QSPR
    4. PQRS
  • The first line (S1) is fixed. Arrange the other four lines P, Q, R and S in a logical sequence.

    • S1: The beginning of the universe had, of course, been discussed for a long time.
    • P: One argument of such a beginning was the feeling that it was necessary to have a first cause to explain the existence of the universe.
    • Q: He pointed out that civilization is progressing, and we remember who performed this deed or developed that technique;
    • R: According to a number of early cosmologies in the Jewish/Christian/Muslim tradition, the universe started at a finite and not very distant time in the past.
    • S: Another argument was put forward by St. Augustine in his book, The City of God.
    1. QRSP
    2. RPSQ
    3. PSQR
    4. SQPR
  • The first line (S1) is fixed. Arrange the other four lines P, Q, R and S in a logical sequence.

    • S1: I was so eager not to disappoint my parents that I ran errands for anyone.
    • P: On the way a boy on a bicycle crashed into me and my left shoulder hurt so much that my eyes watered.
    • Q: Only then did I cry
    • R: But I still went and bought the maize, took it to my neighbours and then went home.
    • S: One day my neighbours asked me to buy some maize for them from the bazaar.
    1. SPRQ
    2. PQSR
    3. QRPS
    4. RSQP
  • The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    • A. The celebrations of economic recovery in Washington may be as premature as that 'Mission Accomplished' banner hung on the USS Abraham Lincoln to hail the end of the Iraq war.
    • B. Meanwhile, in the real world, the struggles of families and communities continue unabated.
    • C. Washington responded to the favourable turn in economic news with enthusiasm.
    • D. The celebrations and high-fives up and down Pennsylvania Avenue are not to be found beyond the Beltway.
    • E. When the third quarter GDP showed growth of 7.2% and the monthly unemployment rate dipped to six per cent euphoria gripped the US capital.
    1. ECBDA
    2. ECABD
    3. CEDAB
    4. ACEDB
  • The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    • A. Experts such as Larry Burns, head of research at GM, reckon that only such a full hearted leap will allow the world to cope with the mass motorization that will one day come to China or India.
    • B. But once hydrogen is being produced from biomass or extracted from underground coal or made from water, using nuclear or renewable electricity, the way will be open for a huge reduction in carbon emissions from the whole system.
    • C. In theory, once all the bugs have been sorted out, fuel cells should deliver better total fuel economy than any existing engines.
    • D. That is twice as good as the internal combustion engine, but only five percentage points better than a diesel hybrid.
    • E. Allowing for the resources needed to extract hydrogen from hydrocarbon, oil coal or gas, the fuel cell has an efficiency of 30%.
    1. ACEBD
    2. CEDBA
    3. CEBDA
    4. AEDBC
  • The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    • A. This is now orthodoxy to which I subscribe - up to a point.
    • B. It emerged from the mathematics of chance and statistics.
    • C. Therefore the risk is measurable and manageable.
    • D. The fundamental concept: Prices are not predictable, but the mathematical laws of chance can describe their fluctuations.
    • E. This is how what business schools now call modern finance was born.
    1. EBDCA
    2. DCBEA
    3. ABDCE
    4. ADCBE
  • The sentences given in below question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the four given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    • A. If caught in the act, they were punished, not for the crime, but for allowing themselves to be caught another lash of the whip.
    • B. The bellicose Spartans sacrificed all the finer things in life for military expertise.
    • C. Those fortunate enough to survive babyhood were taken away from their mothers at the age of seven to undergo rigorous military training.
    • D. This consisted mainly of beatings and deprivations of all kinds like going around barefoot in winter, and worse, starvation so that they would be forced to steal food to survive.
    • E. Male children were examined at birth by the city council and those deemed too weak to become soldiers were left to die of exposure.
    1. ECDAB
    2. BCDAE
    3. BECDA
    4. ECADB
  • The sentences given in question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    • A. Passivity is not, of course, universal.
    • B. In areas where there are no lords or laws, or in frontier zones where all men go armed, the attitude of the peasantry may well be different.
    • C. So indeed it may be on the fringe of the unsubmissive.
    • D. However, for most of the soil-bound peasants the problem is not whether to be normally passive or active, but when to pass from one state to another.
    • E. This depends on an assessment of the political situation.
    1. BEDAC
    2. ABCDE
    3. EDBAC
    4. CDABE
  • The sentences given in question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    • A. Branded disposable diapers are available at many supermarkets and drug stores.
    • B. If one supermarket sets a higher price for a diaper, customers may buy that brand elsewhere.
    • C. By contrast, the demand for private-label products may be less price sensitive since it is available only at a corresponding supermarket chain.
    • D. So the demand for branded diapers at any particular store may be quite price sensitive.
    • E. For instance, only SavOn Drugs stores sell SavOn Drugs diapers.
    • F. Then stores should set a higher incremental margin percentage for private label diapers.
    1. ABCDEF
    2. AEDBCF
    3. ABCEDF
    4. ADBCEF
  • The sentences given in question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    • A. As officials, their vision of a country shouldn't run too far beyond that of the local people with whom they have to deal.
    • B. Ambassadors have to choose their words.
    • C. To say what they feel they have to say, they appear to be denying or ignoring part of what they know.
    • D. So, with ambassadors as with other expatriates in black Africa, there appears at a first meeting a kind of ambivalence.
    • E. They do a specialized job and it is necessary for them to live ceremonial lives.
    1. BEADC
    2. BCEDA
    3. BEDAC
    4. BCDEA
  • The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentence from among the given choices.

    • A. He felt justified in bypassing Congress altogether on a variety of moves.
    • B. At times he was fighting the entire Congress.
    • C. Bush felt he had a mission to restore power to the presidency.
    • D. Bush was not fighting just the democrats.
    • E. Representatives democracy is a messy business, and a CEO of the white House does not like a legislature of second guessers and time wasters.
    1. CAEDB
    2. CEADB
    3. DBAEC
    4. ECDBA
  • There are five sentences. The sentence labelled A is in its correct place. The four that follow are labelled B, C, D and E, and need to be arranged in the logical order to form a coherent paragraph. From the given options, choose the most appropriate option.

    • A. In America, highly educated women, who are in stronger position in the labour market than less qualified ones, have higher rates of marriage than other groups.
    • B. Some work supports the Becker thesis, and some appears to contradict it.
    • C. And, as with crime, it is equally inconclusive.
    • D. But regardless of the conclusion of any particular piece of work, it is hard to establish convincing connections between family changes and economic factors using conventional approaches.
    • E. Indeed, just as with crime, an enormous academic literature exists on the validity of the pure economic approach to the evolution of family structures.
    1. BCDE
    2. BDCE
    3. DBEC
    4. ECBD
  • The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    • A. Call it the third wave sweeping the Indian media.
    • B. Now they are starring in a new role, as suave dealmakers who are in a hurry to strike alliances and agreements.
    • C. Look around and you will find a host of deals that have been inked or are ready to be finalized.
    • D. Then the media barons wrested back control from their editors, and turned marketing warriors with the brand as their missile.
    • E. The first came with those magnificent men in their mahogany chambers who took on the world with their mighty fountain pens.
    1. ACBED
    2. CEBDA
    3. AEDBC
    4. CAEBD
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. A man jumped
    2. in the river
    3. in a state of depression.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. These are the ideas and ideals  
    2. which have shaped
    3. our economic thought in the past.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. The two friends walked
    2. besides each other
    3. in silence.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. It was so lovely weather
    2. that we spent
    3. the whole day in the garden.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. The sudden change
    2. of place  
    3. effected her health.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. Although there are some similarities
    2. in the qualification of both the candidates
    3. the differences among them are considerably pronounced.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. Now we have banks
    2. and people deposit there money their,
    3. and draw it out by cheques.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. There are a number of people
    2. of every class and nationality
    3. who doubts the truth of his statement.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. Neither the teacher  
    2. or the student
    3. is keen on joining the dance.
    4. No error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. He goes
    2. to college
    3. by foot everyday.
    4. no error
  • Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

    1. My neighbour Deepak
    2. is a person
    3. that will help anyone.
    4. No error
  • The salt spray has gradually ___ the bridge.

    1. spoilt
    2. ravaged
    3. demolished
    4. eroded
  • The volcanic ___ was the cause of great devastation.

    1. outburst
    2. eruption
    3. erosion
    4. movement
  • Can you pay ___ all these articles?

    1. out
    2. of
    3. for
    4. off

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