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Sentence Improvement MCQ-109

Directions In these questions, a part of the sentence is in Blue Colour .Below are given alternatives to the Blue Colour part at 1,2 and 3 which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed your answer is (4).
1
Try to understand the confidence of your opponents before you take any step against them.
Explanation::
Answer::C
motive (Noun): intention ; a reason for doing something
2
A lot depends on your early brought up in the family.
Explanation::
Answer::C
upbringing (Noun): the way a child is brought up bring up (Phr. V.) : to care for a child, teaching him/ her how to behave, etc. : raise ; upbringing
3
The dictator declared an emergency in the country.
Explanation::
Answer::D
declared (Verb) : Stated in an open way so that people may know about it; to say something officially/publicly
4
She is loving chocolate ice cream
Explanation::
Answer::C
Stative Verbs → describe a state rather than an action, like, understand, seem, love, hate, have, own, etc.
They are not used in Progressive Tenses.
5
James had been teaching at the university since June.
Explanation::
Answer::A
Present Perfect Continuous Tense ‘has been teaching’ will be used.
6
He has been growing weaker and his life now hangs with a thread.
Explanation::
Answer::C
hang by a thread (Idiom); to be in great danger
7
The passengers were afraid, but the captain consoled them that there was no danger.
Explanation::
Answer::B
consoled (Verb): to give comfort/sympathy to somebody who is unhappy or disappointed ; comfort guaranteed (Verb): to promise to do something assured (Verb) : to tell somebody that something is definitely true or is definitely going to happen, especially when he has doubts about it confided (Verb) : to tell somebody secrets and personal information that you do not want other people to know
8
Would you like some water ?
Explanation::
Answer::D
would (Mod. V.) : used in polite offers or invitations.
9
The injured man had been shot from his back.
Explanation::
Answer::A
‘in the back’ will be used.
10
Luckily we’ve got the few minutes to spare.
Explanation::
Answer::C
few (Det; Adj.): not many a few (Det; Adj.): a small number ; some