Sentence Improvement MCQ-89

Directions In the following questions, a part of the sentence is given in bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part at 1,2,3 and 4 which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative.

Question No:1

The master was good at using pleasant names for unpleasant things in order to hoodwink the laborers.

(A) euphemisms
(B) euphoria
(C) pleasantries
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- hoodwink (Verb): to trick somebody
euphemisms (Noun): an indirect word or phrase that people often use to refer to something embarrassing or unpleasant, sometimes to make it seem more acceptable than it really is
‘Pass away’ is the euphemism for ‘die’
euphoria (Noun): a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness
Pleasantries (Noun): friendly remarks made in order to be polite

Question No:2

They had to put off until later the open-air performance because of heavy rain.

(A) postpone
(B) delay
(C) adjourn
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- put off (Phr. V.): postpone
adjourn (Verb) : break off a meeting/ a legal case/ game with the intention of resuming it later

Question No:3

Dozens of phrases can be offered to describe style but perhaps the best one is : “Style – it is the man.”

(A) but the best one is : “Style -it is the man.”
(B) but perhaps the best one is : “Style is the man.”
(C) but the best one is : “Style is the man.”
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- but the best one is : “Style – it is the man.” will be used

Question No:4

They have bought a new car, isn’t it ?

(A) haven’t they
(B) don’t they
(C) have they
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- Positive statement —> Negative tag
Tag structure -> First Auxiliary (have) + not (haven’t)

Question No:5

Only a few persons can stand on entreaties.

(A) against
(B) with
(C) in
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- entreaties (Noun): earnest (serious) and humble (emotional) requests

Question No:6

He declined all the allegations against him.

(A) spurned
(B) refused
(C) refuted
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- declined (Verb) : became smaller, fewer, or less ; decreased
spurned (Verb): rejected with contempt (disregard) refused (Verb) : indicated or “showed that one is not willing to do something
refuted (Verb) : proved (a statement or theory) to be wrong or false

Question No:7

It is time we leave.

(A) left
(B) have to leave
(C) would leave
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- The sentence structure will be as follows:
It is time + subject (we) + Past Verb (left) — > Refers to the present moment

Question No:8

We spent an hour discussing about his character.

(A) his character
(B) his character
(C) upon his character
(D) No Improvement

Explanation:- Use of about (Prep.) is super- fluous (unnecessary)

Question No:9

After the letter reached me, I shall know the result.

(A) After the letter reaches
(B) After the letter will reach
(C) After the letter has reached
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- Simple Present Tense ‘reaches’ will be used. The clause has started with ‘after’. In such cases, Simple Present Tense will be used.

Question No:10

I have returned library books yesterday.

(A) had returned
(B) have had returned
(C) returned
(D) No improvement

Explanation:- Simple Past Tense ‘returned’ will be used