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12 December 2017

General English for Bank Exams - Practice Questions with Key and Explanation

English section is included in bank exams to test the ability of writing correct English. The strength of the building depends on its foundation. Thorough and to the point knowledge of grammar is must for scoring well in this section.

Directions (Q 1-5): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in
it. The error, if any will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is 5.

1. He seems (1)/ to be (2)/ enough strong (3)/ to lift this box. (4)/ No error (5).

2. The important documents should be written (1)/ in the special sheets of paper (2)/ provided (3)/ by the organization. (4)/ No error (5).

3. No employee (1)/ in the office is (2)/ as honest as Mr.Rao (3)/ Hence he has been praised by the director. (4)/ No error (5).

4. I am (1)/ too glad (2)/ to see you (3)/ looking well today. (4)/ No error (5).

5. The parents must guard (1)/ their children (2)/ from falling into eddying pools (3)/ of vile
habits. (4)/ No error (5).

Directions (Q 6-10): Which of the phrases 1, 2, 3 and 4 given below each sentence should
replace the phrase printed in bold type to make the sentence grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is, mark 5) i.e no correction required as answer.

6. What does make him feel awkward is only a trivial matter.
1) does make him to feel
2) make him to feel
3) makes him feel
4) would make him feeling
5) No correction required

7. Dust particles accumulated on the window panes are harmful to health.
1) particles are accumulated
2) particles accumulated
3) particle that is accumulating
4) has particles accumulated
5) No correction required

8. A true leader's life is a saga of dedicating to the cause of welfare of human beings.
1) of dedicated 2) of having dedication in
3) of dedication to 4) for dedication at
5) No correction required

9. Despite being considerable difficulty, this is one of the most popular exercises.
1) considerably difficult
2) considerable difficult
3) considerable difficulties
4) considerably and difficulty
5) No correction required

10. The issues were so complicated that they could not be easily resolved.
1) easily been resolved
2) have been resolving easily
3) be easily resolve
4) had to be easily resolved
5) No correction required

Directions (Q 11-15): In each of the following sentences there are two blanks. Below each
sentence, there are five pairs of words denoted by numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Find out
which pair of words can be filled up in the blanks to make the sentence meaningfully
correct.

11. ............. matters most is your .......... and not your intelligence.
1) that, wisdom 2) who, perseverance
3) which, cleverness 4) these, performance
5) what, involvement

12. Many people ............. genetically modified food but the reality is that all the food that
we eat has been genetically modified naturally by thousands of years of ...............
1) praise, manipulation
2) grow, mismanagement
3) criticize, farming
4) avoid, experience
5) condemn, abuse

13. The organization .............. to popularise Indian classical music among the youth
which has lost ............ with its cultural roots.
1) endeavour's, touch 2) wishes, interest
3) efforts, experience 4) exerts, intrigue
5) need, relation

14. Auroras are natural displays in the sky, usually ............. at night, .......... in the polar
regions.
1) watch, upward 2) noticed, particular
3) observed, only 4) found, most 5) follows, mainly

15. The governments .............. spurred dramatic improvements in the way waste management is ............. out in many hospitals.
1) rule, thrown 2) plans, conduct
3) crusade, one 4) efforts, carried
5) venture, disposed

Directions (Q 16-20): In each of the following questions four words are given of which two
are most nearly the same or opposite in meaning. Find the number of correct letter combination.

16. A) Briddled B) Hurried
C) Abusive D) Unchecked
1) A-B 2) B-C 3) C-D 4) A-D 5) B-D

17. A) Inspiration B) Intuition C) Influence D) Innovation
1) A-B 2) A-C 3) A-D 4) B-C 5) B-D

18. A) Laudably B) Gigantic C) Immense D) Munificent
1) A-B 2) A-C 3) A-D 4) B-C 5) B-D

19. A) Curb B) Courage C) Control D) Identify
1) A-B 2) B-C 3) C-D 4) A-C 5) B-D

20. A) Mendacious B) Truthful C) Accurate D) Disgruntled
1) A-B 2) B-C 3) C-D 4) B-D 5) A-D


Answers:

1-3; It should be 'Strong enough'
2-2; Replace 'in' with 'on'
3-1; Add 'Other' after 'No'
4-2; Replace 'too' with 'Very'
5-3; Replace 'from' with 'against'
6-3 
7-2 
8-3 
9-1 
10-5
11-5 
12-3
13-1 
14-3 
15-4
16-1; Opp 
17-2; Same
18-4; Same 
19-4; Same 
20-1; Opp