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Each of the following sentences is followed by four words or group of words. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word or group of words.

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His remarks were filled with _____ , which sounded lofty but presented nothing new to the audience.

A. aphorisms

B. platitudes

C. bombast

D. adages

Correct Answer :

B. platitudes


An aphorism is a short witty sentence (not lofty) which expresses a general truth or observation. Bombast is the use of long, important sounding words with little meaning in an attempt to impress others. (Note that the definition is silent on presented nothing new.) An adage is something which people often say and which expresses a general truth about some aspect of life. (It need not be lofty.)

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Rajeev was upset because he _____________ forgotten his best friends birthday?

A. have

B. shall

C. will

D. had

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Infant mortality rate in China has____ from 200 per thousand to 14 per thousand.

A. retarded

B. declined

C. contracted

D. minimised

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Mountaineering institutes___to the young climbers the technical knowledge which has been accumulated over the years.

A. impart

B. indicate

C. apply

D. help

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When indecision grips a nation, free men feel the need for an _____ruler and are prepared to throw democracy overboard.

A. optimistic

B. autocratic

C. eccentric

D. energetic

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Nature is ______ and unchangeable , and it is ______ as to whether its hidden reasons and ______ are ______ to man or not.
The option that best fill the blanks in the above sentence would be:

A. relentless, indifferent, actions, understandable

B. persistent, heartless, actions, comprehensible

C. inexorable, apathetic, activities, explicable

D. ineseapable, unconcerned, activities, intelligible

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As this country has become more ___________ industrial and internationalised, it has like all Western democracies in the ___________ of the executive.

A. urbanised, role

B. objective, wealth

C. synthesised, efficiency

D. civilized, convenience

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When we call others dogmatic, what we really object to is ___________ .

A. their giving the dog a bad name

B. their holding dogmas that are different from our own

C. the extremism that goes along with it

D. the subversion of whatever they actually believe in concomitantly

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Football evokes a ___________ response in India compared to cricket, that almost ___________ the nation.

A. tepid, boiling

B. lukewarm, electrifies

C. turbid, fascinating

D. apocryphal, genuinely fascinates

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A five-year-old boy was_____ from his school on Monday last by his servant for a ransom of Rs 8, 000.

A. driven

B. arrested

C. escorted

D. kidnapped

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Undoubtedly, English is the most___spoken language in the world today.

A. elaborately

B. greatly

C. widely

D. broadly

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The first round of the contest had the students ___________ themselves and ___________ about their hobbies.

A. introducing, talking

B. sensitizing, sketching

C. showcasing, planning

D. acclimatizing, mentioning

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______________ his being innocent of the crime, the judge sentenced him to one year imprisonment.

A. Inspite of

B. In case of

C. On account of

D. In the event of

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Alexander Solzhepitsyns works will be_______ by every lover of liberal thought and they will bring home to him how restrictive freedom is in the Russian system.

A. rejected

B. skimmed

C. compiled

D. perused

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It____ not look like a great deal today, but back then it was a coup: no man before ____ to import tea directly into Ireland.
The option that will best fill the blanks in the above sentences would be:

A. may, has dared

B. may, had dared

C. might, have dared

D. might, have ever dared

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The head ____ was annoyed to see a ____ in the soup.
The option that would best fill the blanks in the above sentence would be:

A. chief, house fly

B. chef, housefly

C. chief, house-fly

D. chef, house fly

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When people around you are losing their heads, it is very difficult to remain serene. It needs a lot of____.

A. patience

B. strength

C. courage

D. goodness

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If strict security measures were taken, the tragedy might have been ________

A. restrained

B. averted

C. removed

D. controlled

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One of the major critiques of the examination system is that it ___________ to a spirit of ___________ competition among the students.

A. results, defective

B. accompanies, adequate

C. develops, intense

D. takes, severe

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Drugs worth ` 3 lakhs were ......... from the apartment by
the police. (1) manufactured (2) ruptured (3) seized (4) confiscated (5) bought (6) compared

A. (1) and (4)

B. (2) and (3)

C. (3) and (5)

D. (3) and (4)

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China is a big country, in area it is bigger than any other country __________ Russia.

A. accept

B. except

C. expect

D. access

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It is not fair to cast___on honest and innocent persons.

A. aspirations

B. aspersions

C. inspiration

D. adulation

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It is raining __________ . Do not go out.

A. heavily

B. fast

C. soundly

D. strongly

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I had already published a novel and it was an unexpected success. I thought my ___________ .

A. days were up

B. chances were good

C. lady luck was happy

D. fortune was made

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A growing number of these expert professionals ___________ having to train foreigners as the students end up ___________ the teachers who have to then unhappily content with no jobs at all or new jobs with drastically reduced pay packets

A. are, supplanting

B. welcome, assisting

C. resist, challenging

D. resent, replacing

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We have not yet fully realised the _________ consequences of the war.

A. happy

B. pleasing

C. grim

D. exciting

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He has not attained the age of 18. He was, therefore, no____ to vote in this election.

A. power

B. claim

C. right

D. authority

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The house that the actress lives in is beautiful, but the surroundings are ________ unpleasant.

A. quite

B. more and more

C. a little quite

D. very little

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By the middle of the 19th Century, the urban population of England _________ the rural population.

A. have exceed

B. exceeded

C. was to exceeds

D. exceeds

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Laxmi lost an important file and rather than confessing her___ she blamed Sandra for losing it.

A. respect

B. image

C. attitude

D. mistake

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His residence is on the______ of Hyderabad.

A. rim

B. core

C. periphery

D. outskirts