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  • Direction for Individual Question In each question below a sentence is given a part of which is printed in bold and underlined. This part may contain a grammatical error or might represent inappropriate usage. Below each sentence, three possible substitutions are provided for the underlined portion. If any one of them is better than the underlined part, indicate your response accordingly. If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required mark the last option i.e. ‘No improvement’ as the answer.

Sentence Correction: Test-3

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Question 1
Babu asked his friend, "where you went yesterday?
A
"Where did you go yesterday?"
B
"Where you had gone yesterday?"
C
"Where you did go yesterday?"
D
No improvement
Question 1 Explanation:
Use the interrogative form of the past tense – ‘Where did you go?’ – because you are referring to a past event that occurred at a particular time and which is now complete.
Question 2
He lay on the grass enjoying the sunshine.
A
laid
B
lied
C
led
D
No improvement
Question 2 Explanation:
The sentence is correct. The three often confused verbs and their forms are as follows: Verb /Past form/ Past Participle form 1) Lie ( to say something untrue)/ Lied /Lied 2)Lie (means to be in or move to horizontal position)/ Lay /lain 3)Lay ( to place something in a position)/ laid/laid Lie (1) is the easiest to distinguish since it has a different meaning altogether. The difference between lie(2) and lay(3) is that lay is a transitive verb which requires a direct object whereas lie is an intransitive verb which does not require a direct object. In the given sentence, there is no object so the past form of verb ‘lie’ (lay) should be used.
Question 3
Some passengers were flown to Paris on the last trip.
A
fled
B
flied
C
flew
D
No improvement
Question 3 Explanation:
The 3 different cases in which the verb ‘fly’ can be used are as follows: Verb /Past /Past Participle Flee (to escape by running away)/Fled/Fled Fly (to bat a fly ball in baseball)/ Flied/Flied Fly (to fly in aircraft)/Flew/Flown Since the given sentence refers to the 3rd case (to fly in an aircraft) and has a helping verb ‘were’, past participle form ‘flown’ should be used. So the sentence is correct as written.
Question 4
Fifty miles are a long distance to walk.
A
is
B
become
C
be
D
No improvement
Question 4 Explanation:
'Fifty miles' in the sentence represents a single quantity. Thus, it will use a singular verb ‘is’.
Question 5
After the vote was taken the meeting broke.
A
broke down
B
broke up
C
broke out
D
No improvement
Question 5 Explanation:
It should be 'broke up'. Broke is used when something gets damaged due to fracture of some parts. To Break up is to disintegrate or disperse.
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