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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-4

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Question 1
The speaker asked the audience to bear upon him for a few minutes more.
A
on
B
with
C
for
D
No improvement
Question 1 Explanation:
This sentence represents wrong usage of the phrasal verb. 'Bear with somebody' means to be patient with somebody.
Question 2
Many people find it difficult to make both hands meet.
A
both accounts
B
both hand to mouth
C
both ends meet
D
No improvement
Question 2 Explanation:
'Both ends meet' is the correct use. It means to earn and spend equal amounts of money.
Question 3
I am afraid you two are at cross purpose.
A
are at cross-purposes
B
are in cross-purposes
C
are at a cross-purpose
D
No improvement
Question 3 Explanation:
'Are at cross-purposes' is the correct use. It means misunderstanding or having different aims from one another.
Question 4
Take care that you are not to be cheated.
A
that you will not be cheated
B
you will not be cheated
C
that you are not cheated
D
No improvement
Question 4 Explanation:
When the sentence has a subjunctive mood (it contains a command, an order, a suggestion, a warning or a request), simple present tense is used in the subordinate clause. So the use ‘will’ indicating future tense in options a and b is incorrect. Option d changes the meaning of the sentence. So option c is the answer.
Question 5
Can you tell me where has he gone?
A
where has gone he
B
where gone has he
C
where he has gone
D
No improvement
Question 5 Explanation:
The given sentence is an example of indirect question (request + question). The same question asked in direct form would be ‘Where has he gone? ’. In indirect questions the verb is placed after the subject. Here the subject is ‘he’ and the verb is ‘has’. So the right answer is option c.
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