English Verbal – 19

English – Verbal – 19

The following are some common mistakes made in the English language and their correct version.
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Incorrect What is the difference of these two things?
Correct What is the difference between these two things?

Incorrect What is the time on your watch?
Correct What is the time by your watch?

Incorrect Lucy has been absent from Monday?
Correct Lucy has been absent since Monday?

Incorrect We will tolerate no interference with our internal affairs.
Correct We will tolerate no interference in our internal affairs.

Incorrect The answer of this question is quite complicated.
Correct The answer to this question is quite complicated.

Incorrect Under the help of an influential friend, he got the job.
Correct With the help of an influential friend, he got the job.

Incorrect Nobody is bound to suffering.
Correct Nobody is bound to suffer.

Incorrect Some people are not used to live in a hot country.
Correct Some people are not used to living in a hot country.

Incorrect Susan is incapable to complete the task by herself.
Correct Susan is incapable of completing the task by herself.

Incorrect Nobody can avoid to make mistakes.
Correct Nobody can avoid making mistakes.

The following are some of the Verbal Questions picked up from various IT companies’ placement Papers

In the following questions:
Select the best alternative to the portion in the sentence which is in inverted comma. Select the portion that you think is the best option. Be attentive to matters of grammar, diction and syntax as well as clarity, precision and fluency. Do not select the answer which alters the meaning of the original sentence.

1. “May I venture to say that I think this performance is the most superior” I have ever heard
(a) May I venture to say that I think this performance is the most superior.
(b) May I venture to say that this performance is the most superior.
(c) May I say that this performance is the most superior.
(d) I think this performance is superior to any.
(e) This performance is the most superior of any.
Ans: (d)

2. “When one eats in this restaurant, you often find” that the prices are high and the food is poorly prepared.
(a) When one eats in this restaurant, you often find.
(b) When one eats in this restaurant, one often find.
(c) As you eat in this restaurant, you often find.
(d) If you eat in this restaurant, you often find.
(e) When one ate in this restaurant, he often found.
Ans: (c)

3. “She not only was competent but also friendly” in nature.
(a) She not only was competent but also friendly.
(b) Not only was she competent but friendly also.
(c) She not only was competent but friendly also
(d) She was not only competent but also friendly.
(e) She was not only competent but friendly also.
Ans: (d)

4. “We want the teacher to be him” who has the best rapport with the students.
(a) We want the teacher to be him.
(b) We want the teacher to be he.
(c) We want him to be the teacher.
(d) We desire that the teacher be him.
(e) We anticipate that the teacher will be him.
Ans: (c)

5. “Using it wisely”, leisure promotes health, efficiency and happiness.
(a) Using it wisely.
(b) If used wisely.
(c) Having used it wisely.
(d) Because it is used wisely.
(e) Because of usefulness.
Ans: (b)

Author: RAMAKRISHNAN

Retired banker with more than 40 years of experience in the financial sector, presently using time in helping prospective students and others in the preparation for their competitive exams.

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