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Replace the phrase
Directions (Q.1-10) Which of the following phrases given against each sentence can replace the phrase given in bold in the sentence grammatically and contextually? if none of the phrases can replace the word/phrase given in bold in the sentence , select ‘None’ as your answer.
- The Swedes are not alone in finding their language under pressure from the ubiquitous spread of English.
5. None of theseAnswer –4. I,II
Ubiquitous – present, appearing, or found everywhere.
- To foster a culture of innovation, faculty must be open to exploring the unknown making the environment conducive for interactions.
5. None of theseAnswer –2. I,III
Foster – encourage the development of (something, especially something desirable).
- He keeps trying to get his silly matter published but I think he’s flogging a dead horse.
I. just holding it in leash
II. just fiddling around here
III. hogging over it
5. None of theseAnswer –4. II
flogging a dead horse – to waste one’s efforts, waste time unnecessarily without any purpose
- His apparent heresy is not that of the smooth talking cleric, but the statistician specialising in the field of criminology.
5. None of theseAnswer –5. None of these
Heresy – belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.
- Many of us conform to the outmoded customs laid down by our forebears.
I. outdated practices
II. in vogue traditions
III. obsolescent conventions
5. None of theseAnswer – 3. I,III
Outdated customs – old-fashioned and no longer useful or relevant to modern life.
- The amateur pianist made one or two false starts before finally playing the piece a bit right at the culmination.
5. None of theseAnswer –2. II
Amateur – a person who engages in a pursuit on an unpaid rather than a professional basis/done in an incompetent or inept way.
- After 14 years living and working in this country, she thinks it’s time to call it a day.
I. to concede defeat
II. to recapitulate
III. to give up hope
5. None of theseAnswer – 5. None of these
To call it a day – to stop what you are doing because you do not want to do any more or think you have done enough
- Despite all the goodies that participants get , I am not going for the competition.
I. gunning for
II. competing in
III. taking part in
5. None of theseAnswer –3. II,III
Go in for – to take part in
- We were kept on tenterhooks for hours while the judges chose the winner.
I. waiting nervously
II. in suspense
III. kept in dark
5. None of theseAnswer – 1. I,II
On tenterhooks – waiting nervously/anxiously for a result/ in anticipation for something eventful
- Vineet pulled a long face when he was taken to task by his teacher for his carelessness.
I. showed arrogance
II. looked disappointed
III. mocked him
5. None of theseAnswer – 3. II
Pull a long face – to look sad, disappointed