English questions for NDA: 23rd August

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Directions (1-2): Each of the following items has a sentence with a blank space and four words or group of words given after the sentence. Select whichever word or group of words you consider most appropriate for the blank space and indicate your response.

1. He _________ but nobody responded to his plea for help.
(a) asked around
(b) asked out
(c) asked after
(d) asked for

2. The radio station _________ to report the news of the ex-prime minister’s death.
(a) broke in
(b) broke down
(c) broke up
(d) broke out
Directions (3-4) In this section, each item consists of a sentence with a word underlined and is followed by four words. Select the word that is most opposite in meaning to the underlined words and indicate your response.

3. The Euphony of Claire’s Spanish accent was delightful to the students.
(a) Dulcet
(b) Mellifluence
(c) Symphony
(d) Grating

4. Relatives of rich and famous people often feel they have a lot of clout.
(a) Stature
(b) leverage
(c) sway
(d) Impotence

Directions (5-6): In this section, each item consists of a sentence with a word underlined and is followed by four words or groups of words, Select the word or group of words that is most similar in meaning to the underlined word and indicate your response.
5. Neha demurred at my request to keep the deal on the down low.
(a) Approval
(b) Acquiescence
(c) Compliance
(d) Remonstrate

6. The prime minister decreed that La Tomatina would henceforth be a national holiday.
(a) Proclamation
(b) Mandate
(c) Dictum
(d) Countermand
Direction(7) : In the following question, some part of the sentence may have errors. Find out which part of the sentence has an error and select the appropriate option. If a sentence is free from error, select 'No Error'. 

7.Not only has he built (a)/ an old age home for the old-aged people(b)/ but he has also built an orphanage for orphans.(c).No Error(d)

Direction (8): In the following question the 1st and the last part of the sentence/passage are numbered 1 and 6. The rest of the sentence/ passage is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentence/passage and find out which of the four combinations is correct.
8. 1. You can never
(p) cross the
(q) ocean until you
(r)  have the courage
(s)  to lose the
6.  sight of the shore.

Directions (9-10): In this section, look at the underlined part of each sentence. Below each sentence are given three possible substitutions for the underlined part. If one of them (a),(b) or (c) is better than the underlined part, indicate your response against (a),(b)or (c). If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, indicate (d) as your response. Thus a No improvement response will be signified by the letter (d).
9.  Recently Neha had insured for a mediclaim policy.
(a) Neha insured recently for
(b) Neha had recently insured for
(c) Recently Neha insured for
(d) No improvement
10. Our nation must first become agricultural strong.
(a)become agriculturally strong
(b) become strong agriculture
(c) become agri strong
(d) No improvement


S1. Ans. (a)
Sol. ‘Asked around’ means ask many people the same question. Therefore, option (a) is the most viable choice. 

S2. Ans. (a)
Sol. ‘Break in’ means interrupt. Therefore, option (a) is the most viable choice.

S3. Ans. (d) 
Sol. ‘Euphony’ means a pleasing sound in regards to word tone. 
 Therefore, the word opposite to the underlined word is ‘grating’ which means sounding harsh and unpleasant. 

S4. Ans. (d)
Sol. ‘Clout’ means special advantage of power whereas ‘impotence’ means inability to take any effective action and is opposite in meaning to the given word.

S5. Ans.(d)
Sol. ‘Demur’ means a feeling or declaration of disapproval or dissent. ‘Remonstrate’ is an earnest presentation of reasons for opposition or grievance and hence it is similar in meaning to the given word.

S6. Ans.(d)
Sol. ‘Decree’ means to declare formally and with authority. Therefore, it is opposite in meaning to ‘countermand’ which means to revoke a command by a contrary order.

S7. Ans. (d)
Sol. No error.

S8. Ans. (a)

S9. Ans. (a)
Sol. ‘Recently’ is used with past perfect tense and simple past tense to denote ‘only’.

S10. (a)
Sol. As ‘agriculturally’ is an adverb which will qualify the adjective ‘strong’ here in this sentence.

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