Sentence Correction Exercises

DIRECTIONS : Which of the phrases (a), (b), (c) and (d) given below should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically meaningful and correct ? If the sentence is correct as it is and ‘No correction is required’, mark (e) as the answer.

1. All the allegations levelled against him were found to be baseless.

(a) levelled for

(b) level with

(c) level against

(d) No correction required

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2. He has said so out of affection, do not take it to heart.

(a) in heart

(b) it in the heart

(c) by the heart

(d) No improvement

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3. I would gladly accompany your sister if you had asked him.

(a) would have gladly accompanied

(b) was to have gladly accompanied

(c) will gladly accompany

(d) No improvement

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4. What are needed are not large houses but small cottages.

(a) were

(b) was

(c) is

(d) No improvement

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5. Sumit would have been looked smart in traditional clothes.

(a) was looked

(b) would be looked

(c) had looking

(d) would have looked

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6. Hardly had I finished writing the letter before Anil arrived.

(a) then

(b) while

(c) when

(d) as

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7. His father won’t be able to leave for Varanasi until they have arrived.

(a) until they arrive

(b) until they will arrive

(c) until they will have arrived

(d) No improvement

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8. He returned with two burning mugs of coffee and set them down on her desk.

(a) heating

(b) steaming

(c) blazing

(d) No improvement

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9. People are tiring very soon in an activity which they don’t like.

(a) tried

(b) trying

(c) tired

(d) tyring

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10. They felt humiliated because they realised that they had cheated.

(a) had been cheating

(b) had been cheated

(c) have been cheated

(d) were to be cheated

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11. The summer has set out and the days are getting warm.

(a) set up

(b) set in

(c) set off

(d) No improvement

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12. She could not help but laugh.

(a) laughing

(b) but laughing

(c) laugh

(d) No improvement

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13. I’m sorry, but I don’t believe what you say.

(a) I will not believe

(b) I am not believing

(c) I will not be believing

(d) No improvement

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14. Let’s buy a new sari with the annual bonus, can we?

(a) can’t we

(b) don’t we

(c) shall we

(d) No improvement

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15. Since 1986, there is no earthquakes here.

(a) have been

(b) are

(c) were being

(d) No improvement

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16. It is time the six year old is learning how to read and write.

(a) has learned

(b) learnt

(c) was learning

(d) No improvement

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17. He plays cricket and tennis also.

(a) both

(b) besides

(c) too

(d) No improvement

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18. I am used to hard work.

(a) hard working

(b) work hard

(c) work hardly

(d) No improvement

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19. Practically every part of the banana tree is used by man.

(a) most part

(b) any part

(c) each part

(d) No improvement

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20. No sooner I saw the tiger than I ran away.

(a) No sooner I had seen

(b) No sooner did I see

(c) As soon as I saw

(d) No improvement

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