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SSC CGL 2017 Verbal Ability Practice Paper

Directions : A part of the sentence is underlined. Below are given alternatives to the underlined part which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, option ‘No Improvement’ mark your answer in the answer sheet

1. Whenever my students come across new words, I ask them to look for them in the dictionary.
A) to look it up
B) to look them up
C) to look at them
D) No improvement
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2. Realising the significance of technical education for developing the country, the government laid aside a large sum on it during the last plan-period.
A) set aside
B) laid up
C) laid out
D) No improvement
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3. You are warned against committing the same mistake again.
A) for committing
B) to commit
C) against to commit
D) No improvement
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4. He should move on to the next point, and not harp one sting only. 
A) harp only one string
B) No improvement
C) harp on string only
D) harp upon one string only
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Directions : Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word and mark it as your answer.

5. Mordant
A) Criticize
B) Extol
C) Command
D) Modern
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6. Fealty
A) Reality
B) Disobedience
C) Defiance
D) Loyalty
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Directions : Choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word and mark it in the Answer Sheet.

7. Assuage
A) Assault
B) Relieve
C) Soothe
D) Upset
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8. Boorish
A) Crude
B) Boring
C) Charming
D) Raw
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Directions: Four words are given in question out of which only one is correctly spelt and mark it as your answer.

9. A) Liaison       B) Laision         C) Liasion        D) Lieason
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Directions: In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase

10. This matter has been hanging fire for the last many months and must therefore be decided one way or the other.
A) hotly debated
B) ignored
C) going on slowly
D) stuck up
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11. Sobhraj could be easily arrested because the police were tipped off.
A) threatened
B) toppled over
C) given information in advance
D) bribed
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12. The project did not appear to hold out bright prospects.
A) highlight
B) offer
C) promise
D) show
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Directions: Sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four and indicate it.

13. A Rajput soldier ____ die than surrender.
A) would rather
B) rather
C) will
D) shall
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14. She had become angry ____ I said anything.
A) before
B) after
C) when
D) as soon as
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15. She will not come ______ we compel her.
A) unless
B) if
C) ill
D) still
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Directions : Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.

16. A religious discourse:
A) Preach
B) Sermon
C) Stanza
D) Sanctorum
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17. A person who renounces the world and practices self-discipline in order to attain salvation:
A) Sceptic
B) Ascetic
C) Devotee
D) Antiquarian
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18. A lady’s umbrella is:
A) Parasol
B) Granary
C) Epitaph
D) Aviary
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Directions:   Some parts of sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of the sentence has error. If the sentence is free from error mark your answer as “No Error”

19. Please carry to the next page.
A) Please
B) Carry to
C) The next page
D) No error
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20. Though she is weak but she is active.
A) Though
B) She is weak
C) But she is active
D) No error
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Directions : Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

After lunch, I felt at a loose end and roamed about the little flat. It suited us well enough when mother was with me, but now I was by myself it was too large and I’d moved the dining room table into my bedroom. That was now the only room I used; it had all the furniture I needed; a brass bedstead, a dressing table, some cane chairs whose seats had more or less caved in, a wardrobe with a tarnished mirror. The rest of the flat was never used, so I didn’t trouble to look after it

21. The flat did not really suit him any more because
A) the rooms were too small
B) he was living on his own now
C) his mother needed too much rooms
D) the flat itself was too little
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22. He did not look after the rest of the flat because
A) he did not use it
B) the bedroom was much too large
C) he needed only the brass bedstead
D) he had too much furniture
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23. “…. now I was by myself it was too large”. The word it here refers to:
A) the dining room table
B) the dining room
C) the bedroom
D) the flat
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24. From the passage we learn that the writer was:
A) scared of living alone in the flat
B) dissatisfied with the flat
C) satisfied with the space in his bedroom
D) an eccentric person
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25. “After lunch I felt at a loose end” means:
A) he had nothing specific to do
B) had a rope with a loose end
C) had much work to do
D) had a feeling of anxiety
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SSC CGL 2017 Verbal Ability Practice Paper

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