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October 05, 2016

English Language Sentence Completion (Double Blanks) Practice Exercises for IBPS Bank Exams 2016

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Directions : (Q. No. 1 - 30) : In each of the following sentences there are two blank spaces. Below each sentence there are five pairs of words denoted by numbers (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5). Find out which pair of words can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence in the same sequence to make the sentence meaningfully complete. 
  1. Public attitudes towards business ___________ are deeply ___________ ; most people resent intrusive government rules, yet they expect government to prevent business from defrauding, endangering or exploiting the public.
    1. ethics, cynical
    2. investment, divided
    3. practices, emotional
    4. regulation, ambiguous
    5. leaders, hostile
  2. Biologists have often gained special insights by examining the life forms that develop in ___________   regions, as illustrated by Dar-win's studies of evolution among the finches on certain ___________ pacific islands.
    1. arid, lush
    2. harsh, tropical
    3. typical, unusual
    4. crowded, deserted
    5. isolated, remote 
  3. Our latest battle plan some projects at saving the earth's biological diversity.
    1. excludes, arriving
    2. encompasses, looked
    3. finances, looking
    4. destroys, stirring
    5. covers, aimed 
  4. His  ___________     speech has seriously  ___________    the young minds.
    1. eccentric, questioned
    2. audacious, delighted
    3. irresponsible, misled
    4. maiden, flattered
    5. humorous, damaged
  5. Transforming ___________    bureaucracies into dynamic, customer driven organisations is ___________    under any circumstances.
    1. inefficient, challenging
    2. ideal, essential
    3. civilised, ineffective
    4. lazy, undesirable
    5. lethargic, insurmountable 
  6. In his ___________   , he followed the ___________   course.
    1. agony, funny
    2. ignorance, wrong
    3. hurry, diversified
    4. predicament, proper
    5. bewilderment, appropriate 
  7. Shalini's ___________  in athletics yielded rich ___________   as she got a scholarship.
    1. performance, money
    2. defeat, results
    3. behaviour, appreciation
    4. excellence, dividends
    5. failure, disappointment 
  8. ___________    by long queues and bad weather the voters ___________     their way to polling stations anyway they could.
    1. Going, dropped
    2. Satisfied, turned
    3. Worried, lost
    4. Undaunted, made
    5. Encouraged, prepare
  9. The Deputy Manager  ___________   to resign because all his proposals were ___________    down by his superiors.
    1. offered, thrown
    2. gave, held
    3. began, kept
    4. willing, knocked
    5. threatened, turned 
  10. It is indeed  ___________   that 40 years after independence we have failed to  ___________   a suitable education or examination system.
    1. bad, produce
    2. improper, create
    3. sad, evolve
    4. objectionable, present
    5. shameful, improve 
  11. The police arrested Sanjay on a  ___________    of theft but for lack of evidence ___________    him.
    1. crime, imprisoned
    2. punished, complaint
    3. left, condition
    4. tip, absconding
    5. charge, released 
  12. He objected to the proposal because it was founded on a ___________     principle and also was ___________    at times.
    1. faulty, desirable
    2. imperative, reasonable
    3. wrong, inconvenient
    4. sound, acceptable
    5. conforming, deplorable 
  13. The criterion for   ___________    a player should be based on his recent performance; but unfortunately, the journalists are ___________    to be carried away by earlier successes.
    1. condemning, satisfying
    2. judging, prone
    3. revealing, reluctant
    4. eager, acclaiming
    5. criticising, clean
  14. For the last half century he ___________   himself to public affairs ___________     taking a holiday.
    1. by, committed
    2. after, offered
    3. devoted, without
    4. sacrificed, after
    5. prepared, before 
  15. You will see signs of ___________    everywhere, which speak well for the  ___________    of these people.
    1. decoration, senses
    2. clear, debris
    3. beauty, careful
    4. industry, prosperity
    5. repairs, extravaganza 
  16. How people would ___________    in a particular situation cannot be  ___________   with perfect accuracy.
    1. think, observed
    2. act, expected
    3. behave, predicted
    4. react, analyzed
    5. feel, resolved 
  17. When the mob turned  ___________   ,  the police opened fire to control the  ___________   situation.
    1. away, burning
    2. up, untoward
    3. around, devastating
    4. quietly, aggravate
    5. hostile, rioting 
  18. The Government ___________    down the opposition ___________     for a joint parliamentary committee probe.
    1. boiled, proposal
    2. shot, demand
    3. put, leaders
    4. whipped, portfolio
    5. struck, party 
  19. The handwriting on the letter was very ___________   , none could ___________  it.
    1. legible, write
    2. illegible, read
    3. original, recognize
    4. faint, notice
    5. shabby, identify 
  20. The delay in completing the task  ___________   can be attributed to their ___________  
    1. expeditiously, lethargy
    2. fully, punctuality
    3. economically, rigidity
    4. religiously, strictness
    5. carefully, perfectionism 
  21. He ___________   for having caused  ___________   to the residents.
    1. questioned, authenticity
    2. apologized, impatience
    3. regretted, inconvenience
    4. wondered, disappointment
    5. pressurised, discomfort 
  22. The new  ___________   in the defence field are quite ___________     and hence appreciable.
    1. ideas, novel
    2. studies, substandard
    3. incentives, diplomatic
    4. appointments, sensitive
    5. inventions, admirable 
  23. He admitted having ___________     about the ___________    of the documents.
    1. questioned, authenticity
    2. regard, truth
    3. aware, possession
    4. predicted, correctness
    5. enquired, preparation 
  24. Despite   ___________    of resources, the financially underprivileged students ___________   in their endeavour.
    1. plenty, failed
    2. availability, gave
    3. want, surrendered
    4. lack, succeeded
    5. extremity, excelled 
  25. The work assigned to me is not  ___________    though it is very  ___________  
    1. voluminous, careful
    2. challenging, easy
    3. impossible, stupendous
    4. exceptional, ordinary
    5. meagre, difficult 
  26. He was ___________    of playing ___________    and loose with the sentiments of his dearest friends.
    1. innocent, false
    2. guilty, fast
    3. accused, tight
    4. complained, thick
    5. proper, right 
  27. Raising ___________    over the funding to media houses, Zee group chair-man sought ___________   of media licences before they are issued.
    1. burden, opinion
    2. concern, scrutiny
    3. matter, opinion
    4. charges, regulation
    5. worry, security 
  28. Everyone even ___________    familiar with serious theatre is familiar with the effort that it takes to process Shakespearean language ___________   live.
    1. remotely, performed
    2. comically, restrained
    3. hardly, directing
    4. so, bring
    5. similarly, spoken 
  29. The government has decided not to make any ___________   changes in the country's tax  ___________  
    1. sweeping, regime
    2. transparent, hike
    3. drastically, net
    4. constitutional, revenue
    5. existing, structure 
  30.  If criminals are ___________  to join electoral fray,  ___________    is likely to increase.
    1. compelled, brotherhood
    2. encouraged, harmony
    3. allowed, extortion
    4. deterred, corruption
    5. invited, voting
Key with Solutions
    1. The semicolon (;) shows that the part of the sentence after that restates the idea given in the part before it. Hence the first blank should be related to rules. Regulation in choice (4) is the best match. Ans: 4
    2. This kind of organization states the idea in one part and the example in the other part. Both the blanks should be synonyms or conveying the same idea. Ans: 5 
    3. covers, aimed is the right choice. The preposition after the second blank gives clue. The verb "aim" is usually associated with "at". Ans: 5 
    4. maiden = being the first of its kind. "maiden" is generally associated with "speech". eccentric with behaviour, clothes etc.; audacious with decision, suggestion etc.; irresponsible with attitude, behaviour etc.; humorous with thing, account etc. Ans: 4
    5. The first blank requires a negative word. So, (2) ideal and (3) civilised discarded. (4) lazy, (5) lethargic give the same meaning, so, they can also be discarded. The correct answer is inefficient, challenging. Ans: 1
    6. It is due to ignorance, one follows the wrong course. Ans: 2  
    7. The two blanks require positive words/expressions. rich money (1) don't go together. defeat (2) and failure (5) are negative words. behaviour (3) in athletics is not important. So, 4th cho-ice is the correct choice. Ans: 4 
    8. Make your way to something is to get somewhere without help, a ride etc Ans: 4 
    9. threatened, turned is the correct choice. proposals thrown down (1) is meaningless. gave to resign (3) began to resign (3) make no sense. Proposals knocked down (4) is again absurd. Ans: 5 
    10. evolve a system is the suitable collocation. So, sad, evolve (3) is the right choice. Ans: 3
    11. 5
    12. 3
    13. 2
    14. 3
    15. 1
    16. 3
    17. 5
    18. 5
    19. 4
    20. 1
    21. 3

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