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June 29, 2014

Bank Clerks English - Important Questions with Explanation and Tips


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Friends, here are some important questions which have been frequently asked in Bank clerical exams with detailed explanations and tips. These will be helpful for you in your upcoming SBI Clerks and IBPS RRB Online Exams 2014. Happy Reading :)

We will discuss ___________ that matter later.
(Choose the right option to fill in the blank)
  1. on
  2. about
  3. of
  4. No word necessary

Explanation : Discuss is a transitive verb and therefore takes a direct object. We need not use any word after discuss. Generally some people use 'about' after discuss. It is wrong to use 'about' after discuss. But we can use about after the word discussion (noun).

Eg : We had a long discussion about the role of television in education.

I _________ that film last week
(Choose the correct form of verb(
  1. have seen
  2. has seen
  3. saw 
  4. seen

Explanation : If the activity or the fact is assigned to a definite time in the past, we have to use the simple form of the past tense. It is wrong to use present perfect tense.

The door bell _________ for the past ten minutes.
(Choose the correct form of verb)
  1. is ringing
  2. has been ringing
  3. was ringing
  4. had been ringing

Explanation : If we wish to indicate that the action or occurrence has been going on continuously or repeatedly over a period of time starting in the past and extending right upto the present, then we must use the progressive form of the perfect. (The door bell is ringing for the past ten minutes - Wrong)

We have breakfast at eight O' clock, ___________
(Choose the right question tag)
  1. have we ?
  2. haven't we ?
  3. don't we ?
  4. do we ?

Explanation : The verb 'have' denoting some thing other than possession, it is represented in the tag by 'do'. It is wrong to use haven't we ?

We shall go ____________ train.
(Choose the correct option)
  1. by
  2. by the 
  3. on 
  4. in

Explanation : 'By' is used only when the name of the vehicle is used in general sense to denote the means of transport. We come, go, or travel 'by' bus / train / tram / taxi / car / and by road / by rail / by air / by sea. In this sense it is not preceded by an article.

The coffee smells ________________
(Choose the correct option) 
  1. good
  2. strong
  3. 1 or 2
  4. strongly

Explanation : An adjective not an adverb is to be used after verbs such as feel, sound, taste, smell to denote quality which is experienced by one of the physical senses. It is wrong to use 'strongly'.

Flour is made ___________ of wheat.
(Choose the right preposition)
  1. from
  2. with
  3. of
  4. in

Explanation : When one substance is changed into another so that a new substance is produced, we use 'form' but when the original material is not actually changed, but is merely formed into some object, then we use 'of'.
Eg : The table is made of wood.

Father comes ____________ home at five O' clock.
(Choose the right option)
  1. to
  2. at
  3. in
  4. No word required

Explanation : After such verbs as come, go, arrive, get, send, take, bring where it indicates destination the word 'home' in an adverb and therefore no preposition is used before it. But if 'home' represents the place then it must be preceded by the preposition 'at'.
Eg : Mr. Bachhan is at home

She needs __________ good advice about choosing a career.
(Choose the right option)
  1. a
  2. some
  3. any
  4. the

Explanation : We do not use a / an before uncountable nouns.

Eg : Advice, information, traffic, patience. We normally use 'some' when we talk about an indefinite quantity of something.

Ashok is __________ clever, but his brother is _________ stupid.
(Choose the right option)
  1. rather - rather
  2. fairly - rather
  3. rather - fairly
  4. fairly - also fairly

Explanation :
  • Fairly, rather - both mean 'moderately'; but 'fairly' is used chiefly with favorable adjectives and adverbs. 
    • Eg : good, well, nice etc.
  • While 'rather' is used before 'unfavorable' adjectives and adverbs. 
    • Eg : bad, ugly. late etc.
She was tired. She went to work.
(Identify the conjunction that joins the above two clauses).
  1. Although
  2. but
  3. for
  4. 1 or 2

Explanation : In the options given above ' although' and 'but' are conjunctions which can be used to join the above clauses.

Eg :
  • Although she was tired, but she went work (wrong)
  • She was tired, but she went to work (Right)
  • Although she was tired, she went to work (Right)

The police arrived while I ______________ breakfast.
(Choose the correct verb form)
  1. had
  2. were having
  3. was having
  4. am having

Explanation : We have to use past continuous to talk about an action that was in progress when something else happened.

She gave me a friendly smile. 
(Identify the part of speech for the underlined word)
  1. adverb
  2. adjective
  3. conjunction
  4. preposition

Explanation : Many adverbs end in '-ly' - for example happily, nicely. But some words that end in '-ly' are adjectives, not adverbs. The most important are friendly, lovely, lonely, ugly, silly, cowardly etc.

One of the photos _____________ missing.
(Choose the right word to fill in the blank)
  1. is
  2. are
  3. were
  4. have

Explanation : After one of ..... we use a singular verb.

Iron is more useful than ___________ metal.
(Choose the right option to fill in the blank)
  1. any
  2. any other
  3. of all
  4. all other

Explanation : When a comparison is made by using a comparative followed by 'than', the thing compared must be excluded from the class of things with which it is compared by using words like 'any other'

Sundar gave _________ one thousand rupee note to __________ honest boy.
(Choose correct articles)
  1. an, a
  2. a, an
  3. an, the
  4. No articles required

Explanation : Before a vowel sound we use 'an' otherwise, we use 'a'. Here in the sentence the letter 'o' in the word 'one' takes a consonant sound so it is appropriate to use 'a' in the blank. Further in the word honest the first letter 'h' is silent and takes 'an' before it.

The servant says, "Tea is ready"
(The indirect form of the above sentence is The servant says that __________________)
  1. tea was ready
  2. tea has been ready
  3. tea had been ready
  4. tea is ready

Explanation : If the reporting verb (says) is in present tense the tense of the verb in the reported speech (is) remains unchanged.

She sang. Her voice was sweet.
(Choose the right option that denotes the appropriate combination of the above two sentences).
  1. Her song has been sweet
  2. She sang sweetly
  3. She sung sweetly
  4. Her song was sweet.

Explanation : We can combine the above two simple sentences into a single sentence by using V2+adv (sweetly) which denotes the appropriate combination.

This is the __________ book of the two.
(Choose the right option to fill in the blank)
  1. good
  2. best
  3. better
  4. nice

Explanation : When two things are compared, the comparative degree of the adjective should be used. The use of superlative degree in the above case would be an error.

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  1. Thanku...kudos to u guys :D

  2. Thanx...keep providing such gr8 posts.

  3. thanks....its very useful for us....gr8ambition is a great site for us....

  4. thanks a lot

  5. thank u dear :) send us more set to practice :)

  6. I heard that the po exam was not like ibps online exam Anthe... We should attend all questions Anthe.... If we not able to answer the question we cant move to next question ..? Is clerk exam like this.... Please replay anybody about this doubt

  7. No u heard it wrong....
    U can move to next question or any other question by clicking its number

  8. nice explanation.keep posting like this

  9. pls post complete gk n ga section for sbi clerk ...thanks

  10. can u pls post last 6 months ga in pdf files..plssss

  11. Yes last 6 months ga please please please:-(
    And please try to post in hindi as well, that will be gr8..........

  12. Plz explain the topic flour is made from of wheat
    I dont undrstand this ?

    1. i dont understant...... flour is made from of wheat??... can we use from before of?


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