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English: Sentence Corrections for SBI Clerk & Other Bank Exams

Directions (1-10): In the following sentence correction questions, a part of the sentence is in bold. From the given options find the grammatically correct option.

1. The Glass House Mountains in Queensland, Australia, were sighted in 1770 by the English navigator Captain James Cook, by whom they were named supposedly because its sheer wet rocks glistened like glass.
(a) by whom they were named supposedly because its
(b) by whom they were named supposedly and their
(c) naming them supposedly since their
(d) who so named them supposedly because their
(e) who so named it since supposedly their

2. Although a surge in retail sales have raised hopes that there is a recovery finally under way, many economists say that without a large amount of spending the recovery might not last.
(a) have raised hopes that there is a recovery finally
(b) raised hopes for there being a recovery finally
(c) had raised hopes for a recovery finally being
(d) has raised hopes that a recovery is finally
(e) raised hopes for a recovery finally

3. Although various eighteenth-and nineteenth-century American poets had professed an interest in Native American poetry and had pretended to imitate Native American forms in their own works, until almost 1900, scholars and critics did not begin seriously to study traditional Native American poetry in native languages.
(a) until almost 1900, scholars and critics did not begin seriously to study
(b) until almost 1900 scholars and critics had not begun seriously studying
(c) not until almost 1900 were scholars and critics to begin seriously to study
(d) it was not almost until 1900 when scholars and critics began to seriously study
(e) it was not until almost 1900 that scholars and critics seriously began studying

4. Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept through history, maybe none is more concentrated as the wave that brought 12 million immigrants onto American shores in little more than three decades.
(a) maybe none is more concentrated as
(b) it may be that none is more concentrated as
(c) perhaps it is none that is more concentrated than
(d) maybe it is none that was more concentrated than
(e) perhaps none was more concentrated than

5. Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation’s third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer.
(a) ranks as the nation’s third leading cause of death, surpassed only
(b) ranks as the nation’s third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(c) has the rank of the nation’s third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(d) are the nation’s third leading causes of death, surpassed only
(e) have been ranked as the nation’s third leading causes of death, only surpassed

6. In late 1997, the chambers inside the pyramid of the Pharaoh Menkaure at Giza were closed to visitors for cleaning and repair due to moisture exhaled by tourists, which raised its humidity to such levels so that salt from the stone was crystallizing and fungus was growing on the walls.

(a) due to moisture exhaled by tourists, which raised its humidity to such levels so that salt from the stone was crystallizing
(b) due to moisture that tourists had exhaled, thereby raising its humidity to such levels that salt from the stone would crystallize
(c) because tourists were exhaling moisture, which had raised the humidity within them to levels such that salt from the stone would crystallize
(d) because of moisture that was exhaled by tourists raising the humidity within them to levels so high as to make the salt from the stone crystallize
(e) because moisture exhaled by tourists had raised the humidity within them to such levels that salt from the stone was crystallizing

7. As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales they would in the past have conceded to rivals.
(a) they would in the past have conceded to rivals
(b) they would have conceded previously to their rivals
(c) that in the past would have been conceded previously to rivals
(d) it previously would have conceded to rivals in the past
(e) it would in the past have conceded to rivals

8. The widely accepted big bang theory holds that the universe began in an explosive instant ten to twenty billion years ago and has been expanding ever since.
(a) that the universe began in an explosive instant ten to twenty billion years ago and has been expanding
(b) that the universe had begun in an explosive instant ten to twenty billion years ago and had been expanding
(c) that the beginning of the universe was an explosive instant ten to twenty billion years ago that has expanded
(d) the beginning of the universe to have been an explosive instant ten to twenty billion years ago that is expanding
(e) the universe to have begun in an explosive instant ten to twenty billion years ago and has been expanding

9. Like the idolization accorded the Brontes and Brownings, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf are often subjected to the kind of veneration that blurs the distinction between the artist and the human being.
(a) Like the idolization accorded the Brontes and Brownings,
(b) As the Brontes’ and Brownings’ idolization,
(c) Like that accorded to the Brontes and Brownings,
(d) As it is of the Brontes and Brownings,
(e) Like the Brontes and Brownings,

10. Carnivorous mammals can endure what would otherwise be lethal levels of body heat because they have a heat-exchange network which kept the brain from getting too hot.
(a) which kept              (b) that keeps                     (c) which has kept
(d) that has been keeping                  (e) having kept

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