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GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 1

Consider the following sentences:

(i) After his surgery, Raja hardly could walk.

(ii) After his surgery, Raja could barely walk.

(iii) After his surgery, Raja barely could walk.

(iv) After his surgery, Raja could hardly walk.

Q. Which of the above sentences are grammatically CORRECT?

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 1

Key Points:

(i) In the above given options, option 2 and 4 are grammatically correct.

(ii) It is so because 'barely' and 'hardly' here are adverbs which are qualifying the verb 'walk'.

(iii) Barely(adverb) - only just; almost not.
For Example - She nodded, barely able to speak.

(iv) Hardly(adverb) - scarcely (used to qualify a statement by saying that it is true to an insignificant degree).
For Example - The little house in which he lived was hardly bigger than a hut.

Thus, they need to be used before 'walk' to qualify it.

Therefore, the correct sentences are ii and iv.

GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 2

Select the word that fits the analogy:
Build : Building : Grow :

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 2

The correct answer is option c i.e. Growth.

From the first part of the analogy, it becomes clear that a noun is needed after its corresponding Verb. 'Build' is a verb and it is related to Building (noun) that means a roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling) or the art or business of assembling materials into a structure. Similarly, Grow is also a verb and it is related to 'Growth' i.e. the process of growing.

The rest of the options are verbs and are not an appropriate fit for our analogy.

GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 3

In the following question, one part of the sentence may have an error. Find out which part of the sentence has an error and click the option corresponding to it. If the sentence is free from error, click the ‘No error’ option.

You took (1)/ your medicine, (2)/ did you? (3)/ No error. (4)

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 3

‘Did you’ is called a question tag. The  pattern of a question tag is:

I. Auxiliary (e.g. do, did, is etc.) + not + subject (if the statement is affirmative)

II. Auxiliary (e.g. do, did, is etc.) + subject (if the statement is negative)

Here, since the statement is affirmative, the question tag should be negative and thus the correct question tag to be used is ‘didn’t you?’

GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 4

Congo was named by Europeans. Congo’s dictator Mobuto later changed the name of the country and the river to Zaire with the objective of Africanising names of persons and spaces. However, the name Zaire was a Portuguese alteration of Nzadi o Nzere, a local African term meaning ‘River that swallows Rivers’. Zaire was the Portuguese name for the Congo river in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Q. Which one of the following statements can be inferred from the paragraph above?

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 4

The language of origin of the term 'Nzadi o Nzere' cannot be determined from the given paragraph and hence option 2 is incorrect.

As there is no hint of any Portuguese intervention in the paragraph, the statement in option 3 cannot be inferred and hence is incorrect.

It is given that Mobuto was a dictator of Congo and not Portuguese and hence the statement in option 4 cannot be inferred. 

Despite the change in name, the new name Zaire still has Portuguese origin and hence it can be inferred that Mobuto was not completely successful in his attempt to Africanise the name of his country.

Hence option A is the correct answer.

GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 5

“Going by the _________ that many hands make light work, the school _______ involved all the students in the task.”

Q. The words that best fill the blanks in the above sentence are

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 5

The correct answer is Option A.

Principle: a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.

Principal: the head of a school, college, or other educational institution.

As per the question, 'Many hands make light work' is the Principle used by the School Principal to involve all the students in the task, denotes the correct usage.

GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 6

Which of the following is CORRECT with respect to grammar and usage? Mount Everest is ______

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 6

The sentence is stating the highest peak in the world. Since it is a specific thing, we need to use the definite article ‘the’ before it. Also the sentence is using the superlative degree and so we say ‘the highest peak in the world’ making option A the correct answer. There cannot be many highest peaks in the world and so options C and D are incorrect.

GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 7

He is known for his unscrupulous ways. He always sheds ____ tears to deceive people.

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 7

The correct answer is Option C i.e. Crocodile

"Crocodile tears" is a phrase that means - to put on an insincere show of sorrow. When someone feigns sadness they 'cry crocodile tears' a phrase that comes from an old myth that the animals cry while eating. 

Complete sentence: He is known for his unscrupulous ways. He always sheds Crocodile tears to deceive people.

GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 8

I do not think you know the case well enough to have opinions. Having said that, I agree with your other point.What does the phrase  “having said that” mean in the given text?

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 8

The correct answer is option B i.e. despite what I have said

“Having said that” is a transitional phrase that has become more and more common in spoken language. When people say, “Having said that” it is a signal that they are going to say something which will contrast or disagree with what they said a moment ago.

Let's see an example to develop more clarity:

Their work has been fairly good. Having said that, I still think there's room for improvement.

GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 9

Crowd funding deals with mobilisation of funds for a project from a large number of people, who would be willing to invest smaller amounts through web-based platforms in the project.
Based on the above paragraph, which of the following is correct about crowd funding?

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 9

The correct answer is Option D i.e. ​Funds raised through voluntary contributions on web-based platforms.

After reading the above paragraph one can easily comprehend that a large number of people voluntarily (proceeding from the will or from one's own choice or consent) invested in small amounts for the crowd-funding, now let's go through each option one by one.

  • Option A states that- "Funds raised through unwilling contributions on web-based platforms.", this option is incorrect because the contribution was made willingly in small amounts by a large number of peoples.
  • Option B states that- "Funds raised through large contributions on web-based platforms.", this option is incorrect, it has been clearly mentioned in the passage that a large number of people invest small amounts. (Large contributions are mentioned nowhere in the paragraph)
  • Option C states that- "Funds raised through coerced contributions on web-based platforms.", Coerced means to compel to an act or choice or to achieve by force or threat, people were not forced to make a contribution in this crowd-funding they willingly invested small amounts. Hence, this option is incorrect as well.
GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 10

The minister avoided any mention of the issue of women’s reservation in the private sector. He was accused of _____ the issue.

Detailed Solution for GATE Verbal Aptitude Practice Questions - 1 - Question 10

Option B is the correct answer.

skirting means attempting to ignore or avoiding to attempt.

The first sentence states that the minister is avoiding something.

So, skirting is correct in this context.

The other words don't fit in the context of the sentence.

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