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Explore popular questions from Sentence Improvement for IBPS. This collection covers Sentence Improvement previous year IBPS questions hand picked by experienced teachers.

Q 1.

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In the given sentences, a part of the sentence is bold. Beneath the sentence, four different ways of phrasing the bold part are indicated. Choose the best alternative
She rushed to the station but could find any trace of her daughter there.

A

not found trace

find no trace

C

found not trace

D

finding no trace

E

No correction required

Q 2.

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Which of the phrases (A) , (B), (C) , (D) and (E) given below the sentence should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct if it has an error in it? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (E) i.e. 'No correction required' as the answer
A committee comprising eminent experts from various fields were setting up.

was set up

B

were being set up

C

was setting up

D

was being set up

E

No correction required

Explanation

Only the first answer choice fits correctly because the sentence is in the past tense where the action 'that is of setting up the committee' is already over.

Q 3.

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Which of the phrases (A) , (B), (C) , (D) and (E) given below the sentence should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct if it has an error in it? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (E) i.e. 'No correction required' as the answer
How did the burglar got into the bank is a mystery.

A

How did the burglar get

B

What did the burglar get

How the burglar got

D

Why did the burglar get

E

No correction required

Explanation

How the burglar got into ...

Q 4.

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.
At first, Bajaj's sewing machine was considered both to be very expensive and also too complicated to use for general use.

A

Bajaj's sewing machine was considered both expensive and also complicated to use for general use.

Bajaj's sewing machine was considered to be very expensive and too complicated for general use.

C

Both a and b.

D

Bajaj's sewing machine was considered to be very expensive, but too complicated for general use.

E

None of the above.

Explanation

Bajaj's sewing machine was considered to be very expensive and too complicated for general use.

Q 5.

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.
He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and also he is familiar with the problems involved.

He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and familiar with the problems involved.

B

He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and has some familiarity with the problems involved.

C

He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and familiar with the problems involved.

D

He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and familiar with the problems involved also.

E

None of the above.

Explanation

He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and familiar with the problems involved. Use parallel structure with elements joined by a correlative conjunction.

Q 6.

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.
His colleagues appreciated both his determination and the attention he paid to the detail.

A

and the way he paid attention to detail.

and his attention to detail.

C

and also praised his attention to detail.

D

also they praised his attention to detail.

E

None of the above.

Explanation

and his attention to detail. This sentence uses the correlative pair "Both...and" to present two characteristics. Both characteristics should be in the same form, but one is a possessive pronoun + noun (his determination), while the other is a phrase (the way he paid attention to detail). We need another possessive pronoun + noun: "his attention to detail."

Q 7.

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Below sentence has given four possible substitutions for the bold part. If one of them (A), (B), (C) or (D) is better than the underlined part, choose the correct option. If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, choose (D) as 'No improvement' .
Knowing very little English, it was difficult to converse with the foreigner.

A

I found it difficult to converse

B

to converse was difficult

C

conversing was difficult

D

It was not easy to conversed

No improvement

Q 8.

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Below sentence has given four possible substitutions for the bold part. If one of them (A), (B), (C) or (D) is better than the underlined part, choose the correct option. If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, choose (D) as 'No improvement' . I laid all the facts before him so that he could make his own Judgement.

A

laid all the facts in front of him

B

lay all the facts before him

C

lay all the facts in front of him

D

did I lay all the facts before his

No improvement

Explanation

This sentence is correct none of the changes suggested will improve it. So, the option (e) is the correct answer.

Q 9.

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Which of the phrases (A) , (B), (C) , (D) and (E) given below the sentence should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct if it has an error in it? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (E) i.e. 'No correction required' as the answer
In any serious investigation, all points of suspicions should check properly.

A

must check properly

should be checked properly

C

should properly check

D

must properly check

E

No correction required

Explanation

should be checked ...

Q 10.

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In the given sentences, a part of the sentence is bold. Beneath the sentence, four different ways of phrasing the bold part are indicated. Choose the best alternative
Mohan had make up his mind about going on the world tour all alone.

A

made minds

B

make his mind

C

make up his minding

made up his mind

E

No correction required

Q 11.

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Below sentence has given four possible substitutions for the bold part. If one of them (A), (B), (C) or (D) is better than the underlined part, choose the correct option. If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, choose (D) as 'No improvement' .
If only she had told me about her problem I would have helped her.

A

would help

B

could help

C

had helped

D

would not help

No improvement

Explanation

This sentence is grammatically correct none of the changes suggested will improve it. So, the option (e) is the correct answer.

Q 12.

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Which of the phrases (A) , (B), (C) , (D) and (E) given below the sentence should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct if it has an error in it? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (E) i.e. 'No correction required' as the answer
All human beings are vulnerable to greed and temptations.

A

are vulnerable for

B

have vulnerability of

C

were vulnerable at

D

have been vulnerable with

No correction required

Q 13.

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In the given sentences, a part of the sentence is bold. Beneath the sentence, four different ways of phrasing the bold part are indicated. Choose the best alternative
Although he was the most friendly of all present and different from the others he hadn't hardly any friends except me.

A

different from the others, he hardly had any friends except I

B

different than the others, he hardly had any friends except me

C

different than the others, he hardly had any friends except I

different from the others, he hardly had any friends except me

E

None of these

Explanation

When we use the word hardly, it implies a negative meaning, there is then no need to use not, so the most suitable use is he hardly had any friends.

Q 14.

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In the given sentences, a part of the sentence is bold. Beneath the sentence, four different ways of phrasing the bold part are indicated. Choose the best alternative
Today this is a totally different world than we have seen in the last decade.

A

than what we seen

B

then we have seen

C

from what we seen

from what we have seen

E

None of these

Explanation

When we use the word 'hardly', it implies a negative meaning, there is then no need to use not, so the most suitable use is 'he hardly had any friends'.

Q 15.

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Which of the phrases (A) , (B), (C) , (D) and (E) given below the sentence should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct if it has an error in it? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (E) i.e. 'No correction required' as the answer
Several of our projects have delayed because the equipment we ordered was delivered late.

A

have been delayed when

B

delayed because of

C

are delayed since

were delayed with

E

No correction required

Explanation

None of the given answer choices fit in correctly. The correct grammatical form of sentence will be 'People should have their own mechanism ..........'.

Q 16.

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.
We were told to stay at the police station and that we should have our identification ready.

and to have our identification ready.

B

and have our identification ready.

C

and we should have our identification ready.

D

Both a and c.

E

None of the above.

Explanation

and to have our identification ready. Use parallel structure with elements joined by coordinating conjunctions.

Q 17.

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.
All these desserts are not only fattening and they are also high in cholesterol.

A

desserts are not only fattening, but they're also high in cholesterol too.

desserts are not only fattening, but they are also high in cholesterol.

C

desserts are not only fattening, but also high in cholesterol.

D

desserts are not only fattening and also high in cholesterol.

E

None of the above.

Explanation

desserts are not only fattening, but they are also high in cholesterol. When making comparisons, the things you compare should be couched in parallel structures whenever that is possible and appropriate.

Q 18.

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.
In Sachin's house, no one is allowed to smoke, wear shoes, or to eat in the living room.

A

wear shoes or eating on the living room.

to wear shoes, or to eat in the living room.

C

or wear shoes, or eat in the living room.

D

wear shoes and not to eat in the living room.

E

None of the above.

Explanation

to wear shoes, or to eat in the living room. Use parallel structure with elements in lists or in a series.

Q 19.

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Which of the phrases (A) , (B), (C) , (D) and (E) given below the sentence should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct if it has an error in it? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (E) i.e. 'No correction required' as the answer
Our foreign exchange reserves have been increased substantial.

A

have been increased substantially

have increased substantially

C

have substantially increasing

D

had increased substantially

E

No correction required

Explanation

The correct answer choice is (b) because it expresses that the action is complete, i.e. our foreign exchange reserves have increased substantially. The sentence is the form of present perfect tense the 1st answer choice would have fit in if the action would have begun in past and still continued, i.e present perfect continuous tense.

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In the given sentences, a part of the sentence is bold. Beneath the sentence, four different ways of phrasing the bold part are indicated. Choose the best alternative
Anyone interested in the use of computer can learn much if you have access to a state-of-the microcomputer.

if he has access to

B

if access is available to

C

by access to

D

from access to

E

None of these

Q 21.

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.
Picasso's painting has subtle color contrasts, also has intriguing textures, and a pleasing balance.

A

subtle color contrasts, the textures are intriguing, and a pleasing balance.

B

subtle color contrasts, intriguing textures, and the balance is pleasing.

subtle color contrasts, intriguing textures and a pleasing balance.

D

All the above.

E

None of the above.

Explanation

subtle color contrasts, intriguing textures and a pleasing balance. Use parallel structure with elements in lists or in a series.

Q 22.

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Which of the phrases (A) , (B), (C) , (D) and (E) given below the sentence should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically correct if it has an error in it? If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (E) i.e. 'No correction required' as the answer
People should be have their own mechanism to guard against the activities of unscrupulous elements.

shall be have their own

B

should be having its own

C

should have owning its

D

should have their own

E

No correction required

Explanation

'him' is not the right usage because it is a possessive pronoun, and in the sentence it is followed by who, which is used to refer. So the pronoun he should be used. He, who has the best rapport with the students.

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In the given sentences, a part of the sentence is bold. Beneath the sentence, four different ways of phrasing the bold part are indicated. Choose the best alternative
Ramesh worries endlessly about his son's future as he was so poor in studies.

A

worry endless

B

worried endless

worried endlessly

D

worries endless

E

No correction required

Explanation

The given sentence is the statement of simple past tense. Hence it should be 'worried' instead of worries.

Q 24.

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.
The suit was brightly colored, and the stitches were small, and neat, and they were spaced evenly.

A

The quilt was of a bright color, with small stitches that were neat and were evenly spaced.

B

The quilt was brightly color, with small stitching and that were neat and evenly spaced.

The quilt was of a bright color, with small stitches that were neat and evenly spaced.

D

The quilt was of a bright color, with small stitches that were neat and evenly spaced.

E

None of the above.

Explanation

The quilt was of a bright color, with small stitches that were neat and evenly spaced. If a sentence contains elements related in purpose or structure, be sure these elements are presented in the same grammatical form.

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Below each sentence has given four possible substitutions for the bold part. If one of them (a), (b), (c) or (d) is better than the underlined part, indicate your response on the Answer Sheet against the corresponding letter (a), (b), (c) or (d) . If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, indicate (e) as your response on the Answer Sheet. Thus a ‘No' improvement' response will be signified by the letter (e).
It has become a commonly practice to talk about women liberation.

A

commonly practised talk about

B

common practice to talk about

common practice of talking with

D

commonly practising to talk about

E

No correction required