English Questions For SBI PO Mains Exam 2017

English Questions For SBI PO Mains Exam 2017

Dear Students, SBI PO Mains Exam is going to be held on 4th June, 2017. English Section is very challenging and  tricky. You need to learn and practice all type of questions including New Pattern English questions. Today, in this post, we are providing Reading Comprehension and Phrase Replacement questions. Attempt this quiz and assess your understanding of English language For SBI PO Mains 2017.   

Directions (1-5): Which of the phrases (a), (b), (c) and (d) given below should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentences to make the sentence grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is and there is no correction required mark (e) i.e. ‘No correction required’ as the answer.

Q1. The US economy is present in the face off a serious recession.
(a) having to face of at present
(b) presently facing up to
(c) presented on the face of
(d) presently facing
(e) No correction required

Q2. Economists have predicted that the country’s economic growth falls low to eight percent this year.
(a) falling as low as
(b) fell to as low as
(c) will fall to as low as
(d) fallen lower than
(e) No correction required

Q3. In all likeness the company will fail to achieve its production targets this year.
(a) With every likeliness
(b) In all likelihood
(c) It is likely for
(d) In every likeness
(e) No correction required

Q4. We have failed assessment of the advantages of outsourcing our IT operations.
(a) in assessment
(b) in not assessing up
(c) to assess
(d) the assessment of
(e) No correction required

Q5. One of the key competencies for managers are ethics and the ability to motivate others.
(a) Among the key competencies
(b) Beside the key competency
(c) Including the key competencies
(d) Within the key competence
(e) No correction required

Directions (6-15): In each question, the word at the top is used in four different ways, numbered a to d. Choose the option in which the usage of the word is INCORRECT or INAPPROPRIATE. If the all the options are grammatically correct and usage of the given word is appropriate, then select option E. 

Q6. Cut
(a) The phone company cut off our phone because we didn’t pay the bill.
(b) My grandparents cut my father off when he remarried.
(c) The doctors cut down his leg because it was severely injured.
(d) I cut this ad out of the newspaper.
(e) None of these

Q7. Give
(a) My boyfriend didn’t want to go to the ballet, but he finally gave up.
(b) They were giving out free perfume samples at the department store.
(c) I am giving up smoking as of January 1st.
(d) My Maths homework was too difficult so I gave up.
(e) None of these

Q8. Hand 
(a) I handed my old comic books down to my little cousin.
(b) I have to hand out my essay by Friday.
(c) We will hand out the invitations at the door.
(d) The police asked the man to hand over his wallet and his weapons.
(e) None of these

Q9. Turn
(a) Your mother wants you to turn the TV down and come for dinner.
(b) Just turn left at the end of the street and you will reach my house.
(c) Can you turn the music up? This is my favourite song.
(d) Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over the neighbourhood.
(e) None of these

Q10. Hold
(a) A man in a black mask held the bank up this morning.
(b) Hold onto your hat because it’s very windy outside.
(c) Please hold on while I transfer you to the Sales Department.
(d) Jamie held on his tears at his grandfather’s funeral.
(e) None of these

Q11. Mark
(a) The clerk will mark prices down later in the day.
(b) They can clearly mark the boundaries up with red tape.
(c) The manager will mark up the prices that the clerk marked down.
(d) I will buy a lot more if you mark the prices down.
(e) None of these

Q12. Talk 
(a) A good partner can talk you through some tough places.
(b) She was able to talk the young child out of jumping into the pool.
(c) Sit in the driver’s seat while I talk you through the controls.
(d) We talked over the problems in our relationships, but couldn’t sort things out.
(e) None of these

Q13. Jack
(a) We jacked the car up and changed the tyre.
(b) Don’t listen to him – he always jacks people in.
(c) I jacked my job in because my boss refused to give me a raise.
(d) Once the tourists arrive, the restaurants jack up their prices.
(e) None of these

Q14. Look
(a) I have to look after my sick grandmother.
(b) Ever since we stole that chocolate bar your dad has looked down on me.
(c) I’m looking into a red dress for the wedding.
(d) I’m looking forward to the Christmas break.
(e) None of these

Q15. Run
(a) Let’s run through our lines for the school play.
(b) He runs with a rough crowd, no wonder he ended up in jail.
(c) The young father ran off from his responsibility and didn’t support his family.
(d) The child ran away because her parents beat her.
(e) None of these


S1. Ans.(d)
Sol. “presently facing”.  The context is about the present situation of US economy.  Hence, present continuous tense is appropriate.

S2. Ans.(c)
Sol. “will fall to as low as” the rule of parallelism has to be maintained.  We also need to use future tense verb to show the future event. Hence, option C is correct answer choice.

S3. Ans.(b)
Sol. "in all likelihood" is a phrase which means "very probably." Other options are incorrect.

S4. Ans.(c)
Sol. “to assess” is verb form, hence correct. ‘Assessment’ is noun form and inappropriate in the context of the sentence.

S5. Ans.(a)
Sol. “Among the key competencies”. Plural verb ‘are’ indicates that we need plural form of words in the first part of the sentence.  Among is used for more than two things or persons. Hence, option A is correct answer choice.

S6. Ans.(c)
Sol. The correct phrase that should be used in the sentence is: ‘cut off’ as the phrase ‘cut down’ means to make something fall to the ground. Option (c) is the answer.

S7. Ans.(a)
Sol. The correct phrase should be ‘he finally gave in’ where the phrase ‘gave in’ means “to reluctantly stop fighting or arguing”. Option (a) is the answer.

S8. Ans.(b)
Sol. The answer should be: option (b) where ‘to hand out’ means to distribute to a group of people. But the speaker wants to tell that he has to submit his essay by Friday therefore the correct phrase should be ‘to hand in’ instead of ‘to hand out’.

S9. Ans.(a)
Sol. Option (a) in the answer. The speaker wants the child to switch off the TV as he is being called for dinner where the phrase ‘turn down’ means to decrease the volume. Hence it should be ‘to turn the TV off’.

S10. Ans.(d)
Sol. Option (d) is the answer. The correct sentence is: Jamie held back his tears at his grandfather’s funeral.

S11. Ans.(b)
Sol. Option (b) is the answer. ‘To mark up’ means to increase while the person has been told to define the boundaries there, therefore the phrase should be – ‘to mark out’.

S12. Ans.(a)
Sol. Option (a) is the answer. The sentence tells that a good partner can help one to overcome from tough time. Hence the sentence (a) is wrong.

S13. Ans.(b)
Sol. Option (b) is the answer. The speaker wants to tell someone that a person always puts other people in trouble. Therefore the correct sentence should be: Don’t listen to him – he always jacks people around.

S14. Ans.(c)
Sol. Option (c) is the answer as the speaker wants to tell that she wants to wear a red dress on her wedding day. Therefore the correct phrase should be ‘looking for’ instead of ‘looking into’.

S15. Ans.(c)
Sol. Option (c) is the answer as “ran off” means to leave quickly while the person left to neglect his responsibilities. Therefore, the correct phrase is: ‘ran away from’.