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English Questions asked in SBI CLERK 2020 prelims

English Questions asked in SBI CLERK  2020 prelims (with detailed solution) 

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Directions : A word has been given in each question and has been used in the sentences given 
below. Identify the statements where the word has been used in a contextually and grammatically 
correct manner. If the word has been used correctly in all the statements, mark (e), “All of these”, 
as your answer.




Q. HOSTILE
(i) Shivani made hostile efficient a key part of her trip.
(ii) There has been a hostile reaction to the government’s proposed bill based on direct tax .
(iii) The border security forces exercised great restraint by not responding to hostile attacks.
(a) Only (i)
(b) Both (i) and (ii)
(c) Both (ii) and (iii)
(d) Only (iii)
(e) All of these


Solution : C
Hostile means antagonistic, hateful unfriendly. Therefore, sentence (ii) and (iii) depict the correct usage of the given word. Sentence (i) is grammatically incorrect as ‘hostile’ is an adjective. 
Hence, option (c) is the most suitable  choice.


Q. VAGUE


(i) The opposition party determined that the act  was too vague to be enforced.
(ii) The merger of these two companies would vague the India’s  biggest accounting firm
(iii) The couple had a vague reception in the city of Dehradun this morning.
(a) Only (i)
(b) Both (i) and (ii)
(c) Both (ii) and (iii)
(d) Only (iii)
(e) All of these


Solution : 
Vague (adj)  means thinking or communicating in an unfocused or imprecise way. Sentence (ii) is wrong grammatically. Since ‘ vague’ is an adjective,  it can’t be used as a verbTherefore, only sentence (i) depicts the correct usage of the given word. Hence, option (a) is the most suitable answer choice.

Direction : In the following question, four sentences are given which may be grammatically 
and contextually incorrect. You need to find the one which has no error and mark that as your 
answer. If all the given sentences are incorrect then mark option (e) i.e. ‘all are incorrect’ as your 
answer.


Q. (a) India’s dark chocolate market is pegged at ₹7,000 crore, of which premium dark chocolates can be sized 
anywhere among 15% and 20%.


(b) China reported 27 new case of coronavirus.


(c) ITC has plans to work with cocoa farmers directly in future.


(d) The company initially invested ₹250 crore to set up a chocolate manufacture hub in Haridwar.


(e) All are incorrect


Solution : C
After taking a look at the sentences, we find that the sentence of option (c) is correct.
Why (a) is wrong –  replace ‘among’ with ‘between’. Among is used for a greater number.
Why (b) is wrong – replace ‘case’ with ‘cases’.
Why (d) is wrong –  replace’ manufacture’ with ‘manufacturing’.






Q. (a) The monument  was rename as Oriental Monument by the government.


(b) The government expects all the mergers of public sector banks, which were announced in 2019, to 
become effective from April 1.


(c) Experts believe that lower gas prices would be bad with exploration


(d) The CDSCO will be regulate the medical devices now.


(e) All are incorrect


Solution : b
After taking a look at the sentences, we find that the sentence of option (b) is correct.
Why (a) is wrong –  replace ‘rename’ with ‘renamed’.
Why (c) is wrong –  replace ‘with’ with ‘for’.
Why (d) is wrong –  replace ‘regulate’ with ‘regulating’.

Q. (a) This language have the potential to connect the world without any barriers 
(b) Mr. Sinha was appointed in the PMO when Nripendra Misra, the then Principal Secretary, resigns.
(c) Sheetal drink the syrup too fast and was soon too dizzy to stand.
(d) You’re coming to the party, isn’t you?
(e) All are incorrect




Solution : d
After taking a look at the sentences, we find that the sentence of option (d) is correct.
Why (a) is wrong –  replace ‘as’ with ‘for’.
Why (b) is wrong – replace ‘to’ with ‘in’.

Why (c) is wrong – replace ‘there’ with ‘their’.


Direction: In the following  questions, one sentence is given, and four words have been given in bold denoted by (A), (B), (C) and (D).You have to decide which of the following is inappropriate in terms of either context or spelling. If all the words are appropriate in the context then mark ‘All are correct’ as your answer.


Q. The team manager balanced (A) the strength (B) of his team against 
that of their opponent (C) and sihged. (D)
(a) balanced
(b) strength
(c) opponent
(d) sihged
(e) All are correct


Solution : d
Except “sihged” which is spelt as “sighed” all other words are correctly spelt so our answer choice 
will be option (d). 



Q. One evening Mohit prepared (A) a nice super (B) and put it on low heat in the oven to keep it tepid 
(C) while his wife dressed. (D)
(a) prepared
(b) super
(c) tepid
(d) dressed
(e) All are correct


Solution : b
Except “super” which is spelt as “supper” all other words are correctly spelt so our answer choice 
will be option (b). 
Supper – Any meal eaten in the evening, dinner


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Q. Sheetal was able to breathe (A) easier when she stood outside the massive(B) fortress (C) that sat on 
a clearing the size of two footbal (D) fields.
(a) breathe
(b) massive
(c) fortress
(d) footbal
(e) All are correct


Solution : d
Except “footbal” which is spelt as “football” all other words are correctly spelt so our answer choice 
will be option (d). 




Q. From time to time Mr. Rohan would looking over(A) his brother’s shoulder, suggesting(B) tactics (C) which 
invariably proved disastrous.(D)
(a) looking over
(b) suggesting
(c) tactics
(d) disastrous
(e) All are correct


Solution : a
Replace “looking over” with “look over”.

Direction: A sentence with one blank is given, indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word that best fits in the blank making the sentence grammatically correct and meaningful./ 

Q.Nitesh got ___  because they had been late on several occasions for 3 weeks. 
A. Legalized 
B. Rewarded
C. Submitted 
D. Penalized

E. Tendered 


Solution : D
Penalized which means to subject to a penalty especially for the infringement of a rule or regulation, fits in the context grammatically and appropriately.  

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English Questions asked in SBI CLERK 2020

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