Daily English Practice Test - Set 2

1)   Pick the word/phrase closest in meaning to the given word:


a. Lethargic
b. Fussy
c. Angry
d. Successful
Answer  Explanation 


Fastidious means fussy and choosy to the extreme.

For example: The restaurant menu was so varied yet Ashok was a fastidious diner who was never pleased.

2)   The given sentence have been divided into four parts out of which a part may contain grammatical error. Choose the part which has grammatical error or else choose ‘No error’ as your answer.

They wear going (a)/ to cancel his appointment (b)/ as the CEO (c)/ because of personal enmity (d).

a. a
b. b
c. c
d. d
e. No error
Answer  Explanation 


(a) They were going:
Were is different from wear which means to put on. For example, Neeta wears expensive clothes/ You were going to the office till you fell ill.

3)   In the sentence given below a part is underlined. Choose the most suitable option that can replace the underlined part.

She is dancing to the music of her boss’s whims.

a. tunes
b. songs
c. whistles
d. sounds
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: tunes

Dancing to the tunes is a phrase used in English. Dancing to songs, whistles and sounds is possible, but it does not convey the same meaning.

4)   There are two sentences. Each sentence has a blank in it. Five options are given below the sentence pair. Choose the option that fits both the blanks.

1. He _____ fill the form
2. I don’t understand why he ______ always go to the office before time.

a. Was
b. Will
c. Has
d. Wants
Answer  Explanation 


Will is the correct choice. The form cannot be was, has or wants filled because none of these words is correct usage. Similarly, he will go (implying a future action) rather than past (has. was) and though wants can be used, the correct sentence in this case would be “I don’t understand why he always wants to go to the office before time”.

5)   Complete the following sentences with the most appropriate words/phrases with reference to grammar, idioms, proverbs and syntax.

A stitch in time_______________

a. Saves till nine
b. Saves none
c. Saves till eight
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Saves till nine

A stitch in time saves till nine- meaning a timely stitch can prevent the cloth from tearing for a long period of time. This phrase is used to explain why it is always better to choose proactive approach.

For example: As he had prepared for the exam well in advance, he discovered why a stitch in time saves till nine when he got good marks.

6)   In the question below, there is a sentence with jumbled up parts. Rearrange these parts, which are labelled A, B, C and D to produce the correct sentence. Choose the proper sequence.

a. She was wishing
b. for her
c. for something
d. that was not good

Correct Sequence:

a. abcd
b. abdc
c. acdb
d. bcda
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: acdb

The correct sentence: She was wishing for something that was not good for her. She refers to the subject while not good for her is the predicate and was wishing is the verb joining the two.

7)   Choose the correct alternative which can be substituted for the below given word/ sentence.

A word meaning happy and joyful

a. Infuriated
b. Exhilarated
c. Despondent
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Exhilarated

While infuriated means angry, despondent means sad. Exhilarated is the right choice.

8)   In the following question, an idiom or proverb has been underlined. Choose its correct meaning in the given context from the alternatives given below.

She realised there was no use crying over spilt milk when she saw the interviewer promising the job to someone else.

a. She has spilt milk
b. She realised it was useless to worry about something which cannot be changed
c. She was worried over the spilt milk
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: She realised it was useless to worry about something which cannot be changed

Just like milk cannot be put back into the vessel after it has spilled, similarly you cannot go back in time and change things which have not worked out for you. For example: Cursing yourself for not studying enough after getting bad marks in the exam is like crying over spilt milk.

9)   Pick the world exactly opposite in meaning to the given word:


a. Response
b. Query
c. Issue
d. Conflict
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Response

Response is another word for answer or solution. It is the opposite of question in meaning. For example, For every question of his, she had an equally strong response.

10)   Choose the pair of words which have a relationship similar to that between the given pair of words:

Pleasant: Dislikable

a. Sorry: Defiant
b. Guilty: Innocent
c. Happy: Overjoyed
d. Sad: Sorrowful
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Guilty: Innocent

Pleasant is the opposite of dislikable for example Harish is a pleasant and happy person while Mahesh is thoroughly dislikable. Similarly, guilty is the direct opposite of innocent and therefore the correct answer. The other two options have word pairs which mean the same thing.