Sentence Correction Exercise - Set 1

Directions: In each of the following questions, select the most preferable sentence with respect to grammar, meaning and usage.

1. a. Our team had won the competition if only we would have concentrated .
    b. Our team would have won the competition if only we had concentrated.
    c. Our team would win the competition only if we had concentrated.
    d. Our team had won the competition if only we would have concentrated.
    e. Our team would have won the competition if only we would have concentrated.

Answer: b. Our team would have won the competition if only we had concentrated.



2. a. She came in too quickly to avoid waking her child.
    b. She entered in quickly, so as not to wake her child.
    c. Having not to wake her child , she came in quickly.
    d. She came in very quickly so that she might avoid waking her child.

Answer: d. She came in very quickly so that she might avoid waking her child.



3. a. Many trains must stop owing to floods, if the rains last till the weekend.
    b. If the rains last for the weekend, owing to floods, many trains must stop.
    c. Owing to floods, many trains must stop if the rains last over the weekend
    d. Having the rains lasting to the weekend, many trains must stop.

Answer: c. Owing to floods, many trains must stop if the rains last over the weekend



4. a. People are rather impressed by the style of dressing than by a person's character.              
    b. People are impressed rather by the style of dressing than by a person's character.
    c. Rather people are impressed by the style of a dressing than by a person's character.
    d. People are impressed by the style of dressing than by a person's character.

Answer: d. People are impressed by the style of dressing than by a person's character.



5. a. In four bomb - blasts, fortunately only three lives were lost.
    b. In a four bomb- blasts only three lives were fortunately lost.
    c. Fortunately, in four bomb-blasts, only three lives were lost.
    d. In fortunately four bomb- blast, only three lives were lost

Answer: c. Fortunately, in four bomb-blasts, only three lives were lost.



6. a.  As one travels from kulumanali to shimla, he finds the line most beautifully laid.                             
    b. Travelling from kulumanali to shimla, one finds the line most beautifully laid.
    c. While travelling from kulumanali to shimla, one would find the line most beautifully laid.
    d. If one travels from kulumanali to shimla, he will find the line beautifully laid.

Answer: b. Travelling from kulumanali to shimla, one finds the line most beautifully laid.