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CONJUCTIONS
CONJUCTIONS MOCK TEST SET 6
January 10, 2016
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DIRECTIONS: Correct the following sentences in context of the correct use of the conjunction. 


 

  1. Scarcely had I completed the paragraph than the lights went off.

 

Answer

The correlative conjunction of scarcely is when. Than is usually used with adjectives in the comparative degree.

Correct : Scarcely had I completed the paragraph when the lights went off.

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  1. He is not honest and not truthful.

 

Answer

He is neither honest nor truthful.

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  1. It is nothing else than a trick being played upon you.

 

Answer

When you say nothing else, you are excluding things. This exclusion is done with the help of but. So,

Correct : It is nothing else but a trick being played upon you.

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  1. No sooner had I reached the office when I got the news of your arrival.

 

Answer

No sooner … when is an incorrect correlative pair. The moment you see a comparative degree (sooner), it naturally occurs to you that the proper correlative should be than. So, Correct : No sooner had I reached the office than I got the news of your arrival.

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  1. He will return on either Saturday or Monday.

 

Answer

The preposition here is not a part of the verb but of the words that follow either … or. So,

Correct : He will return either on Saturday or on Monday.

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  1. He has no other business but to play with computers.

 

Answer

Than, not but, goes with other. Besides, prepositions (here than is a preposition) are generally followed by the gerund, not by the infinitive. So,

Correct : He has no other business than playing with computers.

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  1. India seldom or ever wins a medal at the Olympics.

 

Answer

Seldom is closer to never than to ever (always). So,

Correct : India seldom or never wins a medal at the Olympics.

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  1. They had hardly finished their meals that at once they resumed their duty.

 

Answer

Hardly may be used as a substitute for scarcely. So, its correlative is when, not than. Besides, at once should be deleted because hardly … when itself implies these words. So, Correct : They had hardly finished their meals when they resumed their duty.

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  1. I don’t know whether Ramakant is equally good as Vijay.

 

Answer

What is wrong with this sentence? Let us analyse. The given sentence becomes “I don’t know whether X” where X Ramakant is equally good as Vijay. Here, X is a combination of two sentences:

 

(i) Vijay is good.

 

(ii) Ramakant is equally good. To combine such sentences we use as … as conjunction pair where the first as comes for equally. So,

Correct : I don’t know whether Ramakant is as good as Vijay.

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10.1 have not only looked after my children but also my sister’s.

 

Answer

Correlative conjunctions are followed by the same parts of speech. Looked after is a verb common to both the parts. So,

Correct : I have looked after not only my children but also my sister’s.

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