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CONJUCTIONS
CONJUCTIONS MOCK TEST SET 7
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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  1. Both he and as well as 1 footed the bill.

 

Answer

Both and and as well as carry the same meaning. So, one of them should be deleted. So, Correct : Both he and I footed the bill.

 

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  1. He has no choice than to start his own business.

 

Answer

Than should not be used without the comparative degree. Use but (meaning except). Correct : He has no choice but to start his own business.

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  1. Neither Sanjay or Rahul loves his work.

 

Answer

Neither is followed by nor, not or.

Correct : Neither Sanjay nor Rahul loves his work.

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  1. It is nothing else than a wicked desire.

 

Answer

Correct : It is nothing else but a wicked desire.

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  1. She asked me that I could answer her question.

 

Answer

Since the verb is asked, the subordinate clause is expected to begin with an interrogative word, not that. So,

Correct : She asked me whether I could answer her question.

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  1. He does not interfere without he is compelled.

 

Answer

Without is not a conjunction, but a preposition.

Correct : He does not interfere without being compelled.

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  1. He said that, “Word is a four-letter word.”

 

Answer

That is not used before direct speech. So,

Correct : He said, “Word is a four-letter word.”

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  1. It is difficult to know whether you have been selected.

 

Answer

The sentence is correct. Whether itself means if.. or not. So, you need not add the words or not at the end of the sentence. However, for the sake of emphasis, the practice of adding or not is sometimes followed.

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  1. This film is interesting and the previous one was boring.

 

Answer

Obviously, the two clauses being joined by and are in contrast: interesting and boring are opposites. The function of joining two clauses in contrast is performed by the conjunction but, not and. So,

Correct : This film is interesting but the previous one was boring.

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  1. I am interested in such books which are interesting.

 

Answer

Here such does not refer to a consequence, but to a category. What kind of books? “Such books as are interesting.” So.

Correct : I am interested in such books as are interesting.

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  1. He asked me that who I was.

 

Answer

That is not used before an interrogative pronoun. So,

Correct: He asked me who I was.

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  1. Such was his pronunciation as I could not understand him.

 

Answer

“I could not understand him” is a consequence of “Such was his pronunciation.” So,

Correct : Such was his pronunciation that I could not understand him.

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  1. Most of the girls are doing their post-graduation because they may get good husbands.

 

Answer

Because is used for reason (cause). If you are talking of purpose, use so that.

Correct : Most of the girls are doing their post-graduation so that they may get good husbands.

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  1. He treats us as slaves.

 

Answer

As is a conjunction. So, the given sentence means He treats us as slaves (treat us). But the writer wants to equate us with slaves. When the object (here us) is to be thus equated, we use the preposition like. So,

 

Correct : He treats us like slaves.

 

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  1. Although they listen to me, but their actions prove otherwise.

 

Answer

Although goes with yet, not with but

 

Correct: Although they listen to me yet their actions prove otherwise.

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