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PREPOSITION
PREPOSITION MOCK TEST SET 2
January 10, 2016
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Directions:Correct the following sentences in the context of the use of the preposition.


 

  1. He acceded with my proposal.

 

Answer

To accede means to agree. Now, we know that we agree to a proposal.

Correct : He acceded to my proposal.

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  1. Which newspaper do you subscribe for?

 

Answer

If you pay regularly in order to receive the magazine Banking Services Chronicle (BSC), you subscribe to BSC. So also for any other newspaper or magazine.

Correct : Which newspaper do you subscribe to?

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  1. Kabir was born from humble parents.

 

Answer

Born is usually followed by the preposition of

Correct : Kabir was born of humble parents.

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  1. He scoffed on the idea of revolution.

 

Answer

To scoff means to speak or act disrespectfully. It is a kind of laughing at someone or something.

Correct : He scoffed at the idea of revolution.

 

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  1. The soil of Poona is favourable for roses.

 

Answer

If the conditions are in favour of something, we say they are favourable to it.

Correct : The soil of Poona is favourable to roses.

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  1. We must not carp with the errors of our ancestors.

 

Answer

If we find fault with something and complain continuously and unnecessarily about it, we carp about/at it.

Correct : We must not carp about/at the errors of our ancestors.

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  1. Narasimha Rao is distinguished in the cartoons for his pout.

 

Answer

If you are distinguished for something, you are being recognised for it. That something denotes excellence. Now, Narasimha Rao’s pout (pushing the lips forward) certainly does not fall in that category of excellence. It is merely a physical device that makes him different. He is distinguished by it, not for it. Just as elephants are distinguished by their long trunks. So,

Correct : Narasimha Rao is distinguished in the cartoons by his pout.

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  1. Patanjali is an authority for Sanskrit grammar.

 

Answer

If the knowledge or information of a person or a book is dependable, good and respected for a particular subject, that person or book is an authority on the subject. Correct : Patanjali is an authority on Sanskrit grammar.

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  1. He is a descendant from the Mughal royalty.

 

Answer

It is true that you descend (come down)from a place or a family. But you are a descendant of the family. Understand it like this. Who is a dacendant? A son or a grandson or a great-grandson, and so on. Now, you are a son of someone, a grandson of someone, …. So, you are a descendant of someone. The noun form of descend shows a relationship.

Correct : He is a descendant of the Mughal royalty.

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  1. The shopke eper deals with cotton and cloth.

 

Answer

When you go for trade, you deal with the other party but you deal in the goods being traded. Cotton and cloth are such goods here.

Correct. The shopkeeper deals in cotton and cloth.

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