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English Grammar - Section 2

Instructions:  
Each question' below has a sentence, from the choices provided, identify the one which best restates the given sentence and mark its number as the answer.
1:  

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

A.

Uneasily lies the head that wears a crown.

B.

Uneasy is the head wearing a crown.

C.

The head which wears the crown lies uneasy.

D.

The head which is wearing the crown lies uneasy.

 
 

Option: C

Explanation :

Uneasily does not denote a state, which is required in the context. 'Wearing a crown' denotes that the head is doing it, 'is wearing' denotes a continuous action, which is impossible, as the head cannot do it. Hence choice (c) restates the
given sentence correctly.


2:  

Had I been a little early, I would not have missed the train.

A.

Had I been a little early, I would not have missed the train.

B.

Had I been a little early than now, I would not have missed the train.

C.

Had I been a little earlier, I would not have missed the train.

D.

Had I only been a little early than now, I would not have missed the train.

 
 

Option: A

Explanation :

All the statements have the correct combination of tenses. So, we need not check it. Let us find the errors in other statements. 'Early than now' and 'earlier' suggest that I reached early; in that case, I did not miss the train. So, choices (b), (c), and (d) do not state the same idea as in the question statement. Hence correct choice is (a).


3:  

She is as intelligent as her sister if not more.

A.

She is more intelligent than her sister.

B.

She is as intelligent as her sister if not more intlligent.

C.

She and her sister are equally intelligent.

D.

She is less intelligent than her sister.

 
 

Option: C

Explanation :

The given statement states that both she and her sister are equally intelligent, This is given in statement. Hence correct choice is (c).


4:  

You will not succeed unless you are optimistic.

A.

You will not be successfullunless you are optimistic.

B.

You will not succeed until you are an optimist.

C.

You will not succeed unless you don't be optimistic.

D.

You will not succeed unless you don't be an optimistic.

 
 

Option: A

Explanation :

'Unless' denotes condition, 'until' denotes time. 'Choice (b) has adverb clause of time. With unless, another negative is not used. 'Unless ..... don't' is wrong. So, Choices (c) and (d) are incorrect. Hence correct choice is (a).


5:  

The students were advised to follow the instructions of the examiner.

A.

The instructions of the examiner were followed by the students.

B.

The students followed the examiner's instructions.

C.

The examiner's instructions were advised to be followed by the students ..

D.

It has been advised to the students that they should follow the examiner's instructions.

 
 

Option: D

Explanation :

Choices (a) and (b) state the same idea f(a) - passive voice; (b) Active voice] that the students followed the instructions, which differs from the question statement. Instructions cannot be advised. So, choice (c) is meaningless. Choice (d)
states the context of the given statement aptly.




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