Sentence improvement

‘Sentence improvement’ is one of the most important and high scoring section in any competitive examination. Writing a correct syntax is always a desirable attribute in the language. The correct way of writing reveals how polished your grammatical ability is. The technique to attempt Sentence Impovement questions is a variation of spotting errors. Candidates have to go through the sentence and then they are required to find if there is any grammatical error in it or not. Proper knowledge of the basic principles of grammar and the correct usage of words help a great deal in solving such questions.

Important points to be kept in mind while solving sentence  improvement questions are

 

• Read the sentence carefully and choose the options which are least different from the highlighted word/phrase that is to be improved.

•If you are unable to choose the least different word/phrase from the given options, try to choose and eliminate the most unfit or illogical word/ phrase from the options.

• Elimination method will enhance accuracy and make it easier to find the correct answer.


• Now try to observe the nearby words of the given word/phrase which has to be changed and see if the option that makes more sense or convey the meaning of the given sentence in a better way.

Try Yourself

See answer table below

Try Yourself

Question 1. 

She said that she was glad to be here that evening.

[SSC CGL (Tier 1) 2015]

(a) to have been here

(b) to be there

(c) to come here

(d) No improvement

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Question 2.

 The notorious criminal went to the police to go to prison.

[SSC CGL (Tier 1) 2015]

(a) surrendered himself before the police

(b) gave himself up for the police

(c) submitted to the police

(d) No improvement

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Question 3.

I did not see you for a long time.

[SSC CGL (Tier 1) 2015)

(a) saw

(b) have not been seeing

(c) have not seen

(d) No improvement

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Question 4.

The practice of starving the children in order to cure diarrhoea also aggravates the situation.

[SSC CGL (Tier 1) 2015]

(a) starve children

(b) starving children

(c) starving child

(d) No improvement

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Question 5.

 If he has time he will telephone.
[SSC CGL (Tier 1) 2015)

(a) would

(b) could

(c) might

(d) No improvement

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Question 6.

He met European lady at the conference who works for an NGO.

(SSC CGL (Tier 1) 2015)

(a) European lady who works for an NGO at the conference

(b) a European lady who works for an NGO, at the conference

(c) an European lady at the conference who works for an NGO

(d) No improvement

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Question  7.

We do not believe in a dual policy of the company.
[SSC CGL (Tier I) 2015]

(b) on these dual

(a) in these dual

(c) in this dual

(d) No improvement

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Question 8.

This news is too good to be true.
[SSC CGL (Tier I) 2015]

(a) so good that it cannot be true

(b) cannot be true

(c) so good that it should be true

(d) No improvement

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Question 9.

He is somehow tall for his age.
(SSC CGL (Tier I) 2015)

(a) much

(b) many

(c) rather

(d) No improvement

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Question 10.

Just before he died, Amar, who is a poet, wrote this poem.
[SSC CGL (Tier I) 2013]

(a) Just before he died, Amar, who was a poet, wrote this poem

(b) Amar, who is a poet, wrote this poem just before he died

(c) Amar wrote this poem, who is a poet, just before he died

(d) No improvement

Answer table:

1b
2a
3c
4d
5d
6b
7c
8d
9c
10a

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