IMPROVEMENT OF SENTENCES
399. (1) put in (Phr.V.) : to spend a lot of time or make a lot tormentors (Noun) : person who causes somebody
of effort doing something to suffer
put up (Phr.V.) : to show a particular level of skill, Hence, the bull charged on its tormentors is the
determination, etc. in a fight or contest right usage.
l The team put up a great performance. 414. (4) No improvement
put down (Phr.V.) : to land (of an aircraft or its pilot) tribulations (Noun) : great trouble or suffering
put over (Phr.V.) : to communicate your ideas, feel- placidity (Noun) : the state of being calm and peaceful
ings, etc. successfully to somebody 415. (2) beset (Verb) : to affect somebody/something in a
Here, put in is the right usage. harmful way
400. (3) meagre (Adj.) : small in quantity and poor in qual- l It’s one of the most difficult problems besetting our
ity modern way of life.
lowly (Adj.) : low in status/importance bestow (Verb) : to give something to somebody, espe-
miserly (Adj.) : too small (of a quantity/amount) cially to show how much he is respected
Here, meagre is the right usage. l It was a title bestowed upon him by the King.
401. (3) hang by a thread (Idiom) ; to be in great danger appeal (Verb) : to attract/interest somebody
Hence, by (Prep.) is the right usage. l The design appealed to all ages.
402. (2) assured (Verb) : to tell somebody that something is Here, beset is the right usage.
definitely true or is definitely going to happen, espe- 416. (4) No improvement
cially when he has doubts about it We kept all the old paintings (Principal Clause – Sim-
consoled (Verb) : to give comfort/sympathy to some- ple Past Tense)
body who is unhappy or disappointed ; comfort Hence, would remain safe is the right usage.
guaranteed (Verb) : to promise to do something 417. (3) reminiscent (Adj.) : reminding you of somebody/
confided (Verb) : to tell somebody secrets and personal something
information that you do not want other people to know reflection (Noun) : careful thought about something,
Here, assured is the right usage. sometimes over a long period of time
403. (4) No improvement l A week off would give him time for reflection.
would (Mod.V.) : used in polite offers or invitations. rendition (Noun) : the particular way in which some-
404. (1) in the back is the right usage. thing is performed
405. (3) few (Det ; Adj.) : not many l The band gave a live rendition of their latest songs.
a few (Det ; Adj.) : a small number ; some re-incarnation (Noun) : the belief that after some-
Hence, a few is the right usage. body’s death their soul lives again in a new body
406. (1) Here, nobody was there (Simple Past Tense) is l Do you believe in reincarnation ?
the right usage. Here, reminiscent is the right usage.
407. (3) Here, explain (Verb) is the right usage. 418. (1) portrait (Noun) : a painting, drawing or photo-
408. (1) After let’s, the tag begins with shall. graph of a person
Hence, shall we is the right usage. Here, paints is the right usage.
409. (3) not only .... but also ® Correlative Conjunctions. 419. (2) Here, bit him (Simple Past Tense) is the right
Hence, not only ______ but also is the right usage.
420. (4) No improvement
410. (1) offer (Verb) : to make available ; to provide
take a test/do a test is the right usage.
Here, offers is the right usage.
421. (4) No improvement
411. (1) worth (Prep.) : good or important enough to justify
obliterated (Verb) : to remove all signs of something,
(what is specified – the trek)
either by destroying or covering it completely
l a place worth visiting
l The snow had obliterated their footprints.
Here, well worth the endeavour is the right usage.
422. (2) forced (Verb) : compelled
It is followed by a Noun/Pronoun/-ing form of a Verb
pressure (Noun) : the act of trying to persuade or to
412. (3) hitch hike (Verb) : to travel by asking for free force somebody to do something
rides in other people’s cars, by standing at the side of
Here, forced is the right usage.
the road and trying to get passing cars to stop
423. (3) at present (Idiom) : now ; at this point of time
l They hitch hiked around Europe.
l At present there is energy shortage the world over
Here, hitch-hiking is the right usage.
presently (Adv.) : now ; currently ; soon
413. (3) goaded (Verb) : to keep irritating or annoying some- l She will be back presently (soon)
body/something until he/it react
Here, At present is the right usage.
frenzy (Noun) : a state of violent mental agitation or 424. (4) No improvement
wild excitement ; temporary madness
promotes (Verb) : to help something to happen or
charged (Verb) : to rush forward and attack some- develop
means (Verb) : to have something as a meaning