IMPROVEMENT OF SENTENCES
869. (3) Middle : the part of something that is at an equal Hence, Singular Verb i.e. has died of is the right
distance from all its edges or sides. usage.
l He was standing in the middle of the room. 886. (3) enrol (V.) : to arrange for yourself/for somebody
centre (N.) : the middle point/part of something else to officially join a course, school, etc.
l the centre of a circle admit (V.) : allow to enter/join
l chocolates with soft centres Hence, enrol will be used in place of admit.
Hence, in the middle is the right usage 887. (4) No improvement
870. (4) No improvement 888. (3) admit of (Phr.V.) : to show that something is pos-
crack a joke (Id.) : to tell a joke sible as a solution, an explanation, etc.
make/crack a joke (Id.) : say something in order to admits (V.) : to accept truth
make people laugh admit to (Phr. V.) : to confess something to someone
l We stayed up for hours, laughing and cracking jokes. Here, admits of is the right usage.
l She would make jokes about her appearance. 889. (1) gruesome (Adjective) : very unpleasant and fill-
871. (4) No improvement ing you with horror (of death injury)
rather (Adv.) : used to mean fairly or to some degree. ruthless (Adj.) : hard and cruel (of people or their
l The instructions were rather complicated.
Hence, rather is the right usage. loathsome (Adj.) : extremely unpleasant ; disgusting
872. (4) No improvement Hence, gruesome is the right usage.
873. (2) A Gerund should follow the Verb avoid. 890. (4) Here, Past Perfect Tense has been used.
When both the events happen in the Past, the first
l You should avoid mentioning his divorce.
event takes Past Per. T. and the second event takes
l You should avoid mentioning his divorce.
Simple Past Tense
Hence, was annoyed is the right usage.
891. (3) Had the room been brighter, Shweta would have
here, speaking is the right usage.
been able to read for a while before bedtime is the
874. (3) Sewage (Uncountable Noun) : waste products pro- right sentence.
duced by human bodies.
892. (4) No improvement.
As a particular pollutant is being mentioned, the (Def.
893. (4) No improvement
Art.) will be used with sewage.
thumped (V.) : to hit somebody/something hard
Hence, the sewage is the right usage.
creaked (V.) : sound made by a door when it is opened/
875. (4) No improvement
sound made by wooden floor when you step on it
876. (1) Here, Possessive case should be used.
crawled (V.) : to move forward very slowly
Hence, Henry’s home is the right usage.
chugged (V.) : to move by making the sound of an
877. (2) It is position of Adverb related error. engine running slowly
l He replied to my letter very quickly.
894. (3) The structure is :
Hence, clean their rooms quickly is the right usage. No sooner did he reach .....
878. (2) Here the sentence is negative. Hence, question tag No sooner had he reached....
should be affirmative.
In this case, no sooner is used to talk about some-
Question Tags are made with Auxiliaries. thing that happens immediately after something else.
Here, there is no Aux., hence, do I will be used. Hence, Past Per. Tense – had reached is the right
Statements without Aux. use do, does, did in Ques- usage.
tion Tags 895. (1) cut down : to reduce the size, amount or number
Hence, do I ? is the right usage. of something.
879. (4) It is a measure of certain distance/time. cut down (Phr. V.) is the correct replacement for re-
Hence, Singular Verb should be used. duce (V.)
Hence, is not a great distance is the right usage. l The doctor told him to cut down on his drinking.
880. (3) For a person, Relative Pronoun-who should be l I won’t have a cigarette, thanks-I am trying to cut down.
used. 896. (4) No improvement
Hence, who is the right usage. 897. (1) To modify a Verb, an Adverb is used i.e. attentively
881. (1) No improvement is the right usage.
882. (4) Might is used when showing that something is or 898. (4) whether tomorrow is a holiday for her is the
was possible. right usage.
Hence, might be is the right usage. 899. (4) superior (Adj.) : better in quality than somebody/
883. (2) anticipate (V.) : to see what might happen in the something else.
future. Superior, inferior, senior, junior, etc. (Adj.) take to
Here, anticipate is the right usage. (Prep.)
884. (1) The Possessive Case of one is one’s. l This model is technically superior to its competi-
Hence, one’s is the right usage. tors.
885. (4) Many a man is a Singular Subject. Hence, superior to is the right usage.