English Quiz - Competitive Exams

Directions (1-5) Three of the following four words are almost SIMILAR in meaning and so form a group. Select the one that does NOT belong to that group. If all the four words have the same or similar meaning, mark (5) i.e. None of these as the answer.
(1) Creator
(2) Pioneer
(3) Facilitator
(4) Initiator
(5) None of these

(1) Reminisce
(2) Remember
(3) Recall
(4) Recapitulate
(5) None of these

(1) Except
(2) Visualize
(3) Anticipate
(4) Envisage
(5) None of these

(1) Minimize
(2) Elevate
(3) Reduce
(4) Diminish
(5) None of these

(1) Ordinary
(2) Mandatory
(3) Obligatory
(4) Compulsory
(5) None of these

Directions (6-10) Find out which part of a sentence has an error. If no error mark your answer (5).

6. Knowledge of (1) / at least two languages (2)/ are required to pass (3) the examination (4)/ No error(5)

7. The members of the Opposition(1) Party in the Parliament (2)/ shout upon the minister (3)/ if he makes a wrong statement. (4)/ No error (5)

8. Everyone of the films (1)/ you suggested (2)/ are not (3) worth seeing (4)/ No error (5)

9. The Secretary and the Principal of the college (1)/ are attending (2)/ the District Development Council Meeting (3) at the Collectorate (4)/ No error(5)

10. It is high time (1)/ he stood (2) on his own (3)/ two legs (4)/. No error(5)


1. (3) Facilitator does not belong to the group.
2. (4) Recapitulate means sum up or to summarize.

Reminisce, Remember, Recall means: to remind, bring to mind.

3. (1) Except means: excluding, apart from
Visualize, Anticipate, Envisage means: to imagine, expect.

4. (2) Elevate means: to raise, to lift up

Minimize, Reduce, Diminish means: to reduce, to decrease.

5. (1) Ordinary means: normal, usual
Mandatory, Obligatory, Compulsory means: required

6. (3)

7. (3)
Explanation: The group of words ‘shout upon the minister’ should be replaced by ‘shout at the minister’ because the meaning of ‘shout at’ is to say something in a loud voice. To speak loudly/ angrily to somebody
For example,
Sita shouted at him to shut the gate.

8. (1)
Explanation: In the sentence, ‘everyone of the films’ should be replaced by ‘all the films’ Everyone means everybody, all people. It is to be noted that the sentence has a plural verb.

9.  (5)
Explanation: If in a sentence both the Nouns take articles, then it seem that they are separate persons and hence Plural verb is used.
For example:
The poet and the philosopher have expressed so.
The poet and philosopher has expressed so.
In the second example, Singular verb has been used before only one Noun and it denotes that same person is both poet and philosopher.

10. (4)
Explanation: In the sentence, ‘two legs’ should be replaced by ‘legs’. It will be correct usage.