English Usage Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0001


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: English Usage

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    Question 1

    These are sentences that form a paragraph. Identify the sentence(s) or part(s) of sentence(s) that is/are correct in terms of grammar and usage (including spelling, punctuation and logical consistency). Then, choose the most appropriate option.    

    A. In 1849, a poor Bavarian imigrant named Levi Strauss

    B. landed in San Francisco, California,

    C. at the invitation of his brother-in-law David Stern

    D. owner of dry goods business.

    E. This dry goods business would later became known as Levi Strauss & Company.       

    (1) B only

    (2) B and C

    (3) A and B

    (4) A only

    (5) A, B and D  

    (CAT 2008 )

     


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    Answer: option 1


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    Question 2

    There are sentences that form a paragraph. Identify the sentence(s) or part(s) of sentence(s) that is/are correct in terms of grammar and usage (including spelling, punctuation and logical consistency). Then, choose the most appropriate option.

    A. In response to the allegations and condemnation pouring in,

    B. Nike implemented comprehensive changes in their labour policy.

    C. Perhaps sensing the rising tide of global labour concerns,

    D. from the public would become a prominent media issue,

    E. Nike sought to be a industry leader in employee relations.         

    (1) D and E

    (2) D only

    (3) A and E

    (4) A and D

    (5) B, C and E 

    (CAT 2008 )

     


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    Answer: option 4


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    Question 3

    These are sentences that form a paragraph. Identify the sentence(s) or part(s) of sentence(s) that is/are correct in terms of grammar and usage (including spelling, punctuation and logical consistency). Then, choose the most appropriate option.

    A. Charges and countercharges mean nothing

    B. to the few million who have lost their home.

    C. The nightmare is far from over, for the government

    D. is still unable to reach hundreds who are marooned.

    E. The death count have just begun.      

    (1) A only

    (2) C only

    (3) A and C

    (4) A, C and D

    (5) D only   

    (CAT 2008 )

     


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    Answer: option 3.


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    Question 4

    These are sentences that form a paragraph. Identify the sentence(s) or part(s) of sentence(s) that is/are correct in terms of grammar and usage (including spelling, punctuation and logical consistency). Then, choose the most appropriate option.

    A. I did not know what to make of you.

    B. Because you’d lived in India, I associate you more with my parents than with me.

    C. And yet you were unlike my cousins in Calcutta, who seem so innocent and obedient when I visited them.

    D. You were not curious about me in the least.

    E. Although you did make effort to meet me.  

    (1) A only

    (2) A and B

    (3) A and E

    (4) D only

    (5) A and D  

    (CAT 2008 )

     


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    Answer: option 5


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    Question 5

    Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

    Run

    (1) I must run fast to catch up with him.

    (2) Our team scored a goal against the run of play.

    (3) You can’t run over him like that.

    (4) The newly released book is enjoying a popular run.

    (5) This film is a run-of-the-mill production.  

    (CAT 2008 )

     


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    Answer: Option 3


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    Question 6

    Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

    Round

    (1) The police fired a round of tear gas shells.

    (2) The shop is located round the corner.

    (3) We took a ride on the merry-go-round.

    (4) The doctor is on a hospital round.

    (5) I shall proceed further only after you come round to admitting it.  

    (CAT 2008 )

     


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    Answer: Option 5


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    Question 7

    Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

    Buckle

    (1) After the long hike our knees were beginning to buckle.

    (2) The horse suddenly broke into a buckle.

    (3) The accused did not buckle under police interrogation.

    (4) Sometimes, an earthquake can make a bridge buckle.

    (5) People should learn to buckle up as soon as they get into the car. 

    (CAT 2008 )

     


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 8

    Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

    File

    (1) You will find the paper in the file under C.

    (2) I need to file an insurance claim.

    (3)The cadets were marching in a single file.

    (4) File your nails before you apply nail polish.

    (5) When the parade was on, a soldier broke the file. 

    (CAT 2008 )

     


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    Answer: Option 5


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    Question 9

    These are sentences that form a paragraph.Identify the sentence(s) or part(s) of sentence(s) that is/are correct in terms of grammar and usage. Then, choose the most appropriate option.

    A. When I returned to home, I began to read

    B. everything I could get my hand on about Israel.

    C. That same year Israel’s Jewish Agency sent

    D. a Shaliach a sort of recruiter to Minneapolis.

    E. I became one of his most active devotees.              

    (1) C & E

    (2) C only

    (3) E only

    (4) B, C & E

    (5) C, D & E    

    (CAT 2007)

     


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    Answer: Option 1


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    Question 10

    These are sentences that form a paragraph. Identify the sentence(s) or part(s) of sentence(s) that is/are correct in terms of grammar and usage. Then, choose the most appropriate option.

    A. So once an economy is actually in recession,

    B. The authorities can, in principle, move the economy

    C. Out of slump - assuming hypothetically

    D. That they know how to - by a temporary stimuli.

    E. In the longer term, however, such policies have no affect on the overall behaviour of the economy.            

    (1) A, B & E

    (2) B, C & E

    (3) C & D

    (4) E only

    (5) B only  

    (CAT 2007)

     


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