English Usage Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0008


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: English Usage

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    Question 1

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    This government has given subsidies to the Navratnas but there is no telling whether the subsequent one will do.

    a. whether the subsequent government will do so
    b. if the government to follow will accept the policy
    c. if the government to follow will adhere to the policy
    d. whether the subsequent one will do so  (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 2

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    Rahul Bajaj has done a great job of taking the company to its present status, but it is time that he
    let go off the reins.

    a. let go of the reins
    b. stepped down
    c. let go off the reins
    d. delegated responsibility     (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 3

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    With the pick up in the standard of education, expensive private schools have started blooming up
    in every corner of the country.

    a. started blooming in every corner of the country
    b. started mushrooming all over the country
    c. started mushrooming in every corner of the country
    d. blossomed all over the country  (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 4

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    It is important that whatever else happens, these two factors should not be messed around with.

    a. It is important that
    b. It is a fact that
    c. It should be urgently understood that
    d. It should be understood that     (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 5

    Choose the best alternative among the four

    It must be noticed that under no circumstance should the company go in for diversification.

    a. It must be noticed
    b. It must be noted
    c. It must be pointed out
    d. It should be noticed   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 6

    When we call others dogmatic, what we really object to is ___

    a. their giving the dog a bad name
    b. their holding dogmas that are different from our own
    c. the extremism that goes along with it
    d. the subversion of whatever they actually believe in concomitantly  (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 7

    I am an entertainer ___, I have to keep smiling because in my heart laughter and sorrow have an affinity.

    a. Even if I have tears in my eyes
    b. Even though I am depressed inside
    c. While entertaining people
    d. In the entertainment business
       (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 8

    Political power is just as permanent as today's newspaper. Ten years down the line, ___ the most
    powerful man in any state today.

    a. who cares
    b. nobody will remember what was written in today's newspaper or
    c. few will know, or care about
    d. when a lot of water will have passed under the bridge, who will care
      (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 9

    ___, the more they remain the same.

    a. People all over the world change
    b. The more people change
    c. The more they are different
    d. The less people change
      (CAT 1996)


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    Question 10

    Although, it has been more than 50 years since Satyajit Ray made Pather Panchali, ___ refuse to go away from the mind.

    a. the haunting images
    b. its haunting images
    c. its haunted images
    d. the haunt of its images.
       (CAT 1996)


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    Answer: Option B


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