English Usage Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0013


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: English Usage

    Post your solutions as reply to respective questions below.


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    Question 1

    Choose the part which contains a mistake.

    (a) In the history of mankind
    (b) it has always been
    (c) minority which have been
    (d) able to change the world.    (CAT 1991)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 2

    Choose the part which contains a mistake.

    (a) Management education is
    (b) becoming highly sought after
    (c) by aspiring ambitious students
    (d) because of high demand in the job market.    (CAT 1991)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 3

    Select the one which most logically completes the idea contained in the given sentence.

    Particularly today, when so many difficult and complex problems face the human species, the development of broad

    (a) and powerful shoulders is necessary.
    (b) plans of action is not possible.
    (c) moral values is required.
    (d) and powerful thinking is desperately needed.            (CAT 1991)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 4

    Select the one which most logically completes the idea contained in the given sentence.

    In the European Community countries there has been talk of an energy tax to raise funds
    (a) by burdening the rich who can afford higher taxes.
    (b) to penalise heavy users of energy.
    (c) by raising the price of energy-intensive implements.
    (d) to search for alternative sources of energy.   (CAT 1991)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 5

    Select the one which most logically completes the idea contained in the given sentence.

    “Look before you leap” reflects an attitude expressed in such a saying as

    (a) ‘Forewarned is forearmed.’
    (b) ‘A stitch in time saves nine.’
    (c) ‘No risk no gain.’
    (d) ‘Fools rush where the angels fear to tread.’
                  (CAT 1991)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 6

    Select the one which most logically completes the idea contained in the given sentence.

    This is the ancient kingdom of Sumeria and you are its venerated ruler. The fate of Sumeria’ economy and of your royal subjects

    (a) is written in their horoscopes.
    (b) is as unknown as the name of your kingdom.
    (c) is entirely in your hands.
    (d) is allocated according to their needs.
          ( CAT 1991 )


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 7

    Select the one which most logically completes the idea contained in the given sentence.

    Furthermore, to be radical means to be ready and willing to break with the predominant cultural, political and social beliefs and values in order to

    (a) investigate the essential realities that they conceal.
    (b) investigate the root cause of malaise in a society.
    (c) shape a new economic order.
    (d) re-construct the system in terms of new realities.
           ( CAT 1991 )


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 8

    Select the one which most logically completes the idea contained in the given sentence.

    Entrepreneurs are never satisfied with the status quo, they are intent on shaping the future, rather than being shaped by it. As one Chief Executive once said,

    (a) “The future is the sum total of actions in the present and past.”
    (b) “If you are not alert, before you realize it the future is on you.”
    (c) “I do not want our competitors making decisions for us.”
    (d) “It is a sound business policy to anticipate change than being swamped by it.”

    ( CAT 1991 )


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 9

    Choose the grammatically correct sentence from among the four options given below.

    (a) The Excel Company has greatly enhanced it’s advertising expense.
    (b) The Excel Company has greatly increased its advertising expense.
    (c) The Excel Company has greatly enhanced its advertising expense.
    (d) The Excel Company has greatly increased it’s advertising expense.  (CAT 1990)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 10

    Choose the grammatically correct sentence from among the four options given below.

    (a) Today we love, what tomorrow we hate; today we seek, what tomorrow we shun, today we desire, what tomorrow we fear.
    (b) Today, we love what tomorrow we hate, today, we seek what tomorrow we shun, today, we desire what tomorrow we fear.
    (c) Today we love what tomorrow we hate, today we seek what tomorrow we shun, today we desire what tomorrow we fear.
    (d) Today we love what tomorrow we hate; today we seek what tomorrow we shun; today we desire what tomorrow we fear.  (CAT 1990)


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