Sentence correction exercise 2

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Each sentence given below contains an underlined part which may or may not be grammatically correct. You have to replace that underlined part with one of the suggested alternatives labeled (a), (b), (c). If you feel that no improvement is necessary and the sentence is correct as it is, mark (d) as your answer.

Using through

1. The ground was wet because it had been raining all in the night.

Solution: Part (b)

The ground was wet because it had been raining all through the night.

All through the night means during the whole night.

Few and a few

2. I am broke. Will you lend me few hundred rupees?

Solution: Part (b)

I am broke. Will you lend me a few hundred rupees?

Few has a negative meaning. It means hardly any. A few means some.

Raise and rise

3. After the heavy rains that lashed the country yesterday, the water levels in the dam raised by another four feet.

Solution: Part (a)

After the heavy rains that lashed the country yesterday, the water levels in the dam rose by another four feet.

There is a difference between raised and rose. To raise something is to lift it.

Note that raise is a transitive verb. It takes an object.

Rise means move from a lower position to a higher position. Rise is intransitive. That means it does not take an object. The past tense of rise is rose.

Unless and If

4. Unless you apologize for your rude behaviour, we will take legal action against you.

Solution: Part (d)

This sentence is correct as it is. Unless means if not.

Below and under

5. More than half of India's population lives under the poverty line.

Solution: Part (a)

More than half of India's population lives below the poverty line.

We use below in all measurements where we think of a vertical style. Under, on the other hands, is used to mean 'less than' or 'younger than'.

See also

Sentence completion exercise 1
Sentence completion exercise 2
Sentence completion exercise 3
Sentence completion exercise 4
Practice English Tests for CAT
Vocabulary exercises for CAT and GMAT
Sentence completion exercise
Verbal ability: Antonyms
Sentence correction exercise 1
Sentence correction exercise 2
Sentence correction exercise 3