Combined Defence Services
CDS General English Solved Paper (II) : 2007
Directions (For the 15 items which follow): (i) In this Section, a number of sentences are given. The sentences are underlined in three separate parts and each one is labelled (a), (b) and (c). Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any underlined part. No sentence has more than one error. When you find an error in any one of the underlined parts (a), (b) or (c) indicate your response on the separate Answer Sheet at the appropriate space. You may feel that there is no error in a sentence. In that case letter (d) will signify a ‘No error ’ response.
(ii) You are to indicate only one response for each item in your Answer Sheet. (If you indicatemore than one response, your answer will be considered wrong.) Errors may be in grammar, word usage or idioms. There may be a word missing or there may be a word which should be removed.
(iii) You are not required to correct the error. You are required only to indicate your responseon the Answer Sheet.
‘P’ and ‘Q’ have been solved foryou. P. The young child/ (a) singed/ (b) a very sweet song./ (c) No error./ (d)
Q. We worked/ (a) very hard/ (b) throughout the season./ (c) No error./ (d)
Explanation: In item P, the word ‘singed’ is wrong. The letter under this part is (b); so (b) is the correct answer. Similarly, for item Q, (d) is the correct answer, as the sentence does not contain any error.
1. I haven’t been/ (a) to New York before and/ (b) neither my sister./ (c) No error./ (d)
2. No sooner had/ (a) he arrived then/ (b) he was asked to leave again./ (c) No error./ (d)
3. In consideration for/ (a) the bereaved family’sfeelings/ (b) the papers did not print the story./ (c) No error./ (d)
4. Because of / (a) extenuating circumstances/(b) the court acquitted him from the crime./ (c) No error./ (d)
5. The main determination/ (a) of economic success i s/ (b) our abi l i t y to cont rolinflation./ (c) No error./ (d)
6. The taxi / (a) came at 8 o’clock/ (b) in the next morning./ (c) No error./ (d)
7. The collapse of the business / (a) was a moral blow to the/ (b) business tycoon and his family./ (c) No error./ (d)
8. The Chairman’s comments/ (a) on future policy introduced/ (b) a jarring note for the proceedings. / (c) No error./ (d)
9. The boat came/ (a) abreast at us / (b) and signalled us to stop. / (c) No error./ (d)
10. The police were baffled/ (a) and Sherlock Holmes was/ (b) called in to investigate./ (c) No error./ (d)
11. Taking life as it comes,/ (a) I am someone who thrives one challenges and believe that my purpose in life / (b) is to give one hundred percent to very opportunity that comes my way./ (c) No error./ (d)
12. Romanticism of melancholy/ (a) in art and l i ter ature are the reasons/ (b) for insensi t i v i t y of those suf fer ing f rom depression./ (c) No error./ (d)
13.With only a week / (a) to go for the election/ (b) things are really hotting up. / (c) Noerror./ (d)
14. I t s colour makes/ (a) the moth undistinguished/ (b) from the branch it rests on./ (c) No error./ (d)
15. Old age and infirmity/ (a) had began to/ (b)catch up with him./ (c) No error./ (d)
ANSWERS: 1. (c) 2. (b) 3. (a) 4. (c) 5. (d) 6. (c) 7. (b) 8. (c) 9. (b) 10. (d) 11. (b) 12. (b) 13. (d) 14. (b) 15. (b)