English Grammar and Correct Usage Part 1


Sentence Completion
Each sentence below has blanks each blank indicating that word has been a mined. Beneath the sentence are five numbered sets of words.
Direction: Choose the set of words that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

1. It is _____________ to try to destroy pest completely with pesticides, for as each new chemical pesticide is introduced the pest gradually become____________ to it.
1. Useless-----------drawn
2. Pointless------vulnerable
3. Futile---------resistant
4. Wicked------- indifferent
5. Worthwhile------immune

Ans:3

2. The usual solution proposed for the chronic__________ of affordable housing in the Philippines is to build new houses, often with government subsidies to___________ the cost to the buyer.
1. Scarcity-------conceal
2. Degeneration-----repair
3. Excess--------climinate
4. Undersupply------augment
5. Shortage------reduce

Ans:5

3. The famous Dr. C. Drew’s technique for preserving and storing blood plasma for emergency use proved so ___________ that it became the ______________for the present bloodbank system by the Red Cross.
1. Irrelevant------inspiration
2. Urgent----pattern
3. Effective-----model
4. Innocuous---------excuse
5. Complex-------blueprint

Ans:3

4. Because they did not accept his basic____________ they were ___________by his argument.
1. Assumption-------convinced
2. Motivation-------confused
3. Bias----------impressed
4. Promise----------unconvinced
5. Supposition-----justified

Ans:4

5. Pain is the body’s early warning system: loss of __________in the extremities leaves a person _____________ injuring himself unwittingly.
1. Agony-----incapable
2. Sensation----vulnerable to
3. Consciousness----- desirous of 
4. Feeling------habituated to
5. Movement----prone to

Ans:2


no6. It is ironic that the _____________ insights of the great thinkers are voiced so often that they have become more _____________.
1. Original--------cliché’s
2. Banal-----belief
3. Dubious---------habits
4. Philosophical--------questions
5. Abstract--------ideas

Ans:1

7. Since many disadvantaged individuals view their situation as_______________ as well as intolerable, their attitudes are best described as _____________.
1. Squalid-----obscure
2. Unpleasant-----bellicose
3. Acute-----sanguine
4. Immutable----------resigned
5. Political----perplexed

Ans:4

8. Certain animal behaviors, such as mating rituals, seem to be ____________ and therefore, ___________external factors such as climate changes, foods supply or presence of other animals of the same species.
1. Learned-------immune to
2. Innate--------unaffected by
3. Intricate-----belong to
4. Specific-----confused with
5. Memorized----- controlled by

Ans:2

9. As a person who combines care with _______________ Ruth completed her duties with _______ as well as zeal.
1. Levity---------resignation
2. Geniality------ardor
3. Vitality------willingness
4. Empathy----rigor
5. Enthusiasm----meticulousness

Ans:5

10. Although bound to _________ the law, a judge is free to use his discretion to ______________ the anachronistic harshness of some criminal penalties.
1. Impose-----mitigate
2. Exercise------ understand
3. Support---- condone
4. Initiate-----lighten
5. Enforce------lower
Ans:1
11. The scientific community was___________ when a living specimen of a bacteria, long thought to be___________, was discovered by a scientist.
1. Perplexed-----common
2. Overjoyed----- dangerous
3. Unconcerned------local
4. Astounded------extinct
5. Dismayed------alive

Ans:4

12. Although at times, Ruth could be disagreeable and even___________, more often than not, she was the most ____________ person you could hope to meet.
1. Contentious------amiable
2. Disgruntled-----confused
3. Contradictory-------disconcerted
4. Misguided-----solicitous
5. Choosy-------discerning

Ans:1

13. Reuben’s interest was focused on ______________ the division between theory and empiricism; he was convinced that a ____________ of philosophy and applied science was possible and necessary.
1. Eliminating-----synthesis
2. Maintaining---------restoration
3. Crossing-----stabilization
4. Ignoring-----duplicity
5. Denying-----delineation

Ans:1

14. Thanks to his eloquence and logic. Reuben spoke_______________ and made it difficult to his bitterest opponents to____________ his opinions.
1. Monotonously-----clash with
2. Charmingly-------yield to
3. Tediously-------contend with
4. Abhorrently------concede to
5. Persuasively-----disagree with

Ans:5

15. This well-document part of history of Filipino artistry is of importance because it carefully___________ the__________ accomplishments of Filipino artists who care all too little known the public at large.
1. Recognizes-----negligible
2. Overlooks------purposed
3. Scrutinizes---- illusory
4. Distorts----- noteworthy
5. Substantiates-----considerable

Ans:5

16. Surrounded by their enemies and unable to_____________ their supplies, the defenders of the city feared their food would soon be__________.
1. Replenish------exhausted
2. Consume---hoarded
3. Replace-----obtainable
4. Estimate------superfluous
5. Protect----rationed

Ans:1

17. As environmentalists recently________________ in studying the effects of natural caused forest fires, some phenomena that appeared on the surface to be destructive, often have a hidden _________________ effect on the balance of nature.
1. Disproved----beneficial
2. Uncovered-----positive
3. Hypothesized----catastrophic
4. Disclosed----environmental
5. Determined----disastrous

Ans:5

18. The members of the Anti-Graft and Corruption League vowed to______________ all traces of_______ between private citizens and those in government service.
1. Exterminate-----controversy
2. Uncovered-------positive
3. Hypothesized-----catastrophic
4. Disclosed-----un environmental
5. Impound-----ties

Ans:4

19. Rosalinda kept her late parent’s heirlooms, not for any __________________value it had, but for purely _____________reasons.
1. Potential-----monetary
2. Ornamental-----aesthetic
3. Financial----pecuniary
4. Intrinsic------sentimental
5. Personal----accidental

Ans:4

20. Because our supply of fossil fuel like coal has been sadly _____________, we must find_____________ sources of energy.
1. Exhausted------efficient
2. Depleted------alternate
3. Increased-----available
4. Compensated---------significant
5. Stored------hoarded

Ans:2

21. Because Noel was_______________ in the performance of his duties, his employers could not __________his work.
1. Derelict---------quarrel over
2. Dilatory------grumble at
3. Undisciplined--------object to
4. Assiduous-------complain about
5. Nocturnal-----guided

Ans:4

22. The _____________pack of wolves ________ the herd of cattle in their relentless search a stray calf.
1. Voracious--------stalked
2. Dilatory-------grumble at
3. Meandering------ harassed
4. Treacherous----followed
5. Nocturnal-----guided

Ans:1

23. It is said that the tradition of shaking hands originated when our ancestors held out their hands show that they had no _____________ weapons and were thus ____________disposed.
1. Lethal----clearly
2. Concealed-----amicably
3. Hidden----harmfully
4. Murderous-----ill
5. Secret----finally

Ans:2

24. The number of Philippines Eagles has ___________ because the encroachments of humans on their habitat have caused them to __________ their breeding places.
1. Multiplied----endure
2. Expanded-----alter
3. Increased----migrate from
4. Diminished---protect
5. Dwindled-----shun

Ans:5

25. Despite the Archery team members’ resentment of the new coach’s training regiment, they____________ them as long as he did not ________ them too strictly.
1. Embraced----follow
2. Condemned-----formulate
3. Questioned---------interpret
4. Challenged------implement
5. Tolerated----apply

Ans:5
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