May 21, 2010

Verbal Ability - Question Of The Day

Question:-

Given below are 5 sentences. One or more of these sentences is grammatically, contextually incorrect or inappropriate. Select the option that indicates the total number of such sentences.

1. The resentments, grievances and national divisions would not have grown and multiplied if the preferences had been based on household income.
2. The hundreds of unsuccessful candidates would not fault their own inadequacies in an open system, but end up nursing grievances against the system and the polity in a quota based system.
3. It is an anomaly that in an assembly of leading powers, China and India, the countries with the largest economies of the world in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, are not represented.
4. I can hear the bass line of retro music pounding through the foundation and overpowering the strain of classical music.
5. It is impossible, Kant argues, to extend our currant knowledge to the realm of metaphysics- the characteristics of the human mind restrict us to the empirical realm of space and time.

OPTIONS
1) 1
2) 2
3) 3
4) 4
5) 5

Solution

In sentence 2, the comparison is not made between two similar entities. The statement can be repaired in two ways

1. By removing not - "The hundreds of unsuccessful candidates would fault their own inadequacies in an open system, but end up nursing grievances against the system and the polity in a quota based system".

2. By keeping the comparison of their own faults in both the parts of the sentence - "The hundreds of unsuccessful candidates would not fault their own inadequacies in an open system, but end up accepting the same in a quota based system"

In sentence 5, current has been mis-spelled as currant which changes the meaning entirely and is contextually incorrect.
2 sentences have issues.
Hence, the correct answer is option 2. 
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