August 18, 2010

Verbal Ability - Question of the Day

Question:-

The question below contains a number of sentences. Each sentence has pairs of word(s)/phrases that are highlighted. From the highlighted word(s)/phrase(s), select the most appropriate word(s)/phrase(s) to form correct sentences. Then, from the options given, choose the best one.
i. He marshalled [A]/ marsheled [B] all his strength to complete the last stretch of the marathon.
ii. Rick told my sister and myself [A]/ me [B] about her solo plane ride.
iii. The committee was not prepared for the truncated [A] / trenchant [B] comments of the public.
iv. His appeal for bail was mitigated [A] / militated [B] by all the evidence presented by the prosecution.
v. It is customary to greet the Emir with obeisance [A] / obsequiousness [B].

OPTIONS

1) ABAAB
2) BABBA
3) ABBAA
4) AAABB
5) BBBAA

Solution
“marshalled” is a verb meaning 'to gather up or together'. "marsheled" as a word does not exist in the English language.
“Myself” is a reflexive pronoun and in the case of the above sentence is incorrect.
“Truncated” means curtailed or cut-short and “trenchant” means forceful and keen. If the committee was not prepared, the comments had to be incisive and sharp - not cut-short.
“Militate” means to influence toward or against a change. “Mitigate” means to lessen, weaken.
“Obeisance” is respect and homage paid someone. “Obsequiousness” is an eagerness to obey.
Hence the correct answer is option 3.
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