CAT Verbal Questions - Sentence Correction

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Sentence Correction questions often feature in the CAT. In each question, a sentence is given, and a part of it is underlined. Choose the answer option that corrects any error/errors observed in the underlined fragment. Note that in questions where only a part of the sentence is underlined/in italics, the answer options correspond to changes to be made to the highlighted part. The rest of the sentence remains unchanged.
  1. Though all competitive exams do not allow using a calculator, but where they are permitted, there are restrictions on the models allowed.

    1. Though all competitive exams do not allow using calculators,
    2. Not all competitive exams allow the use of a calculator,
    3. Every competitive exam does not allow using of calculators,
    4. No correction required
  2. Denouncing it as anti-democratic,the Lobbying Act was slammed by critics, imposing draconian limits on the activities of trade unions.

    1. the Lobbying Act, which imposes draconian limits on the activities of trade unions, was slammed by critics.
    2. critics slammed the Lobbying Act, imposing draconian limits on the activities of trade unions.
    3. critics slammed the Lobbying Act, which imposes draconian limits on the activities of trade unions.
    4. No correction required
  3. While people in the Middle East have good reason to feel gravely threatened by terrorism,but elsewhere in the world, its more that people are paying greater attention to the terrorist threat then they used to.

    1. but, elsewhere in the world, it’s more that people are paying greater attention to the terrorist threat then they used to.
    2. elsewhere in the world, it’s more that people are paying greater attention to the terrorist threat than they used to.
    3. but elsewhere in the world, it’s more that people are paying greater attention to the terrorist threat than they used to
    4. elsewhere in the world, its more that people are paying greater attention to the terrorist threat than they used to.
  4. Long-term risk is rarely taken by air-quality indices into account, they also vary from place to place.

    1. Air-quality indices rarely take long-term risk into account;
    2. Rarely do air-quality indices take long-term risk into account,
    3. Though long-term risk is rarely taken by air-quality indices into account,
    4. No correction required
  5. The solution that he worked out was not only correct but complicated.

    1. was not only correct but also complicated.
    2. was correct but complicated.
    3. was correct only but complicated.
    4. No correction required
  6. As there was no place in the first compartment, he shifted to the second.

    1. As there was no room in the first compartment, he moved
    2. As there was no space in the first compartment, he shifted
    3. As there was no seat in the first compartment, he moved
    4. No correction required
  7. Whoever is chosen as the new chief, it is likely to continue many of the policies that the incumbent holds dear.

    1. Whoever is chosen as the new chief, they are
    2. Whomever is chosen as the new chief, he is
    3. Whoever is chosen as the new chief is
    4. No correction required
  8. The cricketer, whose record is exemplary, bagged an eight-year endorsement contract with a sportswear giant.

    1. who’s record is exemplary, bagged eight years’ endorsement contract
    2. who’s record is exemplary, bagged eight year’s endorsement contract
    3. whose record is exemplary, bagged an eight-years endorsement contract
    4. No correction required
  9. Whether or not the rumors are true is besides the point.

    1. the rumors are true are beside the point.
    2. the rumors are true is beside the point.
    3. the rumors are true are besides the point.
    4. No correction required
  10. If I was the prime minister of the country, I will make economic growth, poverty eradication and tax reform my top priorities.

    1. If I was the prime minister of the country, I would
    2. If I were the prime minister of the country, I will
    3. If I were the prime minister of the country, I would
    4. No correction required
  11. Actual evidence of misconduct may not be the most important criteria to determine whether a President gets impeached.

    1. the most important criteria to determining the impeachment of a President.
    2. the most important criterion in determining whether a President gets impeached.
    3. the most important criterion to determine if a President gets impeached.
    4. the most important criteria for determining the impeachment of a President.
  12. The decision to pull the US out from the Paris agreement by the president drew heavy criticism within the US and internationally, including China, which swiftly recommitted itself to the agreement forged with the previous administration.

    1. The decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement by the president drew heavy criticism within the US and internationally, including China,
    2. The decision by the president to pull the US out off the Paris agreement drew heavy criticism within the US and internationally, including China,
    3. The president’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement drew heavy criticism within the US and internationally, including China,
    4. The president’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement drew heavy criticism within the US and internationally, including in China,
  13. One of the problems that occur as a result of coal mining is the increasing incidences of lung cancer.

    1. that occurs as a result of coal mining are the increasing incidences
    2. that occurs as a result of coal mining is the increasing incidence
    3. that occur as a result of coal mining are the increasing incidences
    4. that occur as a result of coal mining is the increasing incidence
  14. Germany’s NATO Framework Nation Concept is a ground-breaking project that serves both to increase European military capacity within NATO and create an European defence force that could eventually stand on its own.

    1. both serves to increase European military capacity within NATO and create a European defence force that could eventually stand on its own.
    2. both serves to increase European military capacity within NATO and to create an European defence force that could eventually stand on its own.
    3. serves to both increase European military capacity within NATO and create an European defence force that could eventually stand on its own.
    4. serves both to increase European military capacity within NATO and to create a European defence force that could eventually stand on its own.
  15. The sheer number of cars on the roads has all but paralyzed the traffic in the city.

    1. The sheer number of cars on the roads have
    2. The shear number of cars on the roads have
    3. The shear number of cars on the roads has
    4. No correction required
  16. Being an industry expert, I was hoping if there were some tips you can give me on how to succeed as an entrepreneur.

    1. Being an industry expert, I was hoping that you could give me some tips
    2. As you are an industry expert, I was hoping if you could give me some tips
    3. Being that you are an industry expert, I was hoping if you could give me some tips
    4. As you are an industry expert, I was hoping that you could give me some tips
  17. Fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing, four boats poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life caught in their waters have been set on fire by the island nation.

    1. the island nation has set fire on four boats caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in their waters.
    2. four boats caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in their waters have been set on fire by the island nation.
    3. the island nation has set fire to four boats caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in its waters.
    4. the island nation has set fire to four boats poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life caught in their waters.
  18. Researchers have recently discovered a bacteria, Ideonella sakaiensis, in a recycling plant that eats one of the most common forms of plastic.

    1. a bacteria, Ideonella sakaiensis, that eats one of the most common forms of plastic in a recycling plant.
    2. Ideonella sakaiensis, a bacteria that eats one of the most common forms of plastic, in a recycling plant.
    3. a bacterium that eats one of the most common forms of plastic, Ideonella sakaiensis, in a recycling plant.
    4. Ideonella sakaiensis, a bacterium that eats one of the most common forms of plastic, in a recycling plant.
  19. My mother bought ice creams for my brother and me, but she didn’t buy one herself.

    1. for my brother and me, but she didn’t buy one for herself.
    2. for my brother and myself, but she didn’t buy herself one.
    3. for my brother and I, but she didn’t buy one for her.
    4. for my brother and I, but she didn’t buy one for herself.
  20. The striking panorama of elegantly-restored Baroque buildings along the Elbe provides evidence of why Dresden, a city all but wiped of the map by Allied bombings in 1945, was called the “Florence on the Elbe” once.

    1. provide evidence of why Dresden, a city all but wiped off the map by Allied bombings in 1945, was once called the “Florence on the Elbe.”
    2. provide evidence of why Dresden, a city all but wiped off the map in 1945 by Allied bombings, was called the “Florence on the Elbe” once.
    3. provides evidence of why Dresden, a city all but wiped of the map in 1945 by Allied bombings, was once called the “Florence on the Elbe”.
    4. provides evidence of why Dresden, a city all but wiped off the map by Allied bombings in 1945, was once called the “Florence on the Elbe”.
  21. Just as every generation believes it’s better than the others, so too does every country.

    1. believe they’re better than the others, every country believes it’s better too.
    2. believe they’re better than the others, so too does every country.
    3. believes its better than the others, every country believes so too.
    4. No correction required
  22. Remains of the tomb of the Ottoman sultan who died in 1566 while his troops were besieging the fortress of Szigetvar in Hungary, Suleiman the Magnificent, is believed to be found recently.

    1. the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who died in 1566 while his troops were besieging the fortress of Szigetvar in Hungary, is believed to be found recently.
    2. the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who died in 1566 while his troops were besieging the fortress of Szigetvar in Hungary, is believed as being found recently.
    3. Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman sultan who died in 1566 while his troops were besieging the fortress of Szigetvar in Hungary, is believed to have been found recently.
    4. Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman sultan who died in 1566 while his troops were besieging the fortress of Szigetvar in Hungary, are believed to have been found recently.
  23. Pack your own fare so that you’ll be less apt to give into temptation when your tummy rumbles.

    1. at giving into temptation when your tummy rumbles.
    2. to give in to temptation when your tummy rumbles.
    3. at giving in to temptation when your tummy rumbles.
    4. No Correction required

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