Sentence Elimination - Modern Prose

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Sentence Elimination- Modern Prose

  1. A mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence is the most marked characteristic of modern English prose, and especially of any kind of political writing.
  2. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes.
  3. Prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house.
  4. As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed.


  • Correct Answer
    Choice B

Detailed Solution

Sentence A talks of modern prose being a mix of vagueness and incompetence.

Sentence D elaborates on the idea of “vagueness” talked of in sentence A, stating that in certain topics, the concrete melts into the abstract, and oft-used expressions abound.

Sentence C declares that prose is becoming less about words chosen for their meaning, and more about piling up pretentious phrases.

ADC makes a paragraph.

Sentence B starts off with “it follows that” and states that any struggle against the abuse of language is dismissed as sentimental and old-fashioned. None of the statements given offers a thought that would fit with the “it follows that” beginning of sentence B. Hence sentence B is the one to be eliminated.

Correct Answer: Choice (b)

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