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The question is from CAT Text Completion. Text Completion for Verbal Ability for CAT. Text Completion questions often feature in the CAT. A couple of sentences with blanks are given, along with word options for each blank. You need to choose the right combination of words that make sense in the given context. Have a look at this question from Text Completion. Solve CAT Questions from Text Completion to get more practice and 2IIMs CAT questions bank provides you with CAT questions that can help you gear for CAT Exam .

Question 22: No parent would ___________ childcare for childhood. ________, seeing the world anew through a child’s eyes can be a powerful source of stimulation.

  1. mistake, still
  2. reject, yet
  3. conflate, however
  4. opt, besides

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Explanatory Answer

Method of solving this CAT Question from Text Completion:

The first sentence refers to ‘childcare’ and ‘childhood’ and the word connecting these is ‘for’.

Let us look at the choices given for this blank.

Choice (a)- Mistake- It is possible to mistake one idea for another. “No parent would mistake childcare for childhood” makes sense. No one who is a parent would equate the care they provide for a child to the experience of childhood.

Choice (b)- Reject- One can say "No parent would reject childcare" but "for childhood" does not make sense when placed after this. Childcare is provided during childhood, not “for” childhood.

Choice (c)- Conflate- To conflate is to fuse or merge. You can conflate one idea with another, but not ‘for’ another. This word does not make sense in the blank given.

Choice (d)- Opt- This word does not fit in as well. “No parent would opt childcare for childhood” makes no sense.

So only one option remains- option (a). Let us look at the second sentence and see what the completed text means.

No parent would mistake childcare for childhood. Still, seeing the world anew through a child’s eyes can be a powerful source of stimulation.

That is, no one who is a parent would think that by providing childcare, they are experiencing childhood. Still, while taking care of a child, they can feel the magic of childhood yet again, by seeing the world though a child's eyes.

The question is "Choose the correct option to fill the blanks"

Hence, the answer is A

Choice A is the correct answer.

 


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