DIRECTIONS (Q. No. 1-5): In each question, there are five sentences. Each sentence has pairs of words/phrases that are italicised and highlighted. From the italicised and 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) Most banks need to slash costs and get rid of dude (A)/ dud (B) loans.
(ii) With interest rates in the cellar (A)/ seller (B), revenue is hard to find.
(iii) And without stronger growth than Italy’s resent (A)/recent (B) pitiful record, many lenders will find life a grind.
(iv) Forecasters say that GDP will expand by just 0.7% this year and 0.8% next. The vicious (A)/ vivacious (B) cycle will be hard to break.
(v) THE banking woes (A)/ woos (B) of Italy, the euro area’s third-biggest member, pale next to those that, four years ago, plagued Cyprus.
(a) BABAB (b) ABABA (c) BABAA (d) ABBAA (e) BAABA
(i) The Moody’s deal, about high ratings recorded (A)/ accorded (B) securities that crashed during the crisis, was announced late on January 13th, the Friday before a holiday weekend.
(ii) The other cases were resolved almost as discretely (A)/ discreetly (B).
(iii) Admittedly the amounts indulged (A)/ involved (B) were comparatively small.
(iv) The business aspects (A)/ prospects (B) of none of the defendants seem to have suffered much harm from these investigations.
(v) Citadel remains a huge factor in its business. The Port Authority keeps borrowing (A)/ burrowing (B).
(a) BBBBA (b) BABBA (c) ABABA (d) BABAB (e) BAABB
(i) NEARLY 20 years after it opened, Pakistan’s first motorway still (A)/ yet (B) has a desolate feel.
(ii) There is slant (A)/ scant (B) traffic along the 375km link between Islamabad and Lahore.
(iii) Motorists can drive for miles without seeing another vehicle, save (A)/ protect (B) perhaps for traffic cops manning speed traps.
(iv) He retained (A)/ regained (B) power in 2013 with a campaign which both harked back to his famous road and promised more infrastructure to come.
(v) He even plied (A)/pledged (B) bullet trains that would enable pious passengers to leave Karachi after dawn prayers and arrive in Peshawar, more than 1,000km to the north, in time for evening worship.
(a) ABBBA (b) BBBAA (c) BBABB (d)ABABB (e) BBAAB
(i) IT MIGHT be called May’s paradox (A)/ orthodox (B). Since she became prime minister last July, Mrs May has been urged by businesses to clarify her Brexit goals.
(ii) Yet every time she has tried, investors have responded (A)/reacted (B) by selling sterling, because she has shown a preference for a “hard” (or, as her advisers prefer, “clean”) Brexit that takes Britain out of the EU’s single market and customs union.
(iii) Adverse (A)/ averse (B) headwinds are being faced in terms of weak global economic cues.
(iv) Trump’s anti-outsourcing, and the fallout of the November 8th Demonetisation drive make the estimated 7.5 per cent GDP in 2017-18 a scarce (A)/farce (B).
(v) A little scourge (A)/ succour (B) has come about as initial steps have been taken towards bringing transparency in political party funding (black money) with the introduction of ‘Electoral Bonds.’
(a) AAAAA (b) ABBBB (c) AAABB (d) ABBBA (e) ABABB
(i) This was his response to the query on the transferability of such bonds, which will lead back to square (A)/ require (B) one.
(ii) It has also reduced the anonymous (A)/ unanimous (B) donation limit to Rs. 2000 from the earlier Rs. 20,000.
(iii) The budget makes concessions however (A)/ albeit (B) marginal on the income tax by reducing the tax rate to 5 per cent from 10 per cent in the Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh slab.
(iv) Scrapped (A)/ scattered (B) comments by the president and his aides imply an alternative explanation.
(v) George W. Bush, who on meeting Mr Putin professed (A)/ proffered (B) to have looked into his soul and to have liked what he saw.
(a) AAABA (b) AABBA (c) BABBA (c) AABBB (e) BABAB
- c 2. a 3. d 4. e 5. b