English Quiz for Bank Exams – Parallelism – 7

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Choose the correct option for the underlined sentence or the part of sentence. Make sure to follow the rules of parallel structure.

 

  1. In her cooking class, Madhuri learned to blending exotic spices, to substitute ingredients, and to set an attractive table.

(a) Madhuri learned to blend exotic spices and substituting ingredients, and to set an attractive table.

(b) Madhuri learned to blending exotic spices, to substitute ingredients, and to set an attractive table.

(c) Madhuri learned to blend exotic spices, to substitute ingredients, and to set an attractive table.

(d) Madhuri learned to blend exotic spices, substitution of ingredients, and to setting an attractive table.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: C

Explanation:

Madhuri learned to blend exotic spices, to substitute ingredients, and to set an attractive table. Parallelism dictates that all the things Madhuri did must be in the same form.

 

  1. The health gym offers something for everybody: exercise equipment, aerobics classes and a swimming pool.

(a) everybody: exercise equipment, aerobics classes, and a swimming pool.

(b) everybody: exercise equipment, aerobics classes, and there is a swimming pool.

(c) everybody: exercise equipment, also aerobics classes, and there is a swimming pool too.

(d) everybody: exercise equipment, and aerobics classes as well as there is a swimming pool.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: A

Explanation:

everybody: exercise equipment, aerobics classes, and a swimming pool.

 

 

  1. During the drive along the highway, we are amazed both by the snowcapped mountains on one side and also the beautiful lakes on the other.

(a) we were amazed by the snowcapped mountains on one side and the beautiful lakes on the other.

(b) we got amazed both with the snowcapped mountains on the one side and the beautiful lakes on the other as well.

(c) we were amazed by both the snowcapped mountains on one side, the beautiful lakes on the other.

(d) Both a and c.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: A

Explanation:

we were amazed by the snow capped mountains on one side and the beautiful lakes on the other. Correlative expressions like both, and; not, but; not only, but also; either, or; etc, should be followed by the same grammatical construction. Many violations of this rule can be corrected by rearranging the sentence.

 

 

  1. All these desserts are not only fattening and they are also high in cholesterol.

(a) desserts are not only fattening, but they’re also high in cholesterol too.

(b) desserts are not only fattening, but they are also high in cholesterol.

(c) desserts are not only fattening, but also high in cholesterol.

(d) desserts are not only fattening and also high in cholesterol.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: B

Explanation:

desserts are not only fattening, but they are also high in cholesterol. When making comparisons, the things you compare should be couched in parallel structures whenever that is possible and appropriate.

 

 

  1. Picasso’s painting has subtle color contrasts, also has intriguing textures, and a pleasing balance.

(a) subtle color contrasts, the textures are intriguing, and a pleasing balance.

(b) subtle color contrasts, intriguing textures, and the balance is pleasing.

(c) subtle color contrasts, intriguing textures and a pleasing balance.

(d) All the above.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: C

Explanation:

subtle color contrasts, intriguing textures and a pleasing balance. Use parallel structure with elements in lists or in a series.

 

  1. He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and also he is familiar with the problems involved.

(a) He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and familiar with the problems involved.

(b) He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and has some familiarity with the problems involved.

(c) He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and familiar with the problems involved.

(d) He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and familiar with the problems involved also.

(e) None of the above.

 

 

Answer

Option: A

Explanation:

He could work on the project as he is both interested in it and familiar with the problems involved. Use parallel structure with elements joined by a correlative conjunction.

 

 

  1. At first, Bajaj’s sewing machine was considered both to be very expensive and also too complicated to use for general use.

(a) Bajaj’s sewing machine was considered both expensive and also complicated to use for general use.

(b) Bajaj’s sewing machine was considered to be very expensive and too complicated for general use.

(c) Both a and b.

(d) Bajaj’s sewing machine was considered to be very expensive, but too complicated for general use.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: B

Explanation:

Bajaj’s sewing machine was considered to be very expensive and too complicated for general use.

 

 

  1. Julia’s parents told her that she must agree to either attend the college or either to work in the family business.

(a) either attend the college or to work in the family business.

(b) either attend college or working in the family business.

(c) either attending college or to work in the family business.

(d) All the above.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: A

Explanation:

either attend the college or to work in the family business. Correlative pairs such as either…or, neither…nor, not only…but also, and whether…or also require parallelism. When you see one of these pairs in a sentence, check to make sure that the words or group of words immediately following each conjunction are in the same form.

 

 

  1. Ritik is not only an excellent actor but he sings.

(a) Ritik is not only an excellent actor but he also sings.

(b) Ritik is not only an excellent actor but also a good singer.

(c) Ritik is not only an excellent actor but he is also a good singer.

(d) All the above.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: B

Explanation:

Ritik is not only an excellent actor but also a good singer. Use parallel structure with elements joined by a correlative conjunction.

 

 

  1. We’ll never forget the principal, who never had a kind word for anyone, who had no sympathy, was short tempered, and cruel.

(a) We’ll never forget the principal, who was cruel, unsympathetic, was short tempered, and who never had a kind word for anyone.

(b) We’ll never forget the cruel, unsympathetic, short tempered principal, who never had a kind word for anyone.

(c) We’ll never forget the principal who is cruel, unsympathetic, and also short-tempered, and who never had a kind word for anyone.

(d) We’ll never forget the principal who was also cruel, was unsympathetic, was short-tempered, and who also never had a kind word for anyone.

(e) None of the above.

Answer

Option: B

Explanation:

We’ll never forget the cruel, unsympathetic, short tempered principal, who never had a kind word for anyone. Just like verbs, adverbs and adjectives in a list must agree. Descriptive words are easy to replace with wordy phrases.

 

 

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