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Sentence Improvement (Level-1) Test-1

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Question 1
In the question below, there are four statements which express the same idea. Choose the alternative that is most concise and clear.
A
The history of Modern Industry’s performance, which is marginal at best, may be an indication of solvency problems that will occur in the future.
B
Modern industry’s history of marginal performance may indicate solvency problems in the future.
C
The history of marginal performance of Modern Industry may indicate future solvency problems.
D
Modern Industry’s history of performance, which is marginal at best, may indicate future solvency problems.
Question 1 Explanation: 
Option (C) is the correct answer as it is the most precise sentence and reflects to the point wording.
Question 2
In the question below, there are four statements which express the same idea. Choose the alternative that is most concise and clear.
A
The dull are likely to have a limited conceptual grasp.
B
It is unlikely that the dull would have adequate conceptual grasp.
C
The dull are not likely to grasp concepts easily.
D
It is unlikely that the dull can grasp concepts easily.
Question 2 Explanation: 
In this case, we pick the sentence which is the most concise and clear one among the given answer options. We find this combination of qualities in option (C).
Question 3
In the question below, there are four statements which express the same idea. Choose the alternative that is most concise and clear.
A
I request you to kindly deliver to me a tin of milk powder.
B
Could you please send me a tin of milk powder?
C
May I request you to please send me a tin of milk powder?
D
Can I have milk powder sent to me please?
Question 3 Explanation: 
Statement B uses the appropriate degree of politeness. Statement D is wrong as it does not tell how much milk powder is required. Others are polite on the surface and do not really convey the sentiment they should.
Question 4
In the question below, there are four statements which express the same idea. Choose the alternative that is most concise and clear.
A
I am sorry; a prior engagement prevents me from joining you at dinner on Monday.
B
I regret to say that I am very sorry that a previous engagement will prevent me from joining you at dinner on Monday.
C
I regret to inform you that because of a previous engagement I will be prevented from joining you at dinner on Monday.
D
I am sorry to say that I am unable to join you at dinner on Monday because of a prior engagement
Question 4 Explanation: 
Only option A is the concise and appropriate choice as it is sufficiently polite and concise.
Question 5
In the question below, there are four statements which express the same idea. Choose the alternative that is most concise and clear.
A
I should be very much obliged if you could be kind enough to send me the required material.
B
I should be much obliged if you could send me the required material.
C
I should be very much obliged if you could kindly send me the required material.
D
I should be grateful and very much obliged if you could kindly send me the required material.
Question 5 Explanation: 
'Much obliged' serves the same purpose as 'very much obliged' and is preferable. The use of ‘very’ introduces a redundancy. Hence, option (B) is an apt choice.
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