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English Fill in the blanks Notes for IBPS

In these types of questions some sentences are given with blank spaces to be filled in with appropriate words. There are five options for each blanks space. You are required to choose the correct options from the options.

How to Answer ‘Fill in the Blank’ Questions

  1. Read the sentence carefully and try to fill the missing word without seeing options.
  2. Choose the word from the options that replaces the word.
  3. Read the sentence again by replacing the blank with the option that you have chosen.
  4. Read the sentence one last time to ensure that there are no grammatical errors in the sentence.

Points to Remember

  • Questions on ‘fill in the blank’ are frequently asked in all banking exams. To be able to solve such questions correctly, you must have a very good vocabulary.
  • It is very important that you read the sentence in the question very carefully. In most of the cases, clues about the type of information needed to fill the gap — a person’s name, a date or a fact — can be derived by a good understanding of the meaning of the sentence itself.
  • You should keep a close watch at grammar clues, for instance, if the article, “an” comes before the blank, then it implies that the answer must begin with a vowel. Such grammatical clues can be of great help in deciding the answers.
  • You must recognize the logical structure of a sentence and pay attention to what the question requires.
  • It is necessary that youunderstand the contextof the sentence. While closely reading the sentence and the options given in the question, you must try to determine the tone of the missing word — whether the required word is positive or negative in the meaning it implies
  • In certain fill in the blank questions, you are required to fill more than one blank. In such cases you should use themethod of eliminationby simultaneously checking which of the options best satisfies both the entries.
  • In certain questions your knowledge and understanding of common idioms and phrases in English Language may be tested. Hence, be sure to have a good skill set of such phrases.
  • Ensure that the meaning of the sentence is intact. Once you have placed the likely option, do check that the sentence gives out a plausible meaning.
  • In case you are confused between two or more options, you can also apply thehit & trial method– one by one place each of the likely options in place of the missing word in the sentence. The option which credits maximum meaning to the sentence should be the correct answer.
  • Do not spend a lot of time on one question. If you are unable to spot the correct answer, despite repeated efforts, leave the question and move forward.
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Examples

Pick out the most effective word from the given words to make the sentence meaningfully complete.

1.It is desirable to take __ in any business if you want to make profit.
(1) Advice    (2) risk      (3) loan    (4) recourse      (5) perseverance

Answer

2.The rocket __ the target and did not cause any casualty.
(1) Sensed   (2) reached   (3) missed   (4) exploded   (5) aimed

Answer

3.You must ensure the correctness of the information before __ to conclusion.
(1) Drawing     (2) enabling     (3) leaning     (4) jumping      (5) examining

Answer

4.They wasted all the money on purchase of some _____ items.
(1) Excellent     (2) important   (3) significant    (4) quality   (5) trivial

Answer

5.When he found the wallet his face glowed but soon it faded as the wallet was ______.

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(1) Empty     (2) vacant     (3) recovered    (4) stolen    (5) expensive

Answer

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