FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS-17, UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2003

 

ENGLISH (PRÉCIS & COMPOSITION)

  • Correct the following sentences:
  • The hostel provides boarding and lodging to students.
  • My cousin-brother will come to meet me.
  • He lives backside of my house.
  • You have read it. Isn’t it?
  • We discussed about this question.

(1) I am studying in an University for an year.

  • Neither he nor I are at fault.
  • The committee have issued a notice.
  • One must boast of his great qualities.
  • It is one of the best speeches that has ever been made in the General Assembly.

Solution:

  • A hostel provides boarding and lodging facility to the students.
  • My cousin will come to meet me.
  • He lives backside to my house.
  • You have read it. Haven’t you?
  • We discussed over this question.
  • I have been studying in a university for a year.
  • Neither he nor I am at
  • The committee has issued a notice.
  • One must boast of one’s great qualities.
  • It is one of the best speeches that have ever been made in the General Assembly.
  • Use the following idioms in sentences to make their meaning clear:
1.Kick the bucket2.Bolt from the blue
3.Put your foot down4.Worth your salt
5.Down the drain6.Be all ears
7.Swan song8.Cheek by Jowl
9.In a nutshell10.Give me five!

 

  • Correct the following sentences:
  • Passing through ten different cities, Karachi is the most active.
  • He was laid up for six weeks with two broken ribs.
  • Some one showed the visitors in the room.
  • Until you remain idle you will make no progress.
  • It is very wrong to be devoted to lying and cheating.
  • He told me that he is waiting for me since a long time.
  • The house stood up in the dull street because of its red colour.
  • He brought the articles to the market which he wanted to sell.

Solution:

  • While passing through ten different cities, I found Karachi the most active.
  • He has been lying up for six weeks with two broken ribs.
  • Someone lead the visitors to the room.
  • As long as you remain idle you will make no progress.
  • It is much wrong to devote oneself to lying and cheating.
  • He told me that he had been waiting for me since a long time.
  • The house stood up in the street looking dull because of its red colour.
  • He brought the articles to the market that he wanted to sell.
  • Use the following idioms in sentences to make their meaning clear:
1.To bring grist to the mill2.Set one’s cap
3.To draw the longbow4.Send a person to Coventry
5.Beer and skittles6.Acid test
7.Skeleton in the cupboard8.To A mare’s nest
  1. To bring grist to the mill (.. b l..,: .A.!, DIA; …._ 41 e :A, Si)
    Meaning: something that is useful to someone for a particular purpose Usein sentence: As an actor, all experience is grist to the
  2. Set one’s cap (11. h:…,40 L …$)

Meaning: pursue someone romantically

Use in sentence: I thought Ayesha had set her cap for me, but we were wrong.

  1. To draw the longbow (0:- ovti , AR: ,..,,c,..)
    Meaning: exaggerate

Use in sentence: Shabbir always draws a long bow.

  1. Send a person to Coventry (V.1)1):1) , VI CY;ei;)

Meaning: to ostracise, systematically ignore someone

Use in sentence: Due to his improper and ridiculous behaviour, we should send Aslam to the Coventry

 

  1. Beer and skittles –

Meaning: all fun and pleasure

Use in sentence: Life isn’t all beer and skittles.

  1. Acid test

Meaning: a decisive or critical test, as of worth or quality Use in sentence: They play passed the critic’s acid test.

  1. Skeleton in the cupboard
    Meaning: a embarrassing fact that someone wishes to keep secret

Use in sentence: “There must be a skeleton somewhere in that family’s cupboard.”

  1. To a mare’s nest

Meaning: very complicated situation

Use in sentence: This arcaof the law is a veritable mare’s nest.

0 Use five of the following pairs of words in sentences:

(i)                       Auger, Augur                                                  (ii)                    Fain, Feign

(iii) Emigrate, Immigrate                                            (iv)         Envy, Jealousy

(v)         Invade, Attack                                                (vi)                  Trifling, Trivial

(vii) Simulation, Dissimulation                                (viii) Venal, Venial

  • Auger:

Meaning: tool with a screw point for boring in wood

Use in sentence: He made many holes in the board with an auger.

Augur:

Meaning: portend, serve as an omen

Use in sentence: Conflicts among the various groups do not augur well for the future of the peace talks.

  • Fain:

Meaning: willingly or happily

Use in sentence: I would fain forget what I had done.

Feign:

Meaning: to pretend that you have a particular feeling or that you are ill, tired etc.

Use in sentence: You know how everyone feigns surprise when you tell them how old you are.

  • Emigrate:

Meaning: to leave one’s country

Use in sentence: Ahmad emigrated to the USA.

Immigrate:

Meaning: to settle in another country

Use in sentence: Her family permanently immigrated to the USA.

 

  • Envy:

Meaning: to wish for something that someone else has

Use in sentence: She was looking with envy at her friend’s new dress.

Jealousy:

Meaning: something that you want to be or long for your own Use in sentence: I felt sick with jealousy.

  • Invade:

Meaning: to enter a country, town, etc. using military force in order to take control of it Use in sentence: The rioters invaded the government buildings.

Attack:

Meaning: try to hurt or defeat using force

Use in sentence: A woman was attacked and robbed by a group of hooligans.

  • Trifling:

Meaning: unimportant, petty

Use in sentence: I got the trifling details of the incident from my neighbour.

Trivial:

Meaning: not important or serious

Use in sentence: I know it seems trivial but I am very much worried about the disappearance. of my luggage.

  • Simulation:

Meaning: imitation, replication

Use in sentence: The politician gave the simulation of the general concern towards the needy ones.

Dissimulation:

Meaning: an act of hiding the real feelings or intentions with a pretension Use in sentence: He was capable of great dissimulation and hypocrisy.

  • Venal:

Meaning: Corruptible, money-grubbing, likely to accept bribes

Use in sentence: They are accused of being involved in venal practice.

Venial:

Meaning: not very serious and therefore able to be forgotten

Use in sentence: The judge dismissed the venial crimes and focused on the theft of th( animals.

 

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