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SBI PO Exam 2015: English Language- Idioms and phrases-Concept & Sample Questions

Apr 29, 2015 15:00 IST

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    Idioms and phrases are recognised through experience. Sometimes ordinary words fail to embody the experience or catch the spirit of the special situation. Idioms and phrases are meant for such situations; they enrich a language. Thus, in order to have a native's command over English, it is necessary to understand idioms.

    An idiom by calling it as a combination of two or more words which function as a unit of meaning as opposed to non-idiomatic expressions which "are made up of distinct meaningful parts". Thus, often, the unit of meaning is different from what the words actually suggest. For example, the expression 'blue blood' does not mean that blood is blue, but it means 'to belong to a royal family'.

    A. Direct Multiple Choice

    Choose the exact meaning of the idiomatic expressions/phrase given below.

    1. to get in hot waters

    a. to get into trouble

    b. to enter waters heated by the sun

    c. to be in a confused state of mind

    d. to drink hot waters

    2. Between the devil and the deep sea

    a. to be in a dilemma

    b. to be angry in a temper

    c. to choose correctly

    d. to live dangerously

    B. In Sentence Form

    Choose the substitute of the underlined phrase/idiom.

    3. For the first week, the apprentice felt like fish out of water.

    a. frustrated

    b. homeless

    c. disappointed

    d. uncomfortable

    4. The company has been handed over to the new masters lock, stock and barrel.

    (a) Completely

    (b) Fmancially

    (c) Administratively

    (d) Partially

    Answers: 1. (a)   2. (a)   3. (d)   4. (a).

    Students should try to understand the real implication of idioms and phrases and they should learn it by constantly using them in their writing and speech and through continuous practical exercises.

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