In SSC written exams, there are four sections and English Language is one of them. In this paper, a total number of 25 questions are asked and out of which 2-3 questions belongs to sentence completion topic usually. Now, you may be thinking: “what is sentence completion and what is its format?” Let us discuss on this-
Sentence completion is like reading comprehension and you have to recognize the difference between the two parts of the sentences and relationship with each other. You are given four choices for each question. Try to find out the logical facts in both the sentences with a lucid meaning & coherence. There may be some ironic questions. So, do not worry. There may be many clues and hint to answer. As there will be MCQs, you should find out the synonyms and antonyms of the given choices.
Apart from the above thing, we have formulated several other tricks to solve the questions based on Sentence completion-
SSC preparation tips: Sentence Completion
Before going through the given choices read the sentence and memorize the related blank. Then, Fit the word in that space, having sense according to the sentence. You can verify the meaning with the related word or synonym of that sentence.
Double blank sentences
Sometimes, there may be two blanks. Do not panic. Such questions are easier to solve relatively. Find the first word and eliminate the other, as there will be two words in each option. If the first word is same in the option, then consider the second word and check whether it does fit or not.
These are words/phrases used for hint to find the correct answer. There are four signals namely-
- Effect and cause signals:These includes accordingly, in order to, because, so… that, given, thus, therefore, hence, when...then, if… then and consequently, etc.
- Support signals: These includes furthermore, additionally, likewise, as well, moreover, besides, too, also, indeed, etc.
- Explicit signals:These includes albeit, nevertheless, although, nonetheless, but, notwithstanding, despite, on the contrary, even though, on the other hand, however, rather than, in contrast, still, in spite of, while, instead of, yet, etc.
- Implicit signals: These includes anomaly, anomalous, anomalously, illogic, illogical, illogically, incongruity, incongruous, incongruously, irony, ironic, ironically. Paradox, paradoxical, paradoxically, surprise, surprising, surprisingly, unexpected, unexpectedly, etc.
For finding the meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases use grammatical knowledge like parts of Speech. Break the phrase or word in two parts and figure out the meaning separately. You can transform the part of speech to another part of speech to find the meaning.
If the question appears to be complex, then break the sentence to make it easier and comprehensive. It is easy to justify or in finding the answer. Rephrase the parts in one sentence and recall it to confirm the meaning and coherence in the final sentence.
If there is metaphor in the sentence, then check the sentence. Whether, it handles the writer choice of words.
Last but not the least, Do not make the choice as your ultimate answer in a hurry. Go through and check out the other options as well. Then, finalize the answer because there may many substitute of the answer, which carries the same meaning and you have to find out the most relevant one.
The questions framed on sentence completion can be of many types and depends on the area of expertise. Hence, you have to be familiar and acquainted about the related course/ expertise.