Rules For Fill In The Blanks
Rules for Fill in the Blanks:
Rules for Fill in the Blanks are very important to know because a sentence might need a word, a phrase or clause to be filled in.
In ‘Fill in the blanks’ students are given an incomplete sentence or phrases with more than one or two words missing in the complete sentence, and there are four options. The students need to choose the right option (word/set of words) to fill the gaps and make the sentence whole.
The most important Rule for Fill in the Blank is to know the different Parts of Speech and how they are used in a sentence.
Rules for Fill in the Blanks
Refer to the below rules before attempting the questions to fill in the correct answers.
Grab the theme:
Get a rough idea of the theme or the paragraph before finding the right choices. Read the sentences carefully and think about the possible words that can fit within them.
Relate with Context:
Check the given answers and try to relate the answers which you thought could fit in the context.
Re-read after attempting:
Insert the possible word in the sentence and then read it again to check whether it makes sense or if it is the right option for the specific blank given.
Identify if the inserted word gives the proper or required meaning.
Check for errors:
After filling the blanks, check if there is no grammatical mistake in it, if yes then try to replace it with other options given in the following list.
You must have good vocabulary skills to address the questions like fill in the blanks is the most score gaining section within the English Language.
Idioms and Phrases:
Some questions may have idioms and phrases, for which you need to be well acquainted or have knowledge of the missing word in the given idiom or phrase.
No context Change:
After choosing the missing words, read the sentences to make sure that the meaning of the same is not changed.
Hit and Trial Method:
In case you are stuck on one blank, then try the hit & trial method where you can try all the given options one by one to check which one is suitable or fit the context.
Keep a watch on the grammatical areas while attempting the questions. Articles and prepositions must be taken care of while matching the answers from the given choices.
Logic and Meaning:
A logical meaning should come out after inserting the answer.
Sample Questions for Fill in the Blanks
A Fill in the Blank can be of two types:
- Single Blank
- Multiple Blanks
Let’s see a couple of examples below from each of the two types.
Single Blank Question Type
I purposely ______ meet you during my last visit to Mumbai.
Answer: 1- didn’t
Explanation – In the sentence above, the person uses the time reference of ‘last’ which indicate past. So we cannot use ‘won’t’ or ‘wouldn’t’. Then, if we used ‘hadn’t’ then the tense following the verb should be past as well (hadn’t met). Since we have ‘meet’ we use ‘didn’t’ because did is always followed by a base form or simple form of verb.
We live in a ______ age; everyone thinks that maximizing pleasure is the point of life.
Answer: 4- hedonistic
Explanation – In the sentence above, the second clause of the sentence acts as the definition of the word that should be use in the first blank. So we take hedonistic as the answer because hedonistic means ‘engaged in the pursuit of pleasure; sensually self-indulgent.’
Multiple Blanks Question Type
Earlier homemade rafts dumped their waste into the water ______, but by June the _____ rafts were mostly gone, banned under new state law.
- untreated, unsightly
- artfully, dismal
- openly, few
- flagrantly, petty
Answer: 1- untreated, unsightly
Explanation – The first blank talks about how irresponsibly the homemade rafts would dump their waste into the water which was untreated and pollute the water. but in the second sentence it says that by June a new law was passed due to which the unsightly rafts (dirty / unpleasant) were mostly gone.
Though World economy is still _____ yet it is far more _____ than how it was a few months ago.
- gloomy, restrained
- untamed, authentic
- sluggish, tumultuous
- elusive, hospitable
Answer: 4- elusive, hospitable
Explanation – Here the sentence is referring to the world economy which has been better or has recovered from the situation that it was in during the last few months. Hence, Elusive that means difficult to find, catch, or achieve and hospitable that means pleasant and favorable should be the words.
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