Tips And Tricks And Shortcuts For Fill In The Blank

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The primary goal of Fill in the Blank questions is to encourage learners to apply the knowledge they have already acquired. Fill in the Blank questions are not opinion-based, which means that learners must be able to use the information they have mastered during the lesson to correctly answer the question.

Fill in the Blank questions usually contain a sentence or paragraph featuring a blank space. This blank space represents a word or phrase that has intentionally been left out, and the learner inputs the correct answer to fill in the blank. This type of inquiry allows instructors to determine learner knowledge more effectively

Tips and tricks to solve fill in the b;anks

Points to remember while solving Fill in the Blank

  • To solve such questions, you must have a very good vocabulary. 
  • It is very important that you read the sentence in the question very carefully
  • You should keep a close watch on grammar clues
  • It is necessary that you understand the context of the sentence. 
  • You must recognize the logical structure of a sentence and pay attention to what the question requires.
  • In certain questions, your knowledge and understanding of common idioms and phrases in the English Language may be tested.
  • Ensure that the meaning of the sentence is intact.
  • In case you are confused between two or more options, you can also apply the hit & trial method.
  • 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.

Step by step approach for solving Fill in the blanks

Step 1: Do not read the options

Instead of directly jumping to options, wait, and think what could the answer be. Get a rough idea of the theme and tone of the sentence, understand the context of the sentence, and try to fill the missing word without looking at the options.

Step 2: Eliminate options

Answer choices that have a meaning opposite to the word that you would like to insert in the blank, eliminate those answer choices.50% options can be eliminated from here. Analyze the tone of the statements-look at the answer choices – and then try to predict an answer. Though you must consider all of the choices before you confirm your answer, even if your predicted answer is among the choices. The difference between the best answer and the second-best answer is sometimes very subtle. When you think that you have the correct answer, read the entire sentence to yourself, using your choice(s).

Step 3: Pay attention to grammar

You should keep a close watch on grammar clues. grammatical clues can be of great help in deciding the answers.

Step 4: Understand the flavour

Context is the part of a sentence that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning, connotation refers to the emotion that is suggested by the word itself. The word can be positive, negative, or neutral. This will help you remove the opposite options.

Step 5: Identify the indicators

Indicators tell you what is coming up. They indicate that the question setter is now moving to draw a contrast with something stated previously, or support something stated previously.

Example: Although indicates contrast on the other hand because states the cause or effect.

Types of sentence completions:

Generally, two types of sentence completion questions are being asked in the exams:

  1. One with a single blank.
  2. One with two blanks.

Each of which is explained with the help of a relevant example below:

1)Tips and Tricks for Fill in the Blank- Single blank 

Question 1.

A recent study revealed that the Aloe Vera Gel has ————- properties, and has been proven to cure acne problems.

Options:

A.  Contingent
B.  Healing
C.  Life saving
D.  Hazardous

Correct option: B

Explanation:

Here we can sense that the sentence has a positive connotation, which helps us in sorting out the negative words that are hazardous and contingent.

Now we are left with two options Lifesaving cannot be used as aloe vera gel is not saving anyone’s life.

However it helps in curing acne problems, therefore healing words will be used.

Hence option B is the correct one.

2) Fill in the Blank Tips and Tricks and Shortcuts- Multiple blanks

Question 2.

The Buddhist Lamas believe that the sheer belief in the presence of god will release a man from a ——– approach towards life, and this liberation will help him achieve inner ———

Options:

A.  Materialistic, peace
B.  Thrifty, discord
C.  Primitive, fire
D.  None of the above.

Correct option: A

Explanation:

The first half talks about getting released from some negative connotation, which makes is clear that the first blank will be filled up with some negative word. Hence materialistic which means greedy, will come in the first blank. Second blank will be filled up with a positive word as there is a mention of achievement of something pleasant or good. Hence peace will come in the 2nd blank.

Hence option A is the correct one.

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