English- Fill In The Blanks - Double Filler

2019-09-11 | Team PendulumEdu

In the given question, statements grammatically and idiomatically correct are given with two blanks. Find the combination which can most suitably complete the sentence without altering the meaning of the statement.

He travelled all _______ the world, when he turned eighty, just as he _________ decided.


A. In, has

B. To have

C. Over, had

D. Of, was


The sentence states that the subject (he) travelled around the world when he was eighty just as he decided.

There is a certain approach that we can follow to solve this kind of question with two filers. We can call it the First Blank First or Second Blank First approach. As per this approach, we first check for the words for either the first or the second blank, eliminate options that do not fit that blank and then approach the next blank (second or first) with the options that remain after elimination.

For this question, we follow the First Blank First approach, that is, we check for the words that fit the first blank first and then accordingly proceed to the next blank.

Let us look at the option one by one to reach a conclusion.

  • In means to be enclosed or surrounded by
  • To means approaching or reaching (a particular condition)
  • Over refers to expressing passage or trajectory.
  • Of refers to expressing the relationship between a part of something and its whole.

From the above we can see that out of the prepositions provided, the preposition, “over” expresses passage or trajectory. All the other prepositions can, therefore, be eliminated.

Since only one word fits the first blank, we have only one option for the second blank, which is “had”, which also fits the meaning of the sentence.

Hence, (C) is the correct answer.

This question is asked in various competitive exams including SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, SSC MTS, SBI PO, SBI CLERK, various IBPS exams, especially IBPS PO examination. To understand how to solve this kind of question, one needs to regularly practice and keep oneself updated. PendulumEdu offers a variety of mock tests for you to up your skills in order to excel in these exams with flying colours.

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