Question of The Day22-01-2020

Directions: In the given sentence, a blank is given, indicating that something is missing. From the given four words, (I), (II), (III), (IV), a combination of words would fit the blank thereby making it grammatically and contextually correct. Select that option as the answer. If all the given combinations fit perfectly, then select ‘All fit’ as the answe

The current economic momentum is less impressive when compared to the growth rates ___________ by countries such as China or South Korea when they were at a similar stage of development.

I. Maintained

II. Obtained

III. Sustained

IV. Detained


Correct Answer : b ) I, III

Explanation :

The sentence essentially means that the current economic momentum is less impressive when compared to growth rates that existed for other countries when they were at a similar stage.

To understand which word(s), fill the blank, let us first understand the meaning of the words provided.

  • Maintain means to keep (something) at the same level or rate.
  • Obtained refers to gain possession of something/ acquire
  • Sustained means to keep in existence/ continue
  • Detained is to keep from advancing/ delay

From the above, we can see that the word ‘detained’ can be eliminated as it does not accord with the context; options with the word ‘detained’ can therefore, be eliminated.

Also, the word ‘obtained’, which means to acquire, is different from what is required (exist) in the above sentence. We can, therefore, eliminate options with the word, ‘obtained’.

When we substitute the meaning of the words, ‘maintained’ and ‘sustained’ in the sentence, we see that both the words accord with the context and maintains the grammar of the sentence. Since, both the words can be used, the option indicating the use of both the words should be chosen.

Hence, (b) is the correct answer.

Fill in the blanks type of question is asked in various government exams like State PCS, SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, SSC CPO, RRB NTPC, etc.

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