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One word usage/ Phrasal words
by sushmitaTG TEAM - Monday, 25 November 2013, 05:27 PM
  In the following questions a word has been used in sentences in four different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

Q1.) CATCH
1. He caught at the chance to get free tickets.
2. You'd think he'd catch on that he's boring us.
3. We caught him up to a number of factual details.
4. A pot roast is better if allowed to catch on.

Q2.) DROP
1. Her long illness caused her to drop behind the rest of the class.
2. He's ready to fight his employer at the drop of a hat.
3. He decided to drop out of society and become a wanderer.
4. Lately, Sales in this department have dropped of drastically.

Q3.) HOLD
1. When we left for dinner, he was still holding forth on World War II.
2. He was suspected of holding out information important to the case.
3. The plane's departure was held up because of the heavy storm.
4. If you hold applying for a passport, you may not get one in time.
Re: One word usage/ Phrasal words
by sushmitaTG TEAM - Friday, 29 November 2013, 10:45 AM
  Solutions:

Q1.) Solution: ‘3’. The correct idiomatic expression is ‘catch up’, which means ‘to point out minor details’. ‘Catch at’ means ‘to accept readily’. ‘Catch on’ in the second sentence means ‘to understand’ and in the 4th sentence means ‘to burn slightly (in cooking)’.

Q2.) Solution: ‘4’. The correct idiomatic expression is ‘drop off’, which means ‘to decline’. ‘Drop behind’ means ‘to fall short of the required progress’. ‘At the drop of the hat’ means ‘without delay’. ‘Drop out’ means ‘to withdraw from being a member’.

 Q3.)Solution: ‘4’. The correct idiomatic expression is ‘hold off’, which means ‘to postpone action’. ‘Hold forth’ means ‘to talk at great length’. ‘Hold out’ means ‘to withhold something’. ‘Hold up’ means ‘to hinder’.

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