How to approach Phrase Replacement Questions? Tips & Tricks

By Sheetal Goyal|Updated : July 21st, 2020

In the current banking exams, we have seen a variety of new topics asked in the English section. Phrase Replacement, Odd one out, Match the column, Sentence Rearrangement, etc. have been asked in the SBI and IBPS exams.  The easiest topic among all is the Phrase Replacement. It is an important topic which is widely asked and requires just the knowledge of grammar rules. 

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In this article, we will be understanding the approach to solving the phrase replacement questions with suitable examples. 

Tips to Solve Phrase Replacement questions

1. The questions on this topic are asked to check your knowledge of grammar rules. In this, a question is given with a part of it being underlined or bold. The question is followed by five options which state the alternative ways of writing the underlined or bold part of the statement.

2. To solve these questions, read the sentence carefully first to understand the meaning of the sentence. Then, analyze the meaning and tone of the given sentence i.e, positive, negative, sarcastic, critical or analytical. After that, find the correct option that will make the sentence grammatically correct and meaningful.

3. If you are not able to analyze the right answer, then use the elimination approach. Try to eliminate the inappropriate options. We know that the correct option or answer will be grammatically correct so eliminate all grammatically incorrect options. This approach will help you to find the answers quickly.

4. When you will find out the correct option, then replace it with the bold or underline part and read the whole sentence once again. Make sure that the meaning of the sentence doesn’t change while replacing the underlined or bold part. 

5. It is not necessary that there should always be errors present in the sentence. Often, there are no errors present in the statement and the sentence is grammatically correct. Try to avoid the trend of always finding the errors in a sentence. Sometimes no correction is required in a sentence in this situation choose “No correction required” option.

6. Now, to find the error in the sentence you must have the good knowledge of Grammar Rules. Remember to check the tense and the correct usage of the verb. Many times the tense is written wrongly or the verb is misplaced. This will help you to solve the questions easily and quickly. 

Study Material:

Grammar Scholar Series

Idioms and Phrases

Phrasal Verbs

Now, we will be discussing some questions with detailed explanation so that you can have an idea of commonly asked questions. 

Questions on Phrase Replacement

Direction: In the following question, a part of the sentence is bold. Below the sentence alternatives to the bold part are given at (A), (B), (C) and (D) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E) i.e. No correction required.
 
1. In the course of the crisis, central banks turned up the liquidity taps as the lender of last resort, but in the light of public anger at the banking sector that caused the crisis, this looked like favourable treatment.
  1. Turned on
  2. Turned down
  3. Turned back
  4. Turned in
  5. No improvement

Answer: Option "a"

Solution: The correct phrase here would be ‘turned on’ which means ‘started the procedure’. E.g. 'Would you please turn on the water tap?' 
‘Turned up’ means ‘to appear’ which is incorrect here. E.g. 'Her friends waited for a long time, but she didn't turn up.' 
‘Turned down’ means ‘rejected’. E.g. 'Would you please turn down the music a little?' 
‘Turned back’ means ‘to go in the reverse direction’. E.g. 'He has gone too far to turn back now'. 
‘Turned in’ means ‘be a part of a plan’. E.g. 'John turned in a great musician'. 
All these options do not convey the meaning as required by the given statement in the question. Only option A makes the most appropriate fit.

Direction: Which of the phrases given at A, B, C and D can replace the phrase printed in bold in the given sentence? If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark E i.e. no change/ correction required.
 
2. Due to his alcoholism and vicious temper, the servants were always left to face the brunt of his terrifying antics.
  1. left to serve the brunt of his terrifying antics.
  2. left to hold the brunt of his terrifying antics.
  3. left to bear the brunt of his terrifying antics.
  4. left to feel the brunt of his terrifying antics.
  5. No correction required.

Answer: Option "c"

Solution: The answer to this is 'left to bear the brunt of his terrifying antics.' To bear the brunt is an idiom which means to suffer the worst part of an unpleasant or problematic situation.  

Direction: Which of the phrases (A), (B), (C) and (D) given in each question can replace the part underlined in the given statement? If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark 'no error/ no change required' as the answer.
 
3. The Islamic state is responsible of the recent attack that hit the innocent teenagers as they were leaving a concert.
  1. took responsibility
  2. took the accountability
  3. are culpable
  4. remains guilty
  5. No error

Answer: Option "A"

Solution: Here the correct option is A. The organization took responsibility is the only correct option. Accountability should never be used in this context. Same goes for culpable, also there is a “are” before it which makes the sentence grammatically incorrect. For option D to be correct “of” should be replaced with “for” in the statement.

Direction: Which of the phrases (A), (B), (C) and (D) given below each sentence can replace the word/phrase printed in bold in the sentence to make it grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is given, mark (E) i.e no correction required as the answer.
 
4. The beautiful snow globes placed throughout her house were reminiscent of my last Christmas in Paris.
  1. were being reminiscent of my last Christmas in Paris
  2. were reminiscing of my last Christmas in Paris
  3. were reminiscent of my last Christmas in Paris
  4. were reminiscent of my last Christmas in Paris
  5. No correction required

Answer: Option "c"

Solution: The answer to this is 'were reminiscent of my last Christmas in Paris.' Reminiscent means tending to remind one of something.

Direction: Which of the phrases A, B, C and D can replace the part printed in bold in the sentence? If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark E i.e. no correction required as the answer.
 
5. "Alas! Love is a feeling that needs to be distanced from everyone" exclaimed the heartbroken hero.
  1. need to be distant
  2. needful to be distanced
  3. needed to be distanced
  4. need for a distance
  5. No correction required

Answer: Option "e"

Solution: The sentence is grammatically and idiomatically correct.

Direction: Which of the phrases A, B, C and D can replace the part printed in bold in the sentence? If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark E i.e no improvement as the answer.

6. We did a double turn and stared at the directions of the jackfruit tree and what we saw was remarkable!
 
  1. Stared in the direction
  2. Stared at the direction
  3. Staring of the direction
  4. Stared for the direction
  5. No improvement

Answer: Option "a"

Solution: The change needed in the phrase is the preposition ‘at’ which needs to be replaced with ‘in’. Things are stared ‘at’ but here the word ‘direction’ is mentioned so it must be ‘in’ and not ‘at’. The word ‘directions’ in plural form is incorrect and must be replaced with the singular form as it can be a particular direction. Thus A is the correct answer.

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PrakashAug 2, 2018

Tnq @mam
sardar ji

sardar jiAug 9, 2018

Mam plz tell me how should I strong myself in error spotting part??🙂🤔
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Sagar SahujiAug 25, 2018

@Kanika Ralhan ibps po i paid my fee but later on i saw in place of mothers name i placed my fathers name what should i do now.
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Anita KumariAug 25, 2018

Thanks ☺☺
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You are not reply in any questions... Please mam You give reply early..
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thanks for giving good information and examples
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