IELTS Reading Sentence Completion Example 4
Sample Reading Passage:
|Some people believe that traditional usages of language are always more superior and refined than modern variations even when the reasons behind the rule were dubious in the first place. For example, it was once seriously frowned upon to split an infinitive in a sentence, and even today it is considered grammatically incorrect to do so. To demonstrate, let’s consider the following sentence: ‘The examiner asked me to quietly leave the room’; this was considered incorrect as the word ‘quietly’ splits the infinitive of the verb ‘to leave.’ The origins of this rule hail back to the 17th century when scholars believed that the English language should be adapted to follow Latin rules; then considered the perfect language. Since splitting infinitives in Latin is impossible, it was decided that splitting infinitives in English, even though possible, was not acceptable, Given those initial motivations behind the rule were questionable. The clarity of the meaning of the sentence is not compromised in the ‘incorrect’ form, it could be argued that this grammar rule is a prime example of an unnecessary sanction that is likely to be abandoned in the future.|
|Choose No More Than Two Words from the passage to complete the sentences.
1.Traditional use of languages are said to be more ________ and _________.
2. Scholars affirmed that the English language should be adapted to follow the rules of ___________.
3. Even though splitting infinitives in English was possible, it was not ____________.
4. Rules like splitting infinitives are considered as _____________.
5. Split infinitives are likely to be ____________ in future.
|1.Traditional use of languages is said to be more superior and refined.
2. Scholars affirmed that the English language should be adapted to follow the rules of Latin.
3. Even though splitting infinitives in English was possible, it was not acceptable.
4. Rules like splitting infinitives are considered grammatically incorrect.
5. Split infinitives are likely to be abandoned in the future.
Explanation of the answers:
|For the first question, it is clearly given in the first sentence of the passage that the traditional usages of language are always more superior and refined than modern variations. So, the answer is Superior and Refined. Here, usage refers to use.
The second question is clearly mentioned in the seventh line of the passage; Scholars believed that the English language should be adapted to follow Latin rules. So, the answer is Latin. Here believed refers to affirmed.
For the third question, it is given in the ninth line of the passage that splitting infinitives was impossible in Latin and was possible in English. Still, split infinitives in English were not acceptable. So, the answer is acceptable.
For the fourth question, we understand from the fourth line that rules like splitting infinitives in a sentence are considered grammatically incorrect till today. So, the answer is grammatically incorrect.
For the fifth question, it is mentioned in the passage that the grammar rule, Split Infinitives is a prime example of an unnecessary sanction that is expected to be abandoned in the future. So, the answer is abandoned and here, expected to refer to likely.
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