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English Grammar Questions For CLAT & Other LAW Entrance Exams 2023

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : August 10, 2022


English is one of the common subjects included in all entrance exams. You are mainly tested on vocabulary and grammar skills. 

Grammar is one of the important topics in the English Language. English is mandatory in most entrance examinations and other competitive exams. 

Are you weak in English? Finding difficulties answering grammar-related questions? Well, you don't have to be worried. 

To understand the type of questions asked, this post shall provide English Grammar Questions for CLAT 2023 and other law entrance exams.

English Grammar Questions asked in CLAT

In the English section, there will be a total of about 28-32 questions under the English section. The entire question paper of the CLAT includes comprehension-based passages followed by a series of questions. 

The grammar questions may vary each year, so candidates must be aware of all grammar rules to score the highest marks in this section.

Here are questions picked from the previous year's questions papers of the Common Law Admission Test

Passage 1

The summer he turned 82, my father lost his stories. He was still vibrant, garrulous, and energetic, and initially, none of us noticed that his anecdotes were getting repetitive, that he was forgetting names and places, that he was confusing times and references. A man of many narratives, we listened to his oft-repeated tales, sometimes with feigned patience and sometimes with visible impatience.

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Till the day the stories stopped. The words dried out. The memories disappeared. The change happened so gradually that its final suddenness took us, his immediate family by complete surprise. And when the stories dried up, the energy seemed to drain away from his soul. This loss of energy was immediately and visibly apparent as this was one trait, above all others that characterised my father.

A child of Partition, Baba had left his native Barisal in present-day Bangladesh, on the eve of this momentous event in 1947, at the age of 14. My grandmother, widowed since the birth of my father, her youngest son, decided to leave their sprawling homestead with extensive farming lands and immigrate to the yet-to-be formed republic of India, along with her four other sons. Thus, family lore tells us, she liquidated some of her assets, packed her immediate family and necessary belongings onto a steamer and sailed into the teeming, seething city of Calcutta to set up a new life.

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A seminal rupture in the subcontinent, Partition had wreaked havoc among countless families, uprooted and flung far and wide without any recourse. Baba often became that recourse – his contribution making a significant difference to families struggling to survive with some degree of dignity. It seemed his experience of early loss and deprivation had in a strangely converse way, endowed him with a generosity of soul that I have yet to encounter in another person. It was thus shocking to see this extraordinary man with the mind, heart and soul of a Colossusshorn of his spirit. In an effort to revive his flagging interest, I urged him to start writing down stories from his life. I bought him a notebook and with great flourish announced his assignment.

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Stories were my particular stock in trade. I’d nurtured an early passion for storytelling and story writing into a teaching career focusing on literacy. I used specific strategies to build a writing habit in my students, centred on the belief that we all have stories to tell. As the children became confident and joyful storytellers, their acquisition of benchmarked literacy skills outstripped that of their peers.

Could I use these same strategies to draw the forgotten stories from Baba? Would these forgotten stories in turn help him reconstruct a sense of self?

Q. What does the word ‘garrulous’ as used in the passage mean?

  • (a) Quiet and restrained.
  • (b) Tall and handsome.
  • (c) Moody and reflective.
  • (d) Excessively talkative.

Passage 2

The old woman didn’t like the look or sound of the kid. She scowled at her husband. ‘Where did you pick up this kitten from? Why do we need her?’ When the old man told her she was a goat kid, she picked her up and exclaimed in amazement: ‘Yes, she is a goat kid!’All night, they went over the story of how the kid had come into their hands.

That same night the old lady gave the goat kid that resembled a kitten a nickname: Poonachi. She once had a cat by the same name. In memory of that beloved cat, this goat kid was named Poonachi. They had acquired her without spending a penny. Now they had to look after her somehow. Her husband had told her a vague story about meeting a demon who looked likeBakasuran and receiving the kid from him as a gift. She wondered if he could have stolen it from a goatherd. Someone might come looking for it tomorrow. Maybe her husband had told her the story only to cover up his crime?

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The old woman was not used to lighting lamps at night. The couple ate their evening meal and went to bed when it was still dusk. That night, though, she took a large earthen lamp and filled it with castor oil extracted the year before. There was no cotton for a wick. She tore off a strip from a discarded loincloth of her husband’s and fashioned it into a wick.

She looked at the kid under the lamplight in that shed as though she were seeing her own child after a long time. There was no bald spot or bruise anywhere on her body. The kid was all black. As she stared at the lamp, her wide-open eyes were starkly visible. There was a trace of fatigue on her face. The old woman thought the kid looked haggard because she had not been fed properly. She must be just a couple of days old. A determination that she must somehow raise this kid to adulthood took root in her heart.

She called the old man to come and see the kid. She looked like a black lump glittering in the lamplight in that pitch-black night. He pulled fondly at her flapping ears and said, ‘Aren’t you lucky to come and live here?’

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It had been a long time since the couple had such pleasant chit-chat. Because of the kid’s sudden entry into their lives, they ended up talking a while about the old days.

Q. What does the word ‘haggard’ as used in the passage mean?

  • (a) Dark in colour and hard to see.
  • (b) Looking exhausted and unwell.
  • (c) Direct and outspoken.
  • (d) Furry and warm.

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Passage 3

The snow was falling, and the Cat's fur was stiffly pointed with it, but he was imperturbable. He sat crouched, ready for the death-spring, as he had sat for hours. It was night but that made no difference, all times were as one to the Cat when he was in wait for prey. Then, too, he was under no constraint of human will, for he was living alone that winter. Nowhere in the world was any voice calling him; on no hearth was there a waiting dish.

He was quite free except for his own desires, which tyrannized over him when unsatisfied as now. The Cat was very hungry. almost famished, in fact. For days the weather had been very bitter...and the Cat's long hunt had availed him nothing. But he waited with the inconceivable patience and persistency of his race; besides, he was certain. The Cat was a creature of absolute convictions, and his faith in his deductions never wavered.

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The rabbit had gone in there between those low-hung pine boughs. The Cat had seen her enter...so he sat down and waited, and he waited still in the white night, listening angrily to the north wind starting in the upper heights of the mountains with distant screams, then swelling into an awful crescendo of rage, and swooping down with furious white wings of snow like a flock of fierce eagles into the valleys and ravines. The Cat was on the side of a mountain, on a wooded terrace. Above him, a few feet away towered the rock ascent as steep as the wall of a cathedral. He had often looked with wonder at the rock and miauled bitterly and resentfully as man does in the face of a forbidding Providence.

At his left was the sheer precipice. Behind him...was the frozen perpendicular wall of a mountain stream. Before he was on the way to his home. When the rabbit came out she was trapped; her little cloven feet could not scale such unbroken steeps. So the Cat waited. The tangle of trees and bushes clinging to the mountain-side with a stern clutch of roots, the prostrate trunks and branches, the vines embracing everything with strong knots and coils of growth, had a curious effect, as of things which had whirled for ages in a current of raging water, only it was not water, but wind, which had disposed of everything in circling lines of yielding to its fiercest points of onset.

It was as if ice needles pricked his skin through his beautiful thick fur, but he never faltered and never once cried. He had nothing to gain from crying, and everything to lose; the rabbit would hear him cry and know he was waiting. 

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Q. Which of the following suggests a synonymous meaning to the words 'Providence‘ and 'Crescendo‘ respectively?

  • a) Nemesis, Apex
  • b) Zenith, Nadir
  • c) Laxity, Prudence
  • d) Short-sightedness, Upsurge

Q. The passage has been adorned with numerous figure of speeches. Which of the following combinations is correct?

  • a) Irony and Sarcasm
  • b) Alliteration and Pun
  • c) Simile and Personification
  • d) Metaphor and Onomatopoeia

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Q. The Author‘s description of "...he was under no constraint of human will, for he was living alone..." implies:

  • a) Cat‘s absolute freedom from everything
  • b) Cat‘s no association with human beings
  • c) Cat‘s loneliness
  • d) Cat‘s tyrannical demeanour

Topic-Wise English Grammar Questions for CLAT 2023

The CLAT Syllabus for English includes various topics like error spotting, Sentence Correctors, and Phrase Replacement.

Follow expert-designed preparation tips to crack CLAT English with a high score. 

Error Spotting

The following sentences have been divided into three parts (A), (B) and (C). Read the sentences carefully to find out if there is an error in any part of the sentence. Mark that part as your answer. If the sentence is completely correct as it is, then choose option (D) ‘No Error’ as the answer. 

Q. Whenever I was in trouble (A) / I always discussed about it with my parents (B) / and followed their advise. (C) / No Error (D)

  • Whenever I was in trouble
  • I always discussed about it with my parents
  • and followed their advise.
  • No Error

Q. With the rise in air pollution levels (A) / the demand for air purifiers in the market (B) / have increased significantly. (C) / No Error (D)

  • With the rise in air pollution levels
  • the demand for air purifiers in the market
  • have increased significantly.
  • No Error

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Q. There is an urgent need to discover (A) / new sources of energy as our existing (B) / sources of energy may die out soon. (C) / No Error (D)

  • There is an urgent need to discover
  • new sources of energy as our existing
  • sources of energy may die out soon.
  • No Error

Q. Rita was assigned a task (A) / to ensure that everyone submitted (B) / their reports in time. (C) / No Error (D)

  • Rita was assigned a task
  • to ensure that everyone submitted
  • their reports in time.
  • No Error

Q.In order to maintain yourself hydrated (A) / and energetic in summer, you (B) / must drinks a lot of water. (C) /No Error (D)

  • In order to maintain yourself hydrated
  • and energetic in summer, you
  • must drinks a lot of water.
  • No Error

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Phrase Replacement

Q. Migraine, the most debilitating common form of headache, afflicts perhaps 18 million Americans, who collectively lose 64 million workdays a  year and cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and work time.

  • year, and they cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost
  • year and thus cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost
  • year, so as to cost the nation $50 billion in medical expenses and lost
  • year that costs the nation $50 billion in lost medical expenses

Q. No state law forbids an employer from rejecting a job applicant or to dismiss an employee based on the results of a lie detector test.

  • an employer from rejecting a job applicant or dismiss
  • an employer to reject a job applicant or dismiss
  • that employers reject a job applicant or dismiss
  • the rejection by an employer of a job applicant or dismissal of

Frequently Asked Questions

To prepare for the CLAT English Section, follow the following steps. Practice the previous year’s question papers and attempt as many mock tests as possible. Read a variety of English magazines and newspapers along with documentaries and films. Learn new words along with their synonyms and antonyms and understand their meaning explicitly. Understand the basics and rules of grammar instead of applying instinct and improve your reading speed.
Study groups or discussing the passage with more people will help you to gain more knowledge. It is essential to practice grammar from some well-approved and acclaimed grammar books. This will help you to sharpen your grammar skills. Sample papers and practice materials offered by the CLAT consortium must be solved and practised religiously. 
In order to answer the CLAT's Verbal Ability section, go through the following points- Pay attention when a new paragraph changes. The usage of words like however, nevertheless, etc. can be used to present the counter-argument. Read two lines before and after the mentioned word. Just by reading these lines, you can ascertain the word's meaning even if you are not explicitly aware of it.
The books that you should read to prepare the CLAT English Syllabus in the correct way are as follows, Pearson Guide to CLAT  by Pearson, A comprehensive study for CLAT & LLB Entrance Examinations: SET, AILET, LSAT by Padma Parupudi and Sirisha Naresh, Word Power Made Easy by Norman.
Yes. Solving previous year's papers for the AILET exam will help you know the difficulty level of the paper type of questions asked in the exam. Also, it will help your time management skills and speed.
The Hindu Newspaper is the best material for the preparation of the AILET 2024 exam.
Before making a study plan, it is important to go through the detailed syllabus. In the study plan, allot at least 1-2 hours of time for studying each topic. If you are already well versed in any topic, then give less time to that topic. Instead, concentrate on the topic you are weak. Also, the AILET 2024 study plan must include reading the newspaper for at least 45 minutes daily.


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