Directions: In each question, a part of the sentence is made bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part at (A), (B), (C) and (D) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no replacement is needed, mark (E) as your answer.
1
Those who willingly join terrorist organizations subscribe in the distorted views of ill-intentioned religious leaders.
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D
The original sentence is erroneous.

Reason: The word ‘subscribe’ must be followed the preposition ‘to’ instead of ‘in’ in this context. The expression “subscribe to” means ‘accept or believe in’.

Hence ‘to’ should be used in place of ‘in’ to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct.

Among the given choices, only option D replaces the given bold part most appropriately.

The sentence after replacement becomes:

Those who willingly join terrorist organizations subscribe to the distorted views of ill-intentioned religious leaders.

Option D is hence the correct answer.
 
2
It is commendable that wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman held over crucial information even under situations of extreme stress.
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B
The original sentence is erroneous.

Reason: Usage of the phrasal verb 'hold over' which means ‘to do something or deal with something at a later time or date' is inappropriate in this sentence.

'Hold back' which means ‘hesitate to act or speak; keep secret’ would be suitable in this context.

E.g.: I held back during the meeting because I knew that my opinions were too controversial.

Hence ‘held back’ should be used in place of ‘held over’ to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct.

Among the given choices, only option B replaces the given bold part most appropriately.

The sentence after replacement becomes:

It is commendable that wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman held back crucial information even under situations of extreme stress.

Option B is hence the correct answer.
 
3
In romantic relationships, couples usually drag with their foot when it comes to initiating talks regarding marriage.
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C
The original sentence is erroneous.

Reason: The correct idiomatic expression in this sentence is 'drag their feet' and not 'drag with their foot'.

Drag one’s feet (Idiom):

Meaning: Be deliberately slow or reluctant to act.

E.g.: We can't be late for the dentist, so quit dragging your feet and get in the car!

 Hence ‘drag their feet’ should be used in place of ‘drag with their foot’ to make the sentence grammatically correct.

Among the given choices, only option C replaces the given bold part most appropriately.

The sentence after replacement becomes:

In romantic relationships, couples usually drag their feet when it comes to initiating talks regarding marriage.

Option C is hence the correct answer.
 
4
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E
The original sentence is absolutely correct and hence the bold part needs no replacement.

Option E is hence the correct answer.
 
5
Investing all your money in one sector instead of diversifying your portfolio might get your burning fingers.
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C
The original sentence is erroneous.

Reason: The correct idiomatic expression is 'get your fingers burned' and not 'get your burning fingers'.

Get your fingers burned (Idiom):

Meaning: To suffer unpleasant results of an action, especially loss of money, so you do not want to do the same thing again.

E.g.: She'd invested extensively in stocks and got her fingers burned when the market collapsed.

 Hence ‘get your fingers burned’ should be used in place of ‘get your fingers burning’ to make the sentence grammatically correct.

Among the given choices, only option C replaces the given bold part most appropriately.

The sentence after replacement becomes:

Investing all your money in one sector instead of diversifying your portfolio might get your fingers burned.

Option C is hence the correct answer.