Nov 20, 2013

Figures of Speech

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Figure of Speech
Figures of speech lend a definite sex appeal to the Language. They are not only a mere ornamentation but a literary and rhetorical device to move, motivate and inspire.   Functions of Figures of Speech: To arrest the attention and retain it To stimulate the imagination To excite the emotions To compel by their Force and to allure by their charm To persuade or to please Some of the most common figures of speech asked in IIFT and SNAP 1. Antithesis: Antithesis means the comparison of different things. This is a figure which possesses great energy and versatility, and owes its power to the effect of contrast. Example: 1. Many are called, but few are chosen 2. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. 3. To err is human, to forgive divine.  … more

Oct 16, 2013

CAT 2013: First Day, First Show!!

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The online Common Admission Test (CAT) kicked off without any glitches. To avoid any last minute inconvenience, Students/Test takers  who are new to the city must plan their journey to their respective centres well in advance. Nothing has changed as far as the frisking/registration process is concerned. Adequate security measures have been taken and students were not allowed to carry even coins/handkerchief inside the test centre.   Since very few students prefer to take the test on the very first day, the scenes outside all the three test centres were not very different from those of last year.  There were no surprises in the test. As declared earlier, the paper had two sections of 70 minutes each. Most of the questions in both sections were of the conventional CAT type from the regularly tested areas over… more

Sep 21, 2013

Subject- Verb Agreement

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Subject Verb Agreement Before we move on to the main subject of this article, we will discuss the definition of a sentence. A sentence is a group of words that make complete sense. A sentence also must have an appropriate punctuation mark. Without an appropriate punctuation mark, the sentence may be considered grammatically incorrect or incomplete. Let’s take a few examples of a sentence: Example 1: She went to the market to buy a washing machine. Example 2: She went to the market. Example 3: She went.   All of the above are examples of a complete sentence. A sentence may be simple, compound or complex; but it must necessarily have a subject and a verb. Without a subject and a finite verb, a sentence cannot be created. So, in the English language, a subject… more

Aug 30, 2013

Influence of French on the English Language

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Today, the English language is the third most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin and Spanish, which take the number 1 and the number 2 positions respectively. It is the official language of most of the Commonwealth countries, and is widely learned as a second language in most of the countries of the world. Historically, English originated from the fusion of closely related dialects, now termed as Old English, which were brought to the Eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic settlers (Anglo-Saxons) by the 5th Century. Owing to the assimilation of words from many other languages, modern English contains very large vocabulary. The Language has borrowed heavily not only from other European languages but also from many other languages of the world. The British Empire, which at one time controlled one-third of… more

Jul 2, 2013

Finding Area

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A lot of questions in management entrance exams including CAT are from Geometry and that too from the topic called AREA.   Many questions are based on finding the area of triangles, circles and quadrilaterals etc. Most of these questions can be solved in various ways. There is always a traditional method to solve such problems but the problem which most of the aspirants encounter in geometry is that they are not able to apply the theory / theorem when it is required.   Here I am discussing an easy approach to solve a certain type of questions based on finding the area of the desired geometrical figure.   Let’s start with the question itself:   Example 1: In the triangle PQR (refer to the figure), S is the midpoint of PQ, ST ⊥ PR,… more