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orient [ n., adj. AWR-ee-uh'nt, -ee-ent, OHR-; v. AWR-ee-ent  ]
 noun, verb, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) the east; also the eastern region of the heavens
2. (n.) Asian countries
3. (adj.) exceptionally lustrous or iridescent
4. (tr. v.) to adjust to or become familiar with
5. (tr. v.) to place or position so as to face the east
6. (tr. v.) to align with respect to a point of reference
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Businessmen tour the orient in search of lucrative trade opportunities.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 But Brazil still needs market oriented reforms of taxation, pensions and education.
CNN, Heatwaves, trade wars and a World Cup victory for Brazil, 31 December 2009.
 
degenerate [ v. di-JEN-uh'-reyt; adj., n. di-JEN-er-it ]
 noun, verb, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) having lost the qualities appropriate to humankind
2. (adj.) having sunk below the desired level of moral qualities
3. (n.) a person who has fallen from a normal standard of moral character
4. (tr. v.) to sink below the normal standard in mental, physical or moral qualities
5. (intr. v.) to bring about deterioration
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He was shunned by society because he was a degenerate person
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The Hamas-organized rally began peacefully but degenerated into violence with hundreds of Palestinians throwing rocks across the border wall.
CNN, One dead in aid convoy clash on Egypt, Gaza border, Kevin Flower, 6 January 2010.
 
motif [ moh-TEEF  ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a recurrent theme in an artistic or literary work
2. a distinctive and recurring shape appearing in a design
3. a dominant concept, feature or central idea
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The decorative motif on the curtains was very eye-catching.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Journalists shown around the compound earlier this week noted cushions emblazoned with diamante skulls, and walls decorated with a flame motif.
BBC, Celebrity Big Brother finale could star Pamela Anderson, 3 January 2010.
 
circumspect [ SUR-kuh'm-spekt ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) cautious or watchful and discreet
2. (adj.) mindful of the circumstances and consequences
3. (adj.) prudent
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The confident trickster had never been caught because of his circumspect behaviour.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Defense Secretary Robert Gates praises former President Reagan for being "circumspect" about putting American troops at risk.
CNN, Gates on Regan foreign policy, 11 November 2009.
 
sextant [ SEK-stuh'nt ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. an instrument used to determine latitude and longitude at sea by measuring the altitudes of the stars or other celestial bodies
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 In the old days, before the discovery of radar the sextant was used in the navigation of ships.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Last week, a sextant -- an instrument used by navigators to measure the angular distance of the sun from the horizon -- with the inscription "Mercier" was found near "the fault".
CNN, French explorer's shipwreck found, 10 May 2005.
 
Spelled Pronunciation Key
Stress marks: [ CAPS ] indicates the primary stressed syllable, as in newspaper [NOOZ-pey-per ] and information [ in-fer-MEY-shuh' n ]
CONSONANTS
[b] boy, baby, rob
[d] do, ladder, bed
[f] food, offer, safe
[g] get, bigger, dog
[h] happy, ahead
[j] jump, budget, age
[k] can, speaker, stick
[l] let, follow, still
[m] make, summer, time
[n] no, dinner, thin
[ng] singer, think, long
[p] put, apple, cup
[r] run, marry, far, store
[s] sit, city, passing, face
[sh] she, station, push
[t] top, better, cat
[ch] church, watching, nature, witch
[th] thirsty, nothing, math
[th'] this, mother, breathe
[v] very, seven, love
[w] wear, away
[hw] where, somewhat
[y] yes, onion
[z] zoo, easy, buzz
[zh] measure, television, beige
 
VOWELS
[a] apple, can, hat
[ey] aid, hate, day
[ah] arm, father, aha
[air] air, careful, wear
[aw] all, or, talk, lost, saw
[e] ever, head, get
[ee] eat, see, need
[eer] ear, hero, beer
[er] teacher, afterward, murderer
[i] it, big, finishes
[ahy] I, ice, hide, deny
[o] odd, hot, woffle
[oh] owe, road, below
[oo] ooze, food, soup, sue
[oo'] good, book, put
[oi] oil, choice, toy
[ou] out, loud, how
[uh] up, mother, mud
[uh'] about, animal, problem, circus
[ur] early, bird, stirring
 
FOREIGN SOUNDS
[a*] Fr. ami
[kh*] Scot. loch, Ger. ach or ich
[œ] Fr. feu, Ger. schön
[r*] Fr. au revoir, Yiddish rebbe
[uh*] Fr. oeuvre
[y*] Fr. tu, Ger. über
 
SAMPLE NASALIZED VOWELS
[an*] Fr. bien
[ahn*] Fr. croissant
[awn*] Fr. bon
[œn*] Fr. parfum
[in*] Port. Principe
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A sentence is given below with a part of it printed in bold type. That part may contain a grammatical error. Each sentence is followed by phrases (1), (2), (3) and (4). Find out which phrase should replace the phrase given in bold to correct the error, if there is any, and to make the sentence grammatically meaningful and correct. If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (5) as the answer.

Physical exercise helps people improve their health both physically and mentally.
OPTIONS
 
 1)both physically and mental
 2)physically and mentally both
 3)both physical and mentally
 4)both physique and mentally
 5)No correction required
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A farmer leaves his home at 8 a.m. and heads towards the village temple. His target is to reach the temple at 12 noon. His speed decreases by 20% (of the original speed at the beginning of his journey) for every hour travelled by him and then remains constant for the next 1 hour. At the end of three hours, he has travelled only 70% of the distance. By what percent should he increase his speed for the last one hour (as compared to his third hour speed), so that he reaches the village temple in time?
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 1)49.33
 2)49.34
 3)71.41
 4)71.42
 5)71.44
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