Rearrangement of Words in Sentence



      14.      Rearrangement of Words in Sentence                                                                                                  

14.1   Rearrangement of Words in Sentence

14.2.1    Strategies for Rearrangement of Words in Sentence




In rearrangements of words in sentence, a sentence is broken up into four segments, which are then jumbled up. You have to sequence the segments correctly so as to form a coherent sentence. This requires you to know the principal aspects of grammatical rules of sentence correction and syntax (the way that words and phrases are put together to form sentences in a language).



Set aside   to hard work   presently, I had to   my principles   and settle down

      A                 B                     C                        D                    E

1) AEDCB                2) ABCDE                3) CADEB                4) EDCBA

Ans: (3)



Looking at all the segments, we can rule out (C) as the first choice as it has the subject ’I’ and ‘had to’ needs a main verb which only (A) satisfies. Now we look at the other choices, and find logically which one will be the object to the verb ‘set aside’ so choices rest on (D), as (B) and (E) do not convey proper meaning after ‘set aside’. After (D) (B) could be the next choice but (E) remains meaningless. Now when we look for other clues to complete the order, Choice (E) begins with conjunction and which can join two clauses. This serves our purpose. So, (E) is the nest choice. So, the correct order is ‘CADEB’ and the answer is option (C).

14.2.1 Strategies for Rearrangements of Words in Sentence:

  1. Read the sentence as it is.
  2. Try and locate the subject, as a subject begins a sentence and a predicate concludes a sentence.



This morning moderate intensity rocked Kottayam an

           A                       B

 earthquake of and nearby districts

          C                       D                              

1] ABCD        2] BDAC        3] CBDA        4] CADB 

Ans: (3)



Here the subject is ‘an earthquake’. Now look at the options to see whether they begin with (C). There are two options beginning with (C), [3] and [4]. The phrase (C) ends with the preposition ‘of’; therefore we must look for a phrase which can follow ‘of’. “An earthquake of this morning” does not sound right. However, “an earthquake of moderate intensity” is correct. We have only one option with the (CB) link. Hence, [3].


Exercise for practice



1.   It is half an hour, and forty five minutes, from the pinewood studios,   from London.

              (P)                     (Q)                        (R)                               (S)


       (A)    PQRS                (B)     PRQS

       (C)    PQSR                (D)     PSRQ


2.    The muscles,   were beginning,    below peter’s Knees, to ache a little

           (P)                   (Q)                             (R)                 (S)


      (A)   PQRS                  (B)     PQSR

      (C)   PRQS                  (D)     PRSQ


3.    The hall swerved, from her, two feet away, to lodge in the net.  

                   (p)               (Q)               (R)               (S)


        (A)    PQRS               (B)   QPRS

        (C)    PSRQ               (D)   PRQS


4.    I loweredthe ravine on a rope lied to      The trunk of  a tree,   my self into.

            (P)                    (Q)                                   (R)                  (S)


       (A)   PSQR                 (B)    PSRQ

       (C)   RPQS                 (D)    SPQR


5.     I ran inside,   the stairs while,   and bounded up, Wendy was standing at the top.

              (P)                   (Q)                    (R)                      (S)


       (A)     PQRS               (B)     PRQS

       (C)     PRSQ               (D)     PQSR


                                               ANSWERS: -

                      1. (C)          2.(C)           3. (D)        4. (A)          5. (B)