2020/2021 USE OF ENGLISH likely and possible questions and answers

Hello everyone, especially to JAMB (UTME) candidate.i am pleased to inform you that here i have gathered likely and possible JAMB USE OF ENGLISH for 2020/2021 JAMB candidate. in this Article you will see possible or likely questions and answers for JAMB use of English.

Choose the option nearest in meaning to the underlined, underlined word here are replace with “BOLD” word.

NOTE: from A – E answers option, only the Bold option is correct.

Had she known he was a high-way robber she would not have married him. This means

A. she married him before she knew he was a robber.

B. she knew he was a robber when she married him

C. she did not marry him because she was a robber.

D. she refused to marry the man when she knew he was a robber.

E. she was a robber marrying a highway robber.

Jide is being forced to go to Lagos tomorrow. This means that Jide …

A. will go to Lagos

B. must go to Lagos

C. wishes to go to Lagos

D. is going to Lagos

E. goes to Lagos.

It is sheer fantasy to believe that there could never be a miscalculation by any nation that has atomic weapons. Fantasy here means

A. dream

B. hope

C. nonsense

D. joke

WE. stupidity.

The ingenious scheme of the robber broke down because of the efficiency of the police officer. Ingenious here means

A. suspicious.

B. ambitious.

C. deceitful

D. clever

E. stupid.

Fill in the right word/phrase

There is not… sense in what that politician has just said.

A. many

B. plenty

C. lot of

D. much

E. big.

He… the book to the library last week.

A has returned

B. had returned

C. was returning

D. returned

E. was to be returning..

The candidate made… at the village square a day before the elections.

A. a sermon

B. an address

C. a eulogy

D. a lecture

E. a speech.

The policeman was sent to.. the allegation made by the man.

A. investigate

B. examine

C. probe

D. enquire

E. observe.

Choose the expression or word which best completes each sentence.

After the initial confusion, the Manager’s suggestion brought…. to the depressed investors.

A. a glitter of hope.

B. a glimmer of hope.

C. a sparkle of hope

D. a raise of hope

E. a shower of hope.

The farmer has brought the insecticide because he was bent on … the insects in hisfarm.

A. exterminating

B.estimating

C. extenuating

D. extinguishing

E. exemplifying.

The young lady decided to…

A. do away with the many advices given by her relatives

B. reject all the advices given by her relatives

C. reject all the advice given by her relations

D. take to all the advices given by her relations

E. eject all the advices given by her relatives

.

Two ministers found it very difficult to get…in the Cabinet

A. through with each other

B. by with one another

C. through with one another

D. off from each other

E. on with each other.

The school Board has placed an order for…

A. all the furnitures and equipments required in the new schools

B. all the furniture and equipment required in the new schools

C. all ofthe furniture and equipments required in the new schools.

E. many of the furnitures and equipments required in the new schools.

On his way back the boy ran into a long procession of men, women and children in…

A. white beautiful exceedingly flowing gowns.

B. exceedingly flowing white beautiful gowns.

C. exceedingly beautiful white flowing gowns

D. white flowing exceedingly beautiful gowns

E. flowing exceedingly white beautiful gowns.

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The proprietors should be blamed for such a deplorable condition in the nursery schools,…

A. isn’t it?

B. shouldn’t they?

C. should they?

D. is it?

E. shouldn’t it?

I could not believe that our team… the match after being in the lead for most of the match.

A. to lose

B. lost

C. will be losing

D. losing

E. loosen.

The Head of Department is away to Murtala Mohammed Airport and has asked Dr. Haruna to stand … for him

A. out

B. in

C. on

D. across

E. about.

The Commission was set up to enquire …. the general conditions of child abuse in such institutions.

A. at

B. from

C. after

D. before

E. into.

We hold that the nation, both in its public and private sectors… the best consultancy service and advice in all its endeavours.

A. deserve

B. is deserving

C. deservers

D. are deserving

E. richly deserve.

The situation has deteriorated sharply, and relations between the two countries may soon be…

A. removed

B. broken

C. withdrawn

D. eliminated

E. deferred.

One of the old men… round the lawn three times every evening.

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A. use to run

B. are use to run

C. is used to running

D. are used to run

E. are used to running.

The problems of Nigeria’s worsening economy seem to have… an immediate solution.

A defined

B. defied

C. rejected

D. rewarded

E. retained.

This conference is designed to enable delegates… their personal interests with specialists in various fields.

A. to discuss about

B. discussing

C. to discuss

D. for discussing

E. by discussing.

The car owner does not think about the…of his vehicle and the other payments involved in owning it.

A. transportation.

B. depreciation

C. calculation

D. appreciation

E. association.

The very moment she … her folly, she will come back to apologize.

A. realized

B. isrealizing

C.will realize

D. hasrealized

E. realizes.

The lazy candidates suggested that it…

A. is time we do away with JAMB

B. was time we do away with JAMB

C. is time we did away with JAMB

D. was time we did away with JAMB

E. is time we are done away with JAMB.

I do not want the light in my room… when I am asleep.

A. turned off

B. turn off

C. to run out

D. turned out.

E. turned in.

I have applied for…on the campus and I am almost certain I shall get it.

A. acommodation

B. accommondation

C. accommodation

D. accomoddation.

E. accommodation.

The dead body of the armed robber has … in the street for three days.

A. laid

B. lain

C. layed

D. lied

E. lay.

Candidates who are not accustomed to… fast will find it difficult to finish this paper.

A. write

B. have written

C. be writing

D. writing

E. having written.

Do you mind… another minute or two?

A. to wait

B. wait

C. waiting

D. having awaited.

E. being awaited.

We shall offer a good job to a … to register guests in the Central Hotel.

A. waiter

B. watchman

C. cashier

D. receptionist

E. cleaner.

I’ve lived… this street… ten years.

A. at, since

B. for, during

C. on, for

D. on, from

E. in, for.

North Africa is… than Northern Europe.

A. hotter

B. more hot

C. more hotter

D. the hottest

E. hot.

I… a lot when I was a student

A. used traveling

B. was used to travel.

C. used to travel D. used travel

E. was used to traveling.

I wish I … your age.

A. to be

B. were

C. to have been

D. would be

E. could be.

I am looking forward to… you

A. seeing

B. see

C. have seen

D. will see

E. be see.

I can’t offer you another loan.I have…money left in my account.

A. a few

B. a little

C. little

D. few

E. some

I told you you would miss the bus.You …left home earlier.

A. can’t have

B. must have

C. will have

D. should have

E. had to have.

I always prefer the theater … the cinema.

A. than

B. then

C. on top of

D. before

E. to.

He acts… he were a manager.

A. like

B. such as

C. such

D. as

E. as if.

Don’t … the teacher that he… that!

A. tell, said

B. say, tells

C. talk, spoke.

D. speak, talked

E. tell, told.

He is very tired. He really is.. staying up late.

A. getting used to

B. not used to

C. got used to

D. used to

E. being used to.

He has only ordered some lettuce and tea. He … on a diet. He is a bit too fat.

A. can’t be

B. needn’t be

C. must be

D. mustn’t be

E. shouldn’t be.

Select the wrongly spelt word.

A. disappointed

B. embarassed

C. equipped

D. rhythm

E. restaurant.

A. occurence

B. surprise

C. personnel

D. possess

E. curiosity.

A. quiet

B. beleive

C. proceed

D. precede

E. opportunity.

Fill in the right word/phrase

There is not… sense in what that politician has just said.

A. many

B. plenty

C. lot of

D. much

E. big.

He… the book to the library last week.

A has returned

B. had returned

C. was returning

D. returned

E. was to be returning..

The candidate made… at the village square a day before the elections.

A. a sermon

B. an address

C. a eulogy

D. a lecture

E. a speech.

The policeman was sent to.. the allegation made by the man.

A. investigate

B. examine

C. probe

D. enquire

E. observe.

LEXIS AND STRUCTURE

Choose the option nearest in meaning to the underlined, underlined word is replace with BOLD word.

The story has to be taken with a grain of salt. This means that

A. you need some salt to listen to the story.

B. there is no salt in the story.

C. the story is questionable

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D. the story is true

E. you have too much salt in the story.

It is usually hard to change the course of action when one crosses the Rubicon. The underlined expression, as used in this sentence, means to

A. pass through a place called Rubicon

B. cross a river called Rubicon

C. cross a bridge called Rubicon

D. pass a special test

E. be irrevocably committed.

The salesman tried to pull the wool over my eyes. This implies that the salesman tried to

A. force me to buy his goods

B. offer me cotton wool

C. make me buy his wool

D. dupe me

E. cover my eyes with wool.

Ijeoma counted her chickens before they were hatched. This means that Ijeoma

A. regarded each egg as a chicken

B. hatched the eggs prematurely

C. assumed that her expectations had already been realized

D. protected her eggs from breaking

E. insured the eggs

Solo has resigned his job with the Textile Mills. He doesn’t seem to worry about getting another job. His plans are still quite in the air. This means that his plans are

A. airmailed

B. air tight

C. uncertain

D. certain

E. airborne.

Ike is head over heel sin love with Ngozi. This means that

A. Ike is friendly with Ngozi.

B. Ike istrying to fall in love with Ngozi.

C. Ngozi fell on Ike’s heel and both of them fell in love

D. Ike is madly in love with Ngozi.

E. none of the above.

The legislator has decided to play second fiddle after he had been walked out of the Assembly for violating basic procedure of the House. This means that the legislator has decided to

A. oppose every motion in the House

B. support every motion in the House

C. condemn every motion

D. support the lead given by others

E. become active in the house.

Old customs die hard. This implies that old customs

A. cause a lot of hardship and death

B. must be stopped

C. never die out

D. cause hardship for younger people.

E. tend to last for a long time.

The convict said he was tire of leading a dog’s life. To lead a dog’s life means to live

A. carelessly

B. in disgrace

C. in solitude

D. in misery

E. in poverty.

Fill in the right word/phrase

There is not… sense in what that politician has just said.

A. many

B. plenty

C. lot of

D. much

E. big.

He… the book to the library last week.

A has returned

B. had returned

C. was returning

D. returned

E. was to be returning..

The candidate made… at the village square a day before the elections.

A. a sermon

B. an address

C. a eulogy

D. a lecture

E. a speech.

The policeman was sent to.. the allegation made by the man.

A. investigate

B. examine

C. probe

D. enquire

E. observe.

Choose the expression or word which best completes each sentence.

After the initial confusion, the Manager’s suggestion brought…. to the depressed investors.

A. a glitter of hope.

B. a glimmer of hope.

C. a sparkle of hope

D. a raise of hope

E. a shower of hope.

The farmer has brought the insecticide because he was bent on … the insects in his farm.

A. exterminating

B.estimating

C. extenuating

D. extinguishing

E. exemplifying.

The young lady decided to…

A. do away with the many advices given by her relatives

B. reject all the advices given by her relatives

C. reject all the advice given by her relations

D. take to all the advices given by her relations

E. eject all the advices given by her relatives

.

Two ministers found it very difficult to get…in the Cabinet

A. through with each other

B. by with one another

C. through with one another

D. off from each other

E. on with each other.

The school Board has placed an order for…

A. all the furnitures and equipments required in the new schools

B. all the furniture and equipment required in the new schools

C. all of the furniture and equipments required in the new schools.

E. many of the furnitures and equipments required in the new schools.

On his way back the boy ran into a long procession of men, women and children in…

A. white beautiful exceedingly flowing gowns.

B. exceedingly flowing white beautiful gowns.

C. exceedingly beautiful white flowing gowns

D. white flowing exceedingly beautiful gowns

E. flowing exceedingly white beautiful gowns.

The proprietors should be blamed for such a deplorable condition in the nursery schools,…

A. isn’t it?

B. shouldn’t they?

C. should they?

D. is it?

E. shouldn’t it?

I could not believe that our team… the match after being in the lead for most of the match.

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A. to lose

B. lost

C. will be losing

D. losing

E. loosen.

The Head of Department is away to Murtala Mohammed Airport and has asked Dr. Haruna to stand … for him

A. out

B. in

C. on

D. across

E. about.

The Commission was set up to enquire …. the general conditions of child abuse in such institutions.

A. at

B. from

C. after

D. before

E. into.

We hold that the nation, both in its public and private sectors… the best consultancy service and advice in all its endeavours.

A. deserve

B. is deserving

C. deservers

D. are deserving

E. richly deserve.

The situation has deteriorated sharply, and relations between the two countries may soon be…

A. removed

B. broken

C. withdrawn

D. eliminated

E. deferred.

One of the old men… round the lawn three times every evening.

A. use to run

B. are use to run

C. is used to running

D. are used to run

E. are used to running.

The problems of Nigeria’s worsening economy seem to have… an immediate solution.

A defined

B. defied

C. rejected

D. rewarded

E. retained.

This conference is designed to enable delegates… their personal interests with specialists in various fields.

A. to discuss about

B. discussing

C. to discuss

D. for discussing

E. by discussing.

The car owner does not think about the…of his vehicle and the other payments involved in owning it.

A. transportation.

B. depreciation

C. calculation

D. appreciation

E. association.

The very moment she … her folly, she will come back to apologize.

A. realized

B. isrealizing

C.will realize

D. hasrealized

E. realizes.

The lazy candidates suggested that it…

A. is time we do away with JAMB

B. was time we do away with JAMB

C. is time we did away with JAMB

D. was time we did away with JAMB

E. is time we are done away with JAMB.

I do not want the light in my room… when I am asleep.

A. turned off

B. turn off

C. to run out

D. turned out.

E. turned in.

I have applied for…on the campus and I am almost certain I shall get it.

A. acommodation

B. accommondation

C. accommodation

D. accomoddation.

E. accommodation.

The dead body of the armed robber has … in the street for three days.

A. laid

B. lain

C. layed

D. lied

E. lay.

Candidates who are not accustomed to… fast will find it difficult to finish this paper.

A. write

B. have written

C. be writing

D. writing

E. having written.

Do you mind… another minute or two?

A. to wait

B. wait

C. waiting

D. having awaited.

E. being awaited.

We shall offer a good job to a … to register guests in the Central Hotel.

A. waiter

B. watchman

C. cashier

D. receptionist

E. cleaner.

I’ve lived… this street… ten years.

A. at, since

B. for, during

C. on, for

D. on, from

E. in, for.

North Africa is… than Northern Europe.

A. hotter

B. more hot

C. more hotter

D. the hottest

E. hot.

I… a lot when I was a student

A. used traveling

B. was used to travel.

C. used to travel D. used travel

E. was used to traveling.

I wish I … your age.

A. to be

B. were

C. to have been

D. would be

E. could be.

I am looking forward to… you

A. seeing

B. see

C. have seen

D. willsee

E. be see.

I can’t offer you another loan.I have…money left in my account.

A. a few

B. a little

C. little

D. few

E. some

I told you you would miss the bus.You …left home earlier.

A. can’t have

B. must have

C. will have

D. should have

E. had to have.

I always prefer the theatre… the cinema.

A. than

B. then

C. on top of

D. before

E. to.

He acts… he were a manager.

A. like

B. such as

C. such

D. as

E. as if.

Don’t … the teacher that he… that!

A. tell, said

B. say, tells

C. talk, spoke.

D. speak, talked

E. tell, told.

He is very tired. He really is.. staying up late.

A. getting used to

B. not used to

C. got used to

D. used to

E. being used to.

He has only ordered some lettuce and tea. He … on a diet. He is a bit too fat.

A. can’t be

B. needn’t be

C. must be

D. mustn’t be

E. shouldn’t be.

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