Directions : In Questions Nos. 1 to 5, sentences are given with blanks to be filled with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four and indicate it.

1. Proper grammar, spelling and punctuation _______ essential.

is

was

much

are

2. Let us not go on foot ___________it is already late.

so

for

until

when

3. I have been waiting for you nine __________ o'clock.

on

at

till

since

4. The quality of the construction work is __________.

abysm

abyssal

abysmal

abyss

5. Today, the standard of education has ________ so much.

deteriorates

deteriorated

deteriorate

will deteriorate

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