Easy tips to crack SBI PO 2020 English section


SBI PO examination is considered as one of the finest examinations for the banking aspirants. Like every year, according to the schedule, the preliminary exam for SBI PO 2020 is considered to be held in June and the mains shall be scheduled in July. However, with the current condition of COVID-19 outbreak, the examination dates can be postponed.


As English Grammer is one important part of the SBI PO examination, let’s talk about some tips and tricks to do well in this section.


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In this post, let’s talk about Articles, Tenses, Active & Passive Voice, Direct and Indirect Speech




The three important types of articles used in the English language are A, An, The.


A: Used to describe any indefinite thing and usually used before words beginning with consonants. For example. A book, A library.


An: Used before words beginning with vowels. For example. An idiom, an elephant.


The: Used to denote a definite or a particular thing. For example. The book, The basement




There are three types of tenses viz. Past, Present and Future.


Past Tense has listed subsections: Simple Past, Continuous Past, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous.


Present Tense has listed subsections: Simple Present, Present Continuous, Present Perfect, Present Perfect Continuous.


Future Tense has listed subsections: Simple Future, Continuous Future, Future Perfect, Future Perfect Continuous.



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Let’s look at a simplified example in a combined form:







Max ate food

Max eats food

Max will eat food


Max was eating food

Max is eating food

Max will be eating food


Max had eaten food

Max has eaten food

Max will have eaten food

Perfect Continuous

Max had been eating food

Max has been eating food

Max will have been eating food


Active and Passive Voice:


Active voice: A verb that expresses the action done by the subject.


Passive voice: A verb that expresses what is done to the subject.


Direct and Indirect Speech


If the reporting verb is in the present tense, the tense of the verb in the reported speech is changed to the corresponding past tense.


If the reporting verb is in the future tense, the tense of the verb is changed in a way that simple future tense becomes future conditional and the future conditional tense becomes conditional continuous tense.


If the reporting verb is in the past tense, the tense of the verb in the reported speech is changed into an earlier form of the past tense.


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