Verbal Ability – Parajumble – Johnson treated English very practically

Verbal Ability – Parajumble

The five sentences (labelled 1,2,3,4,5) given in this question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a number. Decide on the proper order for the sentences to solve the parajumble.

Question

1. Johnson treated English very practically, as a living language, with many different shades of meaning and adopted his definitions on the principle of English common law – according to precedent.

2. Masking a profound inner torment, Johnson found solace in compiling the words of a language that was, in its coarse complexity and comprehensive genius, the precise analogue of his character.

3. Samuel Johnson was a pioneer who raised common sense to heights of genius, and a man of robust popular instincts whose watchwords were clarity, precision and simplicity.

4. The 18th century English reader, in the new world of global trade and global warfare, needed a dictionary with authoritative acts of definition of words of a language that was becoming seeded throughout the first British empire by a vigorous and practical champion.

5. The Johnson who challenged Bishop Berkeley’s solipsist theory of the nonexistence of matter by kicking a large stone (“I refute it thus”) is the same Johnson for whom language must have a daily practical use.

Answer

43512

Solution

After reading all the statements from CAT 2017 – Verbal Ability – Parajumble, we can infer that, Statement 4 begins the paragraph by describing how the dictionary was a necessity for the 18th century reader and this cause was championed by a vigorous and practical champion.
3 follows 4 describing this champion – Samuel Johnson and goes on to describe Johnson’s qualities.
3 is followed by 5 by elaborating on Johnson’s watchwords, stating that Johnson believed that language must have a daily practical use.
1 complements 5 elaborating on how Johnson treated English very practically.
2 concludes the paragraph with the statement that Johnson masked a profound inner torment and found solace in compiling words
43512 is the right answer.

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