Verbal Ability – Parajumble – Tensions and sometimes conflict remain


Slot – 1 – VA


Q. The four sentences (labelled 1, 2, 3, 4) given below, when properly sequenced would yield a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper sequence of the order of the sentences and key in the sequence of the four numbers as your answer.

  1. Tensions and sometimes conflict remain an issue in and between the 11 states in South East Asia (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam).
  2. China’s rise as a regional military power and its claims in the South China Sea have become an increasingly pressing security concern for many South East Asian states.
  3. Since the 1990s, the security environment of South East Asia has seen both continuity and profound changes.
  4. These concerns cause states from outside the region to take an active interest in South East Asian security.
Answer: 3124
Solution:
Sentence 3 with, “Since the 1990s…” is the obvious introductory sentence as it introduces the theme of the paragraph, which is, the security environment of South East Asia.
Sentences 3-1 are a logical pair since sentence 1 adds to the security environment in South East Asia by stating that there are tensions and conflict between the 11 states in the region.
Sentences 2-4 are an obvious pair. Sentence 2 talks about China’s rise and its claims in the South China sea which is a security concern and sentence 4 with “These concerns” concludes the paragraph by stating that states outside the region are beginning to take an active interest in South East Asian security.
Hence, the correct sequence is 3124.


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