Verbal Ability - Selecting Words - Discussion

Discussion :: Selecting Words - Section 1 (Q.No.16)

Pick out the most effective word(s) from the given words to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningfully complete.


The paths of glory lead ...... to the grave.

[A]. straight
[B]. but
[C]. in
[D]. directly

Answer: Option B


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Prashanth said: (Jul 12, 2010)  
Dont you think that this sentence should be broken? i.e The paths of glory lead, ----- to the grave.

To get B as the ans?

Debdutta said: (Jul 26, 2010)  
Yes even I am not satisfied with the answer. There is a doubt.

Sheethal said: (Sep 17, 2010)  
Correct answer is 'but' itself.

Sachin Jain said: (Oct 13, 2010)  
According to me correct answer should be "straight".

Reply for any suggestions.

Devyansh said: (Oct 22, 2010)  
but is incorrect either straight or directly

Saiviswanath said: (Nov 17, 2010)  
Yes even I go with Devyansh, the answer should either be straight or directly.

but from this below poem written by Thomas Gray poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard".

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Awaits alike th'inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.


Man said: (Nov 23, 2010)  
Yes even i go with Saiviswanath ,the answer should either be straight or directly

Sandy said: (Dec 27, 2010)  
i think it should be directly

Janani said: (Jan 3, 2011)  
Hey ans is exactly 'but', don't get any confusion.

Chhavi said: (Jan 17, 2011)  
I agree with Janani, there is no confusion n "but" is actully correct answer.

Raj said: (Jan 18, 2011)  
Agree with prashanth...but website already mentioned that punctuation will be ignored..

Vijay said: (Jan 18, 2011)  
@ Chhavi & Janani : Please explain.

Vignesh said: (Feb 7, 2011)  
Yes even I am not satisfied with the answer.

Vinay said: (Mar 19, 2011)  
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

Gray, Thomas

Source: THOMAS GRAY, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard, line 36, The Complete Poems of Thomas Gray, ed. H. W. Starr and J. R. Hendrickson, p. 38 . Originally published in 1751.Nobody knew that [Major General James] Wolfe, reciting Grays Elegy in 1759 as he rowed up the St. Lawrence [to Quebec] the night before his death, said that he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French tomorrow, until in 1815, in Vol. VII of the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, appeared a biography of its secretary, John Robison, LL. D., professor of natural philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, who as a young man had been a midshipman in Wolfes flotilla.Carroll A. Wilson, Familiar Small College Quotations, II: Mark Hopkins and the Log, The Colophon, spring 1938, p. 204. This quote is about glory. Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.

Joseph said: (May 5, 2011)  
Still it sounds.. u know what..

poets will be poets.. they go out of the way all the time..

well i learned some thing new..

but if u ask a teacher he or she will strike it down..

all the same its good to learn the poets thought

Gayathri said: (Sep 7, 2011)  
I am really confused with the answer, it has no logic at all.

Chetan said: (Sep 10, 2011)  
I don't know whether I go with poet or with english logic please some one explain.

Suman Sahu said: (Sep 12, 2011)  
"The paths of glory lead but to the grave" is a proverb.

Shiva said: (Sep 18, 2011)  
Ya it should be straight. But doesn't fit over here.

P V Aditya said: (Sep 23, 2011)  
Nothing exactly suits the given question.. it is now the probability that plays major part in deciding the answer about which gives a meaningful sentence .

The paths of glory lead but to the grave ... it could be 'leads to the grave excluding but' ..

straight to the grave...!
directly to the grave ...! doesn't make much sense than using leads itself which is there in the question itself..

So its noW the part BUT , the conjunction that makes the two ends meet doesn't change the quality of the sentence.. but--> adds little more efforts though.

Jayanthi said: (Sep 25, 2011)  
I agree with joseph.. poets imagination will be different, they wont go with english grammer.. According to me correct answer should be "straight".

Minukavya said: (Sep 29, 2011)  
Yea, the answer should either be 'straight' or 'directly' i cannot agree with answer given above.

Anyway we have to accept it since 'but' is used in the actual poem.

Manjula.S said: (Oct 14, 2011)  
Straight or directly sounds proper,either 1 of it should be correct...

Naveenc Goud said: (Nov 5, 2011)  
Hey guys don't get baffled.
Answer is "but", which we can use to differentiate two opinions and two statements.
In the the question Paths of glory is different from To the grave.
Hope you guys got my point?

Sudhi said: (Dec 18, 2011)  
There is no meaning in this answer (but).

Jothi Prakash said: (Feb 15, 2012)  
Poets will b Poets.. for them grammer doesn't matter at all ...

Nani said: (May 29, 2013)  
People who support "but" as answer. Please provide justification. But not through poems.

Sahil said: (Jun 10, 2013)  
But will come because both "grave & glory" have opposite mean, so but will come.

Ankit said: (Jun 29, 2013)  
It is a proverb :

The paths of glory means whatever we have gained in our life, like wealth, prestige, money, everything. All these things have a very little sustenance in our life. Nothing lasts forever. We are not going to take all these things to our grave. We even do not take a drop from our treasure to the grave. We have to go alone to our grave.

So if that is the truth, then why we are becoming selfish and possessive in life. Why don't we share our wealth with those who are not that fortunate? We have to share our bits with those who needs it. Everything we achieve in this world is given by Him. Like that we also have to give something to the world.

Never brag of your fortune as we don't know when it will perish. You have only one life to live. So share, care and be happy.

Arkadip said: (Jul 3, 2013)  
Hey friends! Why so much confusion?

Here but is an adverb meaning only. It means the paths of glory lead only to the grave.

Similar example - I went there but once.

Hope you understood.

Suman said: (Jul 9, 2013)  
This answer is either straightly or directly. If but is answer any contraction mighty become.

Megha said: (Jul 29, 2013)  
If we use lead to then there is no need to write straightly or directly.

Shilpy said: (Jul 30, 2013)  
The answer should be "straight" to the grave not "but" to the grave.

Anne said: (Aug 1, 2013)  
I think the answer must be 'straight'. Because I heard this line in a movie and this is almost similar to the question. " If you do this, it will lead you straight to jail".

Sukant said: (Sep 17, 2013)  
I assume that since the path of glory is a positive thing and grave sounds negative so the preposition should be 'but' here.

It sense like what ever glory you achieve it will ultimately lead to the grave. Its my assumption, If I am wrong please explain.

Aditi said: (Oct 15, 2013)  
Since the word lead is already used, "straight/directly" should not be used. Its like saying "comparatively better". When we use but in the above blank, the meaning of the sentence becomes " Paths of glory lead only to the grave and nowhere else".

Atul said: (Dec 13, 2013)  
See, the line is taken from poem, so it need not be a proper sentence. As this is poetic so, it has to be that way, as it has been used in the poem. So answer is but.

Isha Sharma said: (Jan 21, 2014)  
This is very difficult to judge that the line is taken from the poem.

Nikhil said: (Apr 11, 2014)  
If but is the answer. ', ' comma should have been used. ! without comma, "straight" looks like a right answer.

Arshad said: (Jul 19, 2014)  
The answer provided by you may be correct but its controversial :p.

Indrayan said: (Aug 9, 2014)  
Paths of glory : positive.
To the grave : negative.

Contradiction is amended by 'but'.

Dinesh Joshi said: (Oct 1, 2014)  
But is the correct answer because it is used for bad news which are unexpected are used after but.

Shubham Puniani said: (Jan 31, 2015)  
Thanks Saiviswanath for your explanation from the poem. Now the answer''but'' seems correct.

Wasiq said: (May 28, 2015)  
Right answer should be straight not but.

Prasaanth said: (Jun 9, 2015)  
How come it can be 'BUT'?

Adebusuyi said: (Jun 18, 2015)  
Correct answer should be straight not but. Am confused.

Commentar said: (Jul 9, 2015)  
I think it's in the instruction to make meaningful sentence. "but" here means "but not" or "except". The path of glory leads somewhere but not to the grave. Unlike using straight/directly.

Shyam said: (Aug 29, 2015)  
The answer is but. 'The paths of the glory lead' is given. And where should they lead?

To victory but in the question it is given that they lead to grave. Hence but should be used.

Naga Kiran L said: (Aug 30, 2015)  
How to figure out the correct answer in questions like this, as straight and directly seems to the correct ?

Piyush said: (Oct 10, 2015)  
Since there is no break in the sentence, so but wouldn't be the right option. It is either straight or directly.

Sowjanya said: (Dec 5, 2015)  
'glory and grave' have opposite meaning it says that paths are glory but they lead to grave.

Vineet Singh said: (Jan 15, 2016)  
100% positive the correct answer is 'but', other words although sound correct are out of context and provide no real meaning, that being said there should have been a comma before 'but'.

Mukesh Verma said: (May 24, 2016)  
Option a) Straight is 100% correct answer.

Nikita Sharma said: (Jul 7, 2016)  
Yes, I also agree straight or directly is the answer.

Sam said: (Jul 16, 2016)  
Yes, I also agree straight or directly the answer should.

Mohit said: (Oct 6, 2016)  
The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power.
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave.
Awaits alike th'inevitable hour.

The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

Manohari said: (Oct 21, 2016)  
I think the answer is straight.

Naresh said: (Dec 7, 2016)  
"glory is till the grave only. " that's the meaning of this sentence.

Chandan said: (Aug 1, 2017)  
Straight is the right one.

Daiv said: (Aug 12, 2017)  
Sentence connector is used. 'The path of glory lead" is a sentence while "To the grave" is another sentence so when joining the two together you need a sentence connector and from the options "But" is the only sentence connector.

Shivam said: (Aug 13, 2017)  
You are right @P V Aditya.

Sameer said: (Feb 16, 2018)  
Obvious Ans is But.

The paths of glory lead ...... to the grave.

Glory leads straight or directly to the grave. Just think - How can glory leads to the grave.
You can translate the whole sentence in your mother tongue then try it sound good with but

BUT can be used as connector b/w two sentences

i.e, - there is nothing wrong with being rich and wealthy, but the rich have to be careful and make sure they're living for God and not money.

But can be used as change meaning, the direction of the sentence by the connector.
i.e he becomes rich but very mean.

Sherab Lhoyang said: (Jul 31, 2018)  
Correct answer is 'but'.

The achievements and glory lead the life successfully but at the end which in reality is the graveyard of thousands damed souls.

Tanmay said: (Aug 12, 2019)  
No, never comes after but.

Swar said: (Apr 16, 2020)  
I think it should be straight.

Iswaryapari said: (Jul 21, 2020)  
Can anyone explain how but is the correct answer?

Vinayak said: (Sep 8, 2020)  
Please, anyone explain the correct answer.

Shubham Jilha said: (Jan 6, 2021)  
Glory and grave contradict each other and that is why "But" will suit the sentence.

Devansh Shah said: (Apr 5, 2021)  
Answer should be straight.

i.e Option A.

Guru said: (Sep 18, 2021)  
I think A is the answer.

Hjk said: (Nov 1, 2021)  
Option D is the correct answer.

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