Verbal Ability - Sentence Improvement - Discussion

Discussion :: Sentence Improvement - Section 1 (Q.No.11)

In questions given below, a part of the sentence is italicised and underlined. Below are given alternatives to the italicised part which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, option 'D' is the answer.


During his long discourse, he did not touch that point.

[A]. touch upon
[B]. touch on
[C]. touch of
[D]. No improvement

Answer: Option B


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Praveen Kumar said: (Feb 3, 2011)  
Can any one explain this?

Deepika said: (Sep 1, 2011)  
'On' is often used in speaking of things at rest 'upon' is used of things in motion.

Sam said: (Sep 21, 2011)  
Why not D?

Can anybody explain.

Ashish Jain said: (Aug 29, 2012)  
I left my book on the table.

I threw pen upon the table.

Sandipan said: (Jan 25, 2014)  
Touch on/upon means mention a subject briefly when speaking or writing about another subject.

Prem Joshua said: (Mar 22, 2014)  

Can you give an example?

Robin said: (Apr 18, 2014)  
The books are on the table. (a stationary position).

Throw the book upon the table (moving to 'on' position).

Naittee said: (May 16, 2016)  
"Doesn't touch upon" and "touch on" mean the same. so it is either A or B.

Suvechchha said: (Jun 18, 2017)  
Hi, it is obvious that 'upon' is wrong as it only used in motion. Now the word 'discourse' refers a state of rest. And 'on'is used in rest. Besides the last option is incorrect as 'touch on' is more appropriate than 'touch' to suggest one's involvement into something. So, option b is undoubtedly the correct answer.

Aarthi said: (Aug 22, 2018)  
Can anyone explain to me?

Ram said: (Jan 21, 2020)  
Touch upon is correct answer because of moving object.

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