Verbal Ability - Sentence Improvement - Discussion

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

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.


The workers are hell bent at getting what is due to them.

[A]. hell bent on getting
[B]. hell bent for getting
[C]. hell bent upon getting
[D]. No improvement

Answer: Option C


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Sujay said: (Jan 3, 2011)  
Why cant it be option (b) ?

Ers said: (Jan 3, 2011)  
Because it could be using the part participle sentence, so it will using this form.

Ranveer said: (Mar 6, 2011)  
Any standard format for correction ?

Narendar said: (May 29, 2011)  
How can any one support the answer.

Why not option a.

Harsh said: (Aug 3, 2011)  
I beleive option a is right answer.

Hell bent on is adjective and used as it is. Hell bent on.

Anurag Singh said: (Sep 6, 2011)  
Option A can not be because hell bent on get is correct.

Sowmya said: (Apr 2, 2012)  
Hey can you please explain me the answer.

Fidel said: (Mar 24, 2013)  
Why not choice (A)?

Loknath said: (Apr 28, 2013)  
Will anyone tell the meaning of hell bent on?

Dilip Hazarika said: (Jun 9, 2013)  
The correct answer is A. It is always 'hell bent on' and not upon/for/at etc.

Nitish said: (Sep 12, 2013)  
I believe option A is correct. 'Hell bent on' is a very popular phase but I have never heard anyone use 'hell bent upon' in any sentence.

Apurve said: (Sep 25, 2013)  
OOhh on and upon, I have done research upon this.

Actually on and upon holds the same meaning, they can be used interchangeably.

In modern english, we can use either on or upon, whichever goes with the flow ex. "Once upon a time. ".

But use of upon is considered more formal than on, now in the question we have to recommend improvements, so option D is correct.

Vikas Kr. Barodiya said: (Oct 25, 2013)  

Meaning of 'BENT ON' is determined to do or have something.

Srinivas C said: (Dec 18, 2013)  
Preposition AT is used to aim something. ! So it is best suited here to use the same. I am satisfied with the answer.

P@Ll@Vi said: (Jul 22, 2015)  
Explain the answer with correct explanation.

Damini.Arora said: (Aug 22, 2015)  
On is used in speaking of things at rest. Upon for things in motion.

Utkarsh said: (Aug 31, 2015)  
Why upon? Is it an idiom?

Shikha said: (Sep 15, 2015)  
On is static and upon is movable.

Suba said: (Jun 16, 2016)  
Can anyone give me the correct explanation?

Kavitha said: (Jul 15, 2016)  
Please, anyone, tell me the correct answer and explanation.

Dorothy Sayee said: (Jul 23, 2016)  
As far as I have known English, right from British English 'A' option is correct.

May be it has to do with singular and plural. I am hell bent on getting what is due to me (singular). The workers are hell bent upon getting what is due to them. Really this sounds funny to me. The right phrase is 'hell bent on getting" and not hell-bent on getting.

Gourav said: (Aug 24, 2016)  
Can anyone explain the full meaning of the sentence?

Mayank Kumar said: (Sep 15, 2016)  
I think option A is correct.

Amarachi said: (Oct 18, 2016)  
Yes, I also choose option A.

Astronaut said: (Oct 26, 2016)  
Yes, I agree with option A.

Avin said: (Oct 29, 2016)  
The better option should be A. Because hell bent on means determine to do or achieve something.

Pramod Sharma said: (Nov 16, 2016)  
Only option A is correct.

Hell-bent is an adjective. Preposition which can go with this is on something/on doing something.

For e.g. He seems hell -bent on drinking himself to death.

Parmod Kuammm said: (Nov 21, 2016)  
Be hell-bent on sth-- (informal) l to be extremely determined to do something, without considering the risks or possible dangerous results.

He was hell-bent on revenge.

Bavana said: (Dec 3, 2016)  
I agree with your statement. @Apurve.

Swaliya Shekhaji said: (Dec 27, 2016)  
Anyone tell me the clear explanation of answer?

Deviree said: (Jan 2, 2017)  
In The rules of the gerund. A Gerund is a verb followed by the preposition.

"bent on getting" is correct.

But how it takes "bent upon getting" is I didn't understand.

Suvendu said: (Apr 14, 2017)  
The correct answer is A. It is always 'hell bent on'.

Saurav Alok said: (May 11, 2017)  
Hell bent on is the right answer.

Manav said: (Jul 2, 2017)  
"Getting what is due to them" is purpose.

So I think c is the right answer.

Anuradha said: (Jul 23, 2017)  
Why can't it be (A) its suits the better than (C)?

Naveen said: (Sep 8, 2017)  
Hell bent on is correct.

Sanjeev said: (Jan 23, 2018)  
Hell blent on is correct.

Prem Kumar said: (Jun 29, 2018)  
I think B is the correct option.

Karishma said: (Jul 9, 2018)  
Why can't it be option A?

Lutuna said: (Sep 4, 2018)  
I think option B is the right answer.

Jiko Sen said: (Sep 12, 2018)  
According to the Cambridge dictionary, "hell-bent on" means to be extremely determined to do something, without considering the risks or possible dangerous result.

So, A is the correct answer.

Varaprasadvasu said: (Oct 6, 2018)  
Please anyone explain it clearly.

Sravani said: (Jan 22, 2019)  
Why can't be the answer B?

Sai said: (May 24, 2019)  
Why can't answer A?

Aditya said: (Sep 19, 2019)  
Option C is correct. I agree with the given answer.

Ram said: (Jan 21, 2020)  
Option C is correct. Because upon is more formal than on.

Nurudin said: (Jul 24, 2020)  
Option 'A' 'hell bent on' is the correct answer.

Harsha said: (Feb 8, 2021)  
Both 'ON' and "UPON' conveys same meaning but 'UPON' is used to emphasize that there is a large number or amount of something. Here, 'workers' are assumed in large numbers generally So the word 'UPON' is used.

Smd said: (Jun 30, 2021)  
Here, the correct phrase is "hell bent on" and not "hell bent at". When we say someone is hell bent on doing something we mean that they are determined to do it even if it causes problems or difficulties for other people. So, in this context, option A is the correct answer.

Snehal said: (Sep 2, 2021)  
I think Option A is the right one.

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