Spotting Errors

 You need to spot sentences and error which are grammatically incorrect. This error can be anything. 

 

1. Certain nouns being a singular form represent plurality and therefore, take a plural verb in a sentence.

Example: police, clergy, people, peasantry, cattle.

  • Cattle was not grazing in the field (Incorrect)
  • Cattle was not grazing in the field (Correct)

 

2. Certain nouns take the plural verb because of their plural form.

Example: Clothes, Scissors, trousers, amends, spectacles, thanks.

  • Some clothes is missing. (Incorrect)
  • Some clothes are missing. (Correct)

 

3. When a noun denoting weight, number, money, length or measure is following a number, the noun form does not change as long as another noun or pronoun follows it.

Example:  Million, pair, meter, year, dozen.

  • This is a 9-meters scale. (Incorrect)
  • This is a 9-meter scale. (Correct)

 

4. When the pronoun ‘one’ is used, it should be maintained throughout the whole sentence.

  • Ram must help his siblings.  (Incorrect)
  • Ram must help one’s siblings. (Correct)

 

5. For living people ‘whose’ is generally used and for things that are non-living ‘which’ is used.

  • Which phone is kept on charging? (Incorrect)
  • Whose phone is kept on charging?  (Correct)

 

6. ‘Fewer’ is used for denoting number while ‘Less’ is used for denoting quantity.

  • No less than thirty dogs were. (Incorrect)
  • No fewer than thirty dogs were. (Correct)

 

7. Sentences are always opposite to question tags, for example, if the question tag is positive then the sentence is negative and vice versa.

  • It’s a bit early, is it? (Incorrect)
  • It’s a bit early, isn’t it? (Correct)

 

8. Instead of ‘who’ or ‘which’, the relative pronoun ‘that’ is used after adjectives in the superlative degree.

  • These are the best which he could get. (Incorrect)
  • These are the best that he could get. (Correct)

 

9. ‘As’ is used both before and after the adjective to show equality.

  • He can run as fast, if not faster than her. (Incorrect)
  • He can run as fast as, if not faster than her. (Correct)

 

In each of the following questions, statements are divided into 4 different parts. You have to choose the errors from these statements and mark the options given.

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Question 1-

He was for all (1) / selling the car (2)/ and buying a bicycle (3)/No error (4)

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Question 2-

Look at what (1) / I am doing (2) and do like I do. (3) / No error (4)

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Question 3-

The doctor asked his patient to regularly take his medicine.

(a) No error

(b) The doctor

(c) asked his patient

(d) to regularly take his medicine

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Question 4-

He looked upon me eye-to-eye for a few moments before he spoke.

(a) No error

(b) before he spoke

(c) He looked upon me

(d) eye-to-eye for a few moments

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Question 5-

The articles suggests that when a person is under unusual stress you should be especially careful to eat a well-balanced diet,

(a) The article suggests that when a person is under unusual stress

(b) you should be especially careful

(c) to eat a well-balanced diet

(d) No error

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Question 6-

I meant to repair the radio but hadn’t time to do it today.

(a) No error

(b) to do it today

(c) I meant to repair to radio

(d) but hadn’t time

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Question 7-

 Many a man (a) / have come to India from Bangladesh (b) / to live here permanently. (c) / No error(d)

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Question 8-

Our football team (a) comprises of (b) / eleven skilled players. (c)/ No error (d) 

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Question 9-

Knowledge and wisdom makes (a) / an individual truly complete (b)/ and self-assured. (c) / No error (d) 

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Question 10-

One of the boys (a) / who always give the correct answer (b)/is Samuel. (c) / No error (d)

Answer Table:-

1 (a)
2 (c)
3 (d)
4 (c)
5 (b)
6 (d)
7 (b)
8 (b)
9 (d)
10 (b)

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