Directions (Qs. 1 - 29): In the following questions, some part of the sentence may have errors. Find out which part of the sentence has an error and select the appropriate option. If a sentence is free from error, select 'No Error'
1. You must either be regular (A)/ with your work and (B)/ work for longer period (C)/ before the meeting. (D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: Either-or, neither - morning are correct forms of correlative conjunctions, used for the relationship between two things or two terms that are different from each other.
And: It is a conjunction used for showing the relationship between two things or situations that exist together.
2. Something had happened (A)/ to effect her between (B)/ their discussion the previous (C)/ night and this morning. (D)/ No error(E)
Explanation: Affect will replace effect because Effect: a change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause.
Affect: have an effect on; make a difference to.
3. One farmer (A)/ said that it (B)/ was "better for nothing (C)/ but to raise cheeping squirrels on."(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: Good will replace better because- the pattern used with 'as-as' is as follows
as + Adj (in positive degree) + as Good is a positive degree, no comparison is made.
Better is comparative degree (two things are compared).
4. We may not (A)/ arrive to our port (B)/ within a calculable period,(C)/ but we would preserve the true course. (D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "At" replaces "to". We use "at" when we refer to an address.
Ex: The restaurant used to be at number 72 Henry Street.
5. We had (A)/ a lot of difficulty (B)/ to find (C)/ the restaurant.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "In finding" will replace "to find" Because, when noun (difficulty) is used with a preposition "in" the "to" will not be used, information (gerund) of the base verb will be used.
6. Hard Work (A)/ as well as (B)/ honesty are (C)/ necessary for success.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "is" will replace "are" because when the subject is separated from the verb by expressions like - as well as, along with etc. The subject is considered to be singular. Hence, singular verbs will be used.
7. The stranger (A)/ told us (B)/ where was the hospital and even (C)/ led us to it.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "where the hospital was" will replace "where was the hospital" because , in an indirect speech the word order is SUBJECT + VERB.
8. Scarcely had (A)/ I arrived (B)/ than the (C)/ bus left.(D)/ No error. (E)
Explanation: "When" Will replace "than" Because hardly, barely, scarcely, etc. Are followed by "when" and not "than".
9. Denes of (A)/ various colleges (B)/ met to discuss about (C)/ the timetable of exams.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: About will not be used because
How: in what way or manner. Both how and about are not used together. Similarly, discuss and about should not be used together.
10. Three hours (A)/ have passed (B)/ since (C)/ she had gone out.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "She went out" Will replace "she had gone out" Because, The structure with since will be as follows It has been + period of time + since Here, simple past tense will be used.
11. The two first (A)/ proposed (B)/ amendments (C)/ concern the legal basis.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "First two" will replace two first because two and first are numeral adjectives. Ordinal + Cardinal is the correct order.
12. She has (A)/ seen him (B)/ only once but she (C)/ is liking him a lot. (D)/ No error(E)
Explanation: She likes will replace she is liking him because, Like is a word used for expressing emotion. It is not used in progressive/ continuous form.
13. Like I said, Roopa's mother (A)/ was always strange (B)/, but after dad died, she real (C)/ became eccentric.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: Really will replace real because
Really: is used for emphasizing an adjective or adverb.
14. We (A)/ should avoid (B)/ to travel (C)/ during the festival time.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: Travelling will replace travel because, Avoid (verb) always agrees with a gerund (-ing verb) and not an infinitive.
15. Based on (A)/ analysis we can (B)/ conclude that many attacks caused by (C)/ reckless management.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "Are" will be used after "attacks" because the sentence is in passive voice. The basic structure of passive voice is: Subject + Auxiliary verb + Main verb + by + ... It is also a general statement, hence the Aux. Verbs will be used in simple present tense.
16. In that (A)/ shop they do not (B)/ sell fewer than (C)/ eight bags of wheat.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "Less" will replace "fewer" because,
Less: is used with uncountable nouns to mean a smaller amount.
Fewer: is used with plural nouns and a plural verb to mean not as many in.
17. At the edge of (A)/ their craft, they longed (B)/ to taste the fruits of reform (C)/ and thirsted of recognition.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "For" will replace "of" because
Thirst for something: A strong desire for something. "Thirst" agrees with the preposition "for".
18. I wish I am (A)/ the greatest (B)/ person in the (C)/ whole world. (D)/ No error(E)
Explanation: "I were" will replace "I am". Wish is the most commonly used in imaginary situations. The tense of the verb mostly follows "I wish" is mostly in past tense. In subjunctive form we use were and not was after wish.
19. College (A)/ students seldom (B)/ go to (C)/ temples these days. Do they? (D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "Don't they" will replace "do they" because a positive statement agrees with a negative tag. When the verb in the main sentence is in the simple present, do/ does is used to form the question tag.
20. People who (A)/ live on (B)/ rich apartments should not (C)/ throw stones at others. (D)/ No error(E) .
Explanation: "Live in" will replace "Live on"
Live in: reside at the place
Live on: have a particular amount of money with which to buy food and other necessities. So, the right usage is "live in".
21. It being a (A)/ sunny day I will decide to (B)/ skip work and (C)/ stay at my house. (D)/ No error(E)
Explanation: "I decided" Will replace "I will decide" As the Sentence is in past tense.
22. Everyone were so (A)/ supportive - even her (B)/ parents, who came up to (C)/ meet Bharat as soon as they heard the news.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "everyone" is a singular subject. Hence, was/ is should be used.
23. We tried (A)/ to creep up in (B)/ them but (C)/ they heard our footsteps.(D) /No error (E)
Explanation: "Creep up on" replaces "Creep up in".
Creep up on: move slowly and carefully towards someone in order to avoid being heard or noticed by them.
Creep up in: to slowly and quietly move closer to (someone) without being noticed
24. Artificial surrogates for (A)/ human companionship (B)/ are always vastly inferior with (C)/ the real thing; we crave connections with people, not machines. (D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: With is replaced by to. Inferior agrees with the preposition "to".
25. As a result, (A)/ the population has overflown (B)/ into several populous suburbs industrially a (C)/ part of a "greater" Milwaukee. (D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "Overflown" is replaced by "Overflowed"
Overflowed: (especially of a liquid) flow over the brim of a receptacle.
26. Many a (A)/ man want (B)/ to succeed (C)/ in life quickly.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: "Wants" replaces "want". Here, many a man is the singular subject. Hence, singular verbs must be used.
27. I really (A)/ don't want to (B)/ go out with Helen and Greg (C)/ tonight - can't we put them out? (D)/ No error (E)
Put out: extinguish something that is burning.
Put off: to delay or move an activity to a later time, or to stop or prevent someone from doing something. So, the right usage is put off.
28. My story (A)/ was reading (B)/ to my mother (C)/ in a single day.(D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: The sentence is in a passive voice.
Passive voice structure is: The general rule for sentences in simple past passive is: 'Object + was/ were + past participle of main verb (third form)' in an affirmative sentence. 'Was/ were + object + past participle of main verb (third form)' in the case of a question.
29. One should (A)/ have their (B)/ eyes checked (C)/ every six months. (D)/ No error (E)
Explanation: Possessive of one is one's. Hence, have one's is the right usage.