"Error Spotting" is the ultimate item meant to test your hold on grammar and your working knowledge in English. Be thorough with parts of speech and tenses and you can score maximum marks. These days this item appears in many different patterns.
Some Useful Tips
1. Read the sentence carefully.
2. Find out whether the subject and the verb agree or not in each sentence.
3. Find out if correct articles and prepositions are used or not.
4. Adjectives and adverbs also pose big problems. So have a thorough understanding of them.
5. Sometimes the active voice is enough, but they use the passive voice, correct it by dropping the 'be' form verbs.
Directions (Q.No.1-10): Each sentence below is diveded into five parts and numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Pick out that part of the sentence in which you feel there is an error as your answer. When you feel that there is no error, mark no error (5) as your answer.
1. Karnataka CM tweeted (1)/ on late Sunday evening (2)/ that he had tested (3)/ positive COVID-19 (4)/ No error (5).
2. The recent created commission (1)/ has just proved (2)/ the guilty of the Defense Minister and the Finance Minister (3)/ in the 50,000 crore defense deal with a European country (4)/. No error (5).
3. Rani is fully aware that (1)/ her boss is one of those (2)/ who is totally dedicated (3)/ to work and proper discipline (4)/. No error (5).
4. Our equipment very often (1)/ behaves erratic (2)/ in the summer (3)/ because there would be frequent power cuts (4)/. No error (5).
5. By marketing agriculture products well (1)/ last year (2)/ the Government could ensure that (3)/ farmers made a good profit (4)/. No error (5).
6. As one of leaderly (1)/ insurance companies in India (2)/ our company offers (3)/ comprehensive financial services (4)/. No error (5).
7. Our magazines are a good (1)/ source of information (2)/ on current events and are (3)/ also reasonably price (4)/. No error (5).
8. My brother is a great music lover (1)/ and everyday (2)/ he plays an electric guitar (3)/ for three hours in the morning (4)/. No error (5).
9. I am very happy (1)/ to know (2)/ that you and your brothers (3)/ have cleared all their debts (4)/. No error (5).
10. The number of students (1)/ present in our college today (2)/ are less because of (3)/ the rumour of an approaching powerful storm (4)/. No error (5).
Directions (Q.No.11-15): Which of the phrases 1, 2, 3, 4, given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in BOLD to make the sentence gramatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is, mark (5) option as your answer.
11. The bridge IN CONNECTION WITH the two towns will remain closed for some security reasons.
1) connects between 2) in connection to 3) being connected by 4) connecting 5) No correction required
12. Attempts by both the waring political parties TO REACH FOR a consensus have not yielded the desired results.
1) to reach 2) reach at 3) in reaching to 4) to reach upon 5) No correction required
13. Over fifty percent of people in our town NOT HAVE ANY access to banking services.
1) are having not 2) does not have any 3) do not have any
4) have not any 5) No correction required
14. The HR Department plays SUCH CRUCIAL role in our company.
1) mostly crucial 2) so crucially 3) very crucial
4) most crucial 5) No correction required
15. India and China have MANY LARGE NUMBER OF educated workers than Pakistan.
1) large number 2) very large number 3) a larger number
4) the largest number 5) No correction required
Directions (Q.No.16-20): Each sentence is divided into four parts A, B, C, and D. Identify the parts with errors and mark the numbers as your answer. If you think that the sentence is correct as it is, mark option (5) as your answer.
16. My parents are living in Hyderabad since the General Elections in 2014.
A) My parents are living B) in Hyderabad
C) since D) the General Elections in 2014
1) only A 2) only B 3) only C 4) both A and C 5) No error
17. Sita asked Rama if she can see him later to fix a appointment for personal advice.
A) Sita asked Rama B) if she can see him later
C) to fix a appointment D) for personal advice.
1) only A 2) only B 3) only C 4) both B and C 5) No error
18. You and I have violated a traffic rule and responsible for a serious accident.
A) You and I B) have violated a traffic rule
C) and responsible D) for a serious accident
1) only A 2) only B 3) only C 4) both A and C 5) No error
19. Though India is always a friend of USA and UK, they have not wholeheartedly supported India for a permanent membership in the Security Council of UNO.
A) Though India is always a friend of B) USA and UK
C) for a permanent membership in D) the Security Council of UNO
1) only A 2) only B 3) only C 4) both B and D 5) No error
20. Several of our projects have been delayed because of the red tapism among our bureaucracy.
A) Several of our projects B) have been delayed
C) because of the red tapism D) among our bureaucracy
1) only A 2) only B 3) both A and B 4) only C 5) No error
Key With Explanations
2-1; Correct it as 'recently'.
3-3; The verb after the relative pronouns 'who, which, that' must agree with the number of the Subject (those here). So correct it as, 'Who are.'
4-3; Before the names of seasons like summer, winter, when used in a general sense, usually no article is used.
5-1; Correct it as 'agricultural'.
6-1; Replace 'leaderly' with "leading".
7-4; Use the adjective 'priced'.
8-3; Replace, 'an' with 'the'. Use the Definite Article before the names of musical instruments when used with the verb, 'play'. In other cases you can use A/ An/ The.
9-4; Replace pronoun, 'their' with, 'your'. When we use pronouns in combinations like You and I, use 'Our'. With You and They or Their, use 'Your'. 10-3; The usage, 'A number of' takes a Noun + the Verb in plural after it when the Noun is important. And the usage, 'The number of' takes a Noun + the Verb in singular after it when 'The Number' is important. So replace, 'are' with 'is'.
16-1; Correct it as 'have been living.' The preposition Since takes the Perfect Tense.
17-4; Replace 'Can' with 'Could' as the Main Verb is in the Past (asked). Again correct it as, 'an appointment'.
18-4; Correct it as 'I and You'. When admitting a mistake or a crime, Personal Pronouns are usually used in the order of 'First, Second, and Third Person'. Again since the sentence is in the Perfect (have violated) Tense, correct Responsible as 'Been responsible'.
19-4; Use the Definite Article (The) before the names of countries and International Bodies when given in abbreviations.