English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exam – Set 165

Directions: In each of the following questions there are sentences. There is error in one of the parts. Mark the option which contains error parts as your answer. If no part contains error mark option E as your answer.

  1. (A) Unless every poll is wildly wrong, Brazil will probably elect a racist, sexist, /(B) homophobic advocate of torture at the end of this month. The former army captain /(C) Jair Bolsonaro nearly won outright in the first round, /(D) securing the votes of almost 50 million people – despite his extreme views being well known.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option E

     

  2. (A) One of Theresa May’s first acts as prime minister was to perform a purge for the posh boys. /(B) After declaring on the steps of Downing Street that she would “make Britain a country /(C) that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us”, the grammar-school educated /(D) Tory took immediate action to apply those words to her cabinet.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option A
    for = of

     

  3. (A) Whoa! There he goes again. Donald Trump’s impulsive decision to rubbish a landmark /(B) arms control treaty and develop a new generation of American nuclear weapons deals another devastating, /(C) dangerous blow to the rules-based global order. It seems Trump only has to look at an international treaty or a multilateral institution, /(D) and he is overcome by an irresistible urge to tear down it.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option D
    tear down it =tear it down

     

  4. (A) This government is failing tenants. From an investigation by this newspaper the Guardian and ITV /(B) News into how rogue landlords continue to operate despite being deemed unfit to rent, that much is clear. /(C) Vermin, mould, dodgy wiring, bullying eviction tactics – it seemed that you can get away with all of it, if you’re rich enough to regard the fines as merely a business expense. /(D) All you need to do is move borough or have a third party say they are managing it for you.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option C
    seemed = seems

     

  5. (A) On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering of defining /(B) gender as biological and immutable – based on genitalia at birth. As a transgender individual, /(C) and particularly as a person who has been advocating for transgender rights for /(D) the past 25 years, this news came as a gut punch.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option A
    omit of before defining.

     

  6. (A) Top of the things that make me despair this week (there are many options) is the decision by /(B) Ninestiles secondary school in Birmingham to enforce silence on “all student movement, /(C) including to and from assembly, at lesson changeover and towards communal areas at break and lunch”. /(D) It is difficult to think of a more harmful and mean-spirited policy than taking away children’s means of communication for a significant part of the day.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option E

     

  7. (A) Remember the “sharing economy”? That rhetoric looks more comically disingenuous than /(B) ever in light of the news that a single Airbnb user in Barcelona is managing a portfolio /(C) of properties that brought in an eye-watering £33,000 a day in high season. Old neighbourhoods are being overrun with short-term tourists and shops selling souvenir tat. /(D) Rents for residents are being driven up, in Barcelona as well as Berlin, New York and elsewhere.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option C
    brought = brings

     

  8. (A) There are some evidence to show that many schools could be affected by illegal and dirty air. /(B) Last year it was estimated that over 2,000 schools and nurseries were within 150 metres of roads with illegal /(C) levels of air pollution. So we find ourselves in a situation where we rightly banned advertising for smoking near our children’s schools, /(D) but at the same time allow them to be poisoned by dirty air from road transport and other sources.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option A
    are = is

     

  9. (A) The biggest danger facing Europe isn’t so much Brexit, or even the “populist wave” sweeping the continent. /(B) It is the depressing fact that continental Europeans seem to be losing an /(C) appetite to even try to understand one another across national and cultural boundaries. Ignoring or even provoking your /(D) neighbour has become a new normal as countries become more and more inward to looking.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option D
    omit to before looking

     

  10. (A) Home Office ministers are impressively motivated about using the legislation to save lives. /(B) This bill will introduce the first statutory definition of domestic abuse, and will include nonphysical abuse, /(C) such as emotional and financial. It will also create a domestic abuse commissioner, who will hold central and local government to account. /(D) The real issue is with the way government works as a whole or, in the case of domestic abuse, how it isn’t working.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option E

     


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