Directions(1-10): 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.
- (A) I find reading about rich people very depressing. /(B) Not because I am jealous they have so much money, but because I am frustrated they have so little imagination. /(C) Take a look at the recent New York Times piece that says a growing number of wealthy home-buyers are “choosing to live in corporate-branded communities”. /(D) Not just any branded communities, mind you, luxury ones from the likes of Porsche, Armani and Bulgari.
add “but” before luxury
- (A) Theresa May’s bung is like Donald Trump’s wall. You give me my Northern Ireland border deal, she says to Labour, and I will give your people oodles of cash. /(B) Except that May has blown it. She has promised Labour MPs in the Midlands and north £1.6bn, but they have not promised her the deal. /(C) She is apparently relying on the kindness of their hearts. How stupid is that? /(D) She is even offering them a similar deal on workers’ rights, again with no reciprocity. She showered a billion on the DUP, and now look how it treats her.
- (A) I had a conversation last week with a Jewish woman from a family of Holocaust survivors, and people murdered by the Nazis. /(B) She has been a Labour party member for nearly 40 years. “It feels like being in an abusive relationship,” she said. /(C) A year ago she made an official complaint to the party of what she has experienced, but aside from an acknowledgment, she has heard nothing. /(D) During debates in her constituency general committee about issues of antisemitism, she has been jeered – by as many as 30 people – for trying to point out the gravity of the issue. At one party event about hate speech, she was prevented from speaking.
of = about
- (A) Sixteen dazzling and diverse novels make the longlist for the 2019 Women’s prize for fiction, /(B) an award whose illustrious literary alumnae include Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith and the late Andrea Levy. /(C) This year’s writers, announced today, range across continents, ages and backgrounds. For the first time a gender-fluid novelist is between them. /(D) Akwaeke Emezi is Nigerian-born with Malaysian heritage who identifies as non-binary.
between = among
- (A) MPs debated climate change in the Commons chamber last week for the first time in two years. /(B) It was our first opportunity since September 2016 to talk about the biggest and most urgent crisis humanity has ever faced. /(C) Just 40 MPs showed up. This absenteeism speaks volumes. /(D) Even as we’ve sweated through a record-breaking February, as wildfires tear through our ancient woodlands, as insect and wildlife populations collapse around us, the words “climate change” are scarcely whispered in the corridors of Whitehall.
- (A) At a playdate the other day, while the four children in the room climbed over the furniture and used a toy drill to detach Peppa Pig’s head from her body, /(B) the other mother and I sat at her kitchen table and talked about how tired we were. /(C) She told me she woke at 5am every morning – by which time her two kids, aged four and two, had inevitably migrated to her bed and she dared not move for two hours when they awake. /(D) As a result, her neck was at a strange angle to her shoulders, but it was worth it for the extra sleep.
when = lest/until
- (A) Growing up under authoritarian regimes in the Arab world was of great for the jokes. It was always dark humour, /(B) but that made it easier to accept the inevitabilities of living under a dictatorship than trying to fight them. /(C) There were so many violations of rights on a daily basis that survival required adaptation. It was exhausting, and futile, to be permanently scandalised. /(D) And so we spared our energy and joked instead.
was of = was
- (A) In a crisis, imagination is as important as commitment – and Gina Miller has both. As 29 March hoves ominously into view, /(B) the investment manager, who successfully challenged the government’s authority to invoke article 50 without parliamentary approval, /(C) is making another significant intervention in the Brexit process – more subtle this time, /(D) but no less worthy of political and legal attention.
- (A) The relationship between the royals and the press could, perhaps, withstand the relentless scrutiny of Meghan’s body – /(B) last week we learned, courtesy of Mail Online, that her belly button has been come “out” by the baby – /(C) but not the publication of a five-page handwritten letter written from Meghan to her father. /(D) Kensington Palace is now considering legal action against the Mail on Sunday similar to that brought successfully by Prince Charles when the paper published his diaries in 2006.
come out = pushed out
- (A) Fierce criticism of ministers is a normal feature of democratic politics. Such attacks can have a theatrical aspect. /(B) But it is important that substantive attacks are not dismissed as point scoring, /(C) because it matters that powerful individuals are held for account for mistakes. The £33m settlement reached by the government with Eurotunnel last week, following the disastrous awarding of contracts for new ferry routes as part of Brexit planning, /(D) is the latest in a catalogue of errors made by transport secretary Chris Grayling – the total cost of which Labour estimates at £2.7bn. It must also be the last.
for = to