English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 189

Directions(1-5): In the given questions, four words are printed in bold and are numbered A, B, C, and D. You have to decide which of the following is inappropriate in the context. If all the words are appropriate in the context then mark ‘All correct’ as your answer.

  1. The firms in developed countries are especially eager(A) for unfettered(B) access to the attraction(C) Chinese market, and have been pushing(D) their governments to secure it for them.
    D
    A
    B
    C
    All are correct
    Option D
    The error is in word at C, which means the word ‘attraction’ has been wrongly used here. Note that the word after ‘attraction’ is a noun, whereas we need an adjective to modify a noun. Hence, ‘attractive’ should replace the highlighted word mentioned in C.

     

  2. The primary objective(A) of medical education should be to provide(B) a cater(C) of personnel(D) to take care of the health needs of the country.
    B
    C
    A
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    The word ‘cater’ (means to provide and sometimes serve food) does not fit in contextually and must be replaced with ‘cadre’ (means a small group of trained people who form the basic unit of a military, political or a business organisation).

     

  3. India must join region(A) trade partnership, hook(B) into global value chains, and address(C) issues afflicting(D) competitiveness.
    D
    A
    B
    C
    All are correct
    Option B
    The bold word given in A ‘region’ is a noun and has been wrongly used here. We need an adjective to modify a noun ‘trade partnership’. So, ‘regional’ must replace the highlighted word ‘region’.

     

  4. The state’s exit could result in foreign equity(A) control of banks and possibly(B) even a loss of sovereinty(C) over a sector that is vital(D) to the economy.
    B
    C
    A
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    The correct spelling is “sovereignty” which means supreme power or authority.

     

  5. The expansion(A) of rules-based trade and investment opened(B) up lucrate(C) new markets for US firms(D).
    D
    B
    C
    A
    All are correct
    Option
    The word ‘lucrate’ is incorrect here as the word is not a standard word in the English language. The expansion of rule-based trade and investment would open up huge profits in new markets. So, the word ‘lucrative’ (producing a great deal of profit) will make the statement meaningful.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): Read the sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number corresponding to that part will be your answer. If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark the answer as No error. Ignore the errors of punctuation if any.

  7. Vijay had always (1)/ been keen on (2)/getting as much (3)/ education as he could.(4)/ No error (5)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option E

     

  8. The Chinese word for crisis (1)/ is divided in two characters (2)/, one meaning danger and (3)/ the other meaning opportunity. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option B
    Use the preposition “into” instead of “in”. With divided, the preposition “into” is used.

     

  9. Estonia, the tiny Baltic state of 1.3 million (1)/ people has been touted as most (2)/ advanced digital society in the (3)/ world with an adult literacy rate of 99.8%. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    We need to add ‘the’ before ‘most’. Superlative adjectives are used to describe an object which is at the upper or lower limit of a quality (the tallest, the smallest, the fastest, the highest).

     

  10. The only national-security question that has (1)/ caught fire is the government’s refusal to (2)/ publishing a parliamentary report on alleged (3)/ Russian meddling in British politics. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    We need to replace ‘publishing’ with ‘publish’. The to-infinitive structure requires the base form of the verb i.e. ‘publish’.

     

  11. Though the ASEAN have led a number (1)/ of trade-related dialogues in the region, it (2)/ has failed to address substantial generic (3)/ issues of regional trading such as dumping. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option A
    We need to replace ‘have’ with ‘has’. The organization ‘ASEAN’ is a singular entity, so the associated auxiliary verb will be singular as well.

     

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