English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 194

Directions(1-10): Read the sentence to find out whether there is an 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.

  1. A photograph of a policeman wrapping a blanket (1)/ above a victim of violence and offering her (2)/ a cup of coffee, spoke volumes about (3)/ the innate goodness that suffering often brings. (4)
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    No error
    Option B
    The error lies in the second part of the sentence. The usage of the preposition ‘above’ is incorrect here. You wrap a blanket ‘around’ someone or something and not above them. Thus, ‘above’ should be replaced by ‘around’.

     

  2. If every single moment is being spend (1)/ in trying to entertain oneself, that too is a (2)/ form of violence, as we are (3)/ constantly engaging in a sensory overload. (4)
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    No error
    Option A
    The error lies in the first part of the given sentence. Since the sentence is in the passive voice, the present progressive tense in the passive voice should be used: is/are/am + being + past participle. Thus, ‘spent’ should be written instead of ‘spend’.

     

  3. What we experienced was phenomenal, (1)/ our minds and bodies were worlds (2)/ that we created and was the (3)/ only things we had control over. (4)
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    No error
    Option C
    The error lies in the third part of the given sentence. There are two subjects (minds and bodies) in the given sentence joined by the conjunction ‘and’. Thus, the verb should be plural as is in the second part of the given sentence. ‘Was’ should be replaced with ‘were’ in this part.

     

  4. The quality of a country’s democracy is (1)/ reflected not only in the robustness (2)/ of its institutions but also from (3)/ the texture of its political discourse. (4)
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    No error
    Option E

     

  5. The girl has the ability to alter the very (1)/ lexicon of politics which is something (2)/ she should recognise rather than (3)/ wasting in a torrent of angry words. (4)
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    No error
    Option D
    The error is in the fourth part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘wasting’ with ‘waste’. To maintain parallelism, we need the base form of the verb i.e. ‘waste’ (agreeing with ‘recognise’).

     

  6. The company have also added (1)/ to its Daloonies range of (2)/ products for children (3)/ with a Filly Fritter character. (4)
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    No error
    Option A
    The error is in the first part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘have’ with ‘has’. The subject company is singular, so, according to subject verb agreement rule, the auxiliary verb should be singular as well

     

  7. Though these schemes have proved (1)/ to be extremely (2)/ effective, they do have certain (3)/ drawbacks which render them ineffective. (4)
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    No error
    Option E

     

  8. Their failure to inspect (1)/ our factories is (2)/ a clear indications that our (3)/ license will not be renewed. (4)
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    No error
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘indications’ with ‘indication’. The use of indefinite article ‘a’, implies that the noun will be singular.

     

  9. The government is working (1)/ out a new system to compensate (2)/ those companies whom sell (3)/ products below the market price. (4)
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    No error
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘whom’ with ‘who’. ‘Who’ is used in the subject position in a sentence, while ‘whom’ is used in the object position, and also after a preposition.

     

  10. Any failure (1) / to compliance (2) / with the fundamental regulation (3) / will result a fine. (4)
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    No error
    Option B
    The error is in the second part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘compliance ‘ with ‘comply’. We need a verb in the base form (comply) to complete the ‘to-infinitive’ structure. ‘Compliance’ is noun and hence is incorrect.

     

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