English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 205

Directions(1-5): Pick out the incorrect sentence with regard to grammar, meaning and usage and mark it as your answer. If all the sentences are incorrect, mark “All are incorrect” as the answer.

  1. It is no secret that visitors to India and other countries in South Asia are frequent victims of stomach bugs.
    The fact that visitors to India and other countries in South Asia are frequent victims of stomach bugs is well known.
    It is an established fact that visitors to India and other countries in South Asia are frequent victims of stomach bugs.
    It is commonly believed that visitors to India and other countries in South Asia is frequent victims of stomach bugs.
    All are incorrect
    Option D
    Option A, B and C carry a single statement written in different ways. In Option D ‘is’ needs to get replaced by ‘are’ to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct because ‘is’ has been used in the reference of the tourists mentioned in the context. This is because the subject is plural; hence, the plural verb will be used.Thus, option D is the correct answer.

     

  2. The origins and results of terrorism into India and Tunisia is the same.
    The result of terrorism in India and Tunisia is the same, even though the origin of it is different in each country.
    India and Tunisia have terrorism originating from different sources, but they both see the same result.
    Even if the origins of the terrorism in India and Tunisia differ, the result is the same.
    All are incorrect
    Option A
    In option A, the preposition ‘into’ is incorrect and needs to be replaced with ‘in’ to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct. “Into” is used to show movement. The other options carry a single statement written in different ways. It implies that India and Tunisia have terrorism which has different origins, but the result in both is the same.

     

  3. There’s no getting away from the fact that Indian feminism has been unsuccessful.
    One cannot ignore the fact that Indian Feminism has been unsuccessful.
    We must not disregard the fact that Indian Feminism has been unsuccessful.
    It has been prove that Indian Feminism has been unsuccessful.
    All are incorrect.
    Option D
    Option D is grammatically incorrect as the past participle form of the verb ‘prove’, i.e., “proven” needs to be used. The other options carry a single statement written in different ways. It implies the fact that there is “no getting away”, as in “no one can ignore” the fact that Indian Feminism has not been successful. Hence, option D is the right answer.

     

  4. Though India had signed the UN Convention against Torture in 1997, she is yet to ratify it.
    Having signed the UN Convention against Torture in 1997, India is yet to ratify it.
    India has not yet ratified the UN Convention against Torture, even though it had signed it in 1997.
    India signed the UN Convention against Torture in 1997, but has not ratified it yet.
    All are incorrect
    Option B
    Option B is incorrect as it begins with the perfect participle construction ‘having + verb’. A perfect participle is a participle that expresses an action or state as just finished. Since the second action is incomplete, so the use of perfect participle is incorrect. The other options carry a single statement written in different ways. It shows the contradiction and tells us that India has not yet ratified the convention even though it signed it long back.

     

  5. Not just a bad smell, durian has also an ugly appearance.
    Durian is not only an ugly looking fruit but has a pungent smell too.
    It is because of the pungent smell of durian that it has been ban from many public places.
    Durian is a mysterious fruit as no other fruit has such a bad smell.
    All are incorrect
    Option C
    The error in C is the incorrect use of the present form of verb ‘ban’ and needs to be replaced with the past participle form of the verb ‘banned’ to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct. This is because the sentence is indicating an action that had taken place and its effect at present.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): Find out the error in each of the following sentences, if there is no error, answer is (e). Avoid punctuation mistake (if any).

  7. (a) If I were the / (b) Prime Minister of India / (c) I will work for the / (d) welfare of the poor / (e) No error.
    a
    b
    c
    d
    e
    Option C
    Change ‘will’ to ‘would’. The sentence is in past.

     

  8. (a) Knowledge of / (b) atleast two languages / (c) are required to pass / (d) the examination / (e) No error
    a
    b
    c
    d
    e
    Option C
    Here ‘Languages’ is not the main subject. Rather ‘knowledge’ is the main subject. Hence verb used must agree with ‘knowledge’. Use ‘is’ in place of ‘are’.

     

  9. (a) The right to speech / (b) is tempered with / (c) a responsibility to / (d) use it judiciously. / (e) No error
    a
    b
    c
    d
    e
    Option E
    No error.

     

  10. (a) I did not know / (b) hardly anyone in / (c) the college and so felt / (d) lonely all the time / (e) No error
    a
    b
    c
    d
    e
    Option B
    Remove ‘Hardly’. Hardly cannot take ‘not’ with it.

     

  11. (a) He should refrain to / (b) associating himself with / (c) any party because people / (d) have faith in his integrity / (e) No error
    a
    b
    c
    d
    e
    Option A
    Refrain is followed by ‘from’ and not ‘to’.

     

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