English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 213

Directions(1-5): In each of the questions, a sentence is divided into five parts namely A, B, C, D and E in which one of the parts is given in brackets and is grammatically and contextually correct. You have to identify which fragment, apart from the bracketed one, is correct in terms of grammar and usage.

  1. (The announcement of the talks) (A)/ may has been (B)/ the destination, as the distance (C)/ the two governments traversed in the past (D)/ few weeks was equal important.(E)
    B
    D
    C
    E
    All are correct
    Option B
    The announcement of the talks may have been the destination, but the distance the two governments traversed in the past few weeks was equally important.
    B. The use of ‘has’ is totally inappropriate, as we never pair the verb ‘has’ with ‘may’.
    C. The use of ‘may have’ includes a possibility and thus should rightly be followed by a contradiction , thus the use of ‘but’.
    E. The sentence requires an adverb to make complete sense, and ‘equal’ is an adjective.

     

  2. For expecting (A)/ the organisation to be paying (B)/ on the transportation of (C)/ the luggage of the employees (D)/ (on a trip is completely unfair).(E)
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option D
    To expect the organisation to pay for the transportation of the luggage of the employees on a trip is completely unfair.

     

  3. The Committee suggests amend (A)/ the clause to authorise (B)/ public information officers,to denied information (C)/ (containing ‘personal data’, if they feel that such disclosure) (D)/ is like to cause harm to ‘the data principal’(E).
    A
    B
    E
    C
    All are correct
    Option B
    The Committee suggests amending the clause to authorise public information officers,to deny information containing ‘personal data’, if they feel that such disclosure is likely to cause harm to ‘the data principal’.

     

  4. (The RTI Act’s core aim is) (A)/ to brings accountability by (B)/ making available public records that (C)/ discloses the actions and decisions of (D)/ specific, identifiable members for the political class and the bureaucracy (E).
    B
    E
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option C
    The RTI Act’s core aim is to bring accountability by making available public records that disclose the actions and decisions of specific, identifiable members of the political class and the bureaucracy.

     

  5. Barring the demand on (A)/ (free services in banking transactions),(B)/ there was far greater clarity and certainty (C)/ under the service tax regime and there have been limited (D)/ instances of the tax department valuing free services (E).
    A
    C
    D
    E
    All are correct
    Option E

     

  6. Directions(6-10): A sentence is divided into five parts (1), (A), (B), (C), (D). There is an error in the parts (A), (B), (C) and (D) which makes the sentence grammatically or contextually incorrect. Choose the option with parts containing error and ignore the errors of punctuation, if any. Please note that the sentence marked as (1) will be correct and an error if any of the parts will only be in two parts.

    1. The final hearing ought to (1)/ having begun a year ago, but was delayed because (A)/ some parties wanted the reference to a larger Bench (B)/ so that certain observations in a Constitution Bench decision (C)/ in Ismail Faruqui (1994) could been reconsidered (D).
      BD
      AD
      BC
      CD
      None of these
      Option B
      A: Replace ‘having’ by ‘have’, as it is grammatically incorrect.
      D: Replace ‘been’ by ‘be’. ‘Could’ in such a case should be followed by ‘have’ which also would be incorrect as here we are talking about a future possibility.

       

    2. The cash-strapped economy has (1)/ been unable to sustain imports (A)/ from basic necessities, even as (B)/ the socialist government has unleash a crackdown (C)/ on an angry opposition and activists (D).
      AB
      CD
      BC
      AC
      None of these
      Option C
      B: ‘From’ should be replaced by ‘of’, as we need to specify ‘which’ imports are we talking about.
      C: Past form of the verb needs to be used in the sentence. ‘Unleashed’ – released.

       

    3. The revolutionary freedom fighter’s (1)/ brief stopovers on (A)/ the temple is considered (B)/ the most significant part of (C)/ the history of the 116-year-old institution (D).
      BC
      AC
      BD
      AB
      None of these
      Option D
      A: Replace ‘on’ by ‘at’.
      B: Replace ‘is’ by ‘are’, as the subject is ‘stopovers’.

       

    4. The other strategic mistake (1)/ is the government’s indifference (A)/ towards augmenting domestic energy (B)/ resources to reduced the overdependence (C)/ in imported fossil fuel (D).
      AD
      AC
      CD
      BC
      None of these
      Option C
      C: Replace ‘reduced’ by ‘reduce’.
      D: Replace ‘in’ by ‘on’.

       

    5. It is a sign of (1)/ healthy cooperative federalism that (A)/ a group of northern states has agreed (B)/ to resolve its disagreements around (C)/ different tax rates off petrol and diesel (D).
      CD
      AD
      AB
      AC
      None of these
      Option A
      C: Replace ‘around’ by ‘over’.
      D: Replace ‘off’ by ‘on’.

       

     

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