English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 216

Directions(1-5): Read the following 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.

  1. Rachel has been practising (1)/ hardly for her piano competition day in, day out, (2)/ that is due to take (3)/ place later this year. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    The error is in the second part of the sentence. The statement talks about how Rachel has been working hard at her piano lessons. We need the adverb ‘hard’ here which will mean ‘practising sincerely’. “Hardly” means ‘not at all’ or ‘very little’. So ‘hardly’ should be replaced by ‘hard’ in the second part to correct the question.

     

  2. The private sector will now be allowed (1)/ to carry out space activities (2)/ and them will be allowed to build (3)/ of rockets, satellites and provide launch services. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of the sentence. The personal pronoun ‘them’ is incorrectly used. ‘They’ and ‘them’ are used for representing third person in plural number, but ‘they’ is a subject pronoun, and ‘them’ is an object pronoun. And in this question, ‘they’ must be used to denote the subject, ‘private sector’. Thus, option C is the correct answer.

     

  3. I wrapped the broken (1)/ glass carefully in a thick (2)/ newspaper and took it (3)/ outside for safe disposal. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option E

     

  4. The Maharani of Cooch Behar, Indira (1)/ Devi loved shoes so much then she ordered a (2)/ hundred pairs of shoes to be made for her by the
    famed (3)/ (and expensive) Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    ‘So much’ is used here to show an extreme love of shoes. Whenever, ‘so much’ is used to show such extent, it is followed by ‘that’. ‘So much…..that’ translates to ‘to such an extent’. So, even though buying shoes was the next event in sequence, it should be ‘that’ instead of ‘then’. Hence, the correct answer is B.

     

  5. Cycle to work is (1)/ particularly beneficial because it (2)/ combines physical exercise with (3)/ an essential daily task. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option A
    “Cycle” is used as a noun in part 1. But this position requires an action that can be done in order to get to work, which means a verb is needed. The correct word, in this case, is “cycling”, which acts a gerund here. Hence, the correct answer is A.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the given question, a sentence is divided into five parts out of which the last part is correct. Out of the remaining four, there are errors in three parts. Choose the part which doesn’t have an error. If all the four parts are correct, mark E i.e. All are correct as the answer.

  7. Cathode rays are negative (A) charged beams consist of (B) electrons whereas anode rays are (C) positively charged beam (D) made up of positive ions.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option C
    Only part C is correct.
    In part A adjective ‘negative’ must be replaced with adverb ‘negatively’. In part B ‘consist’ should be replaced with present participle ‘consisting’. In part D ‘beam’ must be replaced with ‘beams’, as the subject ‘anode rays’ is a plural noun, to make the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  8. The issue could linger on (A) and be periodically revived, (B) if not at a government level (C) then certainly in (D) the media till the end of 2003.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    The error in part A is usage of ‘could’. It should be replaced with ‘would’, as the issue that is discussed in the sentence is of past and ‘could’ is used for future events. In part C definite article ‘the’ must replace indefinite article ‘a’. In part D usage of ‘then’ is erroneous. It should be replaced with ‘than’ to make the sentence grammatically correct. Always remember, ‘then’ is commonly used to express a sense of time or what comes next or used to be. ‘Than’ is used to form comparisons between two things. Here the comparison is between the government and the media.

     

  9. Carefully conceived with maximum (A) emotional affect, Munch intended (B) the work to be the powerful image (C) that would represent (D) an intense emotional experience.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option D
    In part A preposition ‘with’ must be replaced with ‘for’. The image was intended to give viewers maximum emotional effect. In part B ‘affect’ must be replaced with ‘effect’. Affect is usually a verb, and it means to impact or change. Effect is usually a noun; an effect is the result of a change. In part C indefinite article ‘a’ must replace definite article ‘the’ than’ to make the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  10. He came to see me (A) in the pretext of (B) asking my advise (C) when really he (D) wanted to borrow money.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option A
    The error in part B is the use of preposition ‘in’. It should be replaced with ‘under’. In part C the verb ‘advise’ should be replaced with the noun ‘advice’. Remember, Advise is a verb meaning “to give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following.” Advice is a noun meaning “an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.” The error in part D is the erroneous construction. The pronoun ‘he’ should come before adverb ‘really’ to make the sentence correct.

     

  11. The Social medium platforms have (A) often declared their commitment to (B) stopping fake news, but any (C) attempt to enforce content regulatory regulation (D) comes with additional complications.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    In part A ‘medium’ should be replaced by ‘media’. Media is used in reference to mass communications, where media are newspapers, radio, the internet, and so on. In part C, in place of ‘stopping’ ‘stop’ should be used, as part B ends with ‘to’ and after preposition ‘to’ base form must be used. The error in part D is the usage of adjective ‘regulatory’. It must be replaced with noun ‘regulation’ to make the sentence grammatically correct. The difference between regulation and regulatory is that regulation is in conformity with applicable rules and regulations while regulatory is of or pertaining to regulation.

     

 

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