English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 221

Directions(1-5): Out of the four sentences given below, only one is grammatically correct. Find the correct sentence and mark it as your answer. If all the sentences are correct, mark “All are correct” as the answer.

  1. Under the new regime, you will be liable for automatic penalties for late submission of your tax return.
    I felt a growing sense of alarm when he do not return that night.
    An astronaut will attempt to leave the stationary spaceship and then returned to it.
    It was hard to return to mundane matters after such exciting.
    All are correct
    Option A
    In option B, ‘do’ needs to be replaced with ‘did’ to maintain the tense (past) of the sentence.
    In option C, ‘returned’ needs to be replaced with return to maintain the tense (simple present) of the sentence.
    In option D, the verb ‘exciting’ needs to be replaced with the noun ‘excitement’ to make the sentence grammatically correct.

     

  2. Suddenly Maya remembered that she had left her earrings in her’s purse.
    I feel that the success is her’s more than mine; for she is my constant inspiration.
    Her wasn’t the only life that had been shaken by the violent attack.
    The manor house had been built several hundred years ago, and every room but hers was a re
    All are correct.
    Option D
    Possessive pronouns do not take an apostrophe s, neither do objective pronouns. The possessive forms is “hers”. Thus, A and B are incorrect. In option C, the life of the concerned person is being talked about. Thus, the possessive pronoun, “hers” should be used instead of the objective pronoun “her”.

     

  3. The Prime Minister has called upon the youth to attained new heights with their innovative expertise.
    Start-Ups, growing in Tier II and Tier III cities of developing countries, is bound to draw global recognition.
    Trying times test the community’s involvement and their capability to work in a team to see the crisis through.
    Samuel P. Huntington ascribed the third wave of democratisation across the globe in the late 20th century to the ‘demonstration effect’.
    All are correct.
    Option D
    Statement A: The error lies in ‘to attained’. The particle ‘to’ is always followed by the base form of the verb to form an infinitive

    Statement B: The error lies in the use of the singular verb ‘is’ to relate to the plural noun ‘Start-ups’, causing a discord in subject verb agreement.

    Statement C: The error lies in the use of the plural pronoun ‘their’ to relate to the collective noun ‘community’, which, unless otherwise mentioned, is treated as a singular entity.

     

  4. The university has gained its recognition due to their excellent engineering faculty.
    There is no guarantee that the student will receive her grant although applying for a scholarship.
    The football team chose the wolves as their mascot, despite it being one of the most common motifs chosen in sports.
    The poet had been lost for days till that one ray of the sun hit her face and ignited her imaginations.
    All are correct.
    Option C
    Statement A: The error lies in the use of the plural pronoun ‘their’ to relate to the singular noun ‘university’.
    Statement B: The error lies in the wrong use of the preposition ‘although’, which is contextually incorrect. Replacing it with ‘despite’ will make the sentence contextually meaningful.
    Statement D: The error lies in the pluralisation of the uncountable noun ‘imagination.

     

  5. The proposal was met with enthusiastic from all but one.
    The seats needs to be reserved at least a month in advance owing to the heavy demand the cruise faces.
    The crew captain blew his whistle as a signal for the crew to gather on deck immediately.
    Veganism is on the rising as a more sustainable dietary option, all the while causing more harm than good to the environment.
    All are correct
    Option C
    Statement A: The error lies in the use of the adjective ‘enthusiastic’, which is contextually inappropriate. It needs to be replaced by the noun ‘enthusiasm’ to make the sentence meaningful.
    Statement B: The error lies in the use of the singular verb ‘needs’ to agree with the plural noun ‘seats’.
    Statement D: The error lies in the use of the -ing form of the verb ‘rising’, which is contextually and grammatically incorrect. It needs to be replaced by the base form ‘rise’ to make the sentence correct.

     

  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. On the first day (1)/ the bowlers pitched the ball up (2)/ in search of movement that was not there (3)/ and did not adjust their length enough quickly. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option D
    The error lies in the 4th part of the sentence. Thee adverb ‘enough’ should be placed after ‘quickly’. Note that ‘Enough’ is an adverb of degree that can qualify adjectives or other adverbs, normally in predicative position (after to be, etc.,) it cannot qualify verbs. And unlike almost all other adverbs that qualify adjectives or adverbs, enough follows the word that it qualifies: it never proceeds it. So, here it should be ‘quickly enough’.

     

  8. Yesterday, the three tax inspectors of the local government (1)/ is accused of (2)/ aiding and abetting the (3)/ men charged with fraud. (4)

    1
    2
    3
    4
    No Error
    Option B
    “Inspectors” is a plural noun so the respective verb should be plural too. But in the given case, the verb “is” is singular. It should be “were” in part (2).

     

  9. Alisha and Ravish goes to (1)/ the animal shelter (2)/ yesterday and (3)/ got four cats (4)!
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option A
    The sentence is in past tense. As we can see, the subjects went to the shelter ‘yesterday’. Thus, the error is in the first part of the sentence. The verb ‘goes’ must be replaced with ‘went’ to make the sentence correct.

     

  10. Arjan’s house is (1)/ very small, but (2)/ its big enough (3)/ for his family (4).
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of sentence. Its, without an apostrophe, is the possessive of the pronoun it. It’s, with an apostrophe, is a contraction of it is or it has. As the statement talk about Arjan’s house and not of possessive pronoun, the correct use is ‘it is’.

     

  11. The Sun appears to being far (1)/ less active than (2)/ similar stars in terms (3)/ of brightness variations (4).
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option A
    The error is in the first part of the sentence. The sentence is in present tense. In a present or past continuous tense, being says that it is happening now, or was happening before, in a continual manner. But that is not the case here. Thus, the verb “being” is incorrectly used. “Being” must be replaced with ‘be’ to make the sentence correct.

     

 

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