English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 202

Directions(1-5): In the given question, a part of the sentence is given in brackets. Below the sentence alternatives to the bold part are given at (A), (B), (C) and (D) which may help improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E) i.e. ‘No correction required’.

  1. Whatever (the eventually outcome) of this contentious issue, it is not likely to be resolved in the near future.
    The eventual outcome
    A eventual outcome
    An eventually outcome
    An eventually outcomes
    No correction required
    Option A

     

  2. The company can always (fall down on its core) business if any of the subsidiaries fail.
    fall down on his core
    fall back on its core
    fall up on its core
    fall across its core
    No correction required
    Option B
    The phrasal verb ‘fall back on something’ means ‘to have something you can use or do if what you originally planned to use or do is not available or not possible’.

     

  3. Mark and I managed (to straighten up) the house before our parents got home.
    to straighten down
    to straightened up
    to straighten along
    to straighten across
    No correction required
    Option E

     

  4. The director (drew at the meeting) for another hour with a series of tedious questions.
    drew the meeting
    draw at the meeting
    drew out the meeting
    draw by the meeting
    No correction required
    Option C
    The phrasal verb ‘draw out something’ means ‘make something last longer’.

     

  5. He was brought dead despite rushing him (to the hospital as quickly) the driver could drive.
    to the hospital as quick
    to the hospital as quickly as
    at the hospital as quickly
    at the hospital as quickly as
    No correction required
    Option B

     

  6. Directions(6-10): 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 is 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. The deals include anti-tank missiles (1)/ and a naval air defense weapon system, the (2)/ people said, asking not to be identified, (3)/ given the information is private. (4)/ No error (5)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    Option E

     

  8. Music is said to have (1)/ heals powers that calms (2)/ the mind and increases (3)/ concentration and focus. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    The error is in part (B). Here, the subject music is supposed to have healing powers. Hence, the adjective “healing” should be used instead of verb “heals.”

     

  9. The state is home to great monasteries (1)/, glorious shrines and pristine lakes (2)/,which attract thousands of travellers (3)/ from different parts of the world (4). / No Error
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option E

     

  10. When the geothermal gradient is high, (1)/ high temperatures are found at shallow depths, (2)/ groundwater in such areas absorb heat (3)/ from the rocks and becomes hot. (4) / No Error
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    In this sentence, groundwater is a singular noun. So, according to the rule of subject verb agreement, the verb should be singular as well i.e. ‘absorbs’ should be used instead of ‘absorb’.

     

  11. All companies must (1)/ send it annual reports to (2)/ their shareholders, twenty-one days (3)/ before the Annual General Body Meeting. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option B
    The presence of plural antecedent ‘companies’ and plural pronoun ‘their’ (in 3) implies in part (2) we need to use plural pronoun ‘their’.

     

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