English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 219

Directions(1-5): 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.

  1. The world’s biggest lockdown had brought(A) /transportation of goods of India to a near halt(B) /even though the central government have (C)/exempted the sector from restrictions to(D) /halt the spread of coronavirus.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option D
    In part A, it should be ‘has brought’ instead of ‘had brought’ because the sentence is in present perfect and not past perfect.
    In part B the preposition ‘of’ before ‘India’ should be replaced with ‘in’. It means the transportation of goods inside/within India.
    In part C ‘have’ should be replaced with ‘has’. Here ‘government’ is used as a collective noun, so it is singular.

     

  2. Although on the first front, our healthcare professionals(A)/ going to work every day needs to be(B)/ provided with protective gear(C)/, in the second, because of the lockdown(D) /and economic crisis, migrants do not have food to eat.

    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct.
    Option C
    In part A, instead of ‘Although’ it should be ‘while’. It is to be noted that ‘although’ is always followed by ‘yet’.
    In part B as the sentence is talking about healthcare professionals, which is plural hence, ‘needs’ should be replaced with ‘need’.
    In part D, preposition ‘in’ should be replaced with ‘on’, as it is the continuation of part A, where the preposition ‘on’ is used before the

     

  3. That idea involve displaying a magnifying glass(A)/ icon next to these frequently forwarded messages(B)/, giving users the option for send(C)/ that message to a web search wherein they(D)/ can find news results or other sources of information.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    In part A, ‘involve’ should be replaced with ‘involves’ because it is referring to a singular subject.
    In part C , the preposition ‘for’ should be replaced by ‘to’. In case of ‘for’ it should have been followed by a verb.
    In part D, ‘wherein’ should be replaced with ‘where’. ‘Wherein’ is generally used as an adverb.

     

  4. The fact which countries and societies (A) can any longer afford to (B) face off with one other and (C) the future can be secured only (D) through togetherness and resilience is right.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option D
    In part A, ‘which’ must be replaced with article ‘that’. In part B, the word ‘any’ should be replaced by ‘no’ to give the negative sense. In part C, after ‘one’ ‘another’ should be used instead of ‘other’, to make the sentence grammatically correct. Remember, we use each other and one another to show that each person in a group of two or more people does something to the others. There is very little difference between each other and one another and we can normally use them in the same places. Each other is more common than one another: Rick and Gina never liked each other.

     

  5. The statement added that (A) although there were the number (B) of different views, these would be (C) discussed about by both sides in (D) the meeting scheduled on this Friday.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option A
    In part B, in place of ‘the’ ‘a’ should be used. It is either ‘a number’ or ‘the numbers’. In part C, ‘different’ must be replaced by ‘differing’. Note that, the word “different” is understood as an adjective that describes something that is not the same as another thing. The word “differing” is the present participle of the verb “to differ”, and as such, it expresses a continuing difference. Different: He is different. Differing: Are you differing with my point of view? In part D after ‘discussed’ ‘about’ must be omitted to make the sentence grammatically correct. ‘Discussed’ is never followed by ‘about’.

     

  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 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. It is important to raise awareness (1)/ about mental illness and (2)/ educating people on how they can (3)/ better manage their mental health. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘educating’ with ‘educate’. The sentence needs to have a parallel structure i.e. ‘educate’ (base form of the verb) should be used to agree with ‘raise’ (base form of the verb).

     

  8. The liquor business has been (1)/ undergoing quantum changes (2)/ ever since the government begun (3)/ implementing phased prohibition. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘begun’ with ‘began’. ‘Since’ as conjunction sometimes combines with ‘ever’ to make ‘ever since’. In this construction, the main clause tense is present perfect tense and the time clause tense is simple past tense. According to this, the use of begun (past participle) is incorrect and must be replaced by ‘began’ (simple past).

     

  9. The programme is designed to (1)/ nurture and encourage talents, (2)/ helping to enhance applications for (3)/ university choral scholarships. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option E

     

  10. It is argued that geographical (1)/ constituted groups such as community (2)/ organisations are not the actual representatives (3)/ of the socially diverse populations. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option A
    In part one, the adjective “geographical” has been used to describe the verb “constituted” which is incorrect. We need to use the adverb ‘geographically’ to describe the verb “constituted”.

     

  11. The rapidly escalating US-China trade war (1)/ has sent global financial markets tumbling over the past month (2)/, between rising fears about the impact (3)/ of the long-running dispute on the world economy. (4)
    1
    2
    3
    4
    No error
    Option C
    The error is in the third part of the sentence.
    We need to replace ‘between’ with ‘amid’. We use ‘between’ to refer to two things which are clearly separated. ‘Amid’ is used when we talk about uncountable things. Thus, ‘amid’ is the correct word to be used in this context.

     

 

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