English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 207

Directions(1-5): 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.

  1. An intriguing story backed by adept performances, a creatively (1)/ unusual background score, and enough turns to keep your eyes glued (2)/ to the screen for every (3)/ millisecond makes this a thriller that you exactly must watch. (4)/ No Error (5)
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    Option D
    ‘Exactly’ is used to indicate the accuracy of the action. But, here in the sentence, movie watching cannot be accurate. The correct word in this case should be absolutely, definitely, certainly etc. Hence, the correct answer is D.

     

  2. German investor morale darkened more for expected in (1)/ October, a survey showed on Tuesday, as concerns about an (2)/ escalating Sino-U.S. trade dispute and Britain crashing out (3)/ of the EU without a divorce deal clouded the outlook for Europe’s largest economy. (4)/ No error (5)
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    Option A
    The error is in first part of the sentence. The preposition ‘for’ is used as a function word to indicate purpose. In the first option, ‘than’ which is used for introducing the second element in a comparison is more appropriate since it draws comparison between the moral of German investors to what was expected. Hence the correct answer is option A.

     

  3. France let their opponents do the hard work (1)/ on their way by winning the World Cup, running (2)/ less than most teams and enjoying less than (3)/ 50 percent possession throughout the tournament, a FIFA technical report showed on Tuesday. (4)/ No error (5)
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    Option B
    The error is in second part of the sentence. The preposition ‘by’ is used to indicate the means of achieving something. It must be replaced by the preposition ‘to’ which is used to indicate motion. In this case the figurative motion is towards the world cup win. Hence, the correct answer is option B.

     

  4. The Prague Zoo showcased 􀁽ve newly-born (1)/ earless monitor lizards on Tuesday as part of a (2)/ European breeding program aimed is boosting (3)/ numbers of the nocturnal reptiles rarely observed in the wild. (4)/ No error (5)
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    Option C
    The error is in third part of the sentence. The verb ‘is’ must be replaced with the preposition ‘at’ which is used to express the target of the action. In this case the breeding program hopes to boost numbers of the nocturnal reptiles rarely observed in the wild. Hence the correct answer is option C.

     

  5. A U.S. judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between (1)/ a federal regulator, Tesla Inc and its chief executive (2)/ officer, Elon Musk, over his tweets promising (3)/ to take the company private, signaling an end to a tumultuous period for investors. (4)/ No error (5)
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    Option E

     

  6. Directions(6-10): Four statements are given below at A, B, C and D. There may be some errors in the given statement(s). The correct statement is your answer. If all are correct, mark (E) as your answer accordingly.

  7. On six weeks of birth, infants born to HIV-infected mothers are subjected to the first test, which if positive, is repeated immediately.
    After six weeks of birth, infants born to HIV-infected mothers are subjected to the first test, which if positive, is repeated immediately.
    Infants born to HIV-infected mothers are subjects to the first test, which if positive, is repeated immediately within six weeks of birth.
    At six weeks of birth, infants are subjected to the first test who are born to HIV-infection mothers, which if possible, is repeated promptly.
    All are correct.
    Option B

     

  8. It can be surprisingly disappointing when cosmetics companies stop selling much-loved lipsticks or foundations.
    It can be notably disappointing when cosmetics companies stop selling much-loved lipsticks or foundations.
    It can be exceptionally disappointing when cosmetics companies stop selling much-loved lipsticks or foundations.
    It can be surprisingly exciting when cosmetics companies stop selling much-loved lipsticks or foundations.
    All are incorrect
    Option D
    In option D, the error is in the usage of the word ‘exciting ‘. The discontinuation of much-loved products will not invite a feeling of great enthusiasm or excitement amongst the customers.

     

  9. Osaka is home to Japan’s bigger Korean community, and offers more welcome spice in this land of subtle flavours.
    Osaka is home to Japan’s biggest Korean community, and offers more welcome spice on this land of subtle flavours.
    Osaka are home to Japan’s biggest Korean community, and offers more welcome spice in this land of subtle flavours.
    Osaka is home to Japan’s biggest Korean community, and offers more welcome spice in these land of subtle
    All are incorrect
    Option E
    In option A, the wrong degree of adjective has been used. ‘Bigger’ is a comparative degree of adjective and used when the comparison occurs
    between two subjects. The correct adjective here is ‘biggest’.
    In option B, instead of the preposition ‘on’ the correct preposition should be ‘in’.
    In option C, ‘Osaka’ is a city and considered a singular noun and hence should be followed by the singular verb ‘is’ instead of the plural verb ‘are’.
    In option D, ‘land’ is singular and hence instead of ‘these’, the determiner ‘this’ should be used.
    Thus, all the options are incorrect making option E the correct answer.

     

  10. The groups also restrict the movements of locals, recruited their children and forced small businesses to pay extortion money.
    The groups also restricted the movements of locals, recruited their children and forced small businesses to pay extortion money.
    Restrictions in local movement, recruitment of children and money extortion from small businesses were done by the groups.
    The groups while restricting the movements of the locals, would further recruit their children and also extort money from the local businesses.
    All are incorrect
    Option A
    In option A, since the sentence is in past tense, the past form of ‘restrict’ .i.e. ‘restricted’ should be used.

     

  11. In fact, even the Supreme Court had taken strong exception to the manner in which the police dealt with the case.
    Indeed, to the manner in which the police dealt with the case, a strong exception had been taken even by the Supreme court.
    In reality, the Supreme Court had also taken strong exception to the manner in which the police dealt with the case.
    Because the Supreme Court had taken strong exception to the manner, even the police dealt with the case.
    All are incorrect.
    Option D
    Sentence (D) is incorrect because it doesn’t explain the manner of the strong exception, but the correct context talks about the strong exception which has been taken even by the Supreme court to some manner which is referred to the police’s dealing with the case.

     

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