Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 291

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. If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark the answer as “No error”. Ignore the errors of punctuation if any.

  1. He quickly pulled a twenty dollars (1)/ bill from his wallet and shoved ahead (2)/ of a cluster of customers lined up at (3)/ the cashier’s and thrust the money through the window. (4)/ No Error (5)
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    No error
    Option
    When a noun is used with a plural number (‘twenty’ in this case) just to decide the quantity or number of another noun, then that noun is always used in singular form. So the noun dollars in part 1 should be replaced by its singular form. Hence option A is correct.

     

  2. On a fine summer evening, (1)/ the lighting in the work area of one of the (2)/ two groups were improved dramatically while (3)/ that of the other group remained unchanged. (4)
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    No error
    Option C
    The error lies in the third part of the sentence. Note that the subject here is “lighting” which is singular. Also, the third segment mentions the word “that” which refers to the “lighting” (singular). Thus, the helping in the third part must also be singular. So, “were must be changed to “was”.

     

  3. This colony consists (1)/ of fifty flats and greeneries spread over (2)/ an area of (3)/ about thousand square metres. (4)
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    No error
    Option D
    The error lies in the fourth part of the given sentence. Before ‘thousand’ the article “a” should be added to specify that the area is one thousand square metres. If we do not use “a”, numbers like “one, two, three” etc. should be used to indicate the area. Hence, option D is the correct answer.

     

  4. A lot of doctors across the globe (1)/ says that staying up late (2)/ could lead to (3)/ lots of serious diseases. (4)
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    No error
    Option B
    The error lies in the second part of the given sentntenec. “Doctors” is a plural subject, so a plural verb should be used with it. Thus, instead of “says”, we should use “say”. Thus, option B is the correct answer.

     

  5. A stranger asked me (1)/ whether I knew that (2)/ this route was the shorter (3)/ than the other one. (4)
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    No error
    Option C
    The error lies in the third part of the given sentence. “Shorter” is an adjective in comparative degree. The usage of the article ‘the’ before ‘shorter’ is incorrect . So, “the” should be omitted. So, option C is the correct answer.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the question, one sentence is given, and four words have been given in bold denoted by (A), (B), (C) and (D). You have to decide which of the following is inappropriate in the context. If all the words are appropriate in the context then mark ‘All correct’ as your answer.

  7. A glass of red wine contains(A) procyanidins that promote(B) a healthy heart and aide(C) in lowering bad cholesterol levels(D).
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All correct
    Option C
    The error is in part C of the sentence. It should be ‘aid instead of ‘aide’. Even though both words have similar meanings, they cannot be used interchangeably. ‘Aid’ can be used as a verb, a noun, or an adjective. It is synonymous with the words “help” or “assist” when used as a verb, and again “help” and “assistance” when used as a noun. Aide is always used as a noun. It means assistant. In the given sentence, red wine ‘assists’ or ‘helps’ in lowering bad cholesterol. Hence, the correct answer is C.

     

  8. The most important category(A) that needs investment revival(B) include micro, small and medium enterprises(C) that have suffered massively dues(D) to policy mistakes.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All correct
    Option D
    The error is in part C of the sentence. It should be ‘due’ instead of ‘dues’. ‘Dues’ refer to something that is owed as debt. The phrase after (D) is telling the reason behind the suffering. In such cases, where is the reason is being mentioned, ‘due to’ is used. Hence, the correct answer is D.

     

  9. Watershed management(A) is the globally accepted way of conserving(B) water in dryland(C) areas by holistically persevering(D) soil and forests.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option D
    The error is in part D of the sentence. It should be ‘preserving’ instead of ‘persevering’. To ‘persevere’ means to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.

     

  10. There was hardy(A) any increase in public(B) expenditure that would match(C) the claims(D) made on public investment.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option A
    The error is in part C of the sentence. It should be ‘hardly’ instead of ‘hardy’. ‘Hardy’ is an adjective that means to be capable of enduring difficult conditions. But in the given sentence, the highlighted word describes a verb (increase), so it should be ‘hardly’, which is an adverb. Hence the correct answer is A.

     

  11. Declining revenues(A) in a beak(B) macroeconomic environment(C) had already weakened(D) print media.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    All are correct
    Option B
    The error is in part C of the sentence. It should be ‘bleak’ instead of ‘beak’. ‘Beak’ is a noun that refers to a bird’s projecting jaws. (B) requires an adjective (bleak) as it describes ‘ macroeconomic environment’. ‘Bleak’ means unlikely to have a favourable outcome. Hence, the correct answer is B.

     

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