Friday, May 8, 2015

SSC English Quiz on Spotting Error with Answers and Explanation

Direction: In the following questions, some of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is your answer. If there is no error, the answer is (4) i.e No error.

  1. It is a truth that (1) / those who are jealous of others(2) / never get peace in life (3)/ No error (4).
  2. Walking along (1)/ the bank of the river (2) / the road begins to rise(3) / No error (4).
  3. Shyam is telling (1)/ that I have (2)/ stolen his pen (3)/ No error (4)
  4. The driver showed (1)/ great talent in keeping (2)/ the damaged car under control (3)/ No error (4)
  5. If it were possible to get near when (1)/ one of the volcanic eruptions take place (2)/ we should see a grand sight. (3)/ No error(4)
  6. Tea grows(1)/ both in Assam (2)/ and Ceylon (3)/ No error(4)
  7. He described about (1)/ the unpleasant experiences (2)/ he had in the jail (3)/ No error (4)
  8. I shall avail (1) of this opportunity (2)/ to meet you there (3)/ No error (4)
  9. If i got rich (1)/ I would travel (2)/ around the world (3) No error (4)
  10. Engines used in space shuttles (1) / are much larger (2)/ and more strong than the ones used in Jet Planes (3)/ No error(4)
  11. Remember that a (1)/ stitch at a time (2)/ saves nine (3)/ No error(4)
  12. The timid creature was driven (1)/ into a narrow lane (2)/ where it was slewed by the kidnapper(3). / No error(4)
  13. I was having a holiday(1)/ by seaside last summer (2)/ when I ran into captain Robinson (3). / No error(4)
  14. The G.M. (1)/ of the company (2)/ dispensed the Manager's services (3)/ No error(4)
  15. The river is in spate (1)/ and it has overflow (2) / its banks. (3)/ No error (4)
  16. He was debarred (1)/ to appear (2) / at the examination (3)/ No error (4)
  17. A rise in rents and wages (1)/ have been found (2)/ to go  together (3)/ No error(4)
  18. It is not (1)/ I who is (2)/ to blame (3)/ No error(4)
  19. Of the two great cities (1)/ the former is (2)/ biggest (3)/ No error (4)

Answers along with Explanations
  1. (4) No error
  2. (1) In this sentence, there is an error of unattached participle because the subject of each part is different. Hence, Adverbial clause (while) or while walking along....will be a correct usage.
  3. (1) Verb "tell" is always followed by an object. Hence, Shyam says/ Shyam is saying/ Shyam is telling me...should be used.
  4. (2) Here, great skill in keeping should be used.
  5. (2) one of is followed by a plural Noun/ Pronoun but a singular verb. Hence, one of the volcanic eruptions takes place ...should be used.
  6. (1) Here, Passive voice should be used . Hence, tea is grown will be a correct usage.
  7. (3) Article "the" is not used before the words- jail, prison, school, college etc in general sense. Hence, he had in a correct usage.
  8. (4) No error
  9. (4) No error
  10. (3) Here, and much stronger than should be used.
  11. (2) A stitch in time saves nine is the correct form of proverb. It means: It is better to deal with something immediately because if you wait it may become worse.
  12. (3) The word slay means: to kill somebody/ something. Its past participle form is slain . Hence, where it was slain by the kidnapper should be used.
  13. (1) Here, I was spending a holiday ...should be used.
  14. (3) Idiom dispense with something / somebody  means: to stop using somebody/ something. Hence, dispensed with will be a correct usage.
  15. (2) The word overflow means: to be so full that the contents go over the sides. Its past participle form is overflowed. hence, and it has overflowed will be a correct usage.
  16. (2) Here, "debar" should be followed by a gerund. hence, replace to appear by from appearing.
  17. (2) The structure of some sentences is : Noun + preposition + Noun +....... In such sentences, the verb agrees with the number and person of the Noun that comes before the first preposition. Here, the subject a rise is Singular that will take singular verb i.e has been found.
  18. (2) Here, antecedent of who is I that will agree with  am.
  19. (3) Here, a comparison has been made between two cities. Hence, comparative degree should be used . Hence, replace biggest by bigger.
  20. (3) Here, On the floor should be used.

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