Spotting Error

29 April 2020


In Error spotting, you need to spot sentences and error which are grammatically incorrect. This error can be anything. From noun to pronoun to singular/plural to word usage they can be anything. Practice questions with solved answers on Spotting Error.


Practice Questions For Spotting Error 

Q1) Although he was late (1)/ but he stopped on the way(2)/ to have coffee with his friends. (3) / No error. (4)

A) 1

B) 2

C) 3

D) 4

Solution :


Q2) She was taking care of her baby for two hours

(1)/ before she (2)/ was called by her mother. (3)/ No error. (4)

A) 1

B) 2

C) 3

D) 4

Solution :


Q3) No sooner did he see his teacher (1)/ when he (2)/ stopped copying. (3)/ No error(4).

A) 1

B) 2

C) 3

D) 4

Solution :


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Q4) Had you been to Mumbai, (1)/ I would also go (2)/ with you (3)/ No error(4).

A) 1

B) 2

C) 3

D) 4

Solution :


Q5) Besides, central banks (A) / they have been aggressive in (B) / buying physical gold to (C) / cushion falling currencies. (D) / No error (E)

A) Besides, central banks

B) they have been aggressive in

C) buying physical gold to

D) No error

Solution :

The error is in fragment B. Subject here is ‘central banks’. The pronoun ‘they’ is altering the meaning of the sentence and making it absurd.

Here ‘themselves’ should be used instead of ‘they’ in order to make the sentence correct.

‘Themselves’ is an empathic pronoun. It emphasizes the action done by the subject.

The correct sentence would therefore be:

Besides, central banks themselves have been aggressive in buying physical gold to cushion falling currencies.

Q6) There have been a (1) / couple of minor localised incidents (A) / of law and order which (B) / has been handled (C) / very professionally. (D)

A) D

B) C

C) B

D) A

Solution :

There is an error in the Part C of the sentence since there is no subject-verb agreement in this part of the sentence. The corresponding subject here is in plural number as we are talking about incidents and the verb should be also in the plural case. Therefore, have been should have been used here. There is no error in any other part of the sentence.

The correct sentence would be:

There have been a couple of minor localised incidents of law and order which have been handled very professionally.

Q7) On account of the (A) / high land prices we (B) / are setup the factory (C) / on the outskirts of the city. (D) / No error (E)

A) On account of the

B) high land prices we

C) are setup the factory

D) No error

Solution :

In part C, use of the auxiliary verb 'are' is erroneous and hence must be replaced with 'will' to make the sentence meaningful.

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Q8) These goods have been (A) / damaged and hence (B) / should be declared (C) / unsuitable for sale. (D) / No error (E)

A) These goods have been

B) damaged and hence

C) should be declared

D) No error

Solution :

The sentence is absolutely correct and thus has no error in it. 

Q9) Negotiations with the bank (A) / are at an advanced (B) / stage and we hope to (C) / signed the deal soon. (D) / No error (E)

A) Negotiations with the bank

B) are at an advanced

C) stage and we hope to

D) signed the deal soon

Solution :

In part D, as the phrase following the main verb 'hope' has to be an infinitive (to + base form of a verb), 'signed' must be replaced with 'sign' to make it a grammatically correct sentence.

Q10) As per the agreement (A) / scientists from both of (B) / the countries will work (C) / together to find the solution. (D) / No error (E)

A) As per the agreement

B) scientists from both of

C) the countries will work

D) together to find the solution

Solution :

In part B, 'both' is being used as an adjective and hence the preposition 'of' which is followed by it is not required to make the sentence complete and thus can be removed.

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