COMMON ERROR TEST-1
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 1-25) : In each of the following questions, find out which part of the sentence has an error. If there is no mistake, the answer is (d) "No error".
1. A person I met (a) / in the theatre (b) /was the playwright himself. (c)/ No error (d)
2. They walked (a) / besides each other (b) / in silence (c) / No error (d)
3. We returned to the guest house (a)/ impressed by (b) / What we had seen (c) / No error (d)
4. The judge was convinced (a)/ that neither (b)/ of the five accused was guilty (c)/ No error (d)
5. The municipality is going (a)/ to built a new school (b)/ near the park (c)/ No error (d)
6. It was a year since (a) / I received any letter (b) / from my sister. (c) / No error. (d)
7. His family members may arrive (a) / any moment (b) / by car. (c)/ No error. (d)
8. He went to office (a) / but returned back (b) / home immediately (c) / No error. (d)
9. The two brothers amicably divided (a) / their parent's property (b) /among them. (c) / No error. (d)
10. To attain a high academic standard (a) / in his college Sunil worked hard (b) / since morning till night (c) / No error.
11. The boos was irritated (a) / by him neglecting (b) / the duties and (c) / not listening to his advice (d)
12. Each of the three (a) / beggars were (b) / asking for more (c)/ food to eat (d)
13. My brother sent (a) / two pairs (b) / of shoe (c) / from America (d).
14. The young boy said (a) / that he (b) / neither liked me (c)/ nor my wife (d).
15. He was (a) / congratulated for (b) / his success in (c) / the 100 m race (d)
16. If you will (a) / follow my instructions (b) / you will get (c) / a suitable reward for this (d)
17. Harshad, along with (a) / his brother (b) / Ashwani and six senior officials (c) / were arrested (d)
18. He received timely support (a) / from his elder brother (b) / who is working abroad (c) / for the last six years (d)
19. One of the drawbacks (a) / of modern education are (b) / that it does not encourage original thinking (c) / No error (d)
20. Morphine and other (a) / narcotic drugs are valuable (b)/ medically, if misused (c) / it can cause irreparable damage (d)
21. The police has (a)/arrested the thief (b)/who broke into my house (c)/last night. (d)
22. The man who (a)/they thought to be (b)/a gentleman turned out (c)/to be a rogue. (d)
23. I told him on his face (a)/that he could not hope (b)/to pass the stringent (c)/Medical examination of the Services Selection Board. (d)
24. Mohan is one of those boys (a)/who has expressed (b)/ willingness for joining (c)/the education tour. (d)
25. I may spend (a)/ this summer vacations (b)/with one of my friends (c)/ in the back waters of Kerala. (d)
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1. (a) Here it should be the definite article 'the' person instead of indefinite 'a' person.
2. (b) Beside means next to, at the side of while besides means making an additional point; anyway.
3. (a) The construction of the sentence should be as 'Impressed by what we had seen, we returned to the guest house.
4. (d) The sentence is correct. When neither, a singular form, is followed by a prepositional phrase with a plural object, there is a tendency, esp. in speech and less formal writing, to use a plural verb and pronoun: Neither of the guards were at their stations. In edited writing,
however, singular verbs and pronouns are more common: Neither of the guards was at his station. This use of a singular verb and pronoun is usually recommended by usage guides.
5. (b) The infinitive form of the verb is always in the first form and preceded by to (e.g., to run, to dance, to think). Hence here the municipality is going to build a new school' should be correct option.
6. (a) Here 'was a' should be replaced with 'has been'. Thus the sentence should be 'It has been a year since I received any letter from my sister.'
7. (a) Here 'may' should be replaced with 'can'. Thus the sentence should be 'His family members can arrive any moment by car'.
8. (b) Here 'back' should be removed from the sentence. Return means to go backwards to where you have left before.
9. (c) Among should be replaced with between. Between should be used where the relationship is distinctly one to-one. Whereas Among should be used where the entities are considered as a group.
10. (c) Here 'since' should be replaced with 'from'. From is used to indicate a specified place or time as a starting point.
11. (b) The correct sentence should be the boss was irritated with him for neglecting the duties and not listening to his advice.
12. (c) The correct sentence should be 'each of the three beggars was asking for more food to eat, each is often followed by a prepositional phrase ending in a plural word (Each of the cars), thus confusing the verb choice. Each is always singular and requires a singular verb. Each of the students is responsible for doing his or her work in the library.
13. (c) The correct sentence is 'My brother sent two pairs of shoes from America'.
14. (c) The correct sentence should be 'The young boy said that he liked neither me nor my wife.
15. (b) The preposition for should be replaced with on. Hence, the correct sentence should be he was congratulated on his success in the 100 m race.
16. (a) In the conditional sentence the correct patter should be 'If you follow my instructions……..
17. (d) Along with, like in addition to, and together with, is often employed following the subject of a sentence or clause to introduce an addition. The addition, however does not alter the tense of the verb, which is governed by the subject. The king (singular), along with two aides, is expected in an hour. Hence, were is to be replaced with was.
18. (c) Present perfect continuous tense talks of an action or actions that started in the past and continued until recently or that continue into the future. Hence, the correct structure of the sentence should be - who has been working abroad.
19. (b) Here the verb 'are' is to be replaced with is; hence, the correct sequence of the sentence is 'one of the drawbacks of modern education is …….
20. (d) Since morphine and other narcotic drugs is in plural so, the pronoun 'it' should be replaced with 'they'.
21. (a) The police have arrested the thief who broke into my house last night. Here the verb 'has' is to be replaced by 'have' because the subject is a 1st person.
22. (d) Rouge is misspelt as rogue. Rouge means an unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person.
23. (b) Here 'could' is to be replaced by 'should'. Could is used in a hypothetical situation, where the speaker wants to express ability instead of willingness. Whereas 'should'
24. (b) Here 'has' is to be replaced by 'have'.
25. (b) Here vacation is to be used as a singular because the noun 'friend' present after the pronoun is a plural.