Monday, 8 July 2013

Spot Error in Given Sentences / Sentence Correction Exercises for Competitive examinations

Spot the Error / Sentence Correction 



Spot the error in the following sentences and mark Alphabet of the relevant part of sentence as answer.If no error mark E as answer.

Exercise 1.

1. My brother purchased/(A) a pair of new shoes (B)but he could not wear those shoes (C)because they were biting him.(D) No Error (E).

2. A lot of confusion prevailed(A) in the examination centre (B) because the students appearing in the examination (C) were not well versed with the new rules of the examination.(D) No Error (E).

3. According to my opinion, (A) the secretary should call a meeting of the committee (B) and take all the members into confidence (C) before taking any decision in the matter. (D) No Error (E).

4. The lady was so absorbed with (A) the movie that she did not(B) notice when the visitors (C) entered the house. (D) No Error (E).

5. The three countries during their (A) last meeting passed a resolution (B) and agreed to act collectively (C) to combat against terrorism. (D) No Error (E).


Exercise 2.        

1. The villagers were moving with  great excitement (A) to witness the fair (B) but suddenly they heard commotion (C) as they approached near to the ground. (D) No Error (E).

2. Last year he was caught by  the police of that country(A) under the suspicion  of being a spy.(B) He is kept in prison now (C) awaiting for trial (D) No Error (E).

3. The people at the party (A) were enjoying themselves. (B) They were busy in having their dinner. (C) But soon they were baffled by the host's sudden outburst. (D) No Error (E).

4. The residents of the locality (A) present in the meeting were agitated (B) when they found that the chairperson of the committee (C) was not cognizant about the problems of the area.(D) No Error (E).

5. The teacher who teaches us English (A) has a command over  students (B). All the students respect him (C) because he has a good command of his subject. (D) No Error (E).



Exercise 3.

1. The Government has initiated various schemes (A) to impart good education to girls (B) but still a number of them abandons (C) their studies after their school is over. (D) No Error (E). 

2. A large number of dignitaries (A) came to attend the seminar.(B) The university provided (C) an excellent accommodation for the visitors. (D) No Error (E).

3. He  wanted to send his son to abroad (A) for his higher studies (B) after he completed his studies in the school (C) but his son refused to go there. (D) No Error (E).

4. Yesterday he along with all the members of his family (A) went to the market  (B) and returned late in the evening. (C) They all were too tired to go to anywhere after that. (D) No Error (E).

5. These days scientists are working hard (A) to develop  medicine (B) that will cure people from (C) the disease of AIDS. (D) No Error (E).


Exercise 4.


1. Despite the fact that the witness gave  (A) a good deal of description of the culprit,(B) the police is still unable to trace him (C) and he is still at large.(D) No Error (E).

2. He never spoke an unkind word (A) to his parents. He was never vexed up with (B)  their irritable behaviour but he lived happily (C) in a congenial atmosphere with them. (D) No Error (E).

3. During my visit to his office (A) I was surprised to find that (B) his boss was very rude with (C) all the members of his office.(D) No Error (E).

4. Earlier my friend had promised to me (A)  to extend financial help for my new project (B) but he did not fulfill his promise (C) and I could not complete my project.(D) No Error (E).

5. Those boys accompanied the old man till his house.(A) They stayed with him in his house (B)for about half a hour.The old man was grateful to (C) them for their help.(D) No Error (E).




Exercise 5.



1. Last week when he was unwell (A) and did not come to the office, (B) all of his friends went to his home (C) to enquire about his welfare. (D) No Error (E).

 2. The company will replace (A) the machine without any charges (B) if it is not in working order (C) because it is still in guarantee. (D) No Error (E). 

3. "As we are running short of time," (A)  said he, " I think it is high time (B) we all start working (C)  on our project." (D) No Error (E).

4. The young boys entered into (A) an argument with the farmer (B)when they tried to trespass into (C) his fields of cotton. (D) No Error (E).

5. Her brother did not take any interest (A) in his studies. During the days of his (B)  examinations even he did nothing (C) but played football. (D) No Error (E).









ANSWERS  

EXERCISE NO. 1

1. C ........they were biting him is wrong. It should be they were pinching him. because a shoe always pinches and not bites.
2. D. It is incorrect that ....... were not well versed with.... because versed is followed by preposition 'in' and not 'with'.
3. A. It is incorrect to say 'according to my opinion'. I should be either 'according to me' or 'in my opinion'. Both these versions are correct. 
4. A. Instead of  'The lady was so absorbed with..'  it should be ' The lady was so absorbed in..'. meaning deeply focused on or engrossed. 'Absorbed with'  means to soak a liquid etc with some material like cloth etc.
5. D. The word Combat itself means to fight against. It is not followed by preposition 'against'. It should be combat terrorism.

EXERCISE NO. 2.


1. D. The word 'Approach' itself  means 'come near to' or 'to be in proximity'. Both the words 'near and to' are incorrect. It is not followed by 'near' nor by any preposition like 'to'.
2. D. 'Awaiting for trial' is not correct. The word await is not followed by preposition 'for'. It should be either 'awaiting his trial' or 'waiting for his trial.' 
3. E No error.
4. D. It is always 'cognizant of'' and not 'cognizant about'. It means one is aware of or has the knowledge of.
5. E. No error. 'Command over' means to have control over and 'command of'' means to be proficient in language etc.

 EXERCISE NO. 3

1. C. 'a number of ' or ' a good number of ' is always followed by a singular noun or pronoun and also a singular verb. In this sentence the pronouns 'them' and 'their' are correct but the verb 'abandons' should be 'abandon'.

2. D. 'Accommodation' is an uncountable noun. It is not preceded by the indefinite article 'an'. It should be 'excellent accommodation' and not 'an excellent accommodation'.
3. A. '...to abroad' is not correct. It should be 'abroad' only.
4. D. '....to go to anywhere' is incorrect. It should be ' to go anywhere'. The words like 'anywhere or somewhere' are not preceded by any preposition like 'in, at or to' etc.
5. C. The word 'cure' is followed by preposition 'of ' and not 'from'.


EXERCISE NO. 4.

1. E. Sometimes there is confusion of preposition with '.........gave the description'. It is always 'of ' and not ' about '. 
2. B. 'Vexed' means annoyed or worried. It is followed by prepositions 'by' or 'with' and not 'up with'. 
3. C. 'Rude' is followed by preposition 'to' and not 'with'.
4. A. 'Promise' is not followed by any preposition like 'to' or 'with'.
5. A. 'Till' is used for time and not distance. For distance 'up to' is used. For example 'upto his house' and not 'till his house'.



EXERCISE NO. 5.


1. C. It is incorrect to say  '.......to his home...' Instead it should be  '......to his house..'

2. D. Instead of '........in guarantee' it should be '......under guarantee.'
3. C. '...it is high time...' suggests that the activity started a long time ago and the commencement of the activity is long overdue now. When the expression 'high time' is used, the verb that follows is always in the past tense, not the present. So instead of 'start' it should be 'started'.
4. C. No preposition is used with the word 'trespass'. It should be '........ tried to pass his fields..'
5. D. After 'did nothing' first form of verb is used. It should be 'play' instead of 'played'.





 Exercise 1 (A)

Correct the following sentences :


1. Who is there? It is me.


2. I like curly hairs.


3. Travel lightly if you must.


4. I found a ten rupees note yesterday.


5. If I shall go to Delhi I shall bring a watch for you.

Exercise 2 (A)



1. They had gone to the market yesterday.


2. He is living in this house for the last two years.


3. God will help you if you will help me.


4 I am working for the last two hours.


5. You will succeed only if you will work hard.

Exercise 3 (A)

Correct the following sentences:


1.A new mall has been started last Sunday.


2.People left the place before the storm started.


3.He,you and I are at fault.


4.He managed to pass some how.


5.We rare see a tiger these days











Exercise no. 4 (A)

Correct the following sentences:


1.A new mall has been started last Sunday.


2.People left the place before the storm started.


3.He,you and I are at fault.


4.He asked the stranger where does he come from.


5.We rare see a tiger these days



Exercise no 5 (A)


Correct the following Sentences:


1.Every man,woman and child were happy.


2.Sticking of Bills on these walls are prohibited.


3.The United States have a big army.


4.With whom will he marry?


5.I assented with your proposal.


1. A child is not able to distinguish in good and evil.


2. He offered me a chair to sit.


3. They supplied the poor clothing.


4. I prefer tea for coffee.


5. The child resembles to her mother.









(ANSWERS)

Exercise No. 1 (A) 

1. Grammatically it is I is correct. But nowadays it is me also acceptable.
2.  Instead of hairs it should be hair. 
3. The adverb with verb travel should be light instead of lightly. 
4. Instead of rupees it should be rupee note. 
5. In first part of the sentence should be Present Indefinite Tense  instead of Future Indefinite Tense. If I go to Delhi I shall bring a watch for you. 

 Exercise No . 2 (A)

1.  In such sentences Past Indefinite Tense instead of Past Perfect Tense is used.
     They went to the market yesterday.
2.  It should be in Present Perfect Continuous Tense.
     He has been living in this house for the last two years.
3.  God will help you if you  help me.
     In the second part of the sentence it should be Present Indefinite Tense.
4.  I have been working for the last two hours. It is a sentence of Present Perfect Continuous Tense.
5.  You will succeed only if you  work hard.
     In the second part of the sentence it should be Present Indefinite Tense.


Exercise No. 3 (A)

1. A new mall started last Sunday. It is a sentence of Past Indefinite Tense.
2. People had left the place before the storm started.
3. I, he and you are at fault. In negative sentences sequence of persons is first,second and third.
4. He managed to pass anyhow.
5. The adverb should be rarely instead of rare. We rarely see a tiger these days.

Exercise No. 4(A)

1. A new mall started last Sunday.
2. People had left the place before the storm started.
3. I, he and you are at fault.
4. He asked the stranger where he came from.
5. We rarely see a tiger these days.

 Exercise No. 5 (A)

1. Every man, woman and child was happy.
2. Sticking of bills on these walls is prohibited.
3. The United States has a big army.
4. Whom will he marry?
5. I assented to his proposal.

Exercise No. 6 (A)

1.A child is not able to distinguish between good and evil.
2. He offered me a chair to sit on.
3. They supplied the poor with clothing.
4. I prefer tea to coffee.
5. The child resembles her mother.