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Q 1. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
Under a tree / was sleeping an old lady with her young child.

A

Under a tree

B

was sleeping an

C

old lady

D

with her young child.

No Error

Explanation

No error

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Q 2. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
To such a degree / he created the problems that people thrashed him.

A

To such a degree

he created

C

the problems that

D

people thrashed him.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace he created by did he create. Inversion is applied here.

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Q 3. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
"Under no circumstances / I can help you in / this venture," said Sita.

A

Under no circumstances

I can help you in

C

this venture, said Sita.

D

No Error

E

Both A and B

Explanation

Replace 'I can help you' by 'can I help you'. With 'under no circumstances' inversion is applied.

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Q 4. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
He is one of the / great man that have ever lived.

A

He is one of the

great man

C

that have

D

ever lived.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace man by men.

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Q 5. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
Every member of / his family is / addicted to gambling / and so John is.

A

Every member of

B

his family is

C

addicted to gambling

and so John is.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'so John is' by 'so is John'. Inversion is applied here.

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Q 6. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
The details / of the incident / was not known / to me.

A

The details

B

of the incident

was not known

D

to me.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'was' by 'were'. Subject of the verb - details - is plural.

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Q 7. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
"Seldom I had seen / such a / beautiful girl," / said Mohanti.

Seldom I had seen

B

such a

C

beautiful girl,

D

said Mohanti.

E

No Error

Explanation

Write Seldom had I seen. With Seldom/Hardly/Rarely/ Scarcely/Never, Inversion is applied.

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Q 8. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
Rice and fish / are / my / favourite dish.

A

Rice and fish

are

C

my

D

favourite dish.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'are' by 'is'. Rice and fish used as a unit takes singular verb.

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Q 9. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
This rule may / and ought to be / disregarded for / the time being.

This rule may

B

and ought to be

C

disregarded for

D

the time being.

E

No Error

Explanation

Place be after may.

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Q 10. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
We can almost get / everything in / this market / at reasonable price.

We can almost get

B

everything in

C

this market

D

at reasonable price.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'We can almost get' by 'we can get almost'.

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Q 11. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
All his money / is spent / and all his / hopes ruined.

A

All his money

B

is spent

C

and all his

hopes ruined.

E

No Error

Explanation

Insert 'are' after 'hopes'. Hopes is plural, so verb will be plural.

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Q 12. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
A part of / the mangoes / are / rotten.

A

A part of

B

the mangoes

C

are

D

rotten.

No Error

Explanation

No error.

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Q 13. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
Five quintals of wooden coal / are / his annual requirement / for the unit.

A

Five quintals of wooden coal

are

C

his annual requirement

D

for the unit.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'are' by 'is'. 'five quintals' refers a definite quantity (as collective noun) so verb will be singular.

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Q 14. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
Dickens have / vehemently criticised / the philosophy in 'Hard Times'.

Dickens have

B

vehemently criticised

C

the philosophy

D

in 'Hard Times'.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'have' by 'has'. Dickens is the name of a person.

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Q 15. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
He is one of the richest man / if not the richest man / in the world.

A

He is one of the

richest man

C

if not the richest man

D

in the world.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'richest man' by 'richest men'.

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Q 16. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
He and I / is partners in the firm / named 'Unique builders'.

A

He and I

is partners in

C

the firm

D

named 'Unique builders'.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'is' by 'are'.

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Q 17. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
The manager's comments / on the preparation of the test matches / for this tour / has been generally praised.

A

The manager's comments

B

on the preparation of the test matches

C

for this tour

has been generally praised.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'has been' by 'have been'. Subject, manager's comments - plural so plural verb will be used.

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Q 18. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
A large part of / the distinctive features / of the mind is due to its being / an instrument of communication.

A

A large part of

B

the distinctive features

of the mind is due to its being

D

an instrument of communication.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'mind is due' by 'mind are due'.

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Q 19. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
A band of musician / have been engaged / for the/ inauguration function.

A

A band of musician

have been engaged

C

for the

D

inauguration function.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace have been by has been. A 'band' - collective noun is used as singular.

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Q 20. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry drink / wine these days.

A

Every

B

Tom, Dick and Harry

drink

D

wine these days.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'drink' by 'drinks'. Every 'Each' takes singular verb.

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Q 21. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
The number / of persons interested / in psychology are / generally small.

A

The number

B

of persons interested

in psychology are

D

generally small.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'are' by 'is'. 'The number' takes singular verb.

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Q 22. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
The governing body at / its first meeting / have decided / to conduct the test again.

A

The governing body at

B

its first meeting

have decided

D

to conduct the test again.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'have' by 'has'. Governing body - collective noun - so verb singular.

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Q 23. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
Horse and carriage / are / waiting there for the couple.

A

Horse and carriage

are

C

waiting there

D

for the couple.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'are' by 'is'. Horse and carriage refers one thing as a unit so takes singular verb.

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Q 24. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
"I don't like / such a bright colour / nor she does," / said to Ram.

A

I don't like

B

such a bright colour

nor she does,

D

said to Ram.

E

No Error

Explanation

Replace 'nor she does' by 'nor does she', Inversion is applied here.

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Q 25. Find out whether there is any error in below sentence.
Never before / I had been asked / to go there / by bus.

Never before

B

I had been asked

C

to go there

D

by bus.

E

No Error

Explanation

Write never had I been. Inversion is applied here.