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Q 1. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
The new taxation rates/ announced by the government/are bound to effect the export sector.

A

The new taxation rates

B

announced by the government

are bound to effect the export sector.

D

No error

Explanation

affect will replace effect because -
effect (Verb) : to make something happen; to bring about
affect (Verb) : to produce a change in somebody/ something
Look at the examples given below :
These changes will give us the power to effect change.
Your opinion will not affect my decision.
Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar.
The report shows the effect (Noun) of noise on people in the factories.
Hence, are bound to affect the export sector is the right usage

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Q 2. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
When viewed with his point of view, the/entire episode assumes/a different colour altogether.

When viewed with his point of view, the

B

entire episode assumes

C

a different colour altogether.

D

No error

Explanation

from will replace with because -
from (Prep.) is used for showing somebody's point of view
from one's point of view : as far as one is concerned
Look at the examples given below :
From a financial point of view the project was a disaster. From my point of view, the party was a complete success.
Hence, when viewed from his point of view, the is the right usage

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Q 3. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
Unless it is accepted to both the parties, an/arbitrator would be of no/use to settle this dispute.

Unless it is accepted to both the parties, an

B

arbitrator would be of no

C

use to settle this dispute.

D

No error

Explanation

acceptable will replace accepted/by will replace to because -
accepted (Verb) : to agree/approve of something acceptable (Adj.) : agreed/approved by most people in a society; agreeable; capable of being accepted
Look at the examples given below :
The princess accepted the offer. (Active Voice)
The offer was accepted by the princess. (Passive Voice) The offer was acceptable to the princess.
Hence, acceptable to/accepted by will be used.
Hence, Unless it is accepted by/acceptable to both the parties, an is the right usage

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Q 4. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
Although the manager was keen on getting the work/done through Sudhir yesterday,/he tries to avoid it

A

Although the manager was keen on getting the work

B

done through Sudhir yesterday,

he tries to avoid it

D

No error

Explanation

tried will replace tries because -
The Principal clause is in Past tense and the sentence expresses a past action.
Look at the examples given below :
The teacher told us that he would take us for a picnic next day.
My father gave me the book which I wanted.
Hence, he tried to avoid it is the right usage

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Q 5. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
The various consequences of / the decision taken by the / finance ministry was not foreseen by the bureaucrats.

A

The various consequences of

B

the decision taken by the

finance ministry was not foreseen by the bureaucrats.

D

No error

Explanation

were will replace was because -
The various consequences (Main Subject) is in Plural. Hence, the Verb will also be in Plural as a Verb agrees with its Subject in Number.
Singular Subject —> Singular Verb (Main Verb + S) Plural Subject —> Plural Verb (Main Verb without S)
Look at the examples given below :


Hence, finance ministry were not foreseen by the bureaucrats is the right usage.

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Q 6. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
I never considered him to be a person who would / go back on his promise and / would do not even apologise.

A

I never considered him to be a person who would

B

go back on his promise and

would do not even apologise.

D

No error

Explanation

do (Aux. V.) will not be used because -
Each clause has to be structured in a way that is a complete sentence on its own.
Look at the structure below :
I never considered him to be a person who would go back on his promise. (Sentence I)
I never considered him to be a person who would not even apologize. (Sentence II)
Combining the two sentences -
I never considered him to be person who would go back on his promise and not even apologise.
Hence, not even apologise is the right usage.
Use of -
would do not even apologize is incorrect.

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Q 7. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
Having finished at school / Raghu thought of going to Bombay in / search some job.

A

Having finished at school

B

Raghu thought of going to Bombay in

search some job.

D

No error

Explanation

of (Prep.) will be used after search because in search of (Idiom) : looking for
Look at the examples given below :
They went to California in search of gold.
She went into the kitchen in search of a drink.
Hence, in search of some job is the right usage

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Q 8. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
Based on the newspaper reports, / we can conclude that / many accidents caused by reckless driving.

A

Based on the newspaper reports,

B

we can conclude that

many accidents caused by reckless driving.

D

No error.

Explanation

are will be used after accidents because -
The sentence is in Passive Voice. The basic structure of a Passive clause is as follows :

It is also a general statement, hence, the Aux. Verb will be used in Simple Present Tense.
Hence, many accidents are caused by reckless driving is the right usage

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Q 9. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
The officer / is angry on the clerk / for not attending to the work.

A

The officer

is angry on the clerk

C

for not attending to the work.

D

No error.

Explanation

with will replace on because -
angry (Adj.) : feeling or showing anger (usually followed by at, with, or about (Prep.)
Look at the examples given below :
The girl felt angry at the injustice of the situation.
I was angry with myself for making silly mistakes.
We use angry at/about (something) and angry with (somebody).
Hence, is angry with the clerk is the right usage

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Q 10. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
No sooner / I had spoken,/ than he left.

A

No sooner

I had spoken,

C

than he left.

D

No error.

Explanation

had I will replace I had because-
When a negative Adverb/Adverbial Expression (no sooner, hardly/barely/scarcely), is used at the beginning of a clause; it is followed by Aux. Verb + Subject.
Look at the examples given below :

Hence, had I spoken is the right usage

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Q 11. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
Our new neighbours / had been living in Arizona / since ten years before moving to their present house.

A

Our new neighbours

B

had been living in Arizona

since ten years before moving to their present house.

D

No error.

Explanation

for will replace since because -
for (Prep.) indicates a length of time
Since (Prep.) indicates a past time until a later time, or until now
Look at the examples given below :
I have lived in Bangalore for twenty-five years.
I had been living in Bangalore since 1964.
Hence, for ten years before moving to their present house is the right usage.

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Q 12. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
A city dweller finds it difficult / to pass away the time / in a village.

A

A city dweller finds it difficult

to pass away the time

C

in a village.

D

No error.

Explanation

away will not be used because-
to pass away (Phr. V.) : to die; end
to pass time : to spend time, especially when you are bored or waiting for something/someone
to pass (Verb) means to move past
Look at the examples given below :
The road was so narrow that cars were unable to pass. They passed the time until dinner talking and playing cards.
My aunt passed away last month.
The years of famine passed away and were followed by years of prosperity.
Hence, to pass the time is the right usage.

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Q 13. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
Visitors / were not permitted / entering the park / after dark.

A

Visitors

B

were not permitted

entering the park

D

after dark.

Explanation

to enter will replace entering because -
The to-Infinitive (Main Verb) : functions as a Noun, as Adjective, or an Adverb.
In this sentence,
permitted to enter, to enter is the direct object, the Noun that receives the action of the Verb (Permitted).
To enter refers to a thing being done, or, desired to be done
Hence, to enter the park is the right usage

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Q 14. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
The fifth and final act / of Macbeth contain / the sleepwalking scene.

A

The fifth and final act

of Macbeth contain

C

the sleepwalking scene.

D

No error.

Explanation

contains will replace contain because -
The fifth and final act (Main Subject) is in Singular. Hence, the Verb will also be in Singular as a Verb agrees with its Subject in Number.
Singular Subject —> Singular Verb (Main Verb + S)
Plural Subject —> Plural Verb (Main Verb without S)
Look at the example given below:
The great poet and scholar is dead.
Here, scholar and poet refer to the same man.
So, the Subject is in Singular and the Verb is also in Singular.
Hence, of Macbeth contains is the right usage.

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Q 15. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
One of the terrorists / of the Kashmir valley / are shot dead.

A

One of the terrorists

B

of the Kashmir valley

are shot dead.

D

No error

Explanation

was will replace are because-
when a Plural Noun is placed with a real Singular Subject (one, each, etc.) with of, the Verb will be Singular.
Look at the examples given below :
One of the boys is ill.
Each of the girls is clever.
Hence, was shot dead is the right usage.

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Q 16. Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
Ten kilometres / is / a long distance to walk.

A

Ten kilometres

B

is

C

a long distance to walk.

No error