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SSC MTS General English – Spotting Errors – 4

In the following questions, some of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is your answer. If there is no error, your answer is (4) i.e. No error.

1. The principal and staff (1) / are awaiting for (2) / the chief guest. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (1) The principal and staff


Explanation :


(1) Here, the subject should be plural. Hence, The principal and the staff —– should be used.


2. He thinks (1) / himself (2) / as a great scholar. (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (3) as great scholar


Explanation :


(3) Here, use of as is not proper.


3. Unless (1) / you will study hard (2) / you cannot pass. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) you will study hard


Explanation :


(2) Look at the sentences:


You will pass if you work hard. I will wait here until he comes back


These sentences show time or condition and sense of future time. Hence, you study hard (Present Simple) —- should be used here.


4. I like (1) / the poetries (2) / of Byron and Shelley. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) the poetries


Explanation :


(2) The word poetry is always used in singular number.


Look at these sentences :


The poetry of Tagore is immortal.(Correct)


Tagore’s poetries are great. (Wrong)


5. On last Sunday (1) / I met my friend (2) / accidentally. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (1) On last Sunday


Explanation :


(1) Here, the last Sunday — should be used.


6. Last night I dream (1) / I was Sheikh on the 169th floor (2) / of Burj Khalifa. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (1) Last night I dream


Explanation :


(1) The event shows past time.


Hence, Past Indefinite should be used. Hence, Last night I dreamt should be used.


7. As soon as (1) / the lion saw the deer (2) / he began to run after it. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (4) No error


Explanation:


(4) No error


8. The police asked us (1) / about our movements (2) / on a night of the crime. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (3) on a night of the crime.


Explanation :


(3) Here, on a night of the crime should be used.


9. Did he tell you (1) / why he hasn’t (2) / come yesterday ? (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (2) why he hasn’t


Explanation :


(2) Here, Past Perfect, i.e.. why hadn’t … should be used.


10. It was a pleasant (1) / four hours drive (2) / from Pune to Nakhik. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (2) four hours drive


Explanation :


(2) Here, four hour drive should be used.


 


Look at the structure:


Numeral Adjective + Hyphen + Noun


If a compound word is formed by joining Definite Numeral Adjective and Noun by the hyphen, then that Noun is always singular. 


Look at the sentences:


I have two five – rupee notes.


You have a ten – rupee note.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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