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SSC MTS General English – Spotting Errors – 5

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. He walks (1) / as if the earth (2) / belongs to him (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (3) belongs to him


Explanation :


(3) As if / As though show condition.


Post Conditional Tense should be used.


As if / As though should invariably be followed by a past conditional, and not by a present form (‘would’, not will; ‘was’ or ‘were’ not ‘is’). Fowler.


Hence, replace belongs to him by belonged to him should be used.


2. The clerk was (1) / not intimidated by (2) / his boss’s bullying (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (4) No error


Explanation :


(4) No error


3. This misogynist hates (1) / all mother in laws, (2) / lady-doctors and house maids (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (2) The plural member of Mother-in-law’ is Plural Mothers-in-law’


Explanation:


(2) The plural number of Mother in-law is Plural Mothers-n-law’ is Plural ‘Mother-in-law’


4. How to solve the problems (1) / is the main concern of the organizes (2) / at the moment (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (1) How to solve the problems


Explanation:


(1) It is not proper to use the before plural Noun.


Hence, How to solve the problem / How to solve problems should be used.


5. We requested the watchman (1) / to clean up the basement (2) / so that the children had enough space tp play (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (1) We requested the watchman


Explanation :


(1) We ordered/asked the watchman should be used. as the sense shows order.


6. Hostility between the (1) / two groups have (2) / increased in the past few months. (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (2) two groups have


Explanation :


(2) The subject of the sentence Hostility is singular.


Hence, Hostility between the two groups has…. will be a correct sentence.


7. Her class is very special because it has children (1) / with many different (2) / abilities and skills. (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (2) with many different


Explanation :


(2) Replace group of words ‘with many different by with different / of different’.


8. Many peoples were (1) / brought to saftey (2) / by the army helicopters from the flood hit area. (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (1) Many peoples were


Explanation :


(1) The word people is a plural Noun. Hence, ‘Many people were will be a correct usage.


9. It is difficult to understand the problems (1) / that the physically challenged people (2) / encounters in their daily life. (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (3) encounters in their daily life.


Explanation :


(3) The subject of the clause the physically challenged people is plural. hence encounter in their daily life should be used because plural subject agrees with plural verb.


10. I had gone only a little way down the street (1) / when I realised that (2) / I had not lock the door. (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (3) I had not locked the door.


Explanation :


(3) The structure of Past Perfect Tense is:


Subject + had + V3 (Past participle)


Hence, ‘I had not locked the door’ should be used.


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