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SSC MTS General English – Spotting Errors – 6

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. We saw (1) / sand sculptures (2) / in the beach. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (2) sand sculptures


Explanation:


(2) Replace group of words sand sculptures by ‘the sand sculptures’. Here, there is mention of particular sand sculptures.


2. Everybody in the office (1) / has left early, (2) / haven’t they? (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (4) No error


Explanation:


(4) No error


3. The teacher told that (1) / the students should have gone to the library (2) / instead of having wasted their name. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (1) The teacher told that


Explanation:


(1) Here, ‘told’ should be replaced by ‘said’. Verb ‘told’ is generally followed by an object.


4. He is (1) / one of the tallest boy (2) / in the class. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (2) one of the tallest boy


Explanation:


(2) ‘One of is followed by a plural Noun / Pronoun. Hence, He is one of tallest boys…. will be a correct sentence.


5. He was awarded (1) / with a doctorate degree (2) / for his new invention. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (3) for his new invention.


Explanation:


(3) Replace group of words ‘for his new invention ‘by ‘for his new research’, The word ‘research’ means : a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it.


6. Scarcely had (1) / I arrived than (2) / the train left. (3) / No error. (4).

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Answer : (2) I arrived than


Explanation:


(2) Scarcely should be followed by when and not by than.


For example,


Scarcely had he gone, when (not than) a policeman knocked at the door.


Hence, than should be replaced with when.


7. The reason why (1) / he was rejected (2) / was because he was too young. (3) / No error. (4).

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Answer : (3) was because he was too young


Explanation:


(3) After such openings as The reason is, The reason why, the clause, containing the reason must not begin with ‘because’ but with ‘that’.


For example, The reason why he is absent is that he is ill. Hence, because should be replaced with that.


8. Teachers of various schools (1) / met to discuss about (2) / how to improve the standard of English. (3) / No error. (4).

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Answer : (2) met to discuss about


Explanation:


(2) The error lies in part (2) of the sentence. The preposition ‘about’ has superfluously been used here.


For example,


We discussed when to go / when we should go.


9. His tradition – bound attitude (1) / had to be a constant source of dissatisfaction (2) / among the younger members of the family. (3) / No error. (4).

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Answer : (4) No error


Explanation:


No error


10. The two first to arrive (1) / were the lucky recipients (2) / of a surprise gift. (3) / No error (4)

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Answer : (1) The two first to arrive


Explanation:


(1) “The two first to arrive “should be replaced with “The first two to arrive to make a correct sense of the sentence.


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