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SSC MTS General English – Spotting Errors – 7

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. Even today (1) / it is incredulous to think (2) / that men have walked on the moon. / (3) No error. (4)

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Answer : (2) it is incredulous to think


Explanation:


(2) The error lies in part (2) of the sentence. The word incredulous means : not able to believe; showing disbelief. It should be replaced with the word incredible which means : difficult to believe.


2. The fireman wore (1) / inflammable clothing (2) / for protection. / (3) No error. (4)

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Answer : (1) The fireman wore


Explanation:


(1) The error lies in part (1) of the sentence. The Simple Present is used to express a habitual action general truths. For example,


He takes milk every morning.


Habitual action


The sun rises in the east.


General truth


Hence the fireman wore should be replaced with the firemen wear.


3. Beside food, (1) / the pilgrims carried (2) / some medicines. / (3) No error. (4)

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Answer : (1) Beside food


Explanation:


(1) The error lies in part (1) of the sentence. The word beside should be replaced with the besides as besides means in addition to something.


For example,


The play was badly acted, besides being far too long.


But the word beside (Preposition) means at the side of something/somebody. For example, Sit beside your sister.


4. Adults suffering chicken pox (1) / can develop (2) / all kinds of complications (3) No error. (4)

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Answer : (1) Adults suffering chicken pox


Explanation:


(1) The error lies in part (1) of the sentence. Dults suffering chicken pox should be replaced with “adults suffering from chicken pox”, because the word suffer is followed by preposition from For example,


He is suffering fever. (x)


without preposition


He is suffering from fever. (square root)


5. The well-known pianist (1) / had to practice for several hours a day (2) / even after he rose to fame. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (2) had to practice for several hours a day


Explanation:


(2) The error lies in part (2) of the sentence. ‘Had to practice for several hours a day’ should be replaced with ‘had to practice for several hours a day’. because infinitive is used as an object of a preposition. For example.


He is about to begin.


Hence, Practice, being Noun, should be replaced with practise (verb).


6. If I had lots of money (1) / I’d give some to anybody (2) / who asked for it. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (3) who asked for it.


Explanation:


(3) The word Hardly means almost no; almost none. Hence, with no effort at all / with hardly any effort should be used.


7. The old man felled (1) / some of the trees in the garden (2) / with hardly no effort at all. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (3) with hardly no effort at all.


Explanation:


(3) The word Hardly means : almost no; almost none. Hence, with no effort at all / with hardly any effort should be used.


8. Untill the world lasts, (1) / the earth will go (2) / round the sun. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (4) No error


Explanation:


(4) No error


9. I go to the temple (1) / as often as (2) / I find time. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer : (1) I go to the templw


Explanation:


(1) Article is not used before the nouns used in some idioms / phrases : to go to school / college / church / temple / home / market / bed.


10. A few tiles on skylab (1) / were the only equipments (2) / that failed to perform well in outer space. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) were the only equipments


Explanation:


(2) Here were the only equipment should be used.


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