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SSC MTS General English – Spotting Errors – 8

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 had a lot of difficulty (1) / to find (2) / the house. (3) / No error. (4)

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Answer :  (2) to find


Explanation :


(2) The error lies in part (2) of the sentence. The infinitive has been wrongly used. Hence, “to find” should be replaced with “in finding” as difficulty (Noun) takes in as preposition. For example,


I had the greatest difficulty in persuading her.


2. Patience as well as perseverance (1) / are necessary (2) / for success. (3) / No error / (4).

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Answer :  (2) are necessary


Explanation :


(2) It is possible to connect two subjects with ‘as well as’ before a verb. If the first subject is singular the verb is also likely to be singular. For example.


Alice as well as her brothers was shocked b the news. Hence, are should be replaced with is.


3. The passer-by told us (1) / where was the marriage hall (2) / and even led us to it. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) where was the marriage hall


Explanation :


(2) In Indirect speech of Interrogative Sentence, the structure of the sentence is as follows :


Subject + ask + object + question – word + assertive clause.


For example,


I told my friend, “why are you sad?” (Direct)


I asked my friend why he was sad. (Indirect):


Hence, “Where was the marriage hall” should be replaced with “where the marriage hall was”.


4. The increase in consumption is directly (1) / proportional to the increase (2) / in income.(3) / No error. (4).

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Answer : (4) No error


Explanation :


(4) No error


5. In Singapore (1) / my brother-in-law with his wife (2) / were present at the function. (3) / No error. (4).

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Answer : (3) my brother-in-law with his wife


Explanation :


(3) “My brother-in-law with his wife” is a subject with singular sense. Hence, it will take a singular verb.


6. The Manager put forward (1) / a number of critereons / (2) for the post. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) a number of critereons


Explanation :


(2) The plural of the word criterion is criteria.


Hence, a number of criteria….. should be used.


7. The Railways have made (1) / crossing the tracks (2) / a punished offence. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (3) a punished offence


Explanation :


(3) Here, a punishable offence…….


should be used. The word punishable (Adjective) means : that can be punished, especially by law.


8. A member shall be required (1) / to pay interest at such rate (2) / as is fixed by the committee. (3) No error (4).

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Answer : (2) to pay interest at such rate


Explanation :


(2) Here, to pay interest at such a rate…. should be used.


Look at the sentence :


The number of reported crimes is increasing at an alarming rate.


9. Citizens cannot afford (1) / to take the law (2) / out of their hands. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (3) out of their hands.


Explanation :


(3) Idom take the law into your own hands means : to do something illegal in order to punish somebody for doing something  wrong, instead of letting the police deal with them. Hence, into their hands…. should be used.


10. The relatives of the decreased (1) threatened to avenge (2) / his death. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (4) No error


Explanation :


(4) No error


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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