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SSC MTS General English – Spotting Errors – 9

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. I remember (1) / meet him / (2) five years ago. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) meet him


Explanation :


(2) Replace ‘meet him’ by ‘meeting (Gerund) him’.


Look at the sentence :


I vaguely remember hearing him come in.


2. He asked (1) / that how long (2) / you would be absent. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) that how long


Explanation :


(2) In indirect speech, we don’t use any connective with what / where / which / how in interrogative sentences.


Look at the sentences:


He said to me, “How are you?” (Direct)


He asked me how I was. (Indirect)


Hence, it is improper to use ‘that’ here.


3. He ate (1) / nothing (2) / since yesterday. (3) No error (4).

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Answer : (1) He ate


Explanation :


(1) Here, Present Perfect should be used as it has effect on the present.


Hence, ‘He has eaten’ should be used.


4. She (1) / is working here (2) / since 1983. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) is working here


Explanation :


(2) The work has continued in the past and still continues. Hence, Present Perfect Continuous i.e.. she has been working here…. should be used.


5. Madhuri Dixit is having (1) / a large (2) / fan following . (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (1) Madhuri Dixit is having


Explanation :


(1) It is improper to use ‘is having (progressive). Hence, Madhuri Dixit has …. should be used.


6. A variety of pleasant items in a shop (1) / attract (2) / everybody. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (4) No error


Explanation :


(4) No error


7. The table’s legs (1) / have been (2) / elaborately carved. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (1) The table’s legs


Explanation :


(1) The possessive case of non-living Noun is not formed by adding apostrophe ‘s’ but by adding of. Therefore, it is called of geniitve. hence, ‘The table’s legs should be replaced by “The legs of the table”.


8. The scenterires (1) / of Kashmir (2) / is very charming. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (1) The Scenterires


Explanation :


(1) The scenery of Kashmir…… will be a correct sentence.


9. I would appreciate if readers (1) / would write to me (2) / about how they meditate. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) would write to me


Explanation :


(2) Replace group of words ‘would write to me’ by ‘write to me’ (Present Indefinite).


10. Neither of the two children (1) / said their prayer (2) / before going to bed. (3) / No error (4).

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Answer : (2) said their prayer


Explanation :


(2) Replace group of words ‘said their prayer’ by ‘offered their prayer’.


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