Spotting Errors For SBI PO : Set – 20

Directions Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number f that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (d). (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.)

1. He says that (a) / he has a car (b) / beside a scooter. (c) / No error (d)

2. Our question (a) / is different (b) / than yours (c) / No error (d)

3. They walked (a) / besides each other (b) / in silence (c) / No error (d)

4. In a report issued by Indian Statistical Institute, (a) the Iron and Steel Industry is investing more than any other (b) / Indian industry in fighting pollution (c) / No error (d)

5. On a holiday (a) / Madhu prefers reading (b) / than going out visiting friends (c) / No error (d)

6. Because of the emergency help (a) / that the patient received (b) / he would have died (c) / No error (d)

7. No sooner did I open the door (a) / when the rain, heavy and stormy, rushed in, (b) / making us shiver from head to foot (c) / No error (d)

8. A downfall of this kind (a) is to be attributed to (b) / nothing else than pride. (c) / No error (d)

9. The old women has had the best medical facilities available (a) / but she will not be cured (b) / unless she does not have a strong desire to live. (c) / No error (d)

10. The manager of the bank was busy; (a) / so he asked them to come and (b) / see him between two to three in the afternoon (c) / No error (d)

Answer Key With Explanations:

1. (c) ‘Besides’ (adv.) meaning ‘in addition’ or ‘more over’ should be used in place of ‘beside’ (prep.), meaning ‘next to’.

2. (c) A thing is different ‘from’ another. ‘Different from’ (or ‘different to’) means distinct or separate from another.

3. (b) ‘Beside’ is correct here, not ‘besides’.

4. (a) Article ‘the’ must precede the name of the institute. ‘The’ is used before certain proper names including the names of universities and institutes.

5. (c) A thing is preferred ‘to’ another. So ‘to’ should replace ‘than’ here.

6. (a) ‘But for’ should be used in place of ‘because of’. ‘But for’ means ‘were it not for’.

7. (b) ‘No sooner’ should be followed by ‘than’ and not ‘when’. The pair ‘no sooner… than’ is a subordinate conjunction of time. It indicates that the second event occurs immediately after the first one.

8. (c) Should read ‘nothing else but pride’ or ‘nothing other than pride’.

9. (c) There is a double negative in ‘unless she does not’; this part should read: ‘unless she has a… live’.

10. (c) ‘Between’ should be followed by the conjunction ‘and’ and not ‘to’ (between this ‘and’ that).