Spotting Errors For SBI PO : Set – 27

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. I shall write (a) / to you (b) / when I shall reach Bangalore (c) / No error (d)

2. I have not (a) / played cricket (b) / since I have left college (c) / No error (d)

3. For how long (a) / did you (b) / learning English? (c) / No error (d)

4. He is going every day (a) / for a morning walk (b) / with his friends and neighbours. (c) / No error (d)

5. It is unfortunate that (a) / many youngsters get (b) / addicted to gamble (c) / No error (d)

6. The house with all its (a) / furniture and exotic plants (b) / were sold for Rs 50,000 (c) / No error (d)

7. The cabinet ministers and the prime minister (a) / was at the airport (b) / to receive the foreign dignitary (c) / No error (d)

8. Meerabai was sent away from her home (a) / because she spend most of the time (b) / in the company of holy men (c) / No error (d)

9. A group of friends (a) / went to visit (b) / the new plant as early as possible (c) / No error (d)

10. Unless you stop to make noise at once (a) / I will have no option but to (b) / bring the matter to the attention of the police (c) / No error (d)

Answer Key with Explanations:

1. (c) ‘Shall’ is redundant in the last part of the conditional sentence. Compare Q. No. 6 above and its explanation.

2. (c) There is no need to use the auxiliary verb ‘have’ twice.

3. (b) Replace ‘did’ with ‘have been’ as it is followed by ‘learning’ and not ‘learn’. (b) should be ‘have you been’.

4. (a) ‘He goes..’ is the correct usage.

5. (c) ‘Gambling’ (used as a noun here) is the correct word. ‘Gambling’ can be used as a verb as well but ‘gamble’ is always a verb.

6. (c) As the reference is to the house, the verb should be singular (‘was’)

7. (b) ‘Were’, the plural verb, is to be used.

8. (b) Past tense of ‘spend’ (‘spent’) should be used.

9. (d) No error

10. (a) The sentence should begin___ ‘Unless you stop making noise at once’.