Spotting Errors For SBI PO : Set – 28

In the following questions, find out which part of a sentence has an error. The letter corresponding to that part is your answer. If there is no mistake, the answer is ‘No error’

1. Firstly you should (a) / think over the meaning of the words (b) / and then use them (c) / No error (d)

2. My observation is that (a) / between Vivek and Shashi, (b) / Vivek is the most intelligent (c) / No error (d)

3. He is (a) / too intelligent (b) / to make a mistake (c) / No error (d)

4. Geometry and drawing (a) / are more easier than (b) / Geography and Social Studies (c) / No error (d)

5. Of all the friends (a) / I have had, he is the most helpful (b) / and less arrogant (c) / No error (d)

6. It is the duty of every citizen to do his utmost (a) / to defend the hardly-won (b) / freedom of the country (c) / No error (d)

7. Being the only people there (a) / their presence was (b) / most important (c) / No error (d)

8. He ultimately decided (a) / to willingly and cheerfully accept (b) / the responsibility entrusted to him (c) / No error (d)

9. I tried on both the dresses (a) / and finally decided (b) / to buy the expensive one (c) / No error (d)

10. The angry man walked hurriedly (a) / into the crowded room (b) / and shouted loud at the guest (c) / No error (d)

Answer Key with Explanations:

1. (a) ‘Firstly’ here conveys the meaning of ‘before some other thing’ (firstly, this and ‘secondly’, that). This sentence should read as: ‘You should first …. And then use them’.

2. (c) The comparative degree (‘more’) should be used (as the two are compared in terms of a particular quality), and not the superlative degree, ‘most’. As we are comparing the intelligence of Vivek and Shashi, ‘vivek is the more intelligent one’ or ‘Vivek is more intelligent’ is the correct expression.

3. (d) No error

4. (b) Two comparatives should not be used together. It should be ‘more easy’ or simply ‘easier’.

5. (c) As the superlative form ‘most helpful’ is used. It should be ‘the least arrogant’.

6. (b) ‘Hard-won’ (‘won with difficulty’) is correct and not ‘hardly-won’. ‘Hardly won’ would mean something that has not been won.

7. (d) No error

8. (d) No error

9. (c) Though the sentence seems correct as it is, the first part suggests a comparison _ ‘I tried on both dresses’. A choice is made in buying one: either the ‘more’ expensive one or the ‘less’ expensive one. So (c) should read ‘to buy the more expensive one’ or ‘to buy the less expensive one’.

10. (c) The adverbial form ___ ‘loudly’ ___ should be used ‘Loud’ is an adjective.