Spotting Errors For SBI PO : Set – 29

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. After toiling very hardly (a) / over a long period of time (b) / he found that people recognized him as a successful person (c) / No error (d)

2. I advised my son (a) / to engage two coolies instead of one (b)/ because the luggage was too much heavy for a single coolie (c) / No error (d)

3. Everyone felt that (a) / the big glittering diamond (b) / was most unique (c) / No error (d)

4. The signpost at the gate (a) / of the garden read: (b) / ‘Trespassers will be persecuted’ (c) / No error (d)

5. A lot of travel delay is caused (a) / due to the inefficiency and lack of good management (b) / on behalf of the railways (c) / No error (d)

6. The manager called the clerk and said whether (a) / he was in the habit of (b) / sleeping at home as well (c) / No error (d)

7. The crew were on board (a) / and they soon busied themselves (b) / in preparing to meet the storm (c) / No error (d)

8. The statement made by the writer (a) / appears to be incorrect (b) / as Gandhi was never born in Ahmedabad (c) / No error (d)

9. With the advancement of winter (a) / the days grow shorter (b) / while the nights grow longer (c) / No error (d)

10. Students should work (a) / hard in order to (b) / build their carrier (c) / No error (d)

Answer Key With Explanations:

1. (a) Though both ‘hardly’ and ‘hard’ are adverbs, their meanings are different. It is ‘hard’ that is correct here. ‘Hardly’ meaning ‘rarely’ is incorrectly used here.

2. (c) ‘Too heavy’ will do; ‘too much heavy’ is not correct. The phrase could also be ‘much too heavy’.

3. (c) A word such as ‘unique’ is in the superlative degree by itself and should not have ‘most’ before it.

4. (c) ‘Prosecuted’ (‘brought before a court’ or ‘pursued by law’) is right and not ‘persecuted’ (‘harassed’ or ‘put to death’)

5. (c) ‘On behalf of’ means speaking or acting for someone else. The phrase is incorrectly used here. ‘On the part of the railways’ is the correct expression.

6. (a) The manager has put a question to the clerk; so it should be ‘asked’.

7. (c) The correct preposition is ‘with’, not ‘in’.

8. (c) ‘Was never born’ should be replaced by ‘was not born’ as we are referring to a definite fact that happened but not in the place indicated.

9. (a) ‘Advance’ (n), meaning development or progress, is to be used in place of ‘advancement’ which generally means ‘improvement’ or ‘promotion’.

10. (c) ‘Carrier’ means a person, an animal or a thing that carries. The correct word here should be ‘career’, meaning profession or occupation.