Spotting Errors For SBI PO : Set – 31

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. The serial which appeared quite interesting initially (a) / turned out to be boring (b) / in its latter parts (c) / No error (d)

2. Never I have listened to such beautiful music (a) / as the piece we heard ( b) / on the radio last night (c) / No error (d)

3. What sort of a drug this is (a) / that no one seems to be able to predict its long term effects (b) / with any certainty? (c) / No error (d)

4. We went to (a) / the only Chinese restaurant in town (b) / and were served piped hot food (c) / No error (d)

5. The lawyer told his client (a) / that he would represent him (b) / only if he pays up his fee (c) / No error (d)

6. He speaks (a) / not only Tamil (b) / but Telugu as well (c) / No error (d)

7. She sang (a) / very well, (b) / isn’t it? (c) / No error (d) /

8. When learning to swim (a) / one of the most important things to do (b) / is to relax (c) / No error (d)

9. People should decide (a) / to not give (b) / or take dowry (c) / No error (d)

10. The Ahujas (a) / are living in this colony (b) / for the last eight years (c) / No error (d)

Answer With Explanations:

1. (c) ‘Latter part’ is correct. ‘Latter part’ means the second half. ‘Later part’ would be, however, correct only if we refer to a single episode of a serial.

2. (a) Certain adverbs and adverbial phrases, mostly with a restrictive or negative sense, can for emphasis be placed first in a sentence or clause and they are followed by the inverted or interrogative form of the verb. Inversion is necessary here; ‘Never have I …’

3. (a) The first part of the sentence should be, ‘what sort of a drug is this.

4. (c) The correct phrase is ‘piping hot food’.

5. (c) ‘Pay up’ means ‘pay on demand’ or ‘pay fully’. Here, the past tense ‘paid’ must be used to maintain sequence of tenses.

6. (c) ‘Not only’ must always be accompanied by ‘but also’, ‘Not only … but also’ joins two related facts, and places special emphasis on them. This sentence should read, ‘He speaks not only Tamil but also Telugu’.

7. (c) ‘Didn’t she’ should be the question tag, not ‘isn’t it’. If there is an auxiliary verb in the statement, it is repeated in the question tag; for verbs other than auxiliaries, the correct form of ‘do’ is used.

8. (d) No error

9. (b) An inversion of ‘to not give’ is necessary ‘Not to give’ is the correct expression as ‘not to’ is shared by both verbs ‘give’ and ‘take’.

10. (b) The present perfect continuous tense is used for actions that began in the past but are continuing to take place in the present and are expected to continue in the near future . Use ‘have been’ in place of ‘are’.