Spotting Errors For SBI PO : Set – 33

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. He makes it clear in the very first novel (a) / of this period that (b) / he sees his life and work on dramatic terms (c) / No error (d)

2. I wonder (a) / what he has done with the book (b) / I lend him (c) / No error (d)

3. Although we are free (a) /for the last forty five years or so (b) / yet we continue to be economically backward (c) / No error (d)

4. I will discuss the matter with him (a) / when I will see him (b) / in the next few days (c) / No error (d)

5. He fell from a running train (a) / and would have died (b) / if the villagers did not get him admitted in the nearby hospital immediately (c) / No error (d)

6. There are much inconveniences (a) / one has to put up with (b) / when one is camping (c) / No error (d)

7. Supposing if you (a) / are arrested (b) / what will you do? (c) / No error (d)

8. He was advised (a) / to be more cautious (b) / lest he is robbed again (c) / No error (d)

9. None of the students attending your class (a) / answered your questions, (b) / did they? (c) / No error (d)

10. Jack has a far more expensive (a) / and luxurious apartment (b) / than John’s (c) / No error (d)

Answer Key With Explanations:

1. (c) The correct preposition before ‘dramatic terms’ is ‘in’.

2. (c) The past tense of ‘lend __ ‘lent’ __ should be used.

3. (a) ‘We have been free’ should replace the simple present ‘are free’.

4. (b) Avoid using two future tense forms of the same kind (‘will’ here) in a sentence when this is not necessary. Correct usage is ‘….When I see him’.

5. (c) The last part of the sentence should read ‘if the villagers had not got him admitted…’ The past perfect should be used for an even that occurred before another is mentioned. ‘He would have died’ in the past if another event had not happened before that (the villagers getting him admitted in a hospital).

6. (a) ‘Inconveniences’ should be preceded by ‘many’, not ‘much’. ‘Much inconvenience’ is, however, correct. ‘Many’ means ‘a large number’ and is used with plural countable nouns (when ‘inconveniences’ can be counted as so many individual problems); ‘much’ means ‘a large amount’ and is used with uncountable nouns like ‘inconvenience’ meaning ‘hassle’.

7. (a) ‘Supposing’ and ‘if’ both convey the same meaning. So only one of these should be used.

8. (c) ‘Lest’ should be followed by ‘should’; here, ‘lest he should be robbed again’ is correct.

9. (d) No error.

10. (c) ‘John’s’ is incorrect here; it should be simply ‘john’. The sentence can also be written as: ‘Jack’s apartment is far more expensive and luxurious than John’s’. Parallel structure should be maintained.