Spotting Errors For SBI PO : Set – 36

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. There are several ways (a) / of investing money prudently (b) / and making substantial profit (c) / from the investments (d) / No error (e)

2. The student (a) / answered to (b) / the question (c) / asked by the inspector of schools (d) / No error (e)

3.The Trust plans (a) / to set on (b) / a special school for (c) / dumb and deaf children (d) / No error (e)

4. I offered him part-time work (a) / but the turned it over (b) / saying that he would (c) / rather wait for a full-time job (d) / No error (e)

5. In the meeting (a) / Mr. Mehta’s suggestions with regard for (b) / certain administrative reforms (c) / were hailed by all the members (d) / No error (e)

6. Mohan could not (a) / go to the picnic (b) / for his mother (c) / was not well (d) / No error (e)

7. No sooner did (a) / the chairman begin speaking, some (b) / participants started (c) / shouting slogans (d) / No error (e)

8. No sooner did the jeep arrive (a) / at the station (b) / than a young police officer (c) / jumped out of it (d) / No error (e)

9. Sooner than he had arrived (a) / his friends arranged a reception (b) / in his honour in (c) / the best hotel in town (d) / No error (e)

10. The chief idea of (a) / very common type of traveller (b) / is to see as many (c) / objects of interest as he possibly could (d) / No error (e)

Answer Key with Explanations:

1. (e) No error.

2. (b) One ‘answers’ a question; not ‘answer to’ a question or a person.

3. (b) ‘Set up’ meaning ‘establish’ should be used and not ‘set on’ (instigate or incite).

4.(b) ‘Turned it down’, meaning ‘refused’, is correct. ‘Turn it over’ means ‘put in reverse position’ or ‘transfer’.

5. (b) ‘With regard to’ is the correct phrase.

6. (c) ‘As’ or ‘because’ is the correct word here, not ‘for’

7. (b) ‘No sooner’ should be followed by ‘than’ and not ‘when’. The pair ‘no sooner … than’ is a subordinate conjunction of time. It indicates that the second event occurs immediately after the first one.

8. (e) No error.

9. (a) The first part of the sentence should read ‘As soon as he arrived’.

10. (b) The article ‘a’ is necessary before ‘very common type of traveller’ because the reference is to any common traveller.