Target SBI PO : English Day 30

  1. I shall go to Australia (a) / for higher studies (b) / if you like it or not (c) / no error (d)
  2. They refused (a) / staying in that hotel (b) / as it was too crowded (c) / no error (d)
  3. Each person (a) / should look after (b) / their own belongings (c) / no error (d)
  4. The soldier jumped to attention (a) / when the colonel (b) / passed him (c) / no error (d)
  5. The train entered (a) / in the station (b) / and stopped slowly (c) / no error (d)
  6. I have (a) / seen her only once (b) / but I am liking her lot (c) / no error (d)
  7. I told him (a) / that we enjoyed very much (b) / at the party (c) / no error (d)
  8. John is working very hardly (a) / as the examinations (b) / are fast approaching (c) / no error (d)
  9. Two hours have passed (a) / since (b) / he had fallen asleep (c) / no error (d)
  10. Having broken down, (a) / the driver sent the car (b) / to the garage (c) / no error (d)


  1. (c) ‘Whether’ should replace ‘if’. ‘Whether you like it or not’ implies ‘irrespective of’ __ that is, the action of going has already been decided upon. ‘If’, when used, makes the meaning of the sentence ambiguous. ‘Whether…or not’ is accepted usage; ‘If … or not’ is a construction that is not used.
  2. (b) Correct usage is ‘to stay’ and not ‘staying’. The ‘to-infinitive’ here functions as an adverb and qualifies the verb, ‘refused’.
  3. (c) ‘Each person’ is singular, so ‘his’ or ‘her’, or ‘his’ or ‘her’ should be used , not ‘their’.
  4. (d) No error.
  5. (b) A person or a thing ‘enters’ (not ‘enters in’) a place
  6. (c) The present continuous form ‘am liking’ is incorrect. I ‘like’ is correct.
  7. (b) The past perfect tense has to be used instead of simple past in (b), as the action of enjoying was already over when I told him about it. (‘We had enjoyed very much’ instead of ‘we enjoyed very much’.)
  8. (a) ‘Hardly’ is an adverb and so it must not be used here. The adjective form ‘hard’ is correct.
  9. (c) The past tense, ‘fell’, needs to be used. ‘Since’ is used as a conjunction here.
  10. (a) ‘Having broken down’ refers to the car. So the sentence should read ‘As the car had broken down, the driver sent it (the car) to the garage’. The given sentence seems to suggest that the driver had broken down. When we use a participial phrase, the noun which it governs must be placed next to it.


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