Spotting Error Set -39

Direction: In the following questions choose the grammatically correct sentence from the given sentences.

Q1. A) It looks like it is going to rain this afternoon.
B) It looks as if it is going to rain this afternoon
C) It looks as if it is going to rain today afternoon
D) It looks like it is going to rain today afternoon.

Answers

 Option B
Explanation
: As is a conjunction and like is a preposition, always use as, as if, as though etc to introduce a clause.

Q2. A) This book left by who knows whom? Has been lying here for days?
B) This book- left by who knows whom- has been lying here for days.
C) This book left by- who knows who?- has been lying here for days.
D) This book left by- who knows who- has been lying here for days.

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 Option B
Explanation
: ‘left by who knows whom’ is parenthetical, hence B punctuates it correctly. Left by whom (him) is better than left by who (he).

Q3. A) I can understand my sister better than my mother.
B) I can understand my sister more than my mother.
C) I can better understand my sister than my mother.
D) I can understand my sister better than I can understand my mother.

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 Option D
Explanation
: Sentence A and B are ambiguous. They can mean that: I can understand my sister better than my mother understands my sister. Option D) is clearly stated.

Q4. A) She said that Ravi had a fall last week and he had been injured.
B) She said that Ravi had fallen the previous week and he had injured
C) She said that Ravi had had a fall last week and he was injured.
D) She said that Ravi had had a fall the previous week and he had been injured.

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 Option D
Explanation
: This is a reported speech of the sentence (She said that). Ravi had a fall last week and he was injured. IN all other sentences, wither the tense is wrong or the adverb i.e last week must become previous week in reported speech.

Q5. A) She intended to get married to him, but then she goes and breaks relations with him.
B) She intends to get married to him, but then she goes and breaks relation with him.
C) She intended to get married to him, but she went and broke relations with him.
D) She intended to get married to him, but then she will go and break relations with him.

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 Option C
Explanation
: In C) there is consistent use of simple past. In rest all tense is not maintained.

Q6. A) Of all the students in the class whom do you think the teacher likes the most?
B) Of all the students in the class who do you think the teacher likes the most?
C) Who do you think the teacher likes the best of all students in the class?
D) In the class, who do you think the teacher likes the most of all the students?

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 Option A
Explanation
: Whom fits the sentence because here it is an object

Q7. A) In 2015, she was promoted to the position of General Manager, Systems.
B) She was promoted in 2015 to a General Manager, Systems post.
C) She was promoted to a General Manager, Systems position in 2015.
D) She was promoted in 2015 to General Manager, Systems.

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 Option D
Explanation
: Option D, eliminates the redundancy of the words position and post

Q8. A) If I had any idea, I would have warned you immediately.
B) If I had any idea, I would have warned you immediately.
C) If I have any idea, I would warn you immediately
D) I had had any idea, I would warn you immediately.

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 Option B
Explanation
: If I had… I would have

Q9. A) It is recommended that the college acquire a large enough playground.
B) It is recommended that the college acquires a large enough playground.
C) It is recommended that the college must acquire large enough playground.
D) It is recommended that the college acquires a large enough playing ground.

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 Option A
Explanation
: The verb recommended makes the subjunctive (expresses a condition which is doubtful or not factual. It is most often found in a clause beginning with the word if. It is also found in clauses following a verb that expresses a doubt, a wish, regret, request, demand, or proposal.) appropriate in the sentence, hence the verb is used in its base form “acquire” – recommended makes must acquire redundant

Q10. A) More than one student have expressed his/her support for the campaign
B) More than one student has expressed their support for the campaign
C) More than one student has expressed his/her support for the campaign.
D) More than one student have expressed their support for the campaign.

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 Option C
Explanation
: More than one- is singular in construction. With singular use of there is incorrect.

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