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ERROR FINDING – PRACTICE SET-4 – SOLVED (Hindi & English)

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Error Finding — Practice Set-4 — Solved (Both Hindi & English)

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS: 25                                                                                                  MAXIMUM TIME: 10 minutes

1. Where / have I / to deposit the fee? / NE

2. If Deepak had been with us / from the beginning / we would be much happier / NE

3. By the time she had finished her work / I had nearly given up / all hope of arriving at the party in time. / NE

4. How close the ball / will come depends / on how forcefully it was hit. / NE

5. The vaccine / when hit the Indian market / is dogged by controversy. /NE

6. Ram is as good, / if not better / than they. / NE

7. This young lady is more beautiful / but not so cultured as / her sister. / NE

8. As they climb / higher, the air became cooler. / NE

9. Engines used in space shuttles / are much larger and more stronger than / the ones used in jet planes. / NE

10. It is / a / desert place. / NE

11. The man whom I thought / was thoroughly honest / proved to be a swindler. / NE

12. Bacon the father / of the English essay had / a thirst for knowledge. / NE

13. When Albert stayed at the African jungle / he chose to put up with many inconveniences such as / wild animals and poisonous insects. / NE

14. Deepak told me that he / would take me to the park / when he would come home. / NE

15. Let us go / for a picnic, / shouldn’t we? / NE

16. Whenever they go out / shopping, they / take their pet cat with them. / NE

17. It is a worth watching documentary, / you must not / miss it. / NE

18. The process was too simple and easy to understand / that it hardly took five minutes / for us to grasp it. / NE

19. The arm was so badly injured / that he must have / it amputated. / NE

20. The father said to his son / that if he wanted to achieve his goal / he must work hard. / NE

21. When viewed with his point of view / the entire episode assumes / a different colour altogether./ NE

22. I did not / play, / nor I studied. / NE

23. You need not tell a lie / when the judge asked you where you were / when the crime was committed. / NE

24. Someone, they don’t know whom, / knocked at / their door in midnight. / NE

25. Let us picnic / on that field / over there. NE

Answer Key

1. B 2. C 3. A 4. C 5. C 6. A 7. A 8. A 9. B 10. C
11. A 12. D 13. A 14. C 15. C 16. D 17. A 18. A 19. B 20. A
21. A 22. C 23. A 24. C 25. B

Solution with explanation (in Hindi)

1. Replace ‘have I’ by ‘do I have’ in part ‘B’. जब ‘have’ का अर्थ मालिकाना हक बताना नहीं होता तो इसके negative और interrogative को ‘do/did’ helping verbs को use करके बनाया जाता है. मालिकाना हक बताना हो तो इसके negative और interrogative को खुद ‘have’ का use करके भी बनाया जा सकता है और helping verbs ‘do/did’ का use करके भी; जैसे

INCORRECT: How many classes have you a week?
CORRECT:  How many classes do you have a week?

INCORRECT: Has she a difficulty solving this sum?
CORRECT: Does she have a difficulty solving this sum?

INCORRECT: I had not any difficulty locating the office.
CORRECT: I didn’t have any difficulty locating the office.

Have you an extra pen? (मालिकाना हक)
= Do you have an extra pen?

2. Replace ‘would be’ by ‘would have been’ in part ‘C’. यह एक type-III conditional sentence है. ऐसे sentences में जब if-clause की verb (here Had Been) past perfect tense में हो तो main clause की verb ‘Perfect Conditional (would + have + V3) tense में होती है. इस वाक्य में ‘much’ का use बिल्कुल सही है. किसी comparative degree से पहले ‘more/most’ का use नहीं किया जाता, इसके पहले ‘very’ का use भी नहीं किया जाता है. हाँ, इसके पहले ‘much’ का use बिल्कुल सही होता है, ‘very much’ अथवा ‘for’ का use भी सही होता है; जैसे

INCORRECT: Rohan is very quicker than she is.
CORRECT: Rohan is much/very much/far quicker than she is.

INCORRECT: Yours is very bigger house than ours.
CORRECT: Yours is a much/very much/far bigger house than ours.

NOTE: हालाँकि sentence को इसके part ‘A’ की verb (had been) को change करके भी सही किया जा सकता है लेकिन हम ऐसा करेंगे नही, क्योंकि sentence के ऐसे format में जब sentence को उसके किन्ही भी 2 parts में से किसी एक part से अशुद्धि को सही किया जा सकता है तो उनमें से पहले part को छेड़ा जाता नहीं.

3. Replace ‘had finished’ by ‘finished’ in part ‘A’. Phrase ‘by the time’ का प्रयोग यह बताने के लिए किया जाता है कि इसके दूसरे clause में बताई गयी घटना (event) ‘by the time’ clause, में दी गयी घटना से पहले घटित हुई है. दी गयी 2 घटनाओं में से पहले घटित हुई घटना के लिए Past Perfect Tense और बाद में घटित हुई घटना के लिए Past Simple tense use किया जाता है; जैसे

By the time we turned on the TV, the movie had already started.

4. Replace ‘was hit’ by ‘is hit’ in part ‘C’. यह एक universal fact है, इसलिए second clause की verb present tense में होगी.

5. Replace ‘is dogged’ by ‘was dogged’ in part ‘C’ क्योंकि ये घटना past time की है.

6. Replace ‘as good’ by ‘as good as’ in part ‘A’. ‘If’ यहाँ एक conjunction है. यदि हमें एक ही वाक्य में positive और comparative degrees दोनों का ही use करना हो तो हम उन्हें हम एक conjunction का use करके नीचे दी गयी विधियों में से किसी भी एक एक विधि का प्रयोग करके जोड़ सकते हैं:

i) As + positive degree + as + conjunction + Comparative Degree + than
ii) Comparative degree + than +conjunction + As + positive degree + as

a) She is as tall as and more beautiful than you.
b) He is better than and as wise as you.

INCORRECT: Karan is as intelligent if not more than his sister.
CORRECT: Karan is as intelligent as if not more than his sister. OR Karan is as intelligent as his sister, if not more.

INCORRECT: This is as good if not better than that.
CORRECT: This is as good as if not better than that. OR This is as good as that, if not better.

7. Replace ‘more beautiful’ by ‘more beautiful than’ in part ‘A’. ‘But’ is a conjunction here. बाकी की explanation ऊपर दिए गये question में देखिये.

8. Replace ‘climb’ by ‘climbed’ in part ‘A’. कहीं climb करने की यह कोई particular घटना है. यदि subject One/We/You में से कोई होता तो यह एक universal fact बन जाता, और    फिर अशुद्धि  part ‘C’ में होती और verb ‘became’ के स्थान पर ‘becomes’ हो जाती.

9. Remove ‘more’ from part ‘B’ क्योंकि किसी comparative degree के पहले ‘more’ use नहीं किया जाता. ‘Stronger’ एक comparative degree का adjective है.

10. Replace ‘desert’ by ‘deserted’ in part ‘C’. यहाँ हमें noun ‘place’ की विशेषता बताने वाला adjective चाहिए, कोई noun नहीं चाहिए. ‘Desert’ तो एक noun है.

11. Replace ‘whom’ by ‘who’ in part ‘A’.

‘Who’ और ‘whom’ के use में यदि कोई confusion हो तो वाक्य में दी गयी verbs की संख्या को गिनिये और देखिये की  क्या उनके subjects की संख्या भी उतनी ही है. Subjects और verbs की वह संख्या यदि एक समान है तो ‘whom’ का use होना है, और यदि संख्या एक समान नहीं है तो ‘who’ का use होना है.

दिए गये वाक्य में दी गयी verbs संख्या में ये 3 हैं: ‘though’, ‘was’ and ‘proved’. Verb ‘thought’ का subject  ‘I’, verb ‘proved’ का subject ‘man’ है, लेकिन verb ‘was’ का subject कोई नहीं है, इसलिए यहाँ ‘who’ की आवश्यकता है ‘whom’ की नहीं. ‘Whom’ तो एक object के स्थान पर आता है. एक और example देखिये:

The doctor who/whom you recommended is not available for three months.

(इस वाक्य में verb ‘recommended’ का subject ‘you’ है, verb ‘is’ का subject ‘doctor’ है. अब और कोई verb शेष नहीं बची, अर्थात subjects और verbs की संख्या बराबर है, इसलिए यहाँ objective case ‘whom’ का use होगा.)

12. No error. यहाँ article ‘the’ का use noun ‘essay’ के लिए हुआ है, noun language ‘English’. के लिए नहीं. ‘English’ का use तो यहाँ एक adjective के रूप में हुआ है.

Thirst for knowledge = knowledge प्राप्त करने की प्रबल इच्छा

13. Replace ‘the’ by ‘an’ in part ‘A’ जिस jungle की बात हो रही है वो कोई specific jungle नहीं है. ‘Put up’ का प्रयोग यहाँ सही है; इसका अर्थ होता है कहीं पर temporarily ठहरना.

14. Replace ‘would come’ by ‘came’ in part ‘C’. इस वाक्य की direct speech होगी:

Deepak said to me, “I will take you to the park when I come home.”

15. Replace ‘shouldn’t’ by ‘shall’ in part ‘C’. अगर किसी sentence की शुरुआत ‘let’s’ से हो तो उसके question tag में ‘shall we’ use होता है चाहे sentence affirmative हो या negative, जैसे

Let’s go to the market, shall we?

16. No error. जब हम किसी सामान्य activity जिसमें कोई movement होती है की बात करते हैं तो हम ‘go out  + gerund का use भी कर सकते हैं और ‘go + gerund’ का भी; जैसे

They have gone fishing until later this evening.
= They have gone out fishing until later this evening.

It was pouring with rain and all we could do was to go shopping.
= It was pouring with rain and all we could do was to go out shopping.

NOTE-I: verb ‘go’ के इस अर्थ में हम ‘be out + gerund (ing form)’ का use भी कर सकते हैं; जैसे

Mother is out shopping with my sister.

NOTE-II: यदि किसी activity की कोई स्पष्ट शुरुआत होती हो और उसका अंत भी स्पष्ट होता हो तो हम ‘go + to + infinitive’ का use करते हैं; जैसे

INCORRECT: They’ve gone watching the tennis match.
CORRECT: They’ve gone to watch the tennis match.

NOTE-III: यदि verb ‘go’ के बाद कोई noun दी गयी हो तो ‘go for’ का use करते हैं; जैसे

He goes for a morning walk daily. (यहाँ ‘walk’ एक noun है.)

17. Replace ‘worth watching documentary’ by ‘documentary worth watching’ in part ‘A’. ‘Worth + ing form’ का use दी गयी noun के बाद में होता है पहले नहीं.

18. Replace ‘too simple’ by ‘so simple’ in part ‘A’. जब हम किसी adverb का use positive tone में करते हैं तो ‘so’ का use करते हैं, ‘too’ का use तो negative tone में किया जाता है. किसी adjective या adverb के सामने जब ‘too’ का use किया जाता है यो इसका मतलब है कि उस  adjective या adverb की quality का आवश्यकता के हिसाब से अधिक होना, और इसलिए ये negative प्रभाव छोड़ता है. ‘Hardly took five minutes’ का use हमें बताता है कि बात positive way में हो रही है. ये उदहारण देखिये:

a) My bed is too short for my height.
b) I could know his character too late.
c) He drives far too fast.
d) I was very angry but not too angry to lose control.

19. Replace ‘must have’ by ‘had to have’ or ‘had to get’ in part ‘B’. ‘Must + V1 का use केवल present और future contexts के लिए ही होता है, लेकिन यहाँ हमें past tense की आवश्यकता है. दिए गये sense में ‘must’ का past ‘had to’ होता है.

20. Remove the article ‘the’ before ‘father’ in part ‘A क्योंकि पारिवारिक संबंधों के नाम से पहले कोई article use नहीं किया जाता.

NOTE-I:  दिया गया वाक्य Indirect Speech में है. verb ‘say’ और verb ‘tell’ का use indirect speech में कैसे होता है देखिये: Indirect Speech में आमतौर पर हम ‘say’ या ‘tell + object’ का use करते हैं, लेकिन ‘say to + object’ का use भी शुद्ध होता है; जैसे

He said, “I just heard the news.”
= He said that he had just heard the news.
= He told me that he had just heard the news.
= He said to me that he had just heard the news.

NOTE-II: ‘That’ और ‘if’ का एक साथ use सही है. यहाँ ‘that’ का use एक ऐसे conjunction के रूप में हुआ है जो assertive sentences को Indirect Speech में बदलने के लिया किया जाता है, जबकि ‘if’ का use एक ऐसे conjunction के रूप में हुआ है जो conditional sentences के लिए किया जाता है.

21. Replace ‘with’ by ‘from’ in part ‘A’. Verb ‘assumes’ का use यहाँ शुद्ध है क्योंकि यहाँ episode के present time में effect होने की बात हो रही है. किसी के दृष्टिकोण को बताने के लिए preposition ‘from’ का use किया जाता है, ‘of’ का नहीं; जैसे

a) From a financial point of view the project was a disaster.
b) From my point of view, the party was a complete success.

22. Replace ‘nor I studied’ by ‘nor did I study’ in part ‘C’. ‘Nor’ का use किसी noun के पहले भी हो सकता है जैसे की यहाँ – ‘Neither Mohan nor Sohan’, और किसी clause के पहले भी. ऊपर दिए गये वाक्य में ‘I studied’ एक clause है, जब इसका use किसी clause के पहले होता है तो उस clause की helping verb उस clause के subject के पहले रखी जाती है; जैसे

a) The officer didn’t believe me, nor did the girls when I told them.
b) We cannot give personal replies, nor can we guarantee to answer letters.

23. Replace ‘need to tell’ by ‘did not need to tell’ in part ‘A’. Sentence के context (सन्दर्भ) के अनुसार यहाँ हमें modal verb ‘need’ की past form चाहिए. लेकिन modal verb ‘need’ की past form कोई होती ही नहीं. इसकी past form ‘need’ के पहले helping verb ‘did’ रख कर बनाया जाता है जैसे कि ‘didn’t need to’ अथवा ‘didn’t have to’. ये देखिये:

INCORRECT: I needed not to take my wife to the doctor.
CORRECT: I didn’t need to take my wife to the doctor. OR I didn’t have to take my wife to the doctor.

24. Replace the preposition ‘in’ by ‘at’ in part ‘C’. ऐसी time expressions जो किसी समय विशेष को इंगित करती हैं तो उनके पहले preposition ‘at’ का use किया जाता है; और ऐसी time expressions जो किसी अवधि विशेष को इंगित करती हैं तो उनके पहले preposition ‘in’ का use किया जाता है. ‘Midnight’ दिन का वह अंग होता है जब रात के exactly 12 बजते हैं (अर्थात समय विशेष), ‘noon’ दिन का वह अंग होता है जब दिन के exactly 12 बजते हैं (अर्थात समय विशेष). इसलिए ‘midnight’ और ‘noon’ दोनों ही किसी समय विशेष को बताते हैं और इनके साथ preposition ‘at’ का use किया जाता है, और हम कहते हैं ‘at midnight’ और ‘at noon’.

‘Afternoon’ और ‘morning’ समय विशेष को नहीं बताते, बल्कि ये दोनों ही किसी अवधि विशेष को बताते हैं, और इसलिए ही इन दोनों के पहले preposition ‘in’ का use किया जाता है, ‘at’ का नहीं, और हम कहते हैं: ‘in the morning’ और ‘in the afternoon’.

25. Replace the preposition ‘on’ by ‘in’ in part ‘B’. Preposition ‘on’ का use ऐसे surfaces के लिए किया जाता है जिनके चारों और कोई wall, boundary, आदि नहीं होती जबकि Preposition ‘in’ का use ऐसे surfaces के लिए किया जाता है जिनके चारों और कोई  न कोई wall, boundary, आदि होती है. किसी ‘field’ के चारों और आमतौर पर कोई न कोई boundary होती है.

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Solution with explanation (in English)

1. Replace ‘have I’ by ‘do I have’ in part ‘B’. When ‘have’ does not mean ‘to possess/own’ we make negative and interrogative of ‘have’ with ‘do/did’. If the verb ‘have’ means to ‘possess/own’, then we can make its negative and interrogative either using ‘have’ itself or using the helping verbs ‘do/did’; e.g.

INCORRECT: How many classes have you a week?
CORRECT:  How many classes do you have a week?

INCORRECT: Has she a difficulty solving this sum?
CORRECT: Does she have a difficulty solving this sum?

INCORRECT: I had not any difficulty locating the office.
CORRECT: I didn’t have any difficulty locating the office.

Have you an extra pen? (Here ‘have’ = to possess/own)
= Do you have an extra pen?

2. Replace ‘would be’ by ‘would have been’ in part ‘C’. This is a type-III conditional sentence. In such sentences when the verb of the ‘if-clause (here ‘had been’) is in the past perfect, the verb of main clause is Perfect Conditional (Would+Have+V3). Use of ‘much’ is quite correct here. Before a comparative degree we do not use ‘more/most’, also we don’t use ‘very’. Yes, We can use ‘much’. Read this:

We don’t use ‘very’ with comparatives, rather we use Much, Very much or Far with them; e.g.

INCORRECT: Rohan is very quicker than she is.
CORRECT: Rohan is much/very much/far quicker than she is.

INCORRECT: Yours is very bigger house than ours.
CORRECT: Yours is a much/very much/far bigger house than ours.

NOTE: Though the sentence can also be made error free by making a correction of the verb in part ‘A. But in the given format we can’t do so as when a sentence can be corrected from two parts we can’t touch the first part.

3. Replace ‘had finished’ by ‘finished’ in part ‘A’. Phrase ‘by the time’ is typically used to mean that the other given event occurs before the event given in the ‘by the time’ clause, so we can’t use the Past Perfect Tense in this clause; e.g.

By the time we turned on the TV, the movie had already started.

4. Replace ‘was hit’ by ‘is hit’ in part ‘C’. It’s a universal fact, therefore the verb of the second clause needs to be in the present.

5. Replace ‘is dogged’ by ‘was dogged’ in part ‘C’ as it’s a past event.

6. Replace ‘as good’ by ‘as good as’ in part ‘A’. ‘If’ is a conjunction here. If we have to use both positive and comparative degrees in one single sentence, we join them by adding a conjunction in either of the following two ways:

i) As + positive degree + as + conjunction + Comparative degree + than
ii) Comparative degree + than +conjunction +As + positive degree + as

a) She is as tall as and more beautiful than you.
b) He is better than and as wise as you.

INCORRECT: Karan is as intelligent if not more than his sister.
CORRECT: Karan is as intelligent as if not more than his sister. OR Karan is as intelligent as his sister, if not more.

INCORRECT: This is as good if not better than that.
CORRECT: This is as good as if not better than that. OR This is as good as that, if not better.

7. Replace ‘more beautiful’ by ‘more beautiful than’ in part ‘A’. ‘But’ is a conjunction here. See the explanation at question 6.

8. Replace ‘climb’ by ‘climbed’ in part ‘A’. This is a particular instance of climbing somewhere. If the subject would have been ‘one/we/you’ instead of ‘they’ it would have become a universal fact, and therefore the error would be in part ‘C’ and the verb then would be ‘becomes’ instead of ‘became’.

9. Remove ‘more’ from part ‘B’ as we do not use ‘more’ before a comparative degree. ‘Stronger’ is an adjective of comparative degree. Also two comparative degrees (here ‘larger’ and ‘stronger’) are joined by ‘and’, so we only use the adverb before the first one. Use of the adverb ‘much’ is quite correct here.

10. Replace ‘desert’ by ‘deserted’ in part ‘C’. Here we need an adjective qualifying the noun ‘place’, we don’t need a noun. ‘Desert’ is a noun.

11. Replace ‘whom’ by ‘who’ in part ‘A’.

In case of confusion count the number of verbs and see whether or not there are as many subjects in the sentence. If every verb of the sentence has a subject, we need ‘whom’ otherwise ‘who’. In the above sentence there are three verbs namely ‘thought, ‘was’ and ‘proved’. Here the subject of the verb ‘thought’ is ‘I’, and subject of the verb ‘proved’ is ‘man’, but the subject of the verb ‘was’ is not given, therefore here we need ‘who’ instead of ‘whom’. ‘Whom’ is used as an object. Another example:

The doctor who/whom you recommended is not available for three months.

(In this sentence, the verb ‘recommended’ has the subject ‘you’, the verb ‘is’ has the subject  ‘the doctor’. There is no verb left without a subject now. Therefore we need ‘whom’ here.)

12. No error. Here the article ‘the’ is used for ‘essay’, not for the language ‘English’. ‘English’ has been used here as an adjective.

Thirst for knowledge = a strong desire for knowledge

13. Replace ‘the’ by ‘an’ in part ‘A’ as the jungle we are talking about here is not specific. ‘Put up’ is correct, it means to stay somewhere temporarily.

14. Replace ‘would come’ by ‘came’ in part ‘C’. The direct speech of this sentence is: Deepak said to me, “I will take you to the park when I come home.”

15. Replace ‘shouldn’t’ by ‘shall’ in part ‘C’. With ‘let’s (let us)’, the question tag is ‘shall we’. (For both affirmative and negative); e.g.

Let’s go to the market, shall we?

16. No error. When we speak about general activities that involve movement we can use either ‘go out + gerund (ing form)’ or ‘go + gerund (ing form)’; e.g.

They have gone fishing until later this evening.
= They have gone out fishing until later this evening.

It was pouring with rain and all we could do was to go shopping.
= It was pouring with rain and all we could do was to go out shopping.

NOTE-I: In this meaning of ‘go’ we can also use ‘be out + gerund (ing form)’; e.g.

Mother is out shopping with my sister.

NOTE-II: If the activities have a clear beginning and end, then we use ‘go + to-infinitive’; e.g.

INCORRECT: They’ve gone watching the tennis match.
CORRECT: They’ve gone to watch the tennis match.

NOTE-III: If it’s a noun (not activity) after ‘go’ we use ‘go for’; e.g.

He goes for a morning walk daily. (Here ‘walk’ is a noun.)

17. Replace ‘worth watching documentary’ by ‘documentary worth watching’ in part ‘A’. ‘Worth + ing form’ is used after the noun, not in front of it.

18. Replace ‘too simple’ by ‘so simple’ in part ‘A’. When we use an adverb in a positive way we use ‘so’ not ‘too’. When we put ‘too’ in front of an adjective or adverb, it means that an amount or degree of a quality is more than needed or wanted. ‘Hardly took five minutes’ suggests that here we are talking in a positive way; e.g.

a) My bed is too short for my height.
b) I could know his character too late.
c) He drives far too fast.
d) I was very angry but not too angry to lose control.

19. Replace ‘must have’ by ‘had to have’ or ‘had to get’ in part ‘B’. ‘Must + V1‘ can only be used in present or future contexts, but we need the past tense here. Past of ‘must’ in this sense is ‘had to’.

20. Remove the article ‘the’ before ‘father’ in part ‘A’ as we don’t use an article with the names of family relations.

NOTE-I:  The given sentence is in the Indirect Speech. Correct use of ‘say’ and ‘tell’ in indirect speech: In indirect speech we normally use ‘say’ or ‘tell + object’, but ‘say to + object’ is also correct, however is much less usual than ‘tell + object’; e.g.

He said, “I just heard the news.”
= He said that he had just heard the news.
= He told me that he had just heard the news.
= He said to me that he had just heard the news.

NOTE-II: Use of ‘that’ and ‘if’ in togetherness is correct. Use of ‘that’ is as a conjunction that we use to convert assertive sentences in the Indirect Speech whereas use of ‘if’ is as a conjunction that we use for conditional sentences.

21. Replace ‘with’ by ‘from’ in part ‘A’. Use of the verb ‘assumes’ is correct as we are talking the effect of the episode in the present. Preposition ‘from’ is used for showing somebody’s point of view. From one’s point of view = as far as one is concerned. More such examples:

a) From a financial point of view the project was a disaster.
b) From my point of view, the party was a complete success.

22. Replace ‘nor I studied’ by ‘nor did I study’ in part ‘C’. ‘Nor’ can be used with nouns like in ‘Neither Mohan nor Sohan’, and before clauses. ‘I studied’ is a clause, when it’s used with a clause you put ‘nor’ at the beginning of that clause and use the helping verb of the main verb before the subject of that clause; e.g.

a) The officer didn’t believe me, nor did the girls when I told them.
b) We cannot give personal replies, nor can we guarantee to answer letters.

23. Replace ‘need to tell’ by ‘did not need to tell’ in part ‘A’. According to the context of the sentence we need the modal verb ‘need’ to be in the past. The modal verb ‘need’ does not have a past form. Instead, we use ‘didn’t need to’ or ‘didn’t have to’ in the past; e.g.

INCORRECT: I needed not to take my wife to the doctor.
CORRECT: I didn’t need to take my wife to the doctor. OR I didn’t have to take my wife to the doctor.

24. Replace the preposition ‘in’ by ‘at’ in part ‘C’. For time expressions that refer to ‘particular point in time’ we use the preposition ‘at’, for time expressions that refer to ‘particular period of time’ we use the preposition ‘in’. ‘Midnight’ is the part of day when the clock strikes at 12 at night, ‘noon’ is the part of day when the clock strikes at 12 in the day time. Therefore both ‘midnight’ and ‘noon’ are particular points of time.

‘Afternoon’ and ‘morning’ are not particular points of time; rather they are particular periods of time, therefore we don’t use the preposition ‘at’ for them; rather we use ‘in’ and say ‘in the morning’ and ‘in the afternoon’.

25. Replace the preposition ‘on’ by ‘in’ in part ‘B’. We use ‘on’ for surfaces with open ends whereas we use ‘in’ for a surface with a wall, fence, etc. around it. ‘A field’ is normally surrounded by a fence.

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