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SOLUTION ERROR FINDING CGL-22 Tier-I selected questions (Part-2) IN ENGLISH

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Error Finding CGL-22 Tier-I Selected Questions – English Solution

1. Abu said that / he saw / the picture. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘B’. Replace saw by had seen. This sentence is in the Indirect Speech. In this sentence the reporting verb SAID in the past; and verb of the THAT-CLAUSE (saw) is also in the Past Simple Tense. In the Indirect Speech if we have a verb in the Past Simple Tense; it means in the Direct Speech it was in the Present Simple Tense. It means the sentence of the Direct Speech was: I see the picture.

You see this sentence is not making any meaningful sense. Therefore, we can say the tense of the verb in the Direct Speech was the Past Simple Tense. And we know Past Simple Tense changes into the Past Perfect Tense. Hence verb saw will become Had seen.

2. He led me to the room / that had obvious been built later than / the rest of the house. / No error.

Explanation: Option ‘B’. Replace obvious by obviously. Here, we need a word that can qualify the verb had been built. A word that qualifies a verb is an adverb. OBVIOUS is an adjective; therefore it needs to be replaced by the adverb OBVIOUSLY.

3. One can never imagine / how hot it gets in Delhi / unless one doesn’t go there in person. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘C’. Replace doesn’t go by goes. UNLESS is a negative word; therefore you can’t use a negative verb with it. Hence, the verb DOESN’T GO needs to be replaced by GOES.

4. One of my friends / is gone to Goa / for a holiday. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘B’. Replace is gone by has gone. Verb IS GONE (be + V3) is in the passive form. But this sentence is not making any sense in the Passive Voice. Therefore verb IS GONE is replaced by HAS GONE.

5. Neither the doctors nor / the nurse were present / when the patient reached the hospital. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘B’. Replace were by was. When one of the subjects joined by ‘or’ or ‘nor’ is plural the verb must agree with the noun or pronoun nearest to the verb; e.g.

Neither the dogs nor the cat is going outside.
b) Neither the cat nor the dogs are going outside

In the given sentence the subject NURSE is singular, and it’s nearest to the verb, therefore the verb should be in the singular.

6They will go to bed early since / they have to get up / at five on the morning. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘C’. Replace on by in. Correct phrase is IN THE MORNING. But when we talk about a particular special morning we use the preposition ON; e.g.

The ship left the harbour on the morning of the ninth of November.

7. Our office is in / the 2nd floor / of the skyscraper. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘A’. Replace in by on. When we talk about a floor in a building we use ON; e.g.

INCORRECT: She lives at the 3rd floor.
CORRECT: She lives on the 3rd floor.

8. Rajesh was angry at himself / for making a silly mistake / during the examination. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘A’. Replace at by with.  For living things like people, animals, etc. we use ANGRY WITH; and non-living things like door, window, car, etc. we use ANGRY AT; e.g.

a) I did not keep the promise hence he was angry with me.
b) I am angry with my dog because it is not greeting me the way it used to.
c) The car was not starting hence I was angry at it.
d) I am angry at the window because it is not opening well.

9. She, often, / accuses him / for a lack of morality. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘D’. No error. It’s optional to use the article A before LACK OF; e.g.

Her only problem is a lack of confidence.
= Her only problem is lack of confidence.

10. There was no denying the fact / that King Lear confided to / his daughter Cordelia more than anybody else. / No error

Explanation: Option ‘B’. Replace confided to by confided in. Both ‘confide in’ and ‘confide to’ are used, but they differ in meaning.

Confide in = to trust someone with one’s secrets or personal matters: e.g.

Mahima always confided in her sister Manisha. She didn’t feel that she could confide in her mother.

Confide to = to tell a secret or private matter to someone, believing that the person will not reveal the secret; e.g.

I confided my doubt to Hemant. (It means you told Hemant, whom you trust, a private matter).

a) You should not confide anything to strangers. ( means you shouldn’t tell anything secretive or private to a stranger.)
b)  You should not confide in strangers. (means you shouldn’t trust strangers generally).

 In CONFIDE TO our focus is on to tell; whereas in CONFIDE IN our focus is on to trust.

In the given sentence it’s clear from the context that King Lear trusted his daughter Cordelia more than anybody else, and therefore used to share his confidential personal secrets with her.



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