SOLUTION ERROR FINDING PRACTICE SET 10 IN ENGLISH
ERROR FINDING Practice Set 10 SOLVED IN HINDI & ENGLISH
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1. We all / were invited / to the party./ NE
Explanation: Replace ‘we all’ by ‘all of us’ in part ‘A’. When ‘all’ is used after pronouns; and there is also a helping verb, the word ‘all’ is placed between the helping and the main verb. It means our correct sentence in such a case will be ‘We were all invited to the party.’. But here we can’t do so as if we’ll do that we’ll have to make changes in two parts of the given sentence.
Thus we’ll have to shift the word ‘all” before the pronoun, means the first part of the sentence will become ‘all of us’.
2. Despite his old age, / his movements were as spirited / as a young man. /NE
Explanation: Replace ‘as a young man’ by ‘as those of a young man’ in part ‘C’ because here the comparison is not between the old man and a young man. rather it’s between the movements of the old man and the movements of a young man. Therefore, here we need the pronoun movements. As the noun ‘movements’ is in the plural the right pronoun for it will be ‘those’. Read this:
Comparison is always made in two or more similar type of things, therefore we should use a correct noun/pronoun after ‘that/to’; e.g.
INCORRECT: The price of this table is as much as that table.
CORRECT: The price of this table is as much as that of that table.
INCORRECT: The climate of Shimla is better than Delhi.
CORRECT: The climate of Shimla is better than that of Delhi.
INCORRECT: The people of Mumbai are more hard-working than Banglore.
CORRECT: The people of Mumbai are more hard-working than those of Banglore
3. Given a chance, I will prefer / working in the field / to working in the office. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘given a chance’ by ‘given the chance’, or ‘given half a chance’ in part ‘A’. The correct phrase is ‘given the chance/given half a chance’. It means ‘if I were allowed to’, or ‘if I could choose’.
Hindi translation of the given sentence: यदि मुझे मौका मिला तो मैं office में काम करने कि अपेक्षा इलाके (field) में काम करना चाहूँगा.
One more example:
Given the chance, I’d spend all day reading. (= यदि मुझे चुन लेने का मौका मिला तो मैं सारा दिन पढ़ कर गुजारूँगा.)
4. Hearing the strange noises above, / the thought at once occurred to me / that thieves had entered the house. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘hearing’ by ‘having heard’ in part ‘A’. ‘Hearing’ in the given sentence is a Present Participle; which is qualifying the pronoun ‘I (me)’. We use the Present Participle when something is happening at the time of the main event.
But, according to the sentence the thieves had already entered the house; it means it’s a completed event. For the completed events we use the Perfect Participle. Therefore ‘hearing’ will be replaced by ‘having heard’.
5. The driver said that a hundred kilometers / is after all, a short distance which he could cover / in half an hour or forty five minutes. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘is’ by ‘was’ in part ‘B’. Verb ‘said’ is in the past; it means we are talking about a past time. Therefore we need to change the verb ‘is’ by ‘was’ in part ‘B’.
6. Why/on earth/has he not come?/NE
Explanation: No error. ‘Why on earth’ is an idiom which is used to emphasize the question you are asking when you are surprised or angry or cannot think of an obvious answer; e.g.
a) What on earth are you doing?
b) How on earth can she afford that?
Similarly you can say ‘where on earth’, ‘who on earth’, etc.
NOTE: You should not use the article ‘the’ before ‘earth’ as it’s an idiom.
7. This is the / next railway / station to my house. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘next’ by ‘nearest’ in part ‘B’. We use ‘next’ for order-wise locations whereas we use ‘nearest’ for distance-wise locations. Obviously here we are talking about distance; e.g.
INCORRECT: The birthday party is in the nearest hall.
CORRECT: The birthday party is in the next hall.
INCORRECT: They took him to the next hospital.
CORRECT: They took him to the nearest hospital.
8. Common people are rather impressed / by the style of a speech / than by its substance. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘rather impressed’ by ‘rather more impressed’ in part ‘A’. Here it’s a comparison between two things, therefore we need the comparative degree of the adjective ‘impressed’.
9. Krishnakali, an early riser and a nature lover / goes for morning walk at / Rabindra Sarovar Lake before dawn. / NE
Explanation: Insert the article ‘A’ before morning in part ‘B’. ‘Walk’ is basically a verb; but here it’s working as a noun, when a verb works as a noun in a sentence we use the article A/AN before it; e.g.
a) Both of us go for a walk in the morning.
b) I’ll have a talk with him about this.
c) My boss usually goes for a ride.
NOTE: Repetition of the article A/AN is quite correct in part ‘A’. Here is the rule:
When two or more adjectives describe the same noun, we use the article before the first adjective only; but when they describe different nouns, we use the article before each adjective. In the given sentence both ‘riser’ and ‘lover’ are nouns.
10. Banks were developed to keep people’s money safe / and to make it available / when they need it. / NE
Explanation: Remove ‘to’ before ‘make’ from part ‘B’. Here in the sentence two infinitives (‘to keep’ and ‘to make’) are joined by the conjunction ‘and’. When two infinitives are joined by a conjunction we do not repeat ‘to’. The tense of the verb ‘need’ is correct.
11. She worked very hard so that/she might not keep the others/wait too long./NE
Explanation: Replace ‘wait’ by ‘waiting’ in part ‘C’. ‘Keep somebody waiting’ is an idiom. It means to make somebody have to wait or be delayed; e.g.
I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.
12. Someone, they don’t know / who, knocked at / their door in midnight. / NE
Explanation: Replace the preposition ‘in’ by ‘at’ in part ‘C’. For time expressions that refer to a ‘particular point in time’ we use the preposition ‘at’, for time expressions that refer to a ‘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 in time.
‘Afternoon’ and ‘morning’ are not particular points in 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’.
13. I was so interested / to play football / from childhood. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘so’ by ‘Very’, ‘Much’, or ‘Very much’ in part ‘A’. We do not use ‘so’ before adjectives that are in the form of Past Participles . With such adjectives we use ‘very’, ‘much’ or ‘very much’ mostly, especially when they refer to a state of mind or emotional condition like admired, amused, bored, distressed, frightened, impressed, interested liked, shocked, struck, upset, etc.; e.g.
Rohan must have been very worried about her.
= Rohan must have been much worried about her.
= Rohan must have been very much worried about her.
14. Her talk was judged by many / as one of the most important talk / given in the seminar. /NE
Explanation: Replace ‘talk’ by ‘talks’ in part ‘B’. After the use ‘one of’ we use nouns/pronouns in the plural.
15. The examination begins / from Monday / next week. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘from’ by ‘on’ in part ‘B’. When something begins it starts to happen at a particular point in time. For particular points of time we use preposition ‘on’ or ‘at’. For the names of days of a week we use ‘on’.
NOTE: Here we can’t put the article ‘the’ before ‘next’. If ‘next’ or ‘last’ is used before time expressions such as Week, Month, Year, Monday, June, etc. we don’t generally use ‘the’ before them; e.g.
a) She came here last week.
b) They will come here next month.
16. There is renewed sense / of urgency in / completing the project. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘renewed’ by ‘a renewed’ in part ‘A’. Here the noun ‘sense’ is a countable noun. As we are not talking it in a specific context here, we can’t use the article ‘the’ before it; rather the article A is needed.
17. Our Mathematics teacher / often emphasises upon / the need for a lot of practice. / NE
Explanation: Remove ‘upon’ from part ‘B’ as the verb ’emphasise’ is a transitive verb; therefore a preposition can’t be used with it.
18. The police is investigating people / for the recent happening / in the area. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘is’ by ‘are’ in part ‘A’. Certain collective nouns (cattle, vermin, people, gentry, peasantry, clergy, cavalry, police, etc.) are always used as plurals; and therefore take a plural verb; e.g.
a) The peasantry of India are very hard working.
b) The clergy are opposed to the plan.
c) Are these cattle yours?
d) Vermin are badly destroying the garden.
e) Who are those people always quarrelling?
f) The local gentry own all of the land here.
g) The police have arrested the murderer.
19. Your motivational speech / has had the tremendous / effect on my students. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘the’ by ‘a’ in part ‘B’. Here we are not talking about a specific effect, so use the article A.
20. I appealed / for Neeraj / to write a letter. / NE
Explanation: Replace ‘for’ by ‘to’ in part ‘B’. Prepositional error.
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