Error Finding


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Here is a Practice Set on Error Finding taken from the book English Practice Set (for competitive exams) authored by me (Maha Gupta). All the question included in this Practice Set are supported by the answer key of the set. Each question of this Practice Set is also well supported by lucid and detailed explanation. I’m sure you won’t face a problem in understanding those explanations.

Further, I want to ensure you that Each Practice Set on Error Finding of the above book is just like the present Practice Set on Error Finding as well. These Practice Sets will be very useful for any competitive exams of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) or Grade-II DASS Exam of the DSSSB, and other similar exams and will help you score good score.



NUMBER OF QUESTIONS: 25                                                     MAXIMUM TIME: 8 minutes

1. Manslaughter is / where a person / is killed unlawfully. / NE

2. Modern youth pay attention / to seeing films / than reading books. / NE

3. Leisure should be utilized / not in idling with the time saved but in engaging in / some useful and pleasurable activity. / NE

4. I / have been studying / since four hours. / NE

5. Not a word does he know / of any language / but his own. / NE

6. I should / have preferred / to go by myself. / NE

7. I had to / pay twenty rupees less / for that pen. / NE

8. Choose only / such friends / that you can trust. / NE

9. The food / tastes / deliciously. / NE

10. It’s high time / you reach / a decision. / NE

11. My dog, along with her seven puppies, / have chewed all of the stuffing / out of the sofa cushions. / NE

12. Each boy and each girl / were present / in the playground. / NE

13. When we visited his office / we found that / he was sipping coffee with some of his colleagues. / NE

14. Copy / it / word by word. / NE

15. Since I have returned / from the USA, / they haven’t met me. / NE

16. She told him respectfully that / that was the only way / to be happy and rich. / NE

17. Although they listen to me / but their actions / prove otherwise. / NE

18. You do not know / of him / leaving the town. / NE

19. Abusing his wife is / worse than any sin / a man can commit in all his life. / NE

20. Computers give us / an easier access / to information. / NE

21. We have received / a great deal / of complaints. / NE

22. None of / the twins / offered tea to me. / NE

23. The reporter / was unable / to illicit information from the police. / NE

24. These all / mangoes / are ripe. / NE

25. The news / I have received / is not good. / NE


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


1. Replace WHERE with ‘WHEN in part ‘B’. The noun manslaughter (the name of a crime)’ is not the name of a place. So the word ‘where’ can’t be used.

2. Replace THAN by RATHER THAN in part ‘C’. Here it’s no comparison. Hence we should use RATHER THAN by THAN here. RATHER THAN = instead of; used especially when you prefer one thing to another; e.g.

I think I’d like to stay at home this evening rather than go out.

3. Replace IDLING WITH by IDLING AWAY in part ‘B’.

4. Replace SINCE by FOR in part ‘C’ as it’s not a point of time, rather it’s a period of time in the sentence.

5. Insert the preposition OF after BUT in part ‘C’. The word OF is a must to insert here, otherwise it’d mean HIS OWN LANGUAGE. OF ONE’S OWN = belonging to oneself alone; e.g. At last I’ve got a place of my own.

6. No error. BY MYSELF = alone

7. No error. Though with countable nouns (here RUPEES), fewer is used; but when we talk about a DISTANCE or SUM OF MONEY we use LESS, not FEWER. e.g. Geeta said the beach was TWENTY MILES away, but I thought it was LESS than that.

8. Replace THAT by AS in part ’C’. We use AS after SUCH + NOUN; not WHO, WHOM, WHICH or THAT; e.g. a) He is not such a good man as I expected. b) Yours is not such a serious problem as mine. (not WHICH) WHOM)

9. Replace DELICIOUSLY by DELICIOUS in part ‘C’. DELICIOUS is an adjective whereas DELICIOUSLY an adverb. The verb taste here is a LINKING VERB like BE; which means TO HAVE A PARTICULAR FLAVOUR. In other words we can say when the verb is a linking verb it should be an adjective after it rather than an adverb. Therefore the word DELICIOUS is correct there.

10. Replace REACH by REACHED in part ‘B’. Read explanation at point 22 of chapter 30 (on SELECTED WORDS AND THEIR USES) of the book mentioned below.

11. Replace HAVE by HAS in option ‘B’. Words joined to another word or set of words by WITH, AS WELL AS, ALONG WITH, etc are called parenthetical (word or group of words giving extra information). As such they are not part of the true subject. The verb, therefore, also does not get affected by a parenthetical.

Use of HER in part ‘A’ is correct as a dog can be male or female.

12. Replace WERE by WAS in part ‘B’. If words like EACH, EVERY, MANY A or NO come before the subject, the verb is singular.

14. Replace WORD BY WORD by WORD FOR WORD in part ‘C’. WORD BY WORD is a system according to which words are arranged in a sequence; means ALPHABETICALLY. But when something has to be copied, either orally or otherwise, we use WORD FOR WORD.

15. Replace HAVE RETURNED with RETURNED in part ‘A’. Read explanation at point 16 A (3) of chapter 23 (on IMPORTANT PREPOSITIONS AND THEIR USES)

16. Replace THAT by IT in part ‘B’. THAT as a pronoun has no place in indirect speech. If you will see THAT in part ‘B’ is a pronoun. THIS and THAT usually become IT, and THESE usually become THEY/THEM when used as pronouns: e.g. HE said, “We will discuss THIS tomorrow.” = He said that they would discuss IT the next day. OR He said that they would discuss THE MATTER the next day. (THIS is a pronoun here.)

17. Remove BUT from part ‘B’ as with the use of ALTHOUGH we can’t add the other clause with BUT or YET etc.

18. Replace HIM by HIS in part ‘B’. OF is a preposition, and it should be followed by an object. HIM LEAVING THE TOWN if taken as an object, we must replace HIM (pronoun) by HIS (adjective) as TOWN is already an object.

19. Insert OTHER between ANY and SIN in part ‘B’ or replace the whole part ‘B’ by THE WORST SIN. There are countless sins to say; means here there are more than two things for the comparison. This, when, is the case comparison can be made in two ways; either by the comparative degree or by the superlative degree. When we do it by the comparative degree we use COMPARATIVE DEGREE + THAN ANY OTHER + NOUN; if by the superlative we use THE + SUPERLATIVE DEGREE + NOUN.

So the above sentence can be written: Abusing his wife is worse than any other sin a man can commit in all his life. OR Abusing his wife is the worst sin a man can commit in all his life.

20. Replace EASIER by EASY in part ‘B’. EASIER is the comparative degree of EASY; and the comparative degree is used in comparison. Here there is no comparison.

21. Replace ‘A GREAT DEAL’ by ‘A LOT or LOTS’ in part ‘B’. If object of the verb (here COMPLAINTS) is a countable noun we use A LOT OF or LOTS OF, if uncountable we can use either A GREAT DEAL OF or A LOT OF or LOTS OF, means it’s optional.

22. Replace NONE by NEITHER in part ‘A’. TWIN means TWO, and for two NEITHER is used; not NONE.

23. Replace ILLICIT by ELICIT in part ‘C’ as we need an infinitive (first form of a verb) here. ELICIT is a verb and ILLICIT an adjective. Therefore ELICIT will replace ILLICIT to make it correct.

24. Replace ‘THESE ALL’ by ‘ALL OF THESE’ or ‘ALL THESE’ in part ‘A’. The word ALL here can be used as an ADJECTIVE or a PRONOUN or an ADVERB. ALL as a pronoun can be followed by OF + THE/THIS/THESE/THAT/ THOSE/POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES + NOUNS. The word OF here is often omitted. So ALL THESE and ALL OF THESE both are equally correct.

25. Replace HAVE RECEIVED by RECEIVED in part ‘B’ as perfect tense is not making a sense here.


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Maha Gupta

Maha Gupta

Founder of and guiding aspirants on SSC exam affairs since 2010 when objective pattern of exams was introduced first in SSC. Also the author of the following books:

1. Maha English Grammar (for Competitive Exams)
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