Find Grammatical Errors with Explanations


Read each of the following sentences to find whether there is any grammatical to idiomatic error in it. The error if any, will be in one part of the sentences, (A),(B),(C) ot (D). Do not look for errors in spelling and punctuation. When you find an error in a sentence, mark the incorrect part. If there is no error, mark (E).
1. My house is (A)/ more bigger than (B)/ that of (C)/ yours. (D)/ No error. (E)

2. The accused confessed (A)/ that he had been murdering (B)/ the innocent people (C)/ from 1985. (D)/ No error. (E)

3. No sooner the Prime Minister entered (A)/ than everyone (B)/ got up (C)/ to greet him. (D)/ No error. (E)

4. My friend along with (A)/ his parents (B)/ were present (C)/ in the party yesterday. (D)/ No error. (E)

5. While I was walking (A)/ on the road yesterday (B)/ I has seen (C)/ a very old woman. (D)/ No error. (E)

6. Had you come to me (A)/ on the road yesterday (B)/ I had seen (C)/a very old woman. (D)/ No error. (E)

7. Neither John nor Daniel (A)/ have joined the college (B)/ so it must be (C)/ some one else. (D)/ No error. (E)

8. When the Prime Minister reached at Bombay (A)/ he was greeted (B)/ by a big crowd (C)/ that had assembled there. (D)/ No error. (E)

9. The auditorium was full (A)h/ and those (B)/ who came later (C)/ were asked to go back. (D)/ No error. (E)

10. My neighbour assured me (A)/ that he would look after my family while (B)/ I am away (C)/ to my native place. (D)/ No error. (E)

11. You should not (A)/ except your promotion (B)/ as you are junior (C)/ than all your colleagues. (D)/ No error. (E)

12. The teacher (A)/ beated the student (B)/ as he had not (C)/ done his homework. (D)/ No error. (E)

13. Ramesh as well as (A)/ his parents were (B)/ present (C)/ in the party.(D)/ No error. (E)

14. THe Manager (A)/ asked kailash (B)/ why had he (C)/ come late to the office. (D)/ No error. (E)

15. If you will come (A)/ in time (B)/ you will be able (C)/ to meet him. (D)/ No error. (E)

16. The runner (A)/ was so tired (B)/ as he could not (C)/ run any more. (D)/ No error. (E)

17. As soon as (A)/ the robber saw (B)/ the policeman (C)/ than he ran away. (D)/ No error. (E)

18. Hardly had I (A)/ seen the angel (B)/ than he (C)/ disappeared. (D)/ No error. (E)

19. There was little chance (A)/ of Giani Zail Singh (B)/ being re-elected (C)/ as president of India. (D)/ No error. (E)

20. Seeing (A)/ too many movies (B)/ is harmful (C)/ for the eyes. (D)/ No error. (E)


1. (B) Two comparative degrees of adjectives cannot be used together. Hence, the correct usage is bigger than.

2. (D) From is an incorrect preposition in the given sentences. The correct preposition since should be used in this sentence.

3. (A) No sooner is followed by did and present form of the verb. The correct usage is No sooner did the Prime Minister enter.         

4. (C) The singular verb was should be used for the singular subject my friend. Hence, the correct usage is was present.

5. (C) Simple past tense should be used since the past perfect as used in this sentence denotes priority of one action over the other. Hence, the correct usage is I saw.

6. (B) Had is followed by would have. The correct usage, therefore, is would have solved.

7. (B) Neither ...nor always takes the singular verb. hence, has joined the college is the correct usage.

8. (A) Remove at from part (A). Reach does not take any preposition. The correct usage is when the Prime Minister reached Bombay.

9. (C) In this sentence, the use of comparative degree later is superfluous. The correct usage is who came late.

10. (C) The principal clause is in the past tense. hence, the subordinate clause should also be in the past tense. The correct usage is I was away.

11. (D) Junior is followed by the preposition to. The correct usage is to all your colleagues.

12. (B) The past form of beat is beat only. Hence, beat the student is the correct use.

13. (B) Here, Ramesh is the singular subject and there- fore, will take singular verb was. The  correct usage is his parents was.

14. (C) An interrogative sentence in the reported speech has first the 'subject' and then the auxiliary verb. Hence, the correct form is why he had.

15. (A) If a sentence conveys two future actions, the principal clause is placed in the simple present tense.hence, the correct usage is If you come.

16. (C) Si is followed by that and not as. The correct answer is that he could not.

17. (D) As soon as is never followed by than. Hence, the correct usage is he ran away.

18. (C) Hardly is followed by when. The correct form is when he.
19. (D) As is superfluous in this sentence. President of India is the correct usage.

20. (D) harmful takes the preposition to. Hence, to the eyes is the correct use.

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