Error Spotting with Explanations for IBPS PO Exam - Part 2


1. He commands over (A)/ the sympathy of all (B)/ who have heard the story (C) of his sufferings. (D)/ No error. (E)

2. The police inspector (A)/ carefully inspected into (B)/ the matter and (C)/ brought the facts to the surface. (D)/ No error. (E)


3.He has been working with me (A)/ for the past ten years (B)/ but I cannot claim (C)/ that I have understood him thorough., (D)/ No error. (E)

4. Some skills are (A)/ more difficult than others, (B)/ so it takes longer (C)/ to master them. (D)/ No error. (E)

5. When we think of Gandhi, (A)/ we feel (B)/ that he was the most unique (C)/ man of the world. (D)/ No error. (E)

6. Sir C.V Raman was (A)/ one of the wisest and (B)/ learned men (C)/ of his time. (D)/ No error. (E)

7. The photograph will give the reader (A)/ a far better notion of the structure (B)/ than (C)/ any verbal description (D)/ No error. (E)

8. The pupils of this school (A)/ are more devoted (B)/ than that of (C)/ any other school. (D)/ No error. (E)

9. Having got (A)/ information of the theft, (B)/ he was arrested (C)/ and sent him to prison. (D)/ No error. (E)

10. The officer received (A)/ order (B)/ to enforce discipline (C)/ among his subordinates. (D)/ No error. (E)

11. My elder brother (A)/ does not smoke (B)/ at all and has (C) / no desire neither. (D)/ No error. (E)

12. When the hero (A)/ appeared on the stage, (B)/ some girls standing there (C)/ sprinkled flowers on him. (D)/ No error. (E)

13. His employer (A)/ told him that (B)/ there were three alternatives (C)/ open to him. (D)/ No error., (E)

14. The young man walked (A)/ till the end of the street (B)/ stood there for some time and (C)/ started weeping . (D)/ No error. (E)

15. As a student of (A)/ English literature, he often reads (B)/ novels written by (C)/ famous English novelists. (D)/ No error. (E)

16. I forbade my son (A)/ not to go through (B)/ the contents (C)/ of my letter. (D)/ No error. (E)

17. You are learning English (A)/ for the past two years (B)/ but you show (C)/ no improvement whatsoever. (D)/ No error. (E)

18. Being the most knowledgeable man in the Company, (A)/ they expected him to talk to the delegation (B)/ sent by the overseas Company (C)/ to finalise  the business deal. (D)/ No error. (E)

19. After hearing him patiently . (A)/ the principal told him that (B)/ what really mattered was (C)/ how he did his job. (D)/ No error. (E).

20. As an organisation moves (A)/ from one system to another, (B)/ what transitory problems (C)/ will no doubt arise. (D)/ No error. (E)


Answers:-

1. (A) Remove over from section (A). The word command as used in this sentence means, to deserve and get, Please remember that we command respect, obedience, etc. Therefore, the correct sentence will be:
" He commands the sympathy of all who have heard the story of his sufferings."
Mark the following examples:
a. Being a scholar, Mr. Kapoor commands our respct.
b. Dedicated teachers command their students, respect.
Note: Command over is used to express the meaning, to have mastery or control.
Examples: a. He enjoys a command over his subject.
b. Mohini has no command over herself.

2. (B) Remove into from section (B). Inspect means, to examine something or somebody. Inspected into is not used. So, the correct sentence will be:
" The police inspector carefully inspected the matter and brought the facts to the surface."

3. (D) Write thoroughly in place of through in section 
(D). Through means, complete and thoroughly means, completely, We understand a man completely and not complete. so, the correct sentence will be:
"He has been working with me for the past ten years, but I cannot claim that I have understood him thoroughly.'  

4. (C) Write long in place of longer in section (C). In the first instance, the sentence gives the impression that it is a case of the use of comparative degree, but when we consider it carefully we find that the use of comparative degree is valid only upto section (B). Section (C) has got nothing to do with the degree used in section (B). So , the use of longer in section (C) is incorrect. We should use long which means, considerable time. So the correct sentence will be:
" Some skills are more difficult than others, so it takes long to master them."

5. (C) remove the most from section (C) and add a before unique. Unique means, being the only one if its type. When this is the meaning of the word, how can use the most with it. So the correct sentence will be:
" When we think of Gandhi, we feel that he was a unique man of the world."      
Notes: There can be:
a. A unique person.
b. A unique opportunity.
c. A unique work of art
d. A unique ability.

6. (C) Write most learned fin place of learned in section 
(C). When two qualities of the same person are to be mentioned in a sentence, both should be mentioned in the same degree. The first quality of the subjects as mentioned in section (B) is wisest which is in the superlative degree. The second quality of the subject mentioned in section (C) is learned which is in the positive degree. The use of two different degrees in the same sentence for the same subject is incorrect. So, the correct sentence will be:
"Sir C.V Raman was one of the wisest and most learned men of his time,"

7. (D) Write oral in place of verbal in section (D). A good numbered of students feel confused when they have to use oral and verbal in a sentence. Oral and verbal both means spoken: not written. Oral and verbal both means spoken: not written. Oral refers to that which is spoken as distinguished from that which is written or otherwise communicated e.g an oral examination; an oral promise/request etc. Verbal, though sometimes synonymous with oral, generally refers to anything using words, either written or oral, to communicate an idea or feeling e.g a verbal image; a verbal contract/agreement etc. the given sentence refers to the notion of a structure in two ways- photographic and spoken. As such, the correct use will be oral and the correct sentence will be:
" The photograph will gave the reader, a far better notion of the structure than any oral description."

8. (A) Write students in place of pupils in section (A). the word, pupils is used for a student who stays with the teacher during the period of his getting education. Student is one who attends school during fixed hours and then goes back home. So, the correct sentence will be:
"The students of this school are more devoted than that of any other school.

9. (C) Write the police inspector arrested him in place of he was arrested. The sentence does not tell us who arrested the person who had committed the theft. In other words, the subject is missing from the sentence. Who can arrest a thief? The answer is clear - only a person belonging to the police department. So, we have introduced the police inspector in part (C) of the sentence So, the correct sentence will be: 
" Having got information of the theft, the police inspector arrested him and sent him to prison."

10. (B) Write orders in place of order in section (B). Orders which means, strict instructions is never used in the singular form. So, the correct sentence will be:
" The officer received orders to enforce discipline among his subordinates."
Please mark the following examples: 
Don't say: His service has been terminated.
Say: His services have been terminated.
Don't Say : I will follow your instruction.
Say: I will follow your instruction.

11. (D) Write either in place of neither in section (D). The correct sentence will be:
" My elder brother does not smoke at all and has no desire either."

12. (D) Write showered in place of sprinkled in section 
(D). We sprinkle water and shower flowers. So, the correct sentence will be:
" When the hero appeared on the stage some girls standing there showered flowers on him."

13. (C) Write choices in place of alternatives in section 
(C). Alternative means one of two or more possibilities:
a choice  between two or among more than two things . But when the feelings of only one other option is given it is better to use alternative and when there are more than two options for choice are given use word choices. So, the correct sentence will be:
" His employer told him that there were three choices open to him."
Don't Say: There is no other alternative.
Say: There is no alternative.

14. (B) Write to in place of till in section (B). Till is a preposition of time. It has nothing to do with distance. The young man mentioned in the sentence walked a distance. The distance walked is to a certain point. So, we should use the preposition to which is a preposition of distance. Thus, the correct sentence will be:
" The young man walked to the end of the street, stood there for some time and started weeping."

15. (B) Write generally in place of often in section (B). Often refers to many times whereas generally refers to usually. The subject of the sentence is a student of English literature. As such, it is natural for him to read usually those novels which are concerned with English literature. So, the correct sentence will be:
" As a student of English literature, he generally reads novels written by famous English novelists."

16. (B) Remove not from section (B). Forbid is always used in the negative sense. It means. to order not to do something. As such, not cannot be used with it. So, the correct sentence will be:
: I forbade my son to go through the contents of my letter."

17. (A) Write you have been learning in place of you are learning in section (A). When an action that had started in the past continues even in the present, we use has been and have been as verbs depending upon the nature of the subject. In the given sentence, the subject had started learning English two years back and is still learning it, Thus, it becomes a case of an action that had started in the past and is still continuing in the present. Hence, the correct sentence will be:
" You have been learning English for the past two years, but you show no improvement whatsoever."

18. (D) Write for finalising in place of to finalise in section (D). The correct sentence will be:
" Being the most knowledgeable man in the company, they expected him to the delegation sent by the overseas Company for finalising the business deal."
Note: Knowledgeable means, most informative.

19. (B) Remove that from section (B). That should not be used before Who , whose, whom, when, where, why, what, which and how. So, correct sentence will be:
" After hearing him patiently, the principal told him what really mattered was how he did his job."
Mark the following examples:
Don't Say : the teacher asked the student that why he came late.
Say : The teacher asked the student why he came late.
Don't Say : The father asked the son that where he had spent the last night.
Say : The father asked the son where he had spent the last night.
Don't Say : I asked him that when his father had retired.
Say: I asked him when his father had retired.                      
Don't say : The old man asked Buddha that who he considered to be the happiest man on the earth.
Say: The old man asked Buddha who he considered to be the happiest man on the earth.

20. (D) Remove will from section (D). The correct sentence will be:
" As an organisation moves from one system to another, transitory problems no doubt arise."             

               
                     

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