Error Spotting Practice Set: Explained with Answers

Directions: In the following exercise, each of the sentences is divided into four parts, i.e. A, B, C and D. Find the part that has an error. If the sentence is error-free mark your answer as E.

1. (A) No sooner had he arrive/(B) than his best friend arranged a reception/(C) in his honour/(D) in the best hotel in the town./(E) No error

2. (A) Manali was trying for admission/(B) in the engineering college/(C) even though her parents wanted/(D) her to take up medical./(E) No error

3. (A) He told me that/(B) he could not buy paintings/(C) which he wanted very much/(D) because he had not enough money./(E) No error

4. (A) Although he had worked hard/(B) and was understanding as much about the subject/(C) as I did/(D) he failed to get a second class in the examination./(E) No error

5. (A) She has told me that her brother might have/(B) done much better at the university last year/(C) he had not given so much time/(D) to the students union./(E) No error

6. (A) Even though he was over/(B) ninety he still enjoyed reading/(C) novel and sometimes spend an/(D) evening at the cinema./(E) No error

7. (A) I will now deal with him/(B) in a manner different/(C) from the one /(D) I have adopted so far./(E) No error

8. (A) Mr. Kumar is planning/(B) to settle in Kolkata/(C) as soon as/(D) he will retire in April next year./(E) No error

9. (A) The film show/(B) began when/(C) we arrived/(D) in the hall./(E) No error

10. (A) No sooner had the news appeared/(B) in the paper than/(C) there is a rush/(D) at the counter./(E) No error


1. A; arrived should come in place of arrived. Because we use the third form of the main verb with has/have/had

2. C; had wanted should come in place of wanted.

3. C; which he had wanted should come in place of he wanted.

4. B; understood should come in place of was understanding because we have "had" in the sentence in part A.

5. A; She told me should come in place of "She has told me" because we are talking about past tense in which the person told us something.

6. C; Spent should come in place of spend because the other part of the sentence is in past tense.

7. D; I have been adopting should come in place od I have adopted to show the continuity of the activity.

8. D; He retires should be used because we use simple present tense to show fixed programs or the plans of nearest future.

9. B; Had begun will come in the sentence because the action was accomplished.

10. D; was a rush should be used because the sentence is in past tense. 

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