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20 Error Spotting Questions with Detailed Answers

Published on Thursday, May 12, 2016


Given below are a few sentences divided into 4 parts- (A),(B),(C) and (D). Mark the part of the sentence which contains an error. If there is no error, mark (E).

1. According to (A)/ his opinion, (B)/ the Socialists are (C)/ going to win. (D)/ No error. (E)

2. How long (A)/ would it take (B)/ to swim (C)/ over the river? (D)/No error. (E)

3. Unemployment is (A)/a (B) very (C)/ actual problem. (D)/ No error. (E)

4. He spoke (A)/ to (B)/ me (C)/ very friendly. (D)/ No error. (E)

5. I will phone you (A)/ after (B) I shall (C)/ arrive. (D)/ No error. (E)

6. I started (A)/ working (B)/ for this firm (C)/ three years before. (D)/ No error.(E)

7. All of hte children (A)/ can be (B)/ naughty (C)/ sometimes. (D)/ No error. (E)

8. I was not (A)/ let (B) to pay (C)/ for the drinks.(D)/ No error. (E)

9. She has (A)/ a very good pronunciation (B)/ when she reads (C)/ loud. (D)/ No error. (E)

10. It may have been because of the weather (A)/ or alternately (B)/ it may have been the result (C)/ of indigestion. (D)/ No error. (E)

11. He shared (A)/ his property (B)/ among his wife. (C)/ his daughter, and his sister. (D)/ No error. (E)

12. Join the Disc of  the Youth Club, (A)/ and we will send you (B)/ anyone of these (C)/ magnificent stereo recordings absolutely free. (D)/ No error. (E)

13. I studied (A)/ human nature (B) all (C)/ my life. (D)/ No error. (E)

14. It is a long time (A)?/ since (B)/ you did not come (C)/ to see me. (D)/ No error. (E)

15. She received (A)/ the Nobel (B)/ Price (C)/ for Physics. (D)/ No error. (E)

16. Dear Sir (A)/, you have (B)/ received my letter (C)/ of June 17th? (D)/ No error. (E)

17. He is (A)/ a psychologist (B)/ or better, (C)/ a psychoanalyst. (D)/ No error. (E)

18. Sally went out (A)/ with George (B)/ what made (C)/ Paul very angry. (D)/ No error. (E)

19. The taxi (A)/ should arrive at 8.30, (B)/ but it did not (C)/ turn up. (D)/ No error. (E)

20. We can (A)/ go (B)/ climbing (C)/ this summer. (D)/ No error. (E)


1. (A) Replace this part by In. According to is not generally used with words like view or opinion.

2. (D) Replace over by across. Over is used for movements on or above water, but not in water.

3. (D) Replace actual by current. To talk about things that are going on at the moment, we use for example, present, up-to-date, current, etc. Actual is used in the sense of real or in fact.

4. (D) Friendly is an adjective, not an adverb. The correct form would be in a very friendly way.

5. (C) Remove shall from this part. After cannot be followed  by a future tense. instead, we use a present tense to express a future meaning. Correct from would be after i arribve or aftger I have arrived.

6. (D) Replace before by ago. Ago is used when the point of reference is the present: it means before now. Before is used when the point of reference is not the present.

7. (A) Delete of. All of is not used if the noun is without an article, possessive or a determiner.

8. (B) Replace let by allowed. Let is not usually used in the passive structure.

9. (D) replace loud by aloud. Loud is used to talk about the strength of noise. Aloud is used with the verbs read and think, to say that words are spoken, not just said silently in the mind.

10. (B) replace alternately by alternatively. Alternately means in turns; Alternatively means instead.

11. (C) Replace among by with. Share is always followed by with.

12. (C) Replace anyone by any one. Anyone means anybody. Any one means any single person or thing.

13. (A) Write I've studied. When we talk about actions or situations which started in the past and have   continued upto the present, we often use the present perfect to show the connection between past and present.

14. (C) Write you came in place of you didn't come. A negative is not used after structures like It's a long time since......, in the present tense.

15. (C) Replace it by prize. The price is what you pay if you buy something. A prize is what you are given if you win a competition, or if you have done something exceptional.

16. (B) Write have you instead of you have. In written English, questions are made by putting an auxiliary verb before the subject.

17. (C) Replace it by or rather. When we correct what we have said, or make it more exact, we often use the expression or rather.

18. (C) Replace what by which. When the antecedent is a whole sentence, which is used instead of what.

19. (B) The taxi should have arrived at 8.30 is the correct expression. To talk about things which did not happen, although they were supposed to, we use should with the perfect infinitive.

20. (A) Replace can by might. We do not use can to say that there is a chance that something will happen. Instead, we usually use may or might.


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