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Spot Grammatical Errors : Part - 11

Published on Monday, June 20, 2016
grammar error

Directions :-

Read each of the following sentences to find out if there is any error in it. Error if any will be in one part of the sentence, i.e. in (A), (B), (C) or (D), which you have to tick mark. If there is no error, mark (E).

1. Involving of terrorists (A)/ in the blast (B)/  has been ruled out (C)/ by the police. (D)/ No error. (E)

2. The doctor has (A)/ prescribed two (B)/ spoonsful of medicine (C)/ thrice daily. (D) No error. (E)

3. The police could not (A)/ ascertain the (B)/ reason of the (C) girl's death. (D)/ No error. (E)

4. The government (A)/ has been incurring (B)/ loss at the rate of (C)/ fifty thousand annually. (D)/ No error. (E)

5. The mother rushed (A)/ to catch the child (B)/ who was leaning (C)/ over the wall. (D)/ No error. (E)

6. It is unfortunate (A)/ that she could not (B)/ avail of the opportunity (C)/ that presented itself. (D)/ No error. (E)

7. She was not allowed (A)/ to enter into the examination hall (B)/ as he had (C)/ lost her admit card. (D)/ No error. (E)

8. When I will write (A)/ to my brother (B)/ I will convey (C)/ your message. (D)/ No error. (E)

9. Neither of the two books (A)/ could be (B)/ traced (C)/ anywhere. (D)/ No error. (E)

10. You would not have (A)/ failed in the test (B)/ if you would have (C)/ worked hard. (D)/ No error. (E)

11. These customs are (A)/ prevalent between the (B)/ inhabitants of (C)/ the lower regions. (D) No error. (E)

12. The police has been (A)/ accused of (B)/ connivance along the thieves (C)/ in his case. (D)/ No error. (E)

13. The essays (A)/ given on page ten (B)/ are relevant (C)/ to your topic. (D)/ No error. (E)

14. What to speak (A)/ of India (B)/ even developed countries (C)/ are faced with this problem. (D)/ No error. (E)

15. Persons engaged (A)/ in teaching line (B)/ lead a (c) comfortable life. (D)/ No error. (E)


1. (A) Write Involvement instead of Involving in part (A). Here, the noun form of the word involving is required which is involvement and not involving.

2. (C) Write spoonfuls instead of spoonsful in part (C). Spoonful is a compound word, the plural of which is formed by adding s to full and not to spoon.

3. Replace reason with cause in part (C). Reason refers to the explanation or justification of sone happening whereas cause refers to something that brings about a certain happening.

4. (D) Write rupee instead of rupees in part (D).

5. (D) Change over to against in part (D). To lean means to stand with the support of something. So, in this situation the prepositions against will be used.              

6. (C) Write avail herself of in part (C). With avail we always use reflexive pronouns. The reflexive pronouns are myself, herself, himself, yourself, etc. Here, we have she as the subject, so, the proper reflexive pronoun will be herself.   
7. (B) Delete into from part (B). The word enter is sufficient to convey the sense that one is going inside a certain place. Therefore, the prepositions into is not required.

8. (A) Remove will from part (A). According to the rules of grammar, if a sentence conveys two actions both of the future tense, the principal actions will be in simple future and the subordinate action will be in simple present

9. (E) No error.

10. (C) Write if you had in part (C). When an action of the party conveying a condition is referred to. the verb used is in past perfect.

11. (B) Write among in place of between in part (B). Be tween is used while talking of two persons only. But when the persons are more than two, as in the case of inhabitants in this sentence, among is used.

12.  (C) Change along to with in part (C). Connivance always takes the prepositions with.

13. (B) Change on to at in part (B). Page used in this context always gets the prepositions at.

14. (A) Remove What and write Not in its place in part (A). The right usage is Not to speak.

15. (B) Write teaching profession instead of teaching line in part (B). The expression teaching line is a slang word and is not used in standard English.

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