COMMON ERRORS


Direction: In the following questions, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is the answer. If a sentence is free from error, your answer is No error.

  1. Some members of the committee were opposed to use the club members’ money to redecorate the meeting hall.
    1. the club members’ money to redecorate the meeting hall.
    2. No error
    3. Some members of the committee
    4. were opposed to use

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    (1) opposed to (Phr. V.) : disagreeing strongly with something. Here, Gerund i.e. were opposed to using is the right usage.
    Look at the sentence : They are totally opposed to changing the law.

    Correct Option: D

    (1) opposed to (Phr. V.) : disagreeing strongly with something. Here, Gerund i.e. were opposed to using is the right usage.
    Look at the sentence : They are totally opposed to changing the law.


  1. The results of the survey were fairly disappointing.
    1. of the survey were
    2. The results
    3. fairly disappointing.
    4. No error

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    (1) fairly (Adverb) : honestly; in a fair and reasonable way. Hence,very/rather disappointing is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    (1) fairly (Adverb) : honestly; in a fair and reasonable way. Hence,very/rather disappointing is the right usage.



  1. The article suggests that when a person is under unusual stress you should be especially careful to eat a well-balanced diet.
    1. The article suggests that when a person is under unusual stress
    2. you should be especially careful
    3. to eat a well-balanced diet.
    4. No error

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    Here,he/she should be especially careful should be used. It is not proper to use second person here.

    Correct Option: B

    Here,he/she should be especially careful should be used. It is not proper to use second person here.


  1. Let us vie to one another in doing good.
    1. to one another
    2. Let us vie
    3. in doing good.
    4. No error

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    It is preposition related error. (1) vie (Verb) : to compete. vie agrees with – with (Prep.) → vie (with somebody) for (Prep.) → vie (for something) to (Prep.) → vie (to do something) Look at the emamples given below : She was surrounded by men all vying for her attention. There is a row of restaurants vying with each other for business. Screaming fans vied to get closer to their idol. Hence, with each other/one another is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    It is preposition related error. (1) vie (Verb) : to compete. vie agrees with – with (Prep.) → vie (with somebody) for (Prep.) → vie (for something) to (Prep.) → vie (to do something) Look at the emamples given below : She was surrounded by men all vying for her attention. There is a row of restaurants vying with each other for business. Screaming fans vied to get closer to their idol. Hence, with each other/one another is the right usage.



  1. Until you are in the habit of putting off things you cannot ensure yourself of a good future.
    1. No error
    2. the habit of putting off things
    3. you cannot ensure yourself of a good future.
    4. Until you are in

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    put off (Phr. V.) : postpone ; delay Use of – of (Prep.) is superfluous. Look at the sentences : We’ve had to put off our wedding until September. Until you keep putting off going to the dentist you cannot get yourself healthy/painless teeth. Here, you cannot ensure yourself a good future is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    put off (Phr. V.) : postpone ; delay Use of – of (Prep.) is superfluous. Look at the sentences : We’ve had to put off our wedding until September. Until you keep putting off going to the dentist you cannot get yourself healthy/painless teeth. Here, you cannot ensure yourself a good future is the right usage.