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 and the number of that part is your answer. If a sentence is free from errors, your answer is (4) i.e. No error.

  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. Each of these boys
    2. play
    3. games.
    4. No error.

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    plays will replace play because –
    each/everyone/either/neither (Distributive Pronouns)/are followed by a Singular Verb (with s)
    Look at the examples given below :
    Each of the companies supports a local charity.
    Everyone knows who stole it.

    Correct Option: B

    plays will replace play because –
    each/everyone/either/neither (Distributive Pronouns)/are followed by a Singular Verb (with s)
    Look at the examples given below :
    Each of the companies supports a local charity.
    Everyone knows who stole it.


  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. The reporter
    2. was unable
    3. to illicit information from the police.
    4. No error.

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    elicit will replace illicit
    elicit (Verb) : to get information or a reaction from somebody, often with difficully
    illicit (Adj.) : illegal; not allowed by law
    Hence, elicit information from the police is the right usage.

    Correct Option: C

    elicit will replace illicit
    elicit (Verb) : to get information or a reaction from somebody, often with difficully
    illicit (Adj.) : illegal; not allowed by law
    Hence, elicit information from the police is the right usage.



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, then your answer is (4), i.e., No error.

  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. He laughed
    2. on her
    3. as she fell off the tree.
    4. No error

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    at her will replace on her as – laugh (Verb) agrees with at (Prep.)

    Correct Option: B

    at her will replace on her as – laugh (Verb) agrees with at (Prep.)


  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. He was present
    2. in the court
    3. to give witness.
    4. No error

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    to give/provide evidence as a witness will replace to give witness.
    The sentence will be written thus – He was present in the court to give/provide evidence as a witness.

    Correct Option: C

    to give/provide evidence as a witness will replace to give witness.
    The sentence will be written thus – He was present in the court to give/provide evidence as a witness.



  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. It had laid
    2. in the closet
    3. for a week before we found it.
    4. No error

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    had been lying will replace had laid because – a time period has been specified in the sentence.
    Hence, Past Perfect Continuous Tense will be used.
    Look at the examples given below :
    We have been painting our house since last Friday, but we are still a long way from finishing.
    She had been living in a one–room apartment for a year before getting married.
    Hence, it had been lying is the right usage

    Correct Option: A

    had been lying will replace had laid because – a time period has been specified in the sentence.
    Hence, Past Perfect Continuous Tense will be used.
    Look at the examples given below :
    We have been painting our house since last Friday, but we are still a long way from finishing.
    She had been living in a one–room apartment for a year before getting married.
    Hence, it had been lying is the right usage