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 (4), i.e., No error.

  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. The teacher advised to
    2. the student to borrow
    3. a book from the library within three days.
    4. No error.

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    Use of to is incorrect.
    Advise should always be followed by an Object.
    Look at the examples given below :

    Hence, The teacher advised is the right usage

    Correct Option: A

    Use of to is incorrect.
    Advise should always be followed by an Object.
    Look at the examples given below :

    Hence, The teacher advised is the right usage


  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. If I was he,
    2. I wouldn’t accept
    3. this project.
    4. No error.

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    were will replace was because –
    The sentence indicates a Subjunctive Mood.
    The Subjunctive Mood is the Verb form used for expressing a wish/a suggestion/a command/a condition that is opposite/contrary to fact.
    Hence, a Singular Subject agrees with a Plural Verb.
    Hence, If I were he is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    were will replace was because –
    The sentence indicates a Subjunctive Mood.
    The Subjunctive Mood is the Verb form used for expressing a wish/a suggestion/a command/a condition that is opposite/contrary to fact.
    Hence, a Singular Subject agrees with a Plural Verb.
    Hence, If I were he 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. People living in low-lying areas
    2. find it difficult
    3. to cope up with the floods.
    4. No error

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    Use of up is incorrect.
    to cope with the floods is the right usage.
    cope with (Phr.V.) : to manage to deal with someone/something

    Correct Option: C

    Use of up is incorrect.
    to cope with the floods is the right usage.
    cope with (Phr.V.) : to manage to deal with someone/something


  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. Sam is working
    2. in a bank in Chennai
    3. for the past five years.
    4. No error.

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    has been working will replace is working because –
    the event started in the past and is still Continuing.
    Hence, Present Perfect Continuous Tense will be used.
    Hence, Sam has been working is the right usage.

    Correct Option: A

    has been working will replace is working because –
    the event started in the past and is still Continuing.
    Hence, Present Perfect Continuous Tense will be used.
    Hence, Sam has been working is the right usage.



  1. Solve the question according to given instruction.
    1. I have got your letter yesterday
    2. and felt happy to learn
    3. of your recovery.
    4. No error.

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    have will not be used as the sentence is in Simple Past Tense.
    Hence, I got your letter yesterday is the right usage

    Correct Option: A

    have will not be used as the sentence is in Simple Past Tense.
    Hence, I got your letter yesterday is the right usage