Error Spotting – Syntax Based

Following are the sentences divided in to the five parts. Find out the error part of these sentences. If there is no error, then mark your answer (E).

Q:

The  number of candidates (1)/  applying were so large (2)/  that the college had to (3) / stop issuing Recruitment notification(4)/  No error (5)

  1. The  number of candidates
  2. applying were so large
  3. that the college had to
  4. stop issuing Recruitment notification
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The Singular verb “was” will be used in the place of the plural verb – ‘were’. A singular verb is used with ‘the number of + plural noun’. So, the singular verb  –‘was’ will be used with ‘the number of people’ in the given sentence.

Q:

Ritu was happy (1)/ that Mukta and her sister was going (2)/  on the same train(3) / next day (4)/ No error (5)

  1. Ritu was happy
  2. that Mukta and her sister was going
  3. on the same train
  4. next day
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The Plural verb “were” will be used in the place of the singular verb -‘was’. The Plural subject of ‘that’ starting clause is ‘Mukta and her sister’ in the given sentence. So, the plural verb “were” will be used with the plural subject –“Mukta and her sister” in the given sentence.

Q:

Each boy (1)/ was given (2)/  a pack of cards (3)/ which pleased them very much (4)/ No error (5)

  1. Each boy
  2. was given
  3. a pack of cards
  4. which pleased them very much
  5. No error
Level:

Option E

The given sentence is correct because a singular verb is used with the ‘each + Singular noun’. In the given sentence, the singular verb –‘ was ‘ is used Correctly with the singular subject ‘Each Boy’. So, the given Sentence has no error.

Q:

Her Father-in-law (1)/ who live in Mumbai (2) /has come (3)/ to stay with her (4)/ No error (5)

  1. Her Father-in-law
  2. who live in Mumbai 
  3. has come
  4. to stay with her
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The Singular verb “lives” will be used in the place of the plural verb – ‘live’ The singular noun ‘Her Father-in-law’ has been used before the relative pronoun –‘Who’ in the given sentence. So, the singular verb –“lives” will be used according to the singular noun   — ‘ Her Father-in-law’ in the given sentence.

Q:

If I was (1) / in his shoes (2) / I would have died (3) /with shame. (4) No error (5)

  1. If I was
  2. in his shoes
  3. I would have died
  4. with shame
  5. No error
Level:

Option A

The Plural verb “were” will be used in the place of the singular verb -‘Was’ The given Sentence is the suppositional sentence, the plural verb — ‘were’ is used with the subject of any number and person. So, the plural verb ‘were’will be used with the singular subject ‘I’.

Q:

Maharana Pratap was (1)/ one of those great sons of India (2) / who has earned everlasting fame (3)/ for his bravery (4) / No error (5).

  1. Maharana Pratap was
  2. one of those great sons of India
  3. who has earned everlasting fame
  4. for his bravery
  5. No error
Level:

Option C

The Plural verb ” have” will be used in the place of the singular verb -‘has’ because ‘one of those great sons of India ‘ has been used before the relative pronoun ‘who’ in the given sentence. The plural pronoun — sons has also been used in the expressions coming before ‘ who’. So, Plural verb   ‘have’  will be used according to the plural noun –‘sons’.

Q:

If you follows (1) / her instructions (2) / you will get (3)/ a suitable reward for that (4) / No error (5).

  1. If you follows
  2. her instructions
  3. you will get
  4. a suitable reward for that
  5. No error
Level: Intense

Option A

The Plural verb ” follow” will be used in the place of the singular verb -‘follows’ because the given sentence is Conditional. Both a singular verb and a plural verb are used in such sentences. The personal pronoun –‘ you’ has been used after ‘if’ in the given Conditional sentence. So, Plural verb   ‘follow’  will be used according to the Personal pronoun –‘you’. [ The Personal pronoun “you” is used both in singular and in the plural sense but a plural verb is always used with ‘you’. ]

Q:

The producer along with (1) / the actors (2) / were present for (3) / the annual day celebration (4) / No error (5).

  1. The producer along with
  2. the actors
  3. were present for
  4. the annual day celebration
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option C

The Singular verb “Was” will be used in the place of the plural verb – ‘were’ because the Singular subject  — ” the producer” has been used before ‘ along with the actors ‘ in the given sentence. So, the singular verb  — “was” Will be used with the singular subject ‘The producer ‘.

Q:

The climate (1) / of this place (2) / do not (3) / suit her(4) / No error (5)

  1. The climate
  2. of this place
  3. do not
  4. suit her
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option C

The negative Singular verb “does not” will be used in the place of the negative plural verb – ‘do not’. Because the Singular noun ‘The climate’ has been used as a singular subject of the given sentence. So, the singular verb  — ‘does not’ Will be used with the ‘The climate’.

Q:

Unless you (1)/ works hard,(2)/  you cannot (3)/  Succeed (4)/ No error(5)

  1. Unless you
  2. works hard,
  3. you cannot
  4. Succeed
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The plural verb “work” will be used in the place of the Singular verb – ‘works’ because the personal pronoun –‘you’ is the subject of the given sentence. A plural verb is always used with ‘you’. So, Plural verb — ‘work’ will be used with ‘you’.

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