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:

Children (1) /  likes to eat (2)/ ice creams (3) / rather than sweets(4)/ No error (5).

  1. Children
  2. likes to eat
  3. ice creams
  4. rather than sweets
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The plural verb ‘like’ will be used in place of singular verb — ‘likes’ Because of the plural noun — ‘Children’ has been used as a subject of the given sentence. So, the plural verb – ” like” will be used with the plural noun — ‘Children’.

Q:

Neither she(1) /  Nor her mother (2) / is interested (3) / in joining the party (4) /No error (5)

  1. Neither she
  2. Nor her mother
  3. is interested
  4. in joining the party
  5. No error
Level: Easy

Option E

The given sentence is correct because the singular subject — ‘ Her mother’ has been used after ‘nor’. So, the singular — ‘ is ‘  is correct.

Q:

Swift's  Gulliver's  Travels (1)/  has been (2)/ read by us (3) / several times (4) / No error (5)

  1. Swift's  Gulliver's  Travels
  2. has been
  3. read by us
  4. several times
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The Singular verb “has been” will be used in the place of the plural verb – ‘have been’ because of the name of the book — ‘Gulliver’s  Travels’ has been used after Apostrophe’s’ [‘s] in the given Sentence. the name of the book —  ‘Gulliver’s  Travels’  is functioning as a singular subject. So, the singular verb — “has been” will be used with Gulliver’s  Travels.

Q:

Every Girl, Boy and child (1) / are now aware of (2) / the terrible Consequence  (3) / of the habit of drinking (4) / No error (5)

  1. Every Girl, Boy and child
  2. are now aware of
  3. the terrible Consequence 
  4. of the habit of drinking
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The Singular verb — “is” will be used in the place of the plural verb – ‘are’ because a Singular verb is used with ‘Every  + S. N + and + S. N.’. The Singular Subject — ‘Every Boy and Girl and child has been used in the given sentence. So the Singular verb ‘is’ will be used with it [‘ The Singular Subject — ‘Every Boy and Girl and child’ ]

Q:

He has been working (1)/ in a bank (2) / in New Delhi (3) / for the past eight months (4) / No error (5)

  1. He has been working
  2. in a bank
  3. in New Delhi
  4. for the past eight months
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option A

The Singular verb “has been” will be used in the place of the plural verb – ‘have been’ because the third person  — Singular number subject– ‘he’ has been used in the given sentence. So, the singular verb  — “has been ‘ Will be used according to the singular subject ‘he’.

Q:

My Mother has not heard (1)/ From my younger sister (2)/ who are abroad (3) / for over a year (4) / No error (5)

 

  1. My Mother has not heard
  2. From my younger sister
  3. who are abroad
  4. for over a year
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option C

The singular verb — ‘is’ will be used in place of the plural verb — ‘are’ because the singular noun — ‘my younger sister’ has been used before the relative pronoun –‘who’ in the given sentence. So, the singular verb– ‘is’ will be used after the relative pronoun– ‘who’ According to the singular noun ‘My Younger Sister’.

Q:

You and I (1)/ has known  (2) / each other (3)/ For the last eight years (4)/ No error (5)

  1. You and I
  2. has known
  3. each other
  4. For the last eight years
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The Plural verb ” have” will be used in the place of the singular verb – ‘has’ because the plural Subject ‘You and I’ has been used as subject in the given sentence. So, the plural verb – ” have” will be used.

Q:

Neither China nor America (1)/ have yet Acquired (2)/ the capability to produce (3) nuclear weapons  (4) / No error (5)

  1. Neither China nor America
  2. have yet Acquired
  3. the capability to produce
  4. nuclear weapons
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The singular verb – “has” will be used in the place of plural verb – ” have”  because the singular  ” Pakistan” has been used after “nor” in the given sentence. So the singular verb ” has” will be used according to the Singular Noun: “Pakistan “

Q:

If my Sister (1)/ Approve(2)/ I will go (3)/ to Mumbai(4)/  No error(5)

  1. If my Sister
  2. Approve
  3. I will go
  4. to Mumbai
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option B

The singular verb – ‘ approves’ will be used in place of the plural verb – ‘approve ‘ because the singular subject ‘ my sister’ has been used after ‘if’ in the given conditional sentence. So, the singular verb -‘ approves’ will be used according to the singular noun – ‘ my sister’.

Q:

Neither my husband (1)/ nor my brother-in-law (2)/ were able to help me (3)/ in my work (4) / No error (5)

  1. Neither my husband
  2. nor my brother-in-law
  3. were able to help me
  4. in my work
  5. No error
Level: Medium

Option C

The singular verb  – ‘was’ will be used in place of plural verb – ‘were’ because the singular noun – ‘ brother-in-law’ has been used after ‘nor’.

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