Error Spotting English Practice Questions

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Here are English Error Spotting Questions for upcoming Banking Exams. This quiz contains important questions which match the pattern of SBI PO/Clerk and other Banking Exams, so make sure you read today’s SBI PO/Clerk English Questions to enhance your preparation level.
Directions (1 – 15): Read the sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is (5). Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
1. As much as I admire (1)/ him for his oratory skills (2)/ I cannot excuse his involvement (3)/ in the riots(4)/ No error (5)
2. The crop harvest (1)/ is to be divided equally (2)/ between the farmers (3)/ in the risk insured area (4)/. No error (5)
3. The mother-in-laws (1)/ gathered together (2)/ to discuss on certain family issues (3)/ that had to be sorted out. (4)/ No Error (5)
4. The song was (1)/ so engrossing (2)/ that I have been listening (3)/ to it three times that day.(4/) No error (5)
5. The child was very excited (1)/ to see the list and said (2)/ that she had read (3)/ too many books by R.K Narayana that she can create a library of her own for them.(4)No error (5)
6. They are (1)/ the naughty (2)/ boys in (3)/ the entire class. (4)/ No Error (5)
7. If I will fail (1)/ the test, (2)/ my mother will (3)/ be upset. (4)/ No Error (5)
8. She fell (1)/ asleep while (2)/ she watched (3)/ a movie yesterday. (4)/ No Error (5)
9. Our family (1)/ has been living (2)/ in India (3)/ since eleven months. (4)/ No Error (5)
10. I cannot(1)/ speak Hindi (2)/ because (3)/ I was born in India with mother tongue as Hindi. (4)/ No Error (5)
11. Generally banking in India is fairly mature in (1)/ terms of supply, product range (2)/ and reach-even though its reach in rural India and (3)/ to the poor still remain a challenge. (4)
12. Most of a faculty has showed (1)/ support for the student's (2)/ restlessness because of the (3)/ recent economic protests. (4)/ No error (5)
13. The industry's ability (1)/to get back on its feet (2)/ depend a lot on (3)/ institutional arrangements.(4)/ No error (5)
14. Block of (1)/commercial buildings (2)/ that are built in this locality (3)/ will increase employment. (4)/ No error (5)
15. The sentiments in the (1)/ common people must be kept in mind (2)/ when the Government decides to (3)/ pass the Bill (4)/ No error (5)

Answers with Explanations:
1. A) 'As much as’, strictly, should be used only in comparisons between similar traits and there is no similar comparison here.
Eg: I like playing cricket as much as I like playing football.
 On the contrary, “much as” depicts “much though” where much is used for emphasis and modifies the verb and hence, taken to the front of the clause. So, instead of “as much as”, “much as” will be used. Hence, option 1 has the error.
It is to be noted that ‘much as’ and ‘as much as’ are sometimes used interchangeably colloquially, but it is wrong grammatically.
2. C) The error here is the use of ‘between’ in the third part of the sentence. As there are many farmers and the division has taken place equally, instead of ‘between’, ‘among’ should be used. So, option 3 is the one with the error.
3. A) The error in the first part of the sentence is in the plural form of the word mother-in-law. The plural form should have been ‘mothers-in-law’ since the plural form of adding ‘s’ has to be added to the noun and not the rest of the word. Thus the correct answer is that there is an error in part 1.
4. C) The error lies in part 3 of the sentence as there is an incorrect usage of tense here. Present continuous tense (have been listening) is wrong here as it is used when the action is still continuing but it is clear from the sentence that the song is not being listened to now. It has been listened to three times that day. Thus the tense to be used here is simple past tense. The correct sentence should read as : The song was so engrossing that I listened to it three times that day.
5. D) The error lies in part 4 of the sentence as 'too many' is incorrect here. It could have been used if something negative would have been mentioned but that is not the case. Also, the correct pair of conjunction that fits with 'that' in the latter part of the sentence is 'so'. 'So...that' is one of the correlative conjunction.So the sentence should read:'.she had read so many books by R.K Narayana that she..'.
6. B) The error is in option 2 as the adjective is incorrect, with 'the' as the article before an adjective, only a superlative adjective is used,hence it should be 'the naughtiest boys'
7. A) The error is in option 1, the probability shown by the conditional 'if' needs a present tense verb so it should be 'if I fail'. This is because we cannot both the verbs in future tense in an 'if' clause.
8. C) The error is in option 3 as she fell asleep while the continuous action of watching a movie was going on. So the verb should be in past continuous tense 'she was watching'. 
9. D) The error is in option 4. The preposition here must be 'for' instead of 'since'. This is because for is used to show 'duration of time'. Whereas 'since' is used to show 'point of time'. Here, 'eleven months' is a duration of time. So we will use 'for'.
10. C) The error is in option 3 as two dissimilar ideas are connected so the  conjunction should be 'even  though'. Here, 'because' gives the reason but the the reason given here is contrasting to the action. Thus, e'even though; will be used.
11. D) The error lies in part 4 of the sentence as the verb 'remain' is incorrect and needs to be replaced with 'remains' since the subject in the sentence is 'banking' which is a singular noun. The sentence should read as: '..still remains a challenge'.
12. A) There is a wrong use of determiner in part 1 of the sentence. Since it is pointing towards a particular teaching faculty, instead of ‘a’, it must be ‘the’.
13. C) The error is in the usage of the plural third person form of the verb depends. The correct form should be ‘depends’. According to the rules of grammar, the form of the verb depends on the subject. If the subject is plural, then the verb should be plural. In this sentence, the subject is ‘the industry's ability’, which is singular; hence the verb should be in the singular form as well.
14. C) ‘Block of commercial buildings’ is given which is singular and ‘are’ is also given which means that block which is singular is wrong. Thus the error is in the third part of the sentence.
15. A) The error is in the usage of the preposition ‘in’. The correct preposition should be ‘of’.
‘In’ is used to indicate the following:
  • A location or place: I am currently staying in a rented flat.
  • A belief, interest, opinion: I am interested in an opinion.
  • An ongoing activity: In preparing for the finals, you must practice maths everyday.
  • A shape, size, color: I have the same shirt in blue.
  • Time frame: The next semester will start in July.
‘Of’ is used to indicate the following:
  • Belonging, relation or connection. The complexities of the human mind are hard to comprehend.
  • Reference: This is a picture of the sunrise at Tiger Hill.
  • An amount or number. A large number of people gathered at the temple to bid the Goddess goodbye.
When ‘of’ is used in the above sentence, it would show that the sentiments are possessed by the people.