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Part 046 – Grammar Error Previous Year Questions

Q1. The author said during the press conference (a)/ that there were (b)/ two farther volumes to be published. (c)/ No error
Ans: (c) Further = additional to what already exists Farther = at to or by a great distance Hence, two further (additional) volumes to be published …..should be used here.

Q2. He was not able to concentrate
(a)/ because of the continual music (b)/ being played next door. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (b) Continual (Adjective) = repeated many times in a way that is annoying Continuous (Adjective) = happening or existing for a period of time without interruption. Hence, because of the continuous music …. should be used here.

Q3. Still (a)/ waters (b)/ run deep.
(c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (d) Still waters run deep = a person who seems to be quiet or shy may surprise you by knowing a lot or having deep feelings.

Q4. The job is (a)/under the direct
(b)/ of Mrs Jones. (c)/ No error
(b) Here, under the direction (supervision) (Noun) …. should be used.

Q5. When the stranger saw me, (a)/ he seemed to recognise me (b)/ and asked me what was my name. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (c) In Indirect Speech Interrogative sentence is changed into Assertive. Hence, and asked me what my name was …… should be used here.

Q6. My lawn (a)/ which is overgrown (b)/ needs weeding
(c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (d) No error

Q7. Every man in this world (a)/ wishes to live long (b)/ but nobody wanted to grow old. (c)/ No error (d)
(c) As the generality of the sentence suggests, Present Simple should be used here. Hence, but nobody wants to grow old …… should be used here.

Q8. He told his friend (a)/ that he could not do that work (b)/ because it is not to his taste.
(c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (c) Here, Reporting Verb is in past tense. Hence, because it was not to his taste …. should be used here.

Q9. The tragedy of Julius Caesar
(a)/ was written by William Shakespeare (b)/ about 1599.
(c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (c) Here, preposition ‘in’ i.e., in 1599 …. should be used.

Q10. The writer is (a)/ evidently enamoured at (b)/ the subject.
(c)/ No error (d)
(b) Enamoured (Adjective) = liking something a lot. Look at the sentence: He was less than enamoured of the music. Hence, evidently enamoured of …. should be used.

Q11. He is jealous for (a)/ my success (b)/ and wants to destroy me. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (a) It is a preposition related error. Hence, He is jealous of …… should be used.

Q12. The main purpose of the visit
(a)/ is to develop a close relationship (b)/ among the two countries. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (c) For two persons or things between ……. should be used. Hence, between the two countries ……. should be used.

Q13. I left (a)/ no stone unturned (b)/ to achieve for my object. (c)/ No error (d)
(c) Here, to achieve my objective ……. should be used. For is superfluous.

Q14. My friend’s actual job (a)/ involves a lot (b)/ of administration. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (a) Job = responsibility; duty. Hence, use of actual is superflous.

Q15. The students refused (a)/ to accept responsibility (b)/ for their acts. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (d) No Error

Q16. It is not possible for me (a)/ to give you the accurate date (b)/ of my departure yet. (c)/ No error (d)
(b) It is article related error. Hence, to give an exact date …. should be used.

Q17. Had I been (a)/ in my brother’s position (b)/ I would have refused the offer. (c)/ No error
Ans: (d) No Error

Q18. His parents usually spent (a)/ their summer in Ooty (b)/ but this year they are spending it in Darjeeling. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (a) Usually in the sentence shows general programme/habit. Hence, Present Simple i.e. His parents usually spend ….. should be used.

Q19. He lost heart (a)/ because he could not cope up with (b)/ the difficulties in life. (c)/ No error
(b) Cope with = to face and deal with responsibilities, problems or difficulties successfully. Hence, because he could not cope with …. should be used.

Q20. I have come (a)/ as soon as (b)/ the customers leave your shop.
(c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (a) As the structure suggests, Future simple i.e., I Shall/will come …. should be used.

Q21. I called (a)/ at his house yesterday (b)/ and have given him money. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (c) First clause is in Past simple. The sentence shows past time. Hence, and gave him money …. should be used here.

Q22. The reason for (a)/ my absence is (b)/ due to ill health. (c)/ No error (d)
(c) Reason has already been used. Hence, it is not proper to use due to. Hence, ill health …. should be used here.

Q23. One (a)/ should keep (b)/ his word. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (c) The possessive of one is one’s. Hence, one’s word …. should be used here.

Q24. If you turn the corner, (a)/ you will found a house (b)/ built of stone. (c)/ No error (d)
Ans: (b) Found = establish Hence, you will find (get) a house …. should be used.

Q25. His appearance bears (a)/ a striking resemblance (b)/ to your cousin. (c)/ No error (d)
(d) No Error

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