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  • Direction for Individual Question In each question below a sentence is given a part of which is printed in bold and underlined. This part may contain a grammatical error or might represent inappropriate usage. Below each sentence, three possible substitutions are provided for the underlined portion. If any one of them is better than the underlined part, indicate your response accordingly. If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required mark the last option i.e. ‘No improvement’ as the answer.

Sentence Correction: Test-5

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Question 1
No sooner I heard the shot when I rushed to the spot.
A
No sooner I heard the shot than
B
No sooner did I hear the shot when
C
No sooner did I hear the shot than
D
No improvement
Question 1 Explanation:
When a story is told in the past tense, the adverbials hardly, scarcely, barely and no sooner are often used to emphasize that one event quickly followed another. The verb describing the earlier event is usually in the past perfect tense. If hardly, scarcely, barely and no sooner are in the initial position, the subject and auxiliary are inverted i.e. ’did I’ rather than ‘I did’.
Question 2
Hardly he had entered the station, when the train whistled.
A
Hardly had he entered
B
Hardly he entered
C
He hardly had entered
D
No improvement
Question 2 Explanation:
When a story is told in the past tense, the adverbials hardly, scarcely, barely and no sooner are often used to emphasize that one event quickly followed another. The verb describing the earlier event is usually in the past perfect tense. If hardly, scarcely, barely and no sooner are in the initial position, the subject and auxiliary are inverted i.e. had I’ rather than ‘I had.
Question 3
Let's go for a walk, shouldn't we?
A
shall we
B
can we
C
can't we
D
No improvement
Question 3 Explanation:
It should be 'shall we'. A probable event in the future will take the future form of ‘shall’ rather than the past form ‘should’.
Question 4
The teacher asked me what is the matter.
A
what was the matter
B
what the matter is
C
what the matter was
D
No improvement
Question 4 Explanation:
'What the matter was' is the correct use. ‘What is’ is simple present. However, the sentence begins with simple past.
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