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Common Errors: Test-15

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Question 1
Identify the part of the sentence with error. In case of no error, select option (E).
A
She was held to guilt
B
practising witchcraft and misdemeanors
C
such as cutting her hair short
D
and dressing up like a man.
E
No error
Question 1 Explanation:
Part (a)
She was held guilty of
‘Held to guilt’ is incorrect in usage. The correct usage will be ‘held guilty of’. The verb held guilty is followed by the preposition ‘of’.
Question 2
Identify the part of the sentence with error. In case of no error, select option (E).
A
The number of flu cases
B
is decreasing slowly,
C
thanks to the
D
timely governmental efforts.
E
No error
Question 2 Explanation:
Part (e)
No error
Question 3
Identify the part of the sentence with error. In case of no error, select option (E).
A
Researchers at the University of Nottingham
B
have found that
C
putting tobacco outside of sight in shops
D
can change the attitude of young people towards smoking.
E
No error
Question 3 Explanation:
Part (c)
out of sight
‘Outside of sight’ is incorrect in usage. The correct usage of the phrase will be ‘out of sight’. ‘Out of sight’ means not visible or hidden.
Question 4
Identify the part of the sentence with error. In case of no error, select option (E).
A
The young sales manager
B
is about to resign
C
despite of his success
D
in the organization.
E
No error
Question 4 Explanation:
Part (c)
despite his success
Despite means ‘inspite of’ so placing the preposition ‘of’ after it, will be redundant. Hence ‘of’ should be omitted.
Question 5
Identify the part of the sentence with error. In case of no error, select option (E).
A
More and more people
B
are using different colour schemes
C
in their homes
D
that reflecting their personalities.
E
No error
Question 5 Explanation:
Part (d)
reflect their personalities
The –ing form of verb takes a helping verb along (are reflecting), but since we are talking in simple present tense, ‘that reflect their personalities’ is correct and should be used.
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