4. Common Errors in English Practise questions

Directions (1-30) : In the questions from 1 to 30, some of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error and blacken the option corresponding to it (1,2,3). If a sentence is free from errors, then your answer is (4) i.e. No error.


1. Due to the heavy rains (1) / the ship drowned (2) / in the middle of the ocean. (3) / No error. (4)

2. Death of (1) / his only son (2) / made Mohan desolate. (3) / No error. (4)

3. He fell heavily (1) / and this caused (2) / him great pain. (3) / No error. (4)

4. When I met him (1) / the couple of days back (2) / he was writing a new book. (3) / No error. (4)

5. In his old age, (1) a person is likely to get (2) / more weak day by day. (3) / No error.(4)

6. There are (1) / no poetries (2) / in my book. (3) / No error. (4)

7. That house (1) / is built of (2) / stones. (3) / No error. (4)

8. He as well as (1) / you like (2) / to go. (3) / No error. (4)

9. Very soon (1) / I realized (2) / that he is at fault. (3) / No error. (4)

10. Santosh lives (1) / by the principals (2) / he professes. (3) / No error. (4)


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11. Neither of them (1) / are (2) / good (3) / No error. (4)

12. Due to me being a new comer (1) / I was unable (2) / to get a good house (3) / No error. (4)

13. The circulation of The Statesman (1) / is greater than (2) / that of any newspaper. (3) No error. (4)

14. In the garden (1) / were the more beautiful flowers (2) / and silver bells (3) / No error. (4)

15. The poet (1) / describes about (2) / the spring season (3) / No error. (4)

16. Neither (1) / of the two brothers (2) / are sure to pass (3) / No error (4)

17. Believe me, I (1) / am believing (2) / whatever you have said. (3) / No error (4)

18. He was suffering (1) / from illness (2) / when we visited him last year. (3) / No error (4)

19. Every morning sun (1) / rises (2) / in the east. (3) / No error (4)

20. A good friend of (1) / me has been (2) / in London for twenty years. (3) / No error (4)

21. On receiving the mark-sheet from the University (1) / I realized (2) / that I had got only passing marks in English. (3) / No error. (4)

22. When she knocked the door, (1) / I said to her, (2) / ‘’come in.’’ (3) / No error. (4)

23. He said (1) / that he will meet me (2) / at the restaurant. (3) / No error. (4)

24. Miss Rama Devi has (1) / two elephants, ten horses (2) / and as much as fifty care. (3) / No error. (4)

25. The month of January (1) / takes its name (2) / of the Roman god Janus. (3) / No error. (4)

26. In world of ours (1) / one has to compete (2) / for almost everything. (3) / No error. (4)

27. Bose is (1) / more popular than (2) / any student in the class. (3) / No error. (4)

28. How is Surrinder (1) / going with (2) / his work? (3) / No error. (4)

29. It is said (1) / that this room is not being opened (2) / for the last fifty years. (3) / No error. (4)

30. The Vice-Chancellor (1) / wants all vacancies (2) / to be filed up. (3) / No error. (4)

Answers and Explanations.

1. (2) “sank” should be used instead of “drowned”

2. (3) “weaker” should be used instead of “more weak”

3. (1) “The death” and not “death”

4. (3) “a great pain” and not just “great pain”

5. (2) “a couple of days back” and not “the couple of days back”

6. (2) “poetry” should be used and not “poetries”.

7. (3) “stone” and not “stones”

8. (2) “likes” should be used instead of “like”.

9. (3) “was” should be used as the sentence is in the past.

10. (2) “principles” and not “principals” should be used.

11. (2) “is” should be used as “neither” is a singular subject.

12. (1) “my” should be used in place of “me”.

13. (3) “other” should be used after “any” .

14. (2) There’s no need of “the more” as no comparative degree is there.

15. (2) You can’t use “about” after “describe”.

16. (3) “is” should be used as “neither” is a singular subject.

17. (2) “believe” should be there and not “am believing”.

18. (4) No error

19. (1) “the sun” and not only “sun”.

20. (2) “mine” should be used instead of “me”

21. (3) “pass marks” should be used not “passing marks”.

22. (4) No error.

23. (2) “would” should be there in as the sentence is in the past tense.

24. (3) “as many as” not “as much as” because car is a countable noun.

25. (3) “takes its name after” as it means to get a name inspired from something or somebody.

26. (1) “the world”.

27. (3) “other” should be used after “any”.

28. (2) “going about”

29. (2) “has not been opened”.

30. (3) “filled” is the right use not “filled up”

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