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Error Spotting SSC CGL English Previous Year Question with solution

To be able to answer the error spotting questions asked in the various competitive exams (SSC Tier 1/ SSC Tier 2/CHSL/CPO/MTS) correctly, it is important that a candidate builds up a good command of English Grammar and vocabulary. After building the command he needs to solve questions based on the pattern that appears for the exams. Candidates who clear the exam are those who have put to practice what they have learned.

Given below are questions that have appeared in SSC CGL 2021. Try to solve the questions correctly and then refer to the detailed solutions. Such practice exercises will prove to be of immense help to the students.

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Instruction: The following sentence has been divided into parts. One of them contains an error. Select the part that contains the error from the given options.

Q.1. He win / several accolades / for his / music compositions. 

CGL 17/8/2021 (Evening)

(a) He win

(b) music compositions 

(c) for his

(d) several accolades 

Q.2. When she went for a walk / Maya couldn't take off her scarf / because it was / too much windy. 

CGL 17/8/2021 (Evening)

(a)  too much windy

(b) Maya couldn't take off her scarf 

(c) because it was

(d) When she went for a walk

Q.3.We don't really / want a large house; / we are looking for some comfort / and some convenience on a moderate price. 

CGL 18/8/2021 (Morning)

(a) and some convenience on a moderate price 

(b) want a large house 

(c) We don't really 

(d) we are looking for some comfort 

Q.4.Lalitha will go / to sister’s house / in Mumbai / this summer.  CGL 18/8/2021 (Morning)

(a) to sister’s house

(b) in Mumbai 

(c) Lalitha will go

(d) this summer

Q.5.Four of earliest civilisations / of the world / were located / on the banks of or near large rivers. 

CGL 18/8/2021 (Afternoon)

(a) were located on the banks of

(b) of the world 

(c) Four of earliest civilisations

(d) or near large rivers 

Q6. No sooner did Priya / get her report card / when she started jumping / with joy.   CGL 18/8/2021 (Afternoon)

(a) No sooner did Priya

(b) with joy 

(c) get her report card

(d) when she started jumping

Q.7. The weather / is much / more warmer / than it was a few days before. CGL 18/8/2021 (Evening)

(a) more warmer

(b) than it was a few days before.

(c) The weather

(d) is much

Q.8. The visitors complained / at the poor accommodation / they were provided / during the tour.

CGL 18/8/2021 (Evening)

(a) they were provided                

(b) at the poor accommodation 

(c) The visitors complained        

(d) during the tour

Q.9.Modern science have / broken many myths / about our food and diet. CGL 20/8/2021 (Morning)

(a). Modern science have

(b) about our food and diet 

(c). broken many myths

(d). No error 

Q.10. Ranbir could not went / to the award ceremony / as he was busy / shooting / for a film / in Maldives. 

CGL 20/8/2021 (Morning)

(a)for a film

(b) Ranbir could not went 

(c) to the award ceremony

(d)as he was busy 

Q.11. At the last meeting / which took place in November, / half the members submitted / their resignations on protest. 

CGL 20/8/2021 (Afternoon)

(a) At the last meeting 

(b) their resignations on protest 

(c) half the members submitted 

(d) which took place in November 

Q.12.My brother / who live in Pune / is arriving tomorrow. 

CGL 20/8/2021 (Afternoon)

(a) My brother

(b) is arriving tomorrow 

(c) who live in Pune

(d) No error 

Q.13. I never miss / a cricket match / as I am fond of cricket / from childhood. CGL 20/8/2021 (Evening)

(a) a cricket match

(b) as I am fond of cricket 

(c) from childhood

(d) I never miss 

Q.14.One of / the biggest enterprise / in India / is declaring a lockout.   CGL 20/8/2021 (Evening)

(a) in India

(b) One of 

(c) is declaring a lockout

(d) the biggest enterprise 

Q15 The army / marched fearless / towards / the enemy cantonment. 

CGL 23/8/2021 (Morning)

(a) marched fearless

(b) the enemy cantonment 

(c) The army

(d) towards 

Q16. Several prominent film stars / have appeared on television / on behalf of awareness / about hand hygiene. 

CGL 23/8/2021 (Morning)

(a) have appeared on television

(b) about hand hygiene 

(c) Several prominent film stars

(d) on behalf of awareness 

Q17. Mr. Rao asked the newcomer / to his office / if he will minded/working late that day. CGL 23/8/2021 (Afternoon)

(a) Mr. Rao asked the newcomer

(b) working late that day 

(c) to his office

(d) if he will minded 

Q18. The concept became / too much clear to me / after my tutor / showed me the diagram.        CGL 23/8/2021 (Afternoon)

(a) too much clear to me

(b) showed me the diagram 

(c) The concept became

(d) after my tutor 

Q19. It is misleading / to imagine that / computers can think / same like human beings. CGL 23/8/2021 (Evening) 

(a) computers can think

(b) same like human beings 

(c) It is misleading

(d)  to imagine that 

Q20. The balloon flew up / as soon as / the man cutting the string.  

CGL 23/8/2021 (Evening)

(a) The balloon flew up

(b) the man cutting the string 

(c) No error

(d) as soon as 

Q21. The Committee agreed / that small businesses / has been adversely affected / by COVID 19.   

CGL 24/8/2021 (Morning)

(a) has been adversely affected

(b) by COVID-19 

(c) that small businesses

(d) The Committee agreed 

Q22 The food / in the new eatery / is much best than / the one in RK Puram. CGL 24/8/2021 (Morning)

(a) in the new eatery

(b) is much best than 

(c) the one in RK Puram

(d) The food 

Q23. After entering the town, / go straight and then / take a sharpest turn / towards your left /  to reach the mall. 

CGL 24/8/2021 (Afternoon)

(a) take a sharpest turn

(b) towards your left 

(c) After entering the town

(d) to reach the mall 

Q24. All those students / who are participating / in the play / have been notify / to stay back for  rehearsal / after 3:00 p.m. 

CGL 24/8/2021 (Afternoon)

(a) to stay back for rehearsal

(b) after 3:00 p.m. 

(c) have been notify

(d) who are participating 

Q.25. Raman went / with his wife / to the village / to sold their land.  CGL 24/8/2021 (Evening)

(a) to the village

(b) Raman went 

(c) to sold their land

(d) with his wife 

Q.26.Mithila art tradition is passed on / from one generation through a next / by children watching and helping / their mothers and grandmothers.    CGL 24/8/2021 (Evening)

(a) from one generation through a next 

(b) Mithila art tradition is passed on 

(c) their mothers and grandmothers 

(d) by children watching and helping

Answers

1 a 6 d 11 b 16 d 21 a
2 a 7 a 12 c 17 d 22 b
3 a 8 b 13 c 18 a 23 a
4 a 9 a 14 d 19 b 24 c
5 c 10 b 15 a 20 b 25 c

 

Solutions and explanations

Sol:1.(a) According to the “Subject-Verb Agreement Rule”, a singular subject always takes a singular verb and a plural subject always takes a plural verb. In the given sentence, ‘he’ is a singular subject that will take ‘wins’ as a singular verb. Hence, ‘he wins’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:2.(a) We use "too much" before uncountable nouns like too much money(uncountable), too much milk, etc. However, "too many" is used before countable nouns like too many shoes(countable), too many books, etc. But, in the given sentence, ‘windy’ is not a noun it is an adjective. So, we will remove ‘much’ before ‘windy’. Hence, either ‘too windy’ or ‘too much wind(noun)’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:3.(a) There is a prepositional error in the given sentence. The preposition ‘on’ will be replaced with ‘at’ because we generally buy something at a low/high price, not on a low/high price. Hence, ‘some convenience at a moderate price’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:4.(a)There is a pronoun error in the given sentence. The possessive pronoun ‘her’ that is generally used for a female subject(Lalitha in the given sentence) is missing. Hence, ‘to her sister’s house’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:5.(c) Article ‘the’ will be used before the Superlative degree (earliest) so we will put the article ‘the’ before it. Hence, ‘four of the earliest civilisations’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:6.(d) “No sooner…..than” is a fixed conjunction pair. Hence, ‘’when’ will be replaced by ‘than’ to make the given sentence grammatically correct.

Sol:7.(a) When we do a comparison between two things, we don’t use ‘more’ with a comparative degree (warmer) because it becomes a case of superfluousness(not necessary). Hence, ‘warmer’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:8.(b) There is a prepositional error in the given sentence. The preposition ‘at’ after ‘complained’ should be replaced with ‘about’. However, the phrase ‘complain about’ means to express one’s dissatisfaction with something. Similarly, in the given sentence, the visitors are showing their dissatisfaction with the poor accommodation provided to them. Hence, ‘complained about the poor accommodation’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:9.(a) According to the “Subject-Verb Agreement Rule”, a singular subject always takes a singular verb and a plural subject always takes a plural verb. In the given sentence, ‘Modern Science’ will be considered as a singular subject that will take ‘has’ as a singular verb. Hence, ‘Modern science has’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:10.(b) Modal verbs like can, will, could, shall, etc. generally take the base form of a verb with them. However, ‘go’ is the base form of ‘went’. Hence, ‘Ranbir could not go’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:11.(b) There is a prepositional error in the given sentence. The preposition ‘on’ before ‘protest’ must be replaced with ‘in’ because ‘in’ is used to show the condition of somebody/something. Hence, ‘their resignations in protest’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:12.(c) According to the “Subject-Verb Agreement Rule”, a singular subject always takes a singular verb and a plural subject always takes a plural verb. In the given sentence, ‘Brother’ is a singular subject that will take ‘lives’ as a singular verb. Hence, ‘who lives in Pune’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:13.(c) ‘Since’ is used to describe an action or situation that began in the past and continues in the present. For example, they have been married since 1990. Similarly, in the given sentence, the narrator was fond of cricket in the past and he continues this fondness in the present so he never misses a match. Hence, ‘since childhood’ is the most appropriate answer. 

Sol:14.(d)  “One of the + Superlative degree of the adjective(best, worst, etc) + Plural Subject” is grammatically the correct structure. For example, one of the best men, one of the greatest kings, one of the worst phones, etc. Similarly, ‘one of the biggest enterprises’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:15.(a) An adverb is a word that modifies or describes a verb for example he sings loudly, he acted cowardly, etc. However, we can make an adverb by adding ‘-ly’ to an adjective like loud is an adjective but loudly is an adverb. Similarly, in the given sentence, the verb ‘marched’ will be modified by an adverb ‘fearlessly’. Hence, ‘marched fearlessly’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:16.(d)The phrase ‘on behalf of the’ means as a representative of someone or something. However, in the given sentence, the article ‘the’ is missing from the phrase. Hence, ‘on behalf of the awareness’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:17.(d) The given sentence is in the past tense(asked) so the verb must be used in its simple past form(would) and not in the future tense(will). Hence, ‘if he would mind’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:18.(a)The use of the phrase ‘too much is not necessary for the sentence because it is used before uncountable nouns like too much money and ‘clear’ is not a noun. Hence, ‘became clearer to me is the most appropriate answer. 

Sol:19.(b) We generally use ‘like’ when we compare two things, for example, Tarun looks like Vijay. But, in the given sentence, we are not comparing anything, instead, we are showing a similarity between computers & human beings so we will use the conjunction ‘as’ in place of ‘like’. Hence, ‘same as human beings is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:20.(b) The given sentence is in the past tense(flew) so the verb must be used in its simple past form(cut) and not in the present continuous form(cutting). Hence, ‘the man cut the string ’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:21.(a) According to the “Subject-Verb Agreement Rule”, a singular subject always takes a singular verb and a plural subject always takes a plural verb. In the given sentence, ‘businesses’ is a plural subject that will take ‘have’ as a plural verb. Hence, ‘have been adversely affected ’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:22.(b)We always use a comparative degree of the adjective like better, worse, greater, etc. when we do a comparison between two things. Similarly, in the given sentence, the food of two different places is being compared. However, best, worst, greatest, etc. are some superlative degree adjectives. Hence, ‘is much better than is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:23.(a) Sharpest is the superlative degree of an adjective but we need a positive degree(sharp) in the given sentence. Hence, ‘take a sharp turn’ is the most appropriate answer. 

Sol:24.(c) “Has/Have been + V3” is the correct grammatical structure for the given sentence. Hence, ‘have been notified(V3)’ is the most appropriate answer. 

Sol:25.(c)The preposition ‘to’ always takes the first form of the verb(V1) with it. Hence, ‘to sell(V1) their land’ is the most appropriate answer.

Sol:26.(a)There is a prepositional error in the given sentence. The preposition ‘through’ must be replaced with ‘to’. Hence, ‘from one generation to the next is the most appropriate answer.

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