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December 08, 2015

English : Sentence Correction Exercises with Detailed Explanations

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Directions (Q 1-17) : Read each sentence to rind out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any will be in one part of the sentence, the number of that part is the answer. It there Is no error, the answer is (5). 

1. Kiran was not doing (1)/ wet yesterday (2)/ so he absented (3)/ from the seminar. (4)/ No error (5).

2. The guard hides (1)/ himself behind (2)/ the tree (3)/ to observe what the stranger is doing. (4)/ No error (5).

3. The supervisor said (1)/ to the servant, (2)/ 'The containers are empty, (3)/ please fill" (4)/ No error (5).

4. The manager said (1)/ "The employees who perform (2)/ well, they will (3)/ get the incentive (4)/ No error (5).

5. I read with pleasure (1)/ Vivekananda's works (2)/ who was a (3)/ disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. (4)/ No error (5).


6. It was him (1)/ who (2)/ approached the Collector (3)/ and got the work done. (4)/ No error (5).

7. It was me (1)/ who openly (2)/ praised the qualities (3)/ of head and heard of the opponent. (4)/ No error (5).

8. The activities are going (1)/ on well (2)/ since there is no difference (3)/ between you and I. (4)/ No error (5).

9. These instructions (1)/ are for you (2)/ and I (3)/ not for others. (4)/ No error (5).

10. The strongest man (1)/ who (2)/ has ever lived (3)/ is praised by all. (4)/ No error (5).


11. "All that (1)/ glitters is not gold" (2)/ is a (3)/ a great proverb. (4)/ No error (5).

12. What is it which (1)/ brings (2)/ pleasure and (3)/ makes you tranquil. (4)/ No error (5).

13. This is the factory (1)/ in that he works. (2)/ Go and (3)/ give him the message. (4)/ No error (5).

14. All the invitees have exuded (1)/ joy beyond measure. (2)/ They have said, "we have never (3)/ had such a time like the present." (4)/ No error (5).

15. The Collector and Magistrate (1)/ have given their consent. (2)/ You can proceed (3)/ forth in this matter. (4)/ No error (5).

16. Every gazetted officer cw and every clerk (2)/ did their best (3)/ to speed up the work. (4)/ No error (5).

17. Each manager coy and each (2)/ accountant are (3)/ responsible for their transparency in accounts. (4)/ No error (5).

Answers with Explanations :

  1. 3; Write 'himself' after 'absented'.
  2. 2; Delete 'himself'
    • Exp : 1 & 2: Atter verbs absent, avail, acquit, enjoy, apply, resign Reflexive Pronouns are used. After verbs like hide, turn, qual-ify, make, feed, roll Reflexive Pronouns are not used.
  3. 4; It should be 'fill in.'
  4. 3; Delete 'they'
    • Exp: 3 & 4 : A pronoun should not be omitted when it is used for a noun in the objective case after a transitive verb. A pronoun should be wrongly inserted where it is not required.
  5. 2; It should be 'works of Vivekananda'
    • Exp: The relative pronoun should be placed as near as possible to its antecedent. In this sentence Who' is the relative pronoun and Wivekananda] is the antecedent.
  6. 1; Replace him' with 'he'.
  7. 1; Replace 'me' with 'I.'
    • Exp: 6 & 7; When the pronoun is used as the complement of the verb 'to be', it should be in the Nominative case.
  8. 4; Replace 1' with 'me'.
  9. 3; Replace 'I' with 'me'.
    • Exp: 8 & 9; The pronoun which is used as the object of a verb or preposition should be in the objective case.
  10. 2; Replace Who' with 'that'.
    • Exp: In superlative degree the relative pro-noun that' is used instead of Who'.
  11. 5; After the word 'all', relative pronoun that is used. 
  12. 1; Replace Which' with that'.
    • Exp: After interrogative pronouns like 'who', 'what', 'that' should come.
  13. 2; Replace 'in that he works' with that he works in' or In segment 2 'that' can be replaced with Which'.
  14. 4; Replace like' with 'as'.
    • Exp: Relative pronoun 'as' is used after 'such'. 
  15. 2; Replace 'have given their' with has given his' 
    • Exp: When two or more singular nouns joined by and refer to the same person or thing, the pronoun and the verb should be singular.
  16. 3; Replace their' with his'.
    • Exp: When two singular nouns joined by 'and' are preceded by 'each' or 'every', the pronoun must be in singular.
  17. 4; Replace their' with 'his'.
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