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March 17, 2017

SBI PO Previous Papers : English Language - Common Errors (Set 1)

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Questions asked in SBI Associates PO Exam dated 16th July 2000

Directions (1-5) : Read each sentence to find 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. If there is no error the answer is (5). (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any)
  1. This laboratory of physics is (1)/ not only equipped with (2) / all state-of-the-art instruments (3) / but also with outstanding physicists (4) / No error (5)
  2. No method of making (1) / other people agree to (2) / your view-point is (3) / as effective as this method (4) / No error (5)
  3. I was pretty sure that (1) / he would support my views (2) / for changing the age-old (3) / and static structure of our organization.  (4) / No error (5)
  4. I did not like his (1) / comments on my paper (2) / but I had no alternative (3) / as I had agreed to keep quiet.  (4) / No error (5)
  5. The report is candid and admitting (1) / that the investment by the government (2) / in health and family planning (3) / have been eroded considerably  (4) / No error (5) 
Solutions :
  1. (2) Equipped not only with should be used in place of not only equipped with.
  2. (1) When we compare two things belonging to the same group, we use no other. Where as when two things belonging to different groups are compared, we use no
  3. (3) Views should be followed by on and not for
  4. (5) No error. 
  5. (4) Have been should be replaced with has been.
Questions asked in SBI PO Exam dated 18th May 2000

Directions (1-10) : Read each sentence to find 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. If there is no error the answer is (5). (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any)
  1. I live on a top floor (1) / of an old house. (2) / When the wind blows (3) / all the windows rattle.  (4) / No error (5)
  2. Had he not reached in time (1) / he would have missed (2) / a golden opportunity which comes (3) / once in a while.  (4) / No error (5)
  3. The Ministry of Labour conducts its basic survey (1) / on trade unions each year (2) / gathering information with all (3)/ labour unions as of June 30. (4) / No error (5)
  4. Stories have always been used (1) / as a powerful tool for (2) / communicating vital information from (3) / one generation to another.  (4) / No error (5)
  5. We all are indebted to him (1) / for holding not only high moral values (2) / but also rendering dedicated service (3) / for the betterment of human race.  (4) / No error (5)
  6. We are trying to (1) / find out the root cause (2) / of this recurring problem (3) / since the last four days (4) / No error (5)
  7. I told him bluntly (1) / that he is a lazy fellow (2) / and that he had done (3) / his work very badly.  (4) / No error (5)
  8. Mumbai is full of tall buildings (1) / which is at once its (2) / strength as well as weakness (3) / depending upon how one look at it.  (4) / No error (5)
  9. I am fully aware that (1) / my boss is one of those (2) / who is totally dedicated (3) / to work and proper discipline. (4) / No error (5)
  10. The Director of our Company (1) / does not believe that (2) / we are working sincerely (3) / and with interest for all these years.  (4) / No error (5)
Solutions :
  1. (1) The article the is used before physical place (position) like top, bottom etc. So, we say the top, the bottom
  2. (5) No error
  3. (3) Here, information agrees with about / of (Prep.) Hence, gathering information about / of all will be used. 
  4. (5) No error
  5. (2) Not only.... but also connects two words in same Part of Speech. Therefore, if not only is followed by a noun, but also should be also followed by a Noun. Similarly, they can be followed by two participles. In the given sentence, holding and rendering are two partiples. As but also is followed by rendering so not only must be followed by holding (participle). Therefore, for holding not not only will be substituted with for not only holding
  6. (4) Last four days denotes a period of time. We use for with period of time and since with point of time.
  7. (2) We know when the Principal Clause in a sentence (Indirect) is in Past Tense, the Subordinate Clause also must be in Past Tense.  In the given sentence I told him (Principal Clause) is in Past Tense. So, he is  must be replaced with he was
  8. (4) One (subject) is in Third Person Singular Number. So, with one we can use looks, does etc.   In the given sentence one look should be replaced with one looks.
  9. (3) When the Subject of the Verb is a Relative Pronoun care should be taken to see that the Verb agrees in Number and Person of the Antecedent of the Relative Pronoun. In the given sentence who is a Relative Pronoun and the Antecedent is those. As, those is in Plural Number, so is should be replaced with are. 
  10. (3) For all these years denotes a period of time. So, we are working (Present Continuous)  should be replaced with we have been working (Present Prefect Continuous).
Questions asked in SBI PO Exam dated 7th January 2007

Directions (1-7) : Read each sentence to find 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. If there is no error the answer is (5). (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any)
  1. You may not know it (1) / but this engine is (2) / claimed to have twice (3) / as powerful as the previous one. (4) / No error (5)
  2. Nothing ever becomes real (1) / till it is experienced. (2) / Even a proverb is no proverb to you (3) / till your life has illustrated with it.  (4) / No error (5)
  3. I remember my childhood days (1) / when I was used to go (2) / to the farm with my father (3) / and help him in his work.  (4) / No error (5)
  4. I missed the last train (1) / which I usually catch (2) / and have to stay at the station (3) / on my way back home yesterday.  (4) / No error (5)
  5. Suresh babu who is living (1) / in this town since 1995 (2) / is a well-known scholar of history (3) / and a distinguished musician. (4) / No error (5)
  6. If you had read (1) / the relevant literature carefully (2) / you would have answered (3) / most of the questions correctly.  (4) / No error (5)
  7. The house where the dead man was found (1) / is being guarded by police (2) / to prevent it from being entered (3) / and the evidence interfered with.  (4) / No error (5)
Solutions :
  1. (3) claimed to be will replace claimed to have.
  2. (4) Here, illustrated it will replace illustrated with it. Use of with is incorrect. 
  3. (2) Used to is used to say that something happened continuously / frequently during a period in the past. Hence, another Past Tense verb not be used with it. 
  4. (3) The sentence refers to a Past event. Hence, and had to stay will be used. 
  5. (1) since (Conjunction) is used with Perfect Tenses. In this sentence, Suresh Babu who has been living will be used. 
  6. (5) No error. 
  7. (2) In the sentence  is being guarded by police, will be replaced by is being guarded by the police.
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