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ISBT English for all banking PO,Clerk,IBPS PO,Railway,SSC,IAS,OAS Exams

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Q1.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

The bed and breakfast (1)/ were very charming (2)/ so we decided (3)/ to stay there for the rest of the holiday. (4)/ No Error (5)

1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
Answer : 2
Explanation : It is use a plural verb with two or more subjects when they are connected by ‘and’. However, this is not the case here. In this case, ‘bed and breakfast’, is a compound noun that refers to a single thing. So we need to use the singular verb ‘was’ instead of ‘were’. Thus the error is in part 2 of the sentence and the correct sentence is “The bed and breakfast was very charming so we decided to stay there for the rest of the holiday.”
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Q2.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

Neither(1)/ the teacher nor (2)/the class monitors (3)/ was present in the class room (4)/ No Error (5)

1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
5)5
Answer : 4
Explanation :
When two different subjects are joined by nor/or and are of different numbers the verb should be plural and should follow the subject that is near to the verb which is 'monitors' in this sentence. Hence the verb should be 'were' not 'was'. Thus the error is in option 4.
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Q3.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

Lotus are (1)/ the name of the (2)/ new hotel in New Delhi (3)/ that opened last week. (4)/ No error (5)

1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
5)5
Answer : 1
Explanation : Though the word ‘Lotus’ is in plural form, since it is the name of a new hotel, it must be in singular form. Hence the verb to be used is ‘is’ to agree with the subject. Thus the error is in the first part of the sentence.
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Q4.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

The advent of a plethora of new tools (1) / to create web pages (2) / are the cause (3) / for the advances in web technology. (4) / No Error (5).

1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
5)5
Answer : 3
Explanation :
The subject of the sentence is not tools but ‘advent’ which is singular. The verb has to be singular too. But the part (3) of the sentence shows the plural verb ‘are’ in use.
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Q5.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

The news (1)/ are at (2)/ 6:30 P.M. in the evening (3)/and is again repeated at 6 A.M. (4)/.No error (5)

1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
5)5
Answer : 2
Explanation :
There are several nouns that sound plural but are actually singular like 'Information, luggage, business, furniture, mischief etc. ‘News’ is one of them and must always take a singular verb after it. Thus the error is in the second part of the sentence.
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Q6.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

The prime minister(1) / as well as his ministers are (2) /busy in campaigning(3)/ for coming elections(4) /.No error(5)
1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
Answer : 2
Explanation :
When two subjects are joined by using ‘with / along with / together with / as well as’ the verb should agree with the first subject.

Eg-The teacher as well as his students is out in the field.
Here the first subject is ‘prime minister’ which is singular so verb has to take singular form. Thus the error is in the second part of the sentence.
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Q7.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

The branch manager (1)/ and the area officer (2)/ is on leave (3) / today. (4)/ No error (5)
1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
5)5
Answer : 3
Explanation : Here, the definite article ‘the’ has been used before both the subjects joined by ‘and’. This means that they are two different people and thus the plural verb ‘are’ must be used. Had the sentence been, ‘The branch manager and area officer’… then the verb would have been singular because in that case it would imply that the subjects joined by ‘and’ refer to the same person. The error is therefore in part 3 of the sentence and the corrected sentence is ‘The branch manager and the area officer are on leave.’
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Q8.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

His mastery (1)/ over several sports (2)/ and the social graces (3)/ make him a sought –after coach(4)/ No error(5)

1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
5)5
Answer : 4
Explanation : ‘his mastery over several sports’ is the subject so verb in agreement should be the singular ‘makes’. In this sentence ‘and the social graces’ is a deflector to confuse one in identifying the subject. So error is in the fourth part of the sentence.
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Q9.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

The decline in the fortunes of the once (1)/ esteemed royal family of Mysore are a direct consequence (2)/ of the refusal of the (3)/ members of the family to look for jobs in the independent India. (4)/ No Error (5)

1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
5)5
Answer : 2
Explanation :
The subject in the sentence is ‘the decline in the fortunes of the royal family’, which is singular. It is to be kept in mind that the subject is not ‘fortunes’. According to the rules of grammar, the verb should agree with the subject. Hence, in the second part of the sentence, the plural ‘are’ should be replaced by the singular ‘is’.
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Q10.
Directions : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical/idiomatic/spelling mistake/error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Mark the number of that part with error as your answer. If there is no error, mark (5). 

Under the immense, starred roof (1)/, people was walking fast,(2)/ like threads of colour being(3)/ woven into a grey web. (4)/ No error (5).
1) 1 2) 2
3) 3 4) 4
5)5
Answer : 2
Explanation :
The subject of the sentence is ‘people’ that is plural. Thus the verb ‘was’ in the second part of the sentence must be replaced with ‘were’ to agree with the plural subject.                                                                                                                                                                     
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