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Most Expected Spotting Errors for All Govt.job Exams 2019 [Series Part 3]

By Basant Singhal|Spotting Error Best Questions | 04 Jan 2019

Most Expected Spotting Errors for All

Govt.job Exams 2019 [Series Part 3]

 

[Most Useful for SSC CGL, SSC CPO, SSC STENO and All

Other SSC, Banking, and Govt. Job Exams]

 

With Answers and Detailed Explanation

 

Hi Friends,

 

In this series part 3, I have compiled and explained some more

Most Expected and Most Recurring Spotting Error Questions

for various competitive and govt.job exams such as Bank PO,

SSC, NDA, CDS, MAT, CAT etc.

 

The format that I have followed in this series is -

 ‘Sample Incorrect Sentence’ written in RED, ‘explanation’ written

 in BLACK and finally the ‘correct sentence’ written in GREEN.    

 

Hopefully, you will not only like it but also find it useful for your

exam preparation and overall English improvement.

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Here we go…           

 

1. His son is endowed by talent which is rare in this world.

 

Explanation – When somebody is provided with a good quality, ability or rare talent from birth, we say he or she is endowed ‘WITH’ it.

 

For Example -

Nature has endowed the human race with intelligence

and wisdom.     

 

'Endowed' also means - to give an income or property to a

person or an institution.

 

Examples -

The rich industrialist endowed the church with land and money.

She was endowed with great intelligence and calculation skills.

 

The correct sentence will be -

 

1. His son is endowed with talent which is rare in this world.

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

2. The minister says that the political environment in the country

is extremely conducive for socio-economic reforms.

 

Explanation – When the environment in the country or anywhere else is conducive, it is favorable, suitable or helpful. The word ‘conducive’ is followed by the Preposition ‘TO’.

 

Let’s learn more…

 

In the simplest words, ‘conducive’ means - Providing the

right conditions for something good to happen or exist.

 

For example -  

 

Such a noisy and crowded environment cannot be conducive

to sound sleep for any person.     

 

Please note that ‘conducive atmosphere for something’ is

a correct phrase. 

 

The correct sentence will be -

 

2. The minister says that the political environment in the country

is extremely conductive to socio-economic reforms.

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

     

3. He is a poor man and beset by many difficulties nowadays.

 

Explanation – ‘beset by doubts’ but ‘beset with difficulties’ are

the correct usages.

 

Beset means ‘troubled’ by a persistent problem or difficulty.    

 

For example -

 

Almost every major building project in this city is beset with difficulty.     

So, the correct sentence will be -

 

 3. He is a poor man and beset with many difficulties nowadays.

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

4. Last month I went to Shimla for vacation but the weather

was not congenial for me.

 

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Explanation –   If the weather favors you or in agreement

with your nature and taste, It is congenial ‘TO’ you.   

 

‘Congenial’ means pleasant or agreeable because suited to

one’s taste and inclination.  

 

For Example -

We spent a relaxed evening with congenial friends.  

 

So, the correct sentence will be -

 

4. Last month I went to Shimla for vacation but the weather

was not congenial to me.

 

NEXT QUESTION…

 

5. The speaker seems to be enamored by quotes from Gandhi. 

  

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Explanation – If you are fond of something or like something

a lot, you are enamored ‘WITH/OF’ it.

 

If you are enamored of something, you like it, you admire it

and you praise it a lot. If you are not, you simply reject or disapprove of it.

 

Enamored (adjective) is followed by ‘with’ or ‘of’.     

 

So the correct sentence will be -

 

5. The speaker seems to be enamored of quotes from Gandhi. 

 

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6. The teacher grasped at the meaning of the tricky passage

 in no time.  

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Explanation – If you reach at something or try to take hold of it, you grasp at it. If you understand something, you ‘grasp it’

and not ‘grasp at it’.

 

‘Grasping’ as an adjective means ‘greedy’ or ‘avaricious’.

 

For example -

They are the grasping landlords.

 

So the correct sentence will be -

 

6. The teacher grasped the meaning of the tricky

passage in no time.  

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

7. Some of our places of worship are still inaccessible

for the lower castes.

 

Explanation – Accessible is followed by the preposition ‘TO’  

and not by ‘BY’.

 

So the correct sentence will be -

7. Some of our places of worship are still inaccessible

to the lower castes.

 

NEXT QUESTION…

 

8.  Titles in India are generally prefixed only with the

names of military officers. 

 

Explanation - You prefix or attach something ‘TO’ something.     

Hence, 

 

8. Titles in India are generally prefixed only to the names

of military officers. 

 

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9.  The crying baby slept in its mother’s lap quickly.

 

Explanation - Here the ‘MPT’ rule of adverb will apply.

 

The rule says -

If there are two or more than two adverbs in any sentence, they are written in a sequence of MPT, that is 

 

Adverb of manner, adverb of place and adverb of time.

 

Quickly is an adverb of manner.

Mother’s lap is an adverb of place.

 

Following the rule, quickly will come before the mother’s lap.  

 

So, the correct sentence will be -

 

9. The crying baby slept quickly in its mother’s lap.

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

10. He asked me to look at the dreadful letter he has

received and asked how should he reply to it.

 

Explanation – In place of ‘how should he’ write ‘how he should’.

‘How should he’ is a question pattern.

‘How he should’ is an affirmative pattern.  

 

Here we not asking any question to anybody but making a statement.

 

So, the correct sentence will be - 

 

10. He asked me to look at the dreadful letter he had received and asked how he should reply to it.

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

11.  The readership of Dainik Bhaskar is greater than that

 of any newspaper in India.

 

Explanation –   If we say any newspaper, It will also include Dainik Bhasjar, but we should remove Dainik Bhaskar form the group to compare it with the rest of the group.

 

To imply this meaning, we should say ‘any other’ and not ‘any’.      

 

Hence, 

 

11. The readership of Dainik Bhaskar is greater than that of

any other newspaper in India.

 

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12. The three individuals are so different that their tastes

vary from one another.  

 

Explanation - Here we not comparing individuals but their tastes

Taste of a person is equal to - a person’s taste.

Tastes of one another are equal to -  one another’s taste. 

 

Hence,  

 

12. The four individuals are so different that their tastes vary

 from one another’s.  

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

13. He denied that he had not stolen my watch though

I was quite sure that he had.    

 

Explanation –   ‘denied’ is a negative word. It means declared untrue.

 

The prefix ‘un’ is equal to ‘not’.

So, denied should not be followed by ‘not’. 

   

Hence, 

 

3. He denied that he had stolen my watch though I was quite

 sure that he had.   

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14. My rich neighbor is having two expensive cars.

 

Explanation – When we use ‘have’ for owning or possessing something, we do not use ‘having’.

 

Having means - you are experiencing something for a

certain length of time.

 

For example - You can say

They are having a party.

Or

They are having their lunch.

     

Hence, 

 

14. My rich neighbor has two expensive cars.

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

15. It has been two years since I have seen him last. 

 

Explanation – You saw him two years back from now, right?

and this is a point of time in the past.     

 

Hence, 

 

15. It has been two years since I saw him last. 

   

NEXT QUESTION…

 

16. Even though Ajay found the subject rather interesting

he could not manage to pass the final exam. 

 

Explanation – ‘Rather’ is used with adjectives having a negative sense, and ‘fairly’ is used with adjectives having a positive sense.

 

For example -

 

Rather boring, rather dull, rather late etc

Fairly intelligent, fairly bright, fairly attentive etc     

 

You can use ‘quite’ in place of ‘fairly’.

 

Hence, 

  

16. Even though Ajay found the subject quite interesting

he could not manage to pass the final exam. 

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

 17. She is learning English for the last one year but we

see no improvement whatsoever.

 

Explanation – for the last one year indicates that the task of learning English is going on for some time and it is still going on.

To imply this meaning, we used present perfect continuous tense.

 

Hence, 

 

17. She has been learning English for the last one year but

we see no improvement whatsoever.

  

NEXT QUESTION…

 

18. My friend being reluctant to attend the court at an

early hour of the morning, sent a letter explaining why

could he not obey.       

 

Explanation –  Write ‘why he could’ in place of ‘he could he’.

 

Hence, 

18. My friend being reluctant to attend the court at an

early hour of the morning, sent a letter explaining why

he could not obey.      

 

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NEXT QUESTION…

 

19.  The sale of government–surplus machinery will commence

 at ten am and continue until the supply lasts.

                       

Explanation – Write ‘as long as’ in place of ‘until’.

 

'Until' denotes ‘a point of time’.

'As long as' denotes ‘duration of time’.

 

Hence, 

 

19. The sale of government – surplus machinery will commence

at 10 am and continue as long as the supply lasts.

 

NEXT QUESTION…

 

20. Sameer got to the top and was very disappointed when he found that somebody else has already reached it first.

 

Explanation – Somebody else ‘HAD’ already reached to the top

before Sameer did.

 

So, use past perfect tense.   

 

The correct sentence will be -

 

20. Sameer got to the top and was very disappointed when he found that somebody else had already reached it first.

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