Error Detection and Correction

Jessica Mishra
Last Updated: May 13, 2022

Introduction

Error detection and correction is a prevalent type of question asked in many competitive exams. It is part of the verbal ability section. It is included to check candidates' grammar and problem-solving skills. 

 

In the error detection and correction problems, we have to find the error in the given sentences. The error can be about subject-verb agreement, preposition, article, etc. In this blog, we will look at some example questions on error detection and correction.

Type: 1 Questions on Error Detection and Correction

 

Which of the following phrases given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold to make it grammatically correct? 

 

1. A child does whatever his mother was done?

A. Did

B. Does

C. Has been doing

D. Has done

E. No correction

Solution: does

                 

2. This is for who?

A. whom

B. Which

C. No correction

Solution: whom

 

3. My silence is speaking itself?

A. will be speaking itself

B. has spoken itself

C. speaks for itself

D. No correction

Solution: speaks for itself

 

4. He is too late for seeing the show

A. to see 

B. at seeing 

C. with seeing

D. No correction

Solution: to see

Type: 2 Questions on Error Detection and Correction

 

Find out the part of the sentence which has the error.

 

1. The teacher, along with his students/ are studying/ for the exams.

A. The teacher, along with his students

B.  are studying

C.  for the exams.

D. No error

Solution: are studying

Explanation: teacher is the singular subject. Hence, it should be "The teacher, along with his students, is studying for the exams."

 

2. It was her/ who came/ to the party.

A. It was her

B. who came

C. to the party

D. No error

Solution: It was her

Explanation: correct pronoun for who is she.

     

3. Neither John nor Harry/ are sorry/ for their behavior.

A. Neither John nor Harry

B.  are sorry

C. for their behavior.

D. No error

Solution: are sorry

Explanation:  'is' should be used instead of 'are' as we use 'Either, or' and 'Neither, nor’. The verb agrees to the subject closest to it. 

 

4. None of the two students/ who were present/ attended the lecture.

A. None of the two students

B.  who were present 

C. attended the lecture.

D. No error

Solution: None of the students.

Explanation: Neither should be used instead of none.

 

5. As it was said/ earlier, so it/ will not be repeated again

A. As it was said

B.  earlier, so it

C. will not be repeated again

D. No error

Solution: earlier, so it

Explanation: we have to remove 'so.' 'As' and 'So' cannot be used together.

    

6. The weather /in Los Angeles/ is better than Seattle.

A. The weather

B.  in Los Angeles

C. is better than Seattle

D. No error

Solution: is better than Seattle. 

Explanation: the comparison is made between weather, so 'is better than Seattle' will be correct.

        

7. I will not/ do it unless/ I am told not to

A. I will not

B. do it unless 

C. I am told not to

D. No error

Solution: I am told not to

Explanation: Unless is already a conditional word, so we will omit 'not.'

 

8. Siblings fight/ about little things / that do not matter.

A. Siblings fight

B. about little things

C.  that do not matter.

D. No error

Solution: about little things

Explanation: 'over' is the correct preposition.

 

9. There is nothing pessimistic / in that article.

A. There is nothing pessimistic

B. in that article.

C. No error

Solution: in that article

Explanation: 'about' is the correct preposition.

 

10. He has been/ studying physics/ for the last five years.

A. He has been

B. studying physics

C.  for the last five years.

D. No error.

Solution: for the last five years

Explanation: 'since' should be used instead of 'for.'

 

11. The auditorium/ is filled/ behind its capacity.

A. The auditorium

B. is filled

C. behind its capacity

D. No error.

Solution: behind its capacity

Explanation: 'beyond'' is the correct preposition.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some tricks to spot errors in error detection questions?
Ans-> Some of the tricks are:

  • Check for simple grammatical errors like wrong use of tenses or subject-verb agreement. 
  • Check the prepositions in the next step, followed by adverbs.

2. What is meant by subject-verb agreement Error?

Ans-> In this type of error, the verb does not agree with the subject. A singular subject should have a singular verb, and a plural subject should have a plural verb. By taking care of this, we can easily spot the error. 

3. What are the steps to solve the error detection questions?

Ans-> The steps are as follows:-

Step 1. First, read the sentence carefully. Most of the time, errors can be identified by reading the sentence carefully, especially the subject-verb agreement error.

Step 2. Check all the spellings. The error can be in that too.

Step 3. Read each part of the sentence carefully to spot the error.

Key takeaways

This blog discussed error detection and correction, a common type of problem asked in the verbal ability section of many competitive exams. This blog also covered some of the frequently asked questions on error detection and correction.

 

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