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1) In June 17, an anodyne footnote to the Bank of Baroda’s (BoB) quarter results mentioned a (1)/ fine levied by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), (2)/ headquartered in Pretoria. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 1
Replace ‘quarter results’ with ‘quarterly results’. 
‘Quarter’ is a noun and ‘quarterly’ is adjective/ adverb. The noun ‘results’ should be preceded by adjective ‘quarterly’. 

2) No sooner did I come out of my home to go to market (1)/ when it started raining heavily (2)/ which drenched me completely. (3)/ No Error (4).( SSC CGL,  2017) 

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Solution: 2
If the second event occurs immediately after the first, we can express that idea using the structure no sooner … than. / hardly or scarcely…when./ As soon as , Here in the part (2) 'when' should be replaced with than. 

Examples –
No sooner had I entered the room than Sheetal called.✔️
Hardly had he reached the station when the train came.✔️
As soon as I arrived at the bus stop, she came.✔️

3) Five summons have been (1)/ issued by the district court (2)/ but he has not turned up yet. (3)/ No Error (4)


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Solution: 1
Summons is a noun while summon is a verb. 

Summons (n) - A notice summoning someone to appear in court. 
singular – summons , plural- summonses . 
Summon (v) - to ask someone to come/attend. 

Turn up – make an appearance, appear, be present.



4) Acceptance is not about allowing everything to occur or to go on, (1)/ it is neither related to passivity and weakness, (2)/ nor is it about confirmation or mediocrity. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 3
 Replace ‘is it’ with ‘it is’ as the given sentence is not a question .

5) She was (1)/ quite amusing (2)/ at that story. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 2
Replace ‘amusing’ with ‘amused’. Amused at/by something- thinking that someone or something is interesting, so that you smile or laugh. 
Example- We were  amused at her jokes.




7) She picked (1)/ on the (2)/ trail soon after. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 2
 Replace ‘on’ with ‘up’.
Pick on- to harass or bother.
Pick up- to grasp something (as with one’s hands).

8) She has (1)/ reduced her (2)/ consumption to considerably. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 3
Preposition ‘to’ is superfluous in the part (3). 

 9) Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should provide us (1)/ with open networks and should not block or discriminate for (2)/ any application or content that rides over those networks. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 2
Replace ‘for’ with ‘against’
Discriminate against something

10) Liquid water cannot exist on the surface of Mars as to low (1)/ atmospheric pressure, which is less than 1% of Earth’s, (2)/ except at the lowest elevations for short periods. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 1 
Replace ‘as to’ with ‘due to’. ”As to” – about, regarding, concerning…ex- There is some doubt as to whether the information is totally accurate.
“Due to” – because of something.
Example- The Company’s financial losses were due to weak management.

 11) It was (1)/ difficult decided (2)/ about break up. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 2
“difficult” should be followed by infinitive with ‘to’.
replace ‘decided’ with ‘to decide’

 12) This year, we were visited by the director of Austrian Culture Forum, (1)/ based on Delhi and together we all wanted (2)/ to initiate an art festival in South India. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 2
Replace ‘on’ with ‘in’ 

13) I seen (1)/ that it (2)/ is getting dark. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 1
Replace ‘seen’ with ‘see’ (present indefinite tense)

 14) The long-term capital gains on listed securities (1)/ and the dividend tax on equity mutual funds are the right steps (2)/ to generate resources required for drive demand in rural India. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 3
Replace “for drive” with “for driving/to drive”. Generally preposition should be followed by V4 form and when ‘to’ is the part of infinitive, it should be followed by the base form of the main verb.

15) The first and decisive step (1)/ in the expansion of Europe overseas (2)/ was the conquest of Atlantic Ocean. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 3
Use definite article ‘the’ before the name of ocean (the Atlantic Ocean)

16) The word ‘Macabre’ had been gained its significance from its (1)/ use in French as ladanse macabre for the allegorical (2)/ representation of the universal power of death. (3)/ No error (4)

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Solution: 1
Replace ‘had been gained’ with ‘has gained’, as the given sentence is in active voice. Active voice structure: “has + V3” or “has+ been + V-ing”. Passive voice structure: “has + been + V3”.



17) Our professor taught us that (1)/ one should respect the (2)/ religions of others as much as his own. (3)/ No Error (4) [01-july-2017]

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Solution: 3
Replace ‘his’ with possessive case of ‘one’ – “one’s”
Example- One must take care of one’s health.

18) No sooner had she arrive that her (1)/ friends arranged a reception in her (2)/ honour in the best resort in the town. (3)/ No Error (4) [SSC CPO Spotting Error 01-july-2017]

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Solution:1
 Expressions “hardly, scarcely and no sooner” – can be used (often with a past perfect tense) to suggest that one thing happened very soon after another.
Structure: – “hardly ……. when / before.” “Scarcely ……. when / before.”
“no sooner ……. Than”
Example- Sheetal had no sooner seen one picture than she saw another.


19) During India’s struggle for (1)/ freedom many brilliant students (2)/ gave up their studies by Bhagat Singh’s call. (3)/ No Error (4)
[SSC CPO , 2017]

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Solution: 3
“On call” – If someone is on call, they are ready to go to work at any time if they are needed, especially if there is an emergency. Replace ‘by’ with ‘on’

20) Madhuri and I have done my (1)/ work patiently and diligently (2)/ just for our safe and secure future. (3)/ No Error (4) [SSC CPO , 2017]

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Solution: 1
Replace ‘my’ with ‘our’

21) Sunita is feeling little uncomfortable today (1)/ because she is ill, so she can perform (2)/ her work after having some rest for a while. (3)/ No Error (4) [01-july-2017]

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Solution: 1
Replace “little” with “a little”

22) We must (1)/ denounce justice (2)/ and oppression. (3)/ No Error (4) [01-july-2017]

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Solution: 2
denounce – criticise, condemn. Oppression- harassment, coercion.
Replace ‘justice’ with ‘injustice’

23) I don’t think, Neha is as wiser as (1)/ Sonali, so she is not (2)/ competent for this job. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 1
Replace ‘a wiser’ with ‘as wise’ (competent- capable, सक्षम) 

24) In the Mathematics class, I sit next to (1)/ Raj, who is the captain of the basket ball (2)/ team and undoubtedly the best basket ball player in Delhi. (3)/ No Error (4) 

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Solution:4
Next to- beside, by, near, close to .
Example- Sheetal sat down next to him on the sofa.

25) He commanded me (1)/ as if he was (2)/ my husband. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 2 
This is a conditional sentence – use ‘were’ instead of ‘was’ example- Sheetal always treats him as if he were a child.
replace ‘was’ with ‘were’. 
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26) The English is a very (1)/ popular language (2)/ amongst south Indians. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 1
 The English  represents 'The people of England not
English language' . Replace ‘the English’ with ‘English’.


27) This container is full with water (1)/ so I can’t carry it for a (2)/ long distance at one go. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 1
‘full of something ’ – containing a lot of something.  
Example- The room was full of girls. 
The team members are full of energy.
Replace ‘with’ with ‘of’.


28) Had she not known (1)/ about it she should (2)/ have stayed longer. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 2
This is The type 3 conditional which is used to refer to an unreal past condition and its probable past result. Structure:-
If + subordinate clause in past perfect (Or had + sub. + past participle.)+ principle clause – would / could / should + have + past participle.
should have – to say that a different action was recommended in the past. could have – to talk about possibilities if something had been different in the past.
would have – to imagine a result (if something had been different in the past)
replace ‘should’ with ‘would’


29) If you will finish your homework I (1)/ will give you (2)/ an ice-cream. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 1 
The type 1 conditional refers to a possible condition and its probable result. In these sentences – the ‘if clause is in the simple present, and the main clause is in the simple future’. Structure:- If … Simple Present …, … Simple Future.
Omit ‘will’ in the part (1)


30) Mr. Gupta with his wife (1)/ and younger brother (2)/ were present at the station. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 3
Expressions- coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, with etc., when we use these expressions to join one singular subject of a sentence with another noun or pronoun, consider it as a singular subject . 
Example- Mr. Puneet along with his wife wants to purchase the beach house. Replace ‘were’ with ‘was’ in the part (3)

31) Rajni is planning to settle (1)/ in Mumbai as soon as (2)/ she retires in August the next year. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 3
In the part (C) remove definite article ‘the’ Example- They are going to visit the construction work in June next year.

32) I was born (1)/ on 14th July, 1990 (2)/ in Allahabad. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 4
 “in” – for months, years, centuries and long periods
“On” for days and dates ( example – “in 1947”,  ‘in August’, “on monday”, “on 12th May, 2000′)

33) Not only we saw (1)/ the President but also (2)/ the Chief Minister of Delhi. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 1
“not only…….but also” – both the parts should be followed by same part of speech.
Here the doer is – we and the action is – saw. The correct form should be – we saw not only the president (noun) + but also the chief minister (noun)……
Example- Rohit is not only foolish but also mad. (adjectives)
He was not only beaten but also fined. (verbs)

34) Can you imagine (1)/ that she has thirty (2)/ five pair of shoes. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 3
Explanation :- use plural form ‘pairs’ instead of singular form ‘pair’


35) Not only her husband (1)/ but even her father (2)/ also find her selfish. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 3
 when two subjects are joined by not only………but also / either…..or / neither…..nor. – The verb should be used according to the nearest subject.
Example- Neither Rohit nor his friends are capable of doing this work within three days.
Use singular verb ‘finds’ instead of plural verb ‘find’.

36) The West Indies team had (1)/ not won any match (2)/ last year. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 4
 no error

37) Hardly had he come out of the (1)/ cinema hall then the bomb exploded (2)/ and shattered the hall completely. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 2
 No sooner … than, hardly/scarcely…when.
Example- Hardly had I arrived home when my phone rang. Use ‘when’ instead of ‘then’.

38) Because copper prices are going down (1)/ demand for alternative (2)/ products to copper are lessening. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 3
subject ‘demand’ is singular – use singular verb ‘is’ instead of ‘are’


39) Her aunt didn’t (1)/ give me (2)/ a minute of peace. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 4
No error. 
We may use ‘a + countable noun + of + uncountable noun. 
Example – A drop of honey/water.

40) Aayushi has come (1)/ here to do a master (2)/ degree in Social Work. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 2
 Replace ‘master’ with ‘master’s’ .( to do a master’s degree )

41) There is no money in (1)/ the bank in Rajesh’s and (2)/ Reena’s joint account. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 2
when two nouns “possess” the same entity, only the second takes an apostrophe ( ’ ):
Example – Mr. Sharma and his son’s shop. Use Rajesh instead of Rajesh’s.

42) The CEO has decided to visit all the (1)/ departments of the office tomorrow (2)/ evening to review of the situation. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Review (verb) – assess (something) formally with the intention of instituting change if necessary.  example- it’s a good idea to review your class notes. review (noun) – a formal assessment of something with the intention of instituting change if necessary.                
 Example – an annual review of company performance. 

43) Neha is a very good fashion (1)/ designer but her designs are not (2)/ easily accessible with the public. (3)/ No Error (4)

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Solution: 3
 “accessible to” – easy to get , use or understand.
 Example- This television programme aims to make history more accessible to children.
Replace ‘with’ with ‘to’


44) The two men were (1)/ quarrelling with one another (2)/ claiming the same watch as their own. (3)/ No Error (4) .

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Solution: 2
For two – each other
And for more than two – one another
Here in this sentence the subject is “The two men” reciprocal pronoun one another should be replaced by each other

45) These kind of clothes (1)/ are rather expensive (2)/ for me to buy. (3)/ No Error (4). [SSC CGL 2017]

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Solution: 1
This / that kind of something  – for singular ; these / those kinds of something – for plural
Example – I have given up those kinds of ideas. (plural) or I have given up that kind of idea. (singular)
The correct subject should be These kinds of clothes

46) The climb upside (1)/ the mountains (2)/ was not easy. (3)/No Error (4). [SSC CGL  2017]

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Solution: 1
climb (noun) – the act or process of moving upward
Example – Himesh made a rapid climb to the zenith of success.
Replace upside with to.

47) Chilka is the (1)/ largest brackish water (2)/ lagoon in Asia. (3)/No Error (4). [SSC CGL 2017]

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Solution: 4
no error

48) Not too long then, the (1)/ lodge was the only (2)/ place to stay here. (3)/No Error (4). [SSC CGL 2017]

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Solution: 1
Sentence is based on the structure –If not……then means अगर नहीं तो
Part (1) should be If not too long then 

49) Unless you don’t obey (1)/ your elders you (2)/ will not succeed in your life. (3)/ No Error (4). (SSC CGL 2017) 

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Solution: 1
Unless means if this condition is not met (Unless you work hard , you won’t pass. ), whereas until means before or up to the time (I lived with my parents until I was 21.)
Do not use negative word in the clause starting with conjunctions until and unless.
The correct usage should be unless you obey in part (1).

50) Hardly had I reached the (1)/ exhibition where I learnt (2)/ about the major robbery. (3)/ No Error (4). SSC CGL  8 AUG 2017

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Solution: 2
If the second event occurs immediately after the first, we can express that idea using the structure – hardly or scarcely…when.
replace where with when.
Example- Hardly had Himesh left when his father came.




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