How To Master Error Spotting In English Language Section

In this article, we shall learn how to master error spotting in the English Language section of bank exams.

The English language is a subject in which even the people who know the language well end up making mistakes in the grammar section. It is a normal tendency but the error-spotting section is not hard to master. Practising some guidelines is all that is needed to excel in this topic of the English Language syllabus.

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Tips for Error Spotting in English Language Section

Here we bring you some tips for error spotting in the English Language section of the bank exam syllabus:

1. Certain nouns being a singular form represent plurality and therefore, takes a plural verb in a sentence.

Example: police, clergy, people, peasantry, Cattle.

  • People has left (Incorrect)
  • People have left (Correct)

2. Certain nouns take the plural verb because of their plural form.

Example: Clothes, Scissors, trousers, amends, spectacles, thanks.

  • The spectacles is missing. (Incorrect)
  • The spectacles are missing. (Correct)

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3. When a noun denoting weight, number, money, length or measure is following a number, the nouns form does not change as long as another noun or pronoun follows it.

Example:  Million, pair, meter, year, dozen.

  • This is a 9-meters scale. (Incorrect)
  • This is a 9-meter scale. (Correct)

4. When the pronoun ‘one’ is used, it should be maintained throughout the whole sentence.

  • One must help his siblings.  (Incorrect)
  • One must help one’s siblings. (Correct)

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5. For living people ‘whose’ is generally used and for things that are non-living ‘which’ is used.

  • Which phone is kept on charging? (Incorrect)
  • Whose phone is kept on charging?  (Correct)

6. ‘Fewer’ is used for denoting number while ‘Less’ is used for denoting quantity.

  • No less than thirty dogs were (Incorrect)
  • No fewer than thirty dogs were (Correct)

7. Sentences are always opposite to question tags, for example, if the question tag is positive then the sentence is negative and vice versa.

  • It’s a bit early, is it? (Incorrect)
  • It’s a bit early, isn’t it? (Correct)

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8. Instead of ‘who’ or ‘which’, the relative pronoun ‘that’ is used after adjectives in the superlative degree.

  • These are the best which he could get. (Incorrect)
  • These are the best that he could get. (Correct)

9. ‘as’ is used both before and after the adjective to show equality.

  • I can write as fast, if not faster than her. (Incorrect)
  • I can write as fast as, if not faster than her. (Correct)

10. ‘Though’ is always followed by ‘yet’ in a sentence and not by ‘but’.

Thus,

  • Though he is rich but he is kind. (Incorrect)
  • Though he is rich, yet he is kind. (Correct)

11. ‘not’ is never used with ‘unless’ as ‘unless’ expresses a condition which is always used in the negative sense.

Thus,

  • Unless you do not pay the fine, you will not be excused. (Incorrect)
  • Unless you pay the fine, you will not be excused. (Correct)

12. ‘while’ implies a time duration of doing something and ‘When’ denotes a general sense.

Thus,

  • When learning how to box, the technique is of utmost importance. (Incorrect)
  • While learning how to box, the technique is of utmost importance. (Correct)

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Practice some exercises, after reading & learning these helpful techniques of Error spotting. For more updated info on other topics of English Language section, you can check BYJU’S useful articles to give your bank exam preparation an edge.

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