30 Jan 2016

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English-Golden Rules Spotting Errors I

As you all know that Spotting Errors type of questions is the most important part of the SSC Exams. So we are providing you the Spotting Errors rules Part – I. These rules will be helpful for your upcoming Exams like SSC , FCI etc. If you like it let us know.

1. ‘No sooner’ is followed by ‘than’

     (i) No sooner had I entered the class when the students stood up. (Incorrect)
    (ii) No sooner had I entered the class than the students stood up. (Correct)

Note: The Sentence Form must be past perfect or past indefinite

2. More than one indicates a plural sense, but it is treated as a sort of compound of one. Thus it agrees with a singular noun and takes a singular verb.

 (i) More than employees were killed in the accident. (Incorrect)
(ii) More than one employee was killed in the accident. (Correct)

3. It is common practice in conversation to make statement and ask for confirmation; as , ‘it’ is very hot, isn’t it? Two points are to be kept in mind. If the statement is positive, the pattern will be –

Auxiliary + n’t + Subject

If the statement is negative, the pattern will be

Auxiliary + subject

(i) It is raining, is it? (Incorrect)
(ii) It is raining isn’t it? (Correct)
(iii) You are not busy, aren’t you? (Incorrect)
(iv) You are not busy, are you? (Correct)

4. ‘The two first’is a meaningless expression for it implies that two things may be first. We should say ‘the first two’.

(i) The two first chapters of novel are dull. (Incorrect)
(ii) The first two chapters of the novel are dull. (Correct)

 5.Only’ should be placed immediately before the word it qualifies.

(i) He only lost his ticket in the stampede. (Incorrect)
(ii) Only he lost his ticket in the stampede. (Correct)

 6. An infinitive verb should not be split.

(i) I request you to kindly help me. (Incorrect)
(ii) I request you kindly to help me. (Correct)

 7. Care should be taken in the use of

(i) The doctor saw the pulse of the patient. (Incorrect)
(ii) The doctor felt the pulse of the patient.  (Correct)

8. Scarcely should be followed by when, not by than.

(i) Scarcely had he arrived than he had to leave again. (Incorrect)
(ii) Scarcely had he arrived when he had to leave again. (Correct)

9. Till is used of time and to is used of place.

(i) The office will remain open to six in the evening. (Incorrect)
(ii) The office will remain open till six in the evening.  (Correct)

10. The preposition “off” denotes “separation”, “at a distance from” or “far from” whereas the preposition “of” denotes cause, origin, quality, possession.

(i) He put of his coat. (Incorrect)
(ii) He put off his coat. (Separation) (Correct)
(iii) He died off cancer. (Incorrect)
(iv) He died of cancer. (Cause) (Correct)

11. Beside means by the side of while besides means in additions to.

(i) He sat besides the chair. (Incorrect)
(ii) He sat beside the chair. (Correct)

12. Between is used for only two things or persons while among is used for more than two.

(i) You have to choose among tea and coffee. (Incorrect)
(ii) You have to choose between tea and coffee. (Correct)

13. Above and below merely denote position while over and under also carry a sense of covering or movement.

(i) The bird flew above the lake. (Incorrect)
(ii) The bird flew over the lake. (Correct)

14. During is used when we are talking about the time within which something happens. Foris used when we are talking about how long something lasts.

(i) There were few incidents of irregularity for the Emergency years. (Incorrect)
(ii) There were few incidents of irregularity during the Emergency years. (Correct)

15. There are some nouns that indicate length, measure, money, weight or number. When they are preceded by a numeral, they remain unchanged in form.

Foot, meter, pair, score, dozen, head, year, hundred, thousand, million

(i) It is a three – years degree course. (Incorrect)
(ii) It is a three – year degree course. (Correct)

16. Some nouns are always used in a plural form and always take a plural verb.

Trousers, scissors, spectacles stockings, shorts measles, goods, alms, premises, tidings, annals, chattels, etc.


(i) Where is my trouser? (Incorrect)
(ii) Where are my trousers? (Correct)

 17. A pronoun must agree with its antecedent in person, number and gender.


(i) Every man must bring his luggage.
(ii) All students must do their home work.
(iii) Each of the girls must carry her own bag.

18. The pronoun ‘one’ must be followed by ‘one’s’.


(i) One must finish his task on time. ( Incorrect)
(ii) One must finish one’s task on time ( Correct)

19. ‘Whose’ is used for living persons and ‘which’ for lifeless objects.


(i) Which photograph is lying here? ( Incorrect)
(ii) Whose photograph is living there? ( Correct)

20. Use of ‘less’ and ‘fewer’


Less’ denotes quantity and ‘fewer’ denotes number.
That Is Less(Uncountable) Whereas Fewer(Countable.)

(i) No less than fifty persons were (In correct)
(ii) No fewer than fifty people were (Correct)

21.‘One of’ always takes a plural noun after it.


(i) It is one of the most important day in my life. (Incorrect)
(ii) It is one of the most important days in my life. (Correct)

22. Use of ‘not only ‘and ‘but also ‘examine the sentences given below.


(i) He not only comes for swimming but also for coaching the learners. (Incorrect)
(ii) He comes not only for swimming but also for coaching the learners. (correct)

23. Adverb as’ is not used with verbs like ‘appointed’, ‘elected’ , ‘considered’, ‘called’ but it is used with ‘regard’.


(i) He was elected as President of our society.(Incorrect)
(ii) He was elected President of our society.(Correct)
(iii)regard shiv my friend (Incorrect)
(iv)regard shiv as my friend (Correct)

24. The case of the noun or pronoun preceding or succeeding the verb ‘to be’ should be the same.


(i) It is him who came to see us. (Incorrect)
(ii) It is he who came to see us. (Correct)
(iii) It is me who caught the thief . (Incorrect)
(iv) It is I who caught the thief. (Correct)

25. Neither is followed by nor, not by

(i) The phone neither went dead or worked properly. (Incorrect)
(ii)The phone neither went dead nor worked properly. Correct)

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