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In the following questions, one part of the sentence may have an error. Find out which part of the sentence has an error and choose the option corresponding to it. If the sentence is free from error, choose "No error".

Question : 1

They will (1)/ leave the office at six and (2)/ reach at home by seven. (3)/ No error (4)

a) They will

b) leave the office at six and

c) reach at home by seven.

d) No error  

Answer: (c)

Reach (Verb) = to arrive at

Look at the sentence : They did not reach the border until after dark.

It is not proper to use preposition ‘at’ with reach here.

Question : 2

The new lecturer (1)/ seems to be very popular with (2)/ most of the class. (3)/ No error (4)

a) The new lecturer

b) seems to be very popular with

c) most of the class. 

d) No error

Answer: (d)

In this sentence no error has been found.

Question : 3

The museum’s revolving doors (1)/ stopped the crooks (2)/ as they jam half way round. (3)/ No error (4)

a) The museum’s revolving doors

b) stopped the crooks

c) as they jam half way round.

d) No error

Answer: (c)

The sentence shows past time.

Hence, Past simple i.e. as they jammed half way round ...... should be used here.

Question : 4

He had no (1)/ accuse for attacking (2)/ that old man. (3)/ No error (4)

a) He had no

b) accuse for attacking

c) that old man.

d) No error

Answer: (b)

Accuse (verb) = to say that somebody has done

something wrong or is guilty of something.

Excuse (Noun) = a reason, either true or invented that you give to explain or defend your behaviour.

Hence, excuse (Noun) for attacking ... should be used here.

Question : 5

Mothers keep on (1)/ to encouraging their children (2)/ to study. (3)/ No error (4)

a) Mothers keep on

b) to encouraging their children

c) to study.

d) No error

Answer: (b)

Keep on doing something = continue doing something. It is superfluous to use preposition ‘to’.

Don't keep on interrupting me!

Keep on (at somebody) about something = to speak to somebody often.

I will do it – just don't keep on at me about it.

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