Error Spotting is a crucial topic in the English language section of bank and government examinations. However, it is a simple topic that can be quite helpful for increasing your marks in the exam if you can practice it regularly. The key to learning the concepts of error spotting is to understand the various ways that error spotting question from this topic can be asked in the exam to prepare oneself to be able to answer them efficiently and correctly. Whether you are preparing for RBI Grade B exam or IBPS PO examination or even Indian Bank PO exam, error spotting will surely be an important part of your exam preparation, so keep reading!
In simple terms, error spotting gives a sentence to the aspirant and asks them to check whether there is an error in the same or not. At times, though, it may so be the case that there are no errors, so the candidates must approach such questions cautiously.
Error Spotting Question Type 1
The first kind of error in the error spotting questions is about determining whether singular or plural verb is to be used in a sentence. To better understand the same, consider the example –
[a] Many students is / [b] competing for / [c] IITs and IIMs / [d] no error.
Spot the error in the sentence.
While this is an easy question, the answer, in this case, would be the option [a]. ‘Many students is’ would become ‘many students are’. So, in the first case, the singular is changed to the plural verb.
Error Spotting Question Type 2
The second kind of error spotting question involves the case of fillers before the infinite verbs. For reference, an infinite verb refers to anything that comes after ‘to’, such as ‘to play’, ‘to sing’, ‘to read’, etc. Consider this example to better understand the kind of question you may be asked in this case –
[a] Do you know / [b] to sing / [c] a song / [d] no error.
Spot the error in the sentence.
In this case, as you might have had guessed, the answer is the option [b]. The infinite verb, ‘to sing’ is incomplete without ‘how’ and hence it is the correct answer.
Error Spotting Question Type 3
The third and last kind of error spotting question is generally harder than the first two and they involve the tenses of verbs. In other words, in this kind of question, you need to spot the error which has to do with the correct tense of the verb. The tenses error spotting questions are common and hard not because the concept is hard to grasp, but because they can be asked in so many ways. Hence, this kind of question requires more practice. Consider this example –
[a] The governor was efficient / [b] and ensure that the King was happy / [c] as well as his subjects / [d] no error.
This is the simplest kind of questions that one could expect from the tenses in the error spotting topic, but it does give a clear picture or idea of the case. In this case, the second option would be [b] and ensured that the King was happy as the event had occurred in the past (as could be determined by the first part of the sentence).
Therefore, it is necessary to know all three types of error spotting questions to best prepare oneself to answer all of them in the exam in an efficient manner.
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