Directions: The given sentence has been broken up into four different parts. The error, if any, will be in any one part of the sentence. Select the option which contains the part of the sentence which has an error (spelling, grammatical or contextual). If there is no error, choose option E.
1
Most schools in Paris (A) / will stay open (B) / until the summer holidays (C) / start after Friday afternoon. (D) / No error (E)
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D
The fragment D of the sentence is erroneous. The preposition of time ‘on’ should be used before days and dates.
 
So ‘Friday’ must be preceded by the preposition ‘on’ instead of ‘after’. 
 
The correct sentence would therefore be:
 
Most schools in Paris will stay open until the summer holidays start on Friday afternoon.
 
Hence, option D is the correct answer.
2
Though economic development does bear (A) / with the health condition of the nation in (B) / the wider canvas, it is the will and determination (C) / to act that is of paramount importance.(D) / No error (E)
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B
The fragment B of the sentence is erroneous. The expression 'bear with' which means ‘be patient or tolerant with’ does not make any sense here.
 
The correct phrasal verb to be used here is 'bear on' which means ‘be relevant to.’ 
 
The correct sentence would be:
 
Though economic development does bear on the health condition of the nation in the wider canvas, it is the will and determination to act that is of paramount importance.
 
Hence, option B is the correct answer.
3
Expecting prospective tenants to live (A) / under a quasi-feudal regime (B) / reflects the power wielded by (C) / landlords in our centric-property society (D) / No error (E)
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D
The error is in fragment D. The expression ‘centric-property’ is incorrect. The correct expression is 'property-centric'.
 
The correct sentence would therefore be:
 
Expecting prospective tenants to live under a quasi-feudal regime reflects the power wielded by landlords in our property-centric society.
 
Option D is hence the correct answer.
4
What is clear is that State governments now have (A) / greater resources in their command under the new scheme (B) / of financial devolution, and, in partnership with the Centre,(C) / they must use the funds to transform primary health care. (D) / No error (E)
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B
The correct idiomatic expression is 'at their command ' and not 'in their command'. The error hence is in fragment  B.
 
At someone’s command (Idiom):
 
Available for someone's use or needs
 
E.g. They used every resource at their command.
 
The correct sentence would therefore be:
 
What is clear is that State governments now have greater resources at their command under the new scheme of financial devolution, and, in partnership with the Centre, they must use the funds to transform primary health care
 
Hence, option B is the correct answer.
5
The El Nino phenomenon had started developing (A) / which delayed the offset of the (B) / southwest monsoon by a week and (C) / severely retarded its northward movement. (D) / No error (E)
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B
The error is in fragment B. The word ‘offset’ which means ‘counterbalance’ is incorrect in this context.
 
The correct word in this context is ‘onset’ which means ‘the beginning’.  
 
The correct sentence would therefore be:
 
The El Nino phenomenon had started developing which delayed the onset of the southwest monsoon by a week and severely retarded its northward movement.
 
Hence, option B is the correct answer.