Spotting Errors in English Exercise for Bank Clerk 2018 Exams

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Directions: In the following question, some part of the sentence may have errors. Find out which part of the sentence has an error and select the appropriate option. If a sentence is free from error, select 'No Error'.
1
By the times (A) / we reached the classroom, (B) / the lecture had (C) / already begun. (D) / No error (E)
» Explain it
A
In part A, the word 'times' must be replaced with 'time' as the correct idiom is 'By the time' and not 'By the times'.

By the time indicates the relative time (before and up to the end-point) of one activity as the reference point for viewing the ongoing or completed state of a second activity. ("maybe before but no later than the time")

Hence, option A is correct.

 
2
Instead of (A) / to buy books, (B) / I borrow them (C) / from the library. (D) / No error (E)
» Explain it
A
The preposition 'instead of' is generally followed by a gerund. In part B, the infinitive 'to buy' hence must be replaced with 'buying' to make it a grammatically correct sentence. 

Henec, option A is correct.

 
3
 The doctors said that (A) / he was making good progress (B) / and would not (C) / need an operation. (D) / No error (E) 
» Explain it
E
The sentence is absolutely correct and thus has no error in it.

Option E is hence the correct answer.
 
4
The course is for (A) / anyone who is interested (B) / in learning (C) / about computers. (D) / No error (E)
» Explain it
D
In part D, the idiom 'learning about' must be replaced with 'learning' as it is more appropriate in the context. 

'To learn' means to gain knowledge, comprehension, or mastery of something through experience or study. 

Ex. It took me almost a year to learn French.

'"To learn about', while, is an idiom which means 'to find out about someone or something.'

Ex. What have you learned about Mr. Franklin and his business dealings? 

Hence, option D is correct.

 
5
Poor people (A) / has no money (B) / therefore they cannot afford (C) / proper medical facilities. (D) / No eror. (E)
» Explain it
B
In part B, the verb 'has' must be replaced with 'have' as it has to be in agreement with the number of the subject 'people' which is plural.

Hence, option B is correct.