Each sentence given below is divided into three parts labeled as (a), (b) and (c). One of these three parts may contain an error. If the error is in the part labeled as (a), then that is your answer. If you feel that there are no errors, then mark (d) as your answer. Errors may be in grammar, word usage or idioms.
Note: that you are not required to correct the mistake. You just need to indicate the part that contains the error.
(i) Thinking that he has finally found (a) / someone with similar interests (b), the traveler tried to strike up a conversation. (c) / No error. (d)
Part (a) should be 'Thinking that he had finally found'.
(ii) Earlier this year, (a) / the absconding general made headlines when his video-taped interview / was telecasted by a commercial television channel. (c) / No error (d)
Part (c) should be 'was telecast by a commercial television channel'.
(iii) If you permit me to speak the truth (a) / I shall say without hesitation that (b) / you have done a mistake. (c) / No error (d)
Part (c) should be 'you have made / committed a mistake'. We make mistakes, we don't do mistakes.
(iv) My friend is so rich that (a) / he is owning four houses (b) / and a fleet of cabs. (c) / No error (d)
Part (b) should be 'he owns four houses'.
(v) He asked me (a) / if I am happy and (b) / I replied that I was not. (c) / No error. (d)
Part (b) should be 'if I was happy and'.
(vi) They always said I would go to places (a) / but they never told me (b) / how boring the places would be. (c) / No error (d)
Part (a) should be 'They always said that I would go places'. To go places is to become successful.
(vii) If you caught the ten o'clock train tomorrow (a) / you could be in Kolkata by evening, (b) / unless the train is delayed. (c) / No error (d)
Part (c) should be 'unless the train was delayed'.
(viii) General Cary, who had commanded (a) / a parachute regiment for many years (b) / is now living in retirement. (c) / No error (d)
Part (a) should be 'General Cary, who commanded'. We do not use the past perfect tense to simply state that something happened some time ago.
(ix) The French revolution has influenced (a) / every popular radical movements in Europe (b) / since 1800. (c) / No error. (d)
Part (b) should be 'every radical movement in Europe'.
(x) I had a long talk with Mary (a) / explaining why I don't want (b) / the children to play together. (c) / No error. (d)
Part (b) should be 'explaining why I didn't want'.
(xi) With Rahul working in Mumbai, (a) / and Maya travelling most of the week, (b) / the house seems pretty empty. (c) / No error. (d)
(xii) Looking out of the window of our hotel room (a) / there was a wonderful (b) / range of mountains. (c) / No error (d).
Part (b) should be 'we could see'. The given sentence could sound as if the mountains were looking out of the window.
(xiii) He, like (a) / his companions, (b) / were deceived. (c) / No error. (d)
Part (c) should be 'was deceived'.
(xiv) He told me that (a) / you had finished your studies (b) / and looking for a job. (c). No error. (d)
Part (c) should be 'and were looking for a job'.
(xv) They decided to arrange a grand party on the eve of her retirement (a) / especially because she had been working for them (b) / since almost twenty-five years. (c) / No error. (d)
Part (c) should be 'for almost twenty-five years'.