ENGLISH Quiz for IBPS PO / CLERK – 22 (Spotting Errors)


Directions (Q. 1-10): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical or idiomatic error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is ‘No error’, the answer is 5). (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.)
1. 1) They understood how just a twitch, a shuffle, smirk or a glare on stage or screen / 2) can give audiences more insight / 3) into the impenetrable depths of a personality / 4) than a thousand-word dialogue. / 5) No error
2. 1) Gone are the days / 2) when people used to / 3) plan and save for years before buying / 4) the big-ticket items they aspired for. / 5) No error
3. 1) To be eligible for a loan, / 2) you need to have a / 3) regular source of income – salary, / 4) business or any occupation. / 5) No error
4. 1) Women tend to outlive their spouses, / 2) which makes it important for them / 3) to save money in instruments that will help them / 4) build corpse to last a lifetime. / 5) No error
5. 1) Success at work should not carry a disproportionate price tag / 2) whereby we end up souring relationships / 3) with our family members and friends / 4) which matter to us. / 5) No error
6. 1) Yesterday a thief / 2) broke into / 3) my house but / 4) he could not steal anything. / 5) No error
7. 1) Most women undermine themselves / 2) by thinking that they are not qualified enough, / 3) or they haven’t worked before or their husband / 4) won’t like it if they worked. / 5) No error
8. 1) In case you cannot be in office on time, / 2) call in your senior / 3) at least an hour earlier and inform / 4) that you are going to be late. / 5) No error
9. 1) Please expect that life will / 2) not be easy once / 3) you make up the decision / 4) to take up a career. / 5) No error
10. 1) Financial planning for women is tricky considering / 2) they have to take career breaks for / 3) a variety of reasons such as marriage, child-birth, / 4) and looking after kids or the elder. / 5) No error

Answers ————

  1. 2; Replace ‘can’ with ‘could’
  2. 5
  3. 4; Insert ‘other’ after ‘any’
  4. 4; Replace ‘corpse’ with ‘corpus’
  5. 4; Replace ‘which’ with ‘who’
  6. 5
  7. 3; Replace ‘husband’ with ‘husbands’
  8. 2; Replace ‘call in’ with ‘call up’
  9. 3; Delete ‘up’
  10. 4; Replace ‘elder’ with ‘elderly’

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