English Quiz for IBPS Clerk Pre / IPPB Exam – Spotting Errors

Directions : 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. The only bad thing about (1)/ these flowers are the (2)/ the pollen which causes (3)/ allergy in many people. (4)/ No error (5)

2. This is the only organisation (1)/ which could somehow continue (2)/ to making profits (3)/ in the face of recession. (4)/ No error (5)

3. Many more would have died (1)/ if they hadn’t received (2)/ the timely helping from (3)/ the relief team. (4)/ no error (5)

4. A man along with (1)/ his wife and two children (2)/ were rescued with the help (3)/ of an army helicopter. (4)/ No error (5)

5. Certain amounts of stress (1)/ at work is natural but (2)/ it is important that one learns  (3)/ to keep it in the right proportion. (4)/ No error (5)

6. The success of the (1)/ government sponsor job guarantee programme (2)/ has resulted in a (3)/ drastic drop in poverty . (4)/ No error (5)

7. The Board’s decision has provided (1)/ employees with the opportunity (2)/ to acquire upto  100 (3)/ shares by the company. (4)/ No error (5)

8. He had telephoned yesterday to (1)/ ask how much of the youth (2)/ who attend our classes would be (4)/ interested in working for a textile company. (4)/ No error (5)

9. Some genuine issues exist (1)/ with the newly adopted (2)/ system and needs to (3)/ be examined seriously. (4)/ No error (5)

10. Some genuine issues exists (1)/ with the newly adopted (2)/ system and need to (3)/ be examined seriously. (4)/ No error (5)


1. 2; Replace are with is
2. 3; Replace making with make
  • Infinitive will be used to + verb

3. 3; Replace helping with help
4. 3; Replace were with was 
5. 1; Replace certain amounts with A certain amount 
  • A certain amount (Singular form of amount will be used)

6. 2; Replace sponsor with sponsored 
7. 4; Replace by with of
8. 2; Replace how much with how many
  • How much ….? = uncountable nouns
  • For example: How much coffee do you drink?
  • How many ….? = countable nouns
  • For example: How many cups of coffee do you drink?

9. 3; Replace needs with need 
  • Some genuine issues (plural) therefore plural verb will be used.

10. 1; Replace exists with exist
  • Some genuine issues (plural) therefore plural verb will be used.


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