Golden Rules for Spotting Errors Questions

Golden Rules for Spotting Errors Questions

Rule 1:

When a number is followed by a noun denoting measure, length, money, number or weight, but these are not followed by another noun or pronoun, then they take the plural form.

E.g. Million, pair, metre, year, dozen, foot, head.


This sari is nine yard long. (Incorrect)

This sari is nine yards long. (Correct)

Rearrangement of sentences


Certain nouns possess a singular form but still represent plurality and thus, take a plural verb when used in a sentence.

E.g. Cattle, peasantry, people, clergy, police.


The Police has come (Incorrect)

The Police have come (Correct)

Spotting Error Questions

Rule 3:

Certain nouns always take the plural verb because their form is always plural.

E.g. Scissors, trousers, spectacles, thanks, premises.


The scissors is kept on the table. (Incorrect)

The scissors are kept on the table. (Correct)

One Word Substitution

Rule 4:

Certain nouns, especially of the collective category, are used as singular when they specify a unit.

E.g. Public, team, committee, government, audience, orchestra, company, jury.


The public were unanimous in their opinion. (Incorrect)

The public was unanimous in its opinion. (Correct)

Idioms and Phrases

Rule 5:

If the pronoun ‘one’ is used, it must be maintained throughout the sentence.


One must respect his elders.  (Incorrect)

One must respect one’s elders. (Correct)

English Synonyms

Rule 6:

Adverbs should not be confused for adjectives. An adjective describes the characteristic of the subject while an adverb describes the action of the verb.


The horse looked beautifully. (Incorrect)

The horse looked beautiful. (Correct)

English Spelling

Rule 7:

‘Unless’ expresses a condition and is always used in the negative sense. Thus ‘not’ is never used with ‘unless’.


Unless you do not work hard, you will not excel in the examination. (Incorrect)

Unless you work hard, you will not excel in the examination. (Correct)

One Word Substitution

Rule 8:

‘Lest’ must be followed by ‘should’ or by nothing at all and ‘Such’ must be followed by ‘as’.


Work hard lest you will fail. (Incorrect)

Work hard lest you should fail. (Correct)

Work hard lest you fail. (Correct)

He is such a writer that everybody should read his books. (Incorrect)

He is such a writer as everybody should read his books. (Correct)

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