Exercise Error Spotting Questions Based on NOUN

Exercise Error Spotting Questions Based on NOUN

  1. The parliament is divided on the bill.

Explanation: The parliament is divided, it is not being divided thought of a whole, but in terms of its constituents. Hence, use plural verb. ’The parliament are divided on the bill.

  1. His brother committed thiefhood in his house.

Explanation: The abstract noun from common noun thief is theft, not thiefhood. ‘His brother committed theft in his house’.

  1. He wears glass to aid his short sighted eye.

Explanation: This sentence intends is spectacles made of glass. So we use plural ‘glasses’ . ‘He wears glasses to aid his short sighted eye’.

  1. The same board is used chess as well as draught.

Explanation: The game is not draught but draughts.‘ The same board is used chess as well as draughts’.

  1. Take care of the vixen because they are wily creatures.

Explanation: Vixen is the feminine gender of fox, not its plural. ‘Take care of the foxes because they are wily creatures’/ ‘Take care of the vixen because she is a wily creatures’.

  1. The Indians are a religious-minded people.

Explanation: The sentence is correct. People usually, is used as a plural. But when it means a nation, as it does here, it is used as a singular. ‘The Indians are a religious-minded people’.

  1. Time passes in its chariot majestically.

Explanation: In this sentence time is personified and takes masculine gender. ‘Time passes in his chariot majestically’.

  1. The practices of the lawyers vary from those of the doctors.

Explanation: In this sentence, it is talking of persons from different professions-lawyers and doctors. Thus practice means exercise of a profession. This meaning does not have a plural. ‘The practice of the lawyers varies from those of the doctors’.

  1. The bright lamps gave much lights.

Explanation: If one light gives light, do you think two lights give two lights? Light is not countable so it does not have plural form. ‘The bright lamps gave much light’.

  1. Devi is Anand of our chess class.

Explanation: Devi is not Viswanathan  Anand . Anand here is compared with Devi. ‘Devi is the Anand of our chess class’.

  1. You will be promoted in the time of a year.

Explanation: Possessive is used with nouns denoting time .‘You will be promoted in a year’s time’.

  1. The cup’s base was rounded.

Explanation: The cup is not a living thing . so it does not take possessive sign.  ‘The base of the cup was rounded.

  1. The Earth treats us as his children, not strangers.

Explanation: The earth is personified and it takes feminine gender.. ‘The Earth treats us as her children, not strangers’.

  1. The fleet of ships move at a uniform speed.

Explanation: The fleet is a collective noun. It should be in the singular. ‘The fleet of ships moves at a uniform speed’.

  1. Queen Elizabeth is the monarchess of England.

Explanation: Monarch does not have feminine gender. It is of common gender. ‘Queen Elizabeth is the monarch of England’.

  1. Aurangzeb’s religious bigotism caused severe harm to the Mughal empire.

Explanation: Aurangzeb’s religious bigotism caused severe harm to the Mughal empire.

  1. The tin is a precious metal.

Explanation: Tin is a material noun. A material noun does not take an article before it. ‘Tin is a precious metal’.

  1. The mildwoman said that she would not supply milk on holidays.

Explanation: The feminine for milkman is milkmaid, not milk woman. ‘The milkmaid said that she would not supply milk on holidays’.

  1. The team camped at Namkum. They followed a rigorous routine.

Explanation: Team like army is a collective noun. Collective nouns are neuter gender . so it takes the pronoun ‘it’.‘The team camped at Namkum. It followed a rigorous routine’.

  1. Who will win if there is a contest between the dwafrves and  the giants.

Explanation: Plural for dwarf is dwarfs. ‘Who will win if there is a contest between the dwarfs and the giants?’.

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