The English section of SSC exams carry an equal weightage as other section do possess. A considerable aspirants face a few problems, while attempting this section comparatively as English language is not based on logics, calculations and methods. No one can predict the level of difficulty for each inquired question. However, we can surely find the important and basic concepts of some premier topics.
One such topic is Spotting Errors in which you are given a sentence containing errors, which you need to rectify. These errors are generally related to parts of speech, genders, Infinitives, participles, tenses, use of articles, etc. Questions from Error spotting are not only asked in SSC exams but also in other competitive exams as well including IBPS, RBI, etc.
Hence, you need to be well acquainted with all the rules of grammar and English language.
SSC English Types of Errors: Spotting Errors
To settle the errors in the sentence, you need to be aware of basic grammar skills. We are providing some common types of errors below, which can be observed during solving the problems-
A noun can be used to identify a place, person and things. It can be singular and plural. The verb used for them differ for singular noun and plural noun. So, first you have to identify the noun whether it is singular or plural.
Such nouns including cattle, peasantry, police, clergy, vermin are appeared to be singular, but treated as plural noun.
All plural nouns should always be followed by plural verbs like Scissors, Stockings, Trousers, Specs, Shorts, Goods, Employees, etc.
Some collective nouns like Team, Public, Government, Committee, Jury, Audience and a combined set of attributes like Poetry, Machinery, Ethics, Mathematics, Physics, Classics, Innings, Stationery, News, Abuse, Economics, Business are considered as singular noun.
A pronoun is a word, which refers to the noun in the sentence in case of possession. This can be easily understood by the following examples-
A pronoun should always be compatible with its antecedent noun.
In the above example, you can observe the differences. The noun one must be followed by one’s pronoun. When there is an absence of noun and sentence contains ‘Who’, ‘Whom’, ‘Whomever’ and ’whoever’. Then, you must know that ‘who’ and ‘whoever’ are noun, whereas ‘Whom’ and ‘Whomever’ are objects.
An adjective is a word, which represents the specialty, merits, demerits, quality and fault of an person, place or thing.
Comparative adjectives such as Superior, inferior, prior, must be suffixed with ‘to’.
Do not use adjectives in place of adverbs.
Adverb is a word that modify the meaning of an adjective or verb.
Some adverbs have the same meaning and create confusion in people’s mind. These words includes less and fewer. ‘Less’ is used to describe quantity whereas ‘fewer’ is used to represent numbers.
Some adverbs such as little, a little, the little, are used in different places.
Little- means a negative meaning or hardly any.
A little- means a positive meaning or means some.
The Little- means not much but all that is.
The words beginning with ‘h’ such as honest, heir, hour, etc. are silent and an must be prefixed to them.
Use of ‘Since’ and ‘for’ are to be taken care of.
SSC English preparation tips: Spotting Errors
We hope that the above article provide you all essential tips in short. Follow all of them strictly and look out for more such things in grammar.
All the best!
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