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Simple way of solving sentence correction question and answer with tips

This article will help you to learn more about the verbal aptitude called ‘sentence correction’. Most of us would have learned this type of questions in our schools.

It is nothing but changing the grammatically incorrect sentence into a correct sentence.

To know more about this aptitude and to learn about the easy ways of solving these questions, read this article.

What is called sentence correction?

This type of verbal ability questions will have a sentence in which a particular part of the sentence will be underlined or highlighted.

This particular part will have some grammatical errors.

There will be four options given among which one option will have the corrected part of the sentence.

So it is your turn to identify the correct option and correct the grammatically incorrect sentence.

This aptitude is similar to spotting error aptitude. The only difference is you will be correcting the errors in sentence correction aptitude. So to correct the incorrect sentences you should know some basic grammar rules and tricks.  

What are the rules to find the incorrect sentence?

The following rules should be known by you before solving these kinds of questions.

Parts of speech:

Following are the eight parts of speech.

  1. Noun : naming words
  2. Adjective: describing noun 
  3. Verb: action words
  4. Adverb: describing the action words, that is, verb.
  5. Pronoun: words used in the place of names or nouns. Example: he, she, they, etc.
  6. Preposition : mentioning the position of any object or thing. Example: up, down, on, under, etc (on the table, under the tree, etc).
  7. Conjunction: connecting words. Example: and, so, but, etc.
  8. Interjection : word describing emotions. Example: wow, hurray, alas, etc.

You should look out for errors in these areas because most of the questions will have errors in these areas. So it is better for you to know more about these topics which may help you to solve sentence correction questions.

Subject agreement with verb

See that if the subject is agreeing with the verb. If the subject is singular the verb should also be singular; if the subject is plural the verb should be plural as well.

For example:

There were a dog under my bed.

There was a dog under my bed.

In this statement, there was only one dog (singular subject). But the verb is describing plural subject (were). So, that is a wrong statement.      

Parallelism

Different words in a statement performing same operation should be in the same format. And the statement should be grammatically correct.

For example:

You need to know about word processing, accounting and how to program computers.

You need to know about word processing, accounting and computer programming.

Modifier:

A modifier is a word or phrase that modifies the subject. It should be placed next to the subject if modified.

For example:

Covered in the mud, John help the cat.

Covered in the mud, the cat was helped by John.

Diction:

Use of correct word in the correct place.

For example:

See you latter

See you later

Redundancy:

Needless repetition of the same idea.

For example:

He will return back on Friday.

He will return on Friday.

These are some of the important rules to be known by you before solving sentence correction questions.

How to correct the sentence?

To correct the incorrect question you need to find the error. With the help of the above given explanation, find out the error and look for the correct option which is more relevant to the questions.

As said before you need to know some grammar rules before answering these questions. 

Examples of sentence correction

1. He was very tired as he is working since 6 O’ clock in the morning.

  1. he was working
  2. he had been working
  3. he has been working
  4. he will be working

Answer: Option A

 2. The girl to who I sold my car was very honest.

  1. to who I sell
  2. to whom I sold
  3. to who I sold
  4. to whom I sell

Answer: Option B

3. The teacher told Alice to skim the chapter one more time.

  1. invited Alice
  2. asked Alice
  3. ordered Alice
  4. said to Alice

Answer: Option B

We hope that this article will be very helpful to you. To practice for your aptitude exams, try to solve the verbal ability questions given in our website. It will help you improve your grammar skills and also your ability to solve the questions.