Posted on : 04-12-2018



Words, phrases and sentences are the roots of any language. An error in their use leaves an expression with no meaning. It would be difficult to understand such sentences. Hence, knowing the roots of the language is crucial to understand the written text and their expression perfectly.

Generally in competitive exams these types of questions have sentences divided into four parts marked as (a) (b) (c) and (d), also the fifth option (e), refers to ‘No error’. The candidates are required to find out the part of the sentence containing the error.

The errors may be relating to the usage of- article, preposition, tense of the sentence, verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, conjunction, subject-verb agreement and so on. Sometimes the error may also include unwanted use of some words.

We must understand and bear in mind that there is no ‘shortcut’ to answering these questions. We must have a good command over rules of grammar and their application. Study the rules well and then practice these questions. The more you practice the more confidence you get. Do practice the exercises again and again to see a significant improvement in your score.

So some let us study the rules to solve ‘Spotting the error’ questions and also practice them in the links provided….


Rules for spotting errors related to Nouns

Rule 1: UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS are used in singular form only (along with a singular verb and definite article if required).


  1. I needed some advice, so I went to see the counsellor.
  2. I don’t like coffee.
  3. The furniture in this house needs to be replaced.
  4. The luggage seems heavy

Examples of uncountable nouns

Advice, Information, Hair, Luggage, Business, Evidence, Employment, Work , Mischief, Bread, Abuse, Scenery, Vacation, Machinery, Food, Poetry, Alphabet, Baggage, Furniture, Paper, Fuel Equipment, Material, Fruit, Table.

Rule 2: The expressions like the ones given below are always used as SINGULAR nouns.


  1. A piece of furniture
  2. A bottle of water
  3. A piece of work
  4. A piece of paper

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