Sentence Correction is a high-scoring yet difficult component in the verbal ability section. It is not a hard task to accomplish. Knowing some basic rules will help you a lot in improving your writing skills.

Sentence Correction Tricks

Sentence Correction is a high-scoring yet difficult component in the verbal ability section. It is not a hard task to accomplish. Knowing some basic rules will help you a lot in improving your writing skills.
It does, after all, check your grammatical abilities. To put it another way, you must determine whether the sentence is grammatically correct or whether a portion of it should be substituted.

Purpose of Sentence Correction

The basic purpose of sentence correction is to make your writing versatile and unique. It creates a rhythmic effect upon the readers, who are in a better position to understand your context. So, what exactly do you need to know to do that? A few basic grammatical principles and word usage guidelines!

Sentence Correction Tricks

To start sentence correction, the first rule is to observe in what form the sentence is being written and what you want to do with the sentence. Secondly, underline the words which you want to substitute. Thirdly, you must know the correct use of forms and sentence structure.

You may see a part of or the entire sentence bolded or underlined in such questions, and you must discover the correct phrase to replace it. You must determine which part of a sentence contains a grammatical problem.

Most of the time, one of the options will repeat the same sentence while the others will recreate it differently. As a result, it’s up to you to evaluate whether or not the given phrase is correct.

We all studied the fundamental grammatical principles in school. Now, let’s go over some key principles and blunders that will help you answer questions on sentence correction.

Let’s Start Sentence Correction:

Error in Arrangement:

i) I do not know who you are. (incorrect)

In this sentence, the arrangement of a sentence is not correct. The correct sentence is,

“I do not know who are you.”

Incorrect use of Preposition:

i) I have disposed of my old car. (Incorrect)
I have disposed of my old car. (Correct)
ii) Mount Everest has been conquered several
times. (incorrect)
iii) Mount Everest has been conquered by several times. (Correct)
iv) I know that he is angry with me. (Incorrect)
I know that he is angry with me. (Correct)
v) My house is built with stones. (Incorrect)
My house is built on stones. (Correct)
vi) London is one of the biggest cities in the world.
(Incorrect)
London is one of the biggest cities in the world. (Correct)
vii) Man is mortal. (Incorrect)
The man is mortal. (Correct)
viii) Joe has been absent since Monday. (Incorrect)
Joe has been absent since Monday. (Correct)
ix) Send this letter to Kim’s address. (Incorrect)
Send this letter to Kim’s address. (Incorrect)
x) He must cut down on your expenses. (Incorrect)
He must cut down his expenses. (Correct)
xi) He defends his friends for help. (Incorrect)
He depends on his friends for help. (Correct)
xii) Food is necessary to live. (Incorrect)
Food is necessary for life. (Correct)
xii) Was he admitted to the college? (Incorrect)
Was he admitted to the college? (Correct)
xiii) He has a decent house to live in. (Incorrect)
He has a decent house to live in. (Correct)
xiv) Joe is stronger than Jim. (Incorrect)
Joe is stronger than Ali. (Correct)
xv) He is M.S (honors) in Chemistry. (Incorrect)
He is an M.S (honors) in Chemistry. (Correct)
xvi) They set the building a fire. (Incorrect)
They set the building on fire. (Correct)
xvii) I congratulate you for standing first in the college.
(Incorrect)
I congratulate you on standing first in the college. (Correct)
xviii) She was ill from a fever. (Incorrect)
She was ill with a fever. (Correct)
xix) She was ill with cholera. (Incorrect)
She was ill from cholera. (Correct)
xx) Why do you prefer this book on that? (Incorrect)
Why do you prefer this book to that? (Correct)
xxi) This house is preferable to that. (Incorrect)
This house is preferable to that. (Correct)

Error in use of Verb:

i) God helps those who help themselves. (Incorrect)
God helps those who help themselves. (Correct)
ii) I do not know where he lives. (Incorrect)
I do not know where he lives. (Correct)
iii) We reached the station late and missed the train.
(Incorrect)
We came to the station late and missed the train. (Correct)
iv) He asked me to go. (Incorrect)
He asked me to leave. (Correct)
v) The girls, as well as the teacher, love music. (Incorrect)
The girls, as well as their teacher, love music. (Correct)
vi) The speech he made was very impressive. (Incorrect)
The speech he made was very impressive. (Correct)
vii) The majority of the class was absent yesterday.
(Incorrect)
The majority of the class was absent yesterday. (Correct)

Incorrect Use of Article

i) Beauty is truth. (Incorrect)
Beauty is truth. (Correct)
ii) The elephant never forgets. (Incorrect)
An elephant never forgets. (Correct)
iii) Death is a great leveler. (Incorrect)
Death is the great leveler. (Correct)

Error in Use of Tense

i) My brother has been suffering from a fever for the last three days. (Incorrect)
My brother has been suffering from a fever for the last three days. (Correct)
ii) The prisoner went to the king and said that he had
innocent. (Incorrect)
The prisoner went to the king and said that he was innocent. (Correct)
iii) We shall have reached the station before the train comes.
(Incorrect)
We shall have reached the station before the train arrives. (Correct)
iv) He worked hard so that he might win a scholarship.
(Incorrect)
He worked hard to win a scholarship. (Correct)
v) He failed the examination last year. (Incorrect)
He failed the examination last year. (Correct)
vi) They asked the older man where he wanted to go.
(Incorrect)
They asked the older man where he wanted to go. (Correct)
vii) He is too tired to walk. (Incorrect)
He is too tired to walk any further. (Correct)
viii) I have been here for the last two hours. (Incorrect)
I have been waiting here for the last two hours. (Correct)
ix) Humility is the finest virtue. (Incorrect)
Humility is the finest virtue. (correct)
x) He asked how much it costs. (Incorrect)
He asked how much it cost. (Correct)
xi) He has been suffering from a fever since Monday.
(Incorrect)
He has been suffering from a fever since Monday. (Correct)

Incorrect Use of Adjective:

i) Of the two plans, this is the better. (Incorrect)
Of the two plans, this is the best. (Correct)
ii) My brother has fewer shirts than I do. (Incorrect)
My brother has fewer shirts than I do. (Correct)
iii) The judge disposed of the case summarily. (Incorrect)
The judge disposed of the case summarily. (Correct)
iv) This person is very expensive. (Incorrect)
v) This person is very rich. (Correct)
vi) It is too hot to play. (Incorrect)
It is too hot to play. (Correct)
vii) Of the two boys, Ali is bright. (Incorrect)
Of the two boys, Ali is the brighter. (Correct)

Incorrect use of pronoun & relative pronoun:

i) None of the boys learned his lesson. (Incorrect)
None of the boys had learned his lesson. (Correct)
ii) I am more intelligent than she. (Incorrect)
I am more intelligent than she is. (Correct)

Error in Sequence & Use of Tense:

i) The few friends that I have are very sincere to me.
(Incorrect)
A few friends that I have are very sincere to me. (Correct)
ii) There is a little milk in the JugJug. (Incorrect)
There is little milk in the JugJug. (Correct)
iii) She did not ask him any questions. (Incorrect)
She did not ask him any questions to him. (Correct)
iv) The sun had set out before we reached home. (Incorrect)
The sunset before we reached home. (Correct)
v) The boy, who met you yesterday, was my brother.
(Incorrect)
The boy you met yesterday was my brother. (Correct)
vi) I had reached the station before the train came.
(Incorrect)
I had reached the station before the train arrived.
(Correct)
vii) Those who come late, they will be fined. (Incorrect)
Those who come late will be fined. (Correct)
viii) The few friends that I have are very sincere to me.
(Incorrect)
A few friends that I have are very sincere to me. (Correct)
ix) His father had died before he was born. (Incorrect)
His father died before he was born. (Correct)
x) I realized that he was making a fool of me. (Incorrect)
I realized that he was making a fool of me. (Correct)
xi) He has been the principal of our college since 1989.
(Incorrect)
He has been the principal of this college since 1989. (Correct)
xii) They told me that my servant was a fool. (Incorrect)
They told me that their service was fool. (Correct)
xiii) He had taken his breakfast before he left for college.
(Incorrect)
He had eaten his breakfast before he left for college. (Correct)
xiv) We enjoyed the pleasant season yesterday. (Incorrect)
We enjoyed the pleasant season yesterday. (Correct)
xv) Those who come late, they will not be allowed to take
a rest. (Incorrect)
Those who come late will not be allowed to take a rest. (Correct)
xvi) I had hardly reached the college it began to rain.
(Incorrect)
I had hardly reached the college when it began to rain. (Correct)
xvii) The students of our college won the first three positions. (Incorrect)
The students of our college won the first three positions. (Correct)
xviii) At last, he realized that honesty was the best policy.
(Incorrect)
At last, he realized that honesty is the best policy. (Correct)
xix) Do you know the latest score of the match? (Incorrect)
Do you know the latest score of the match? (Correct)
xx) He came to college in a colorful shirt. (Incorrect)
He came to college wearing a colorful shirt. (Correct)
xxi) I will have much pleasure attending your birthday party. (Incorrect)
xxii) I will have much pleasure attending your birthday party. (Correct)
xxiii) It is a bitter fact that man is mortal. (Incorrect)
It is a bitter fact that man is mortal. (Correct)
xxiv) She is learning how to drive a car. (Incorrect)
She is learning to drive a car. (Correct)
xxv) I thought it was me. (Incorrect)
I thought it was he. (Correct)
xxvi) He asked me why I had spoken. (Incorrect)
He asked me why I spoke. (Correct)
xxvii) The lady with her sons has come. (Incorrect)
The lady with her sons has come. (Correct)
xxviii) Do you know where your neighbor works?(Incorrect)
Do you know where your neighbor works? (Correct)
xxix) I cannot buy this book with little money in my pocket.
(Incorrect)
I cannot buy this book with little money in my pocket. (Correct)
xxx) She gave birth to a child last month. (Incorrect)
She gave birth to a child last month. (Correct)
xxxi) I read this news in the Dawn. (Incorrect)
I read this news in Dawn. (Correct)

Error in use of possessive pronoun:

i) One should not waste one’s time in idle pursuits.
(Incorrect)
One should not waste his time in idle pursuits. (Correct)

Error in a comparative degree of adjective:

i) Of the two books, this is the more interesting. (Incorrect)
Of the two books, this one is interesting. (Correct)

Error is the use of tense

i) I received your letter yesterday. (Incorrect)
I received your letter yesterday. (Correct)
ii) He had left for school before I reached his place.
(Incorrect)
He left for school before I reached his place. (correct)

Error is the use of the pronoun

i) He is against him all. (Incorrect)
He is against us all. (Correct)

Error in use of Idiomatic Expression

i) He speaks as if he is mad. (Incorrect)
He speaks as if he were mad. (correct)

Error in use of noun:

i) There is no place in the compartment. (Incorrect)
There is no room in the compartment. (Correct)

Error in use of helping Verb

i) None of you has tried in help me. (Incorrect)
None of you has tried to help me. (Correct)

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