QOTD-Verbal Reasoning-Error Spoting
2019-07-22 | Team PendulumEdu
Direction: In the given question, four words are printed in bold, one of which may be wrongly spelled or inappropriate in the context of the sentence. Choose the inappropriate word. If all the words printed in bold are correctly spelled and are also appropriate in the context of the sentence, mark (E) i.e., ‘No Error’ as your answer.
Before you take a break for lunch, spent about (A)/ half an hour to 45 minutes finally going through emails, (B)/ replying to anything with any urgency as well (C)/ as to emails that will require no further action (D). No Error. (E)
E. No error
Solution: The sentence is in Simple Present Tense and requires the verb (spend) to be used in its bare form.
The use of the past participle of the verb, “spent” is incorrect in the above sentence.
Spend is an irregular verb which means to give money as a payment for something or passing of time in a specified way or in a particular place; whereas spent is the past simple and past participle of spend.
Therefore, the correct form of the verb to be used is “spend”.
All the other words are grammatically and idiomatically correct in the context of the sentence.
Hence, A is the correct answer.
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