English Error Correction Exercise 1

In our new English Error Correction Exercise Series, we aim to challenge the readers’ fundamental understanding of the Language. Compare your answers with our model answers underneath and tell us in comments how much you scored!

Point out which of these sentences are wrong, and which are right.

  1. The doctor biked along a winding tar road to reach his patient’s house, which cut through a forest.
  2. To reach his patient’s house, the doctor biked along a winding tar road, which cut through a forest.

A family member had just died of Covid in the hospital.

  1. Resigned to the bad news, there was no wailing in the family.
  2. There was no wailing in the family, resigned to the bad news.
  3. Resigned to the bad news, the family members did no wailing.

A new Corona vaccine has been unveiled.

  1. Using the latest technology, the vaccine was formulated.
  2. The vaccine was formulated, using the latest technology.
  3. Using the latest technology, the scientists formulated the vaccine.
  4. The scientists formulated the vaccine using the latest technology.

About the legendary dancer Michel Johnson

  1. Micheal Jackson, both shocking and entertaining crowds across the world, who also publicly struggled with drug abuse, influenced and inspired a generation of dancers.
  2. Both shocking and entertaining crowds around the world, Micheal Jackson, who also publicly struggled with drug abuse, influenced and inspired a generation of dancers.
  3. Both shocking and entertaining crowds across the world, Micheal Jackson influenced and inspired  a generation of dancers, even as he struggled publicly with drug abuse.

ANSWERS

  1. The doctor biked along a winding tar road to reach his patient’s house, which cut through a forest. Wrong. Placing of ‘which’ is wrong. Being closest to ‘house’ it appears to refer to house. But, it refers to ‘road’.
  2. To reach his patient’s house, the doctor biked along a winding tar road, which cut through a forest. Correct

A family member had just died of Covid in the hospital.

  1. Resigned to the bad news, there was no wailing in the family. Wrong
  2. There was no wailing in the family, resigned to the bad news.  Wrong
  3. Resigned to the bad news, the family members did no wailing. Correct

A new Corona vaccine has been unveiled.

  1. Using the latest technology, the vaccine was formulated.  Wrong
  2. The vaccine was formulated, using the latest technology. Wrong
  3. Using the latest technology, the scientists formulated the vaccine. Acceptable, but not very good.
  4. The scientists formulated the vaccine using the latest technology. Correct

About the legendary dancer Michel Johnson

  1. Micheal Jackson, both shocking and entertaining crowds across the world, who also publicly struggled with drug abuse, influenced and inspired a generation of dancers. Wrong
  2. Both shocking and entertaining crowds around the world, Micheal Jackson, who also publicly struggled with drug abuse, influenced and inspired a generation of dancers. Acceptable, but not very good.
  3. Both shocking and entertaining crowds across the world, Micheal Jackson influenced and inspired  a generation of dancers, even as he struggled publicly with drug abuse. Correct

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