Spot the Errors - English (MCQ) for Bank, MBA, CAT, MAT, GMAT, SSC for Q. 26158

Q.  Be kind (1) / not only in words (2) / and also (3) / in action. (4) / No Error (5)
- Published on 06 Jan 17

a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5

ANSWER: 3
 
Replace 'and' with 'but'.

'Not only ...but also' is co-relative conjunction and used in pair.

The correct sentence should be: Be kind not only in words but also in action.

Formula 2: (Two persons - common quality/action)
Not only +Subject 1 +But also +Subject 2 +HV +Q/A
Not onlyRameshbut alsoSureshispoor.

Note: There should be no repetition of action or quality in the first part of the sentence.

Don't say: Not only Ramesh is poor but also Suresh is poor.
Say: Not only Ramesh but also Suresh is poor.

Similarly,

Don't say:Not only the teacher but also the children is dancing.
Say:Not only the teacher but also the children are dancing.
Don't say:Not only the children but also the teacher are playing.
Say:Not only the children but also the teacher is playing.
The use of helping verb is to be made very carefully. When two subjects are joined by 'not only..but also', the verb must agree with the second subject.

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