Spot the Errors - English (MCQ) for Bank, MBA, CAT, MAT, GMAT, SSC for Q. 26264

Q.  You cannot (1) / master physics (2) / without learning the (3) / formula that govern it. (4) / No Error (5)
- Published on 11 Jan 17

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

ANSWER: 4
 
Replace 'formula' by 'formulae'. Some nouns have more than one plural form with different meanings.

Here, Formula - Singular

Formulas - Plural, meaning- Methods of application

Formulae - Plural, meaning- Rules of Physics

The correct sentence should be: You cannot master physics without learning the formulae that govern it.

The following is the list of some nouns with two plural forms which differ in meaning:
Noun (Singular)Plural IMeaningPlural IIMeaning
PennyPenniesSeparate coinsPenceCollective noun
FishFishConsidered collectivelyFishesConsidered separately
ShotShotsThrow, stroke or hit in certain gamesShotsFiring from the gun
IndexIndexeTables of contentsIndicesSigns in algebra
ClothClothsPieces of clothClothesGarments
BrotherBrothersSons of the same parentBrethreMembers of a community or society

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