Spot the Errors - English (MCQ) for Bank, MBA, CAT, MAT, GMAT, SSC for Q. 26279

Q.  One of the problem (1) / with you is that (2) / you are (3) / not sincere. (4) / No Error (5)
- Published on 11 Jan 17

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

ANSWER: 1
 
The correct usage is: One of the problems.

In cases of the form, “One of + the + Noun(Plural)”, the noun is always plural.

The correct sentence should be: One of the problems with you is that you are not sincere.

In the same way, note the proper use of nouns after the following phrases,
Each of + the + Noun (Plural noun should be used) e.g. Each of the boys

Similarly, Either of + the + Noun (Plural) Neither of + the + Noun (Plural)e.g. Either of the girls
Most of + the + Noun1. If Noun is Uncountable, use Singular form of noun e.g. Most of the time

2. If Noun is Countable, use plural form of noun e.g. Most of the visitors
None of + the + Noun (Plural) e.g. None of the boys

Any of + the + Noun (should be Plural) - Only if Noun=Countable

e.g. Any of these three girls
All of + the + Noun1. If Noun is Uncountable, use Singular form of noun e.g. All of the luggage

2. If Noun is Countable, use plural form of noun e.g. All of the coins

Let us now see the proper application of apostrophe ( 's )

Man/animal - man's life, ram's wife, dogs' kennels, cows' tails
Time - a moment's delay, a week's leave, a month's absence
Weight - a ton's weight; a gram's weight
Money - a rupee's value; a Pound's worth
Space - a razor's edge, a needle's point, a boat's length.
Some dignified natural objects - the earth's surface/gravity/creatures/area etc. The sun's rays; heaven's will
Special cases - The ship's arrival/departure, The train's arrival/departure, The plane's arrival/departure, A boat's crew
Note: I) Apostrophe ('s) is not used with two immediate/consecutive nouns.
e.g. Rachit's wife's career – incorrect.

The correct usage is - The career of Rachit's wife

II) In case of compound nouns, apostrophe ('s) is used with tailing word.

e.g. Son-in-law's shirt

The Government of India's order

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