Spot the Errors - English (MCQ) for Bank, MBA, CAT, MAT, GMAT, SSC for Q. 26612

Q.  Read each sentence given below and find out whether there is an error in it. The error, if any will be one of the parts of the sentence which are marked as 1,2,3 and 4. If there is no error, the answer will be (5) i.e. No error. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).

The Department (1)  / assured us that (2)  / a series of seminars (3)  / were to be arranged.(4)  / No Error (5)

- Published on 01 Feb 17

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

ANSWER: 4
 
Replace 'were' with 'was'. The main subject here is 'a series', which is singular, the verb should be 'singular'.

The correct sentence should be: The Department assured us that a series of seminars was to be arranged.

Note: After the expressions -
A body of, A crowd of, A bunch of, A team of, A heap of, A herd of, A fleet of, A piece of, A pair of, A chain of
→ Noun is Plural but Verb is always Singular.

e.g. A crowd of people is waiting for the actor.

In solving subject-verb agreement, the basic rules are:
Subject (Singular) -----> Verb (Singular)

verb agreement twoverb agreement three

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