Spot the Errors - English (MCQ) for Bank, MBA, CAT, MAT, GMAT, SSC for Q. 26705

Q.  The rice (1) / is the (2) / favorite food of (3) /the Bengalis. (4) / No Error (5)
- Published on 06 Feb 17

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

ANSWER: 1
 
Remove ‘the’ in part 1. Article is not used before the names of food-grains.

The correct sentence should be: Rice is the favorite food of the Bengalis.

Note - If the name of the food-grain is attached with the name of a place or person, ‘the’ is used.

Example: The rice of India is also exported to other countries.

Similarly, Article ‘the’ is not used in the following cases –

  • Before the names of metals

    e.g. The Silver is a precious metal.

    The correct sentence should be: Silver is a precious metal.

    Explanation: ‘The’ is not used before the names of metals.

    Note - If the metal is particularized, ‘the’ is used.

    Example: The Gold of India is exported to other countries.

  • Before the names of meals

    e.g. She enjoyed the dinner with her friends.

    The correct sentence should be: She enjoyed dinner with her friends.

    Explanation: ‘The’ is not used before the names of meals.

    Note - When the meal is particular one, we use ‘the’.

    Example: The lunch will be held at the Marriott Hotel.

  • Before collective noun used in general term

    e.g. The Parliament has passed the bill.
    The correct sentence should be: Parliament has passed the bill.

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