Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.2)

Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any will be in one part of the sentence. The letter of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is 'D'. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).


(solve as per the direction given above)

[A]. An Indian ship
[B]. laden with merchandise
[C]. got drowned in the Pacific Ocean.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option C


sank in the Pacific Ocean

Anv said: (Sep 27, 2010)  
Why was that "drowned" wrong? It means same as "sank", is in't it?

Harsha said: (Oct 13, 2010)  
Drowned is used for living things where as sink is used for objects.

Guruprasath said: (Nov 11, 2010)  
"drowned" means submerging into the water..
"sank" means pass through or penetrate into i think the difference lies in the usage of "got" before the word drowned..
am i correct?

Rajesh said: (Dec 9, 2010)  
I don't get the correct explanation, Can anyone give me ?

Ujwala said: (Dec 15, 2010)  
How can one know that the drowned thing is a living or non living thing from the sentence?

Mohan said: (Dec 21, 2010)  
In the above sentence they haven't specified the object is living or non living thing.

Sundar said: (Dec 21, 2010)  
Ship is a non-living thing.

Shruthi.G.K. said: (Jan 1, 2011)  
"An indian ship laden with merchandise drowned in the Pacific ocean..." can anyone tell me whether this statement is correct..?

Ravui said: (Jan 4, 2011)  
Harsha explained difference between drowned and sank. So the sentence is wrong with the word drowned.

Irshad said: (Jan 12, 2011)  
A ship can sink. Only a person (or an animal) can drown.

Rajendar Talari said: (Jan 23, 2011)  
drowned means "To kill by submerging and suffocating in water" here for this sentence sank suits more correct ..//

Tariq Rasool said: (Jan 31, 2011)  
thank you for the explanation

Rrcseval said: (Feb 21, 2011)  
Thank you for the explanation.

Priya.M.S said: (Mar 18, 2011)  
I agree rajendra talari. He is absolutely correct.

S.Nagarajan said: (Apr 18, 2011)  
Thank you friends for all your valuable explanations

Sasmita said: (Apr 19, 2011)  
Double past tense in the same sentence is not correct.

Dilip said: (May 28, 2011)  
Yes, Now My Doubt has been cleared. .
Thanks Guys

Anand said: (Jun 30, 2011)  
"got drowned " consecutive past form of the verb .
also mention by Sasmita.Double past tense in the same sentence is not correct.

Mahesh Bothale said: (Jul 23, 2011)  
In the above sentence there is no subject start sentence is ther directly start main verb i m right ?

Sofian Siddique said: (Aug 11, 2011)  
Thanks to all for giving your ideas.

Shama said: (Aug 27, 2011)  
Here got is past word and drowned too, so its also reasonable I think.

Sangavee Pm said: (Sep 24, 2011)  
"got drowned " is a single verb. How can it be treated as double past tense ? Can anybody explain it please?

Sthuthi said: (Oct 5, 2011)  
Drown-used for living things.

Sink-used for nonliving things.

Example-boats sink, people drown.

Surendra said: (May 5, 2012)  
Drown is used for living things.
Sink is used for nonliving things.
Ships sink, people or animals drown.

Swarali said: (May 15, 2012)  
Got and drowned both are verbs so we can't write both in past tense.

Rakesh Kumar said: (Aug 24, 2012)  
I think there is mistake in the drowned as per verb it may be ....

1st form 2nd. 3rd
Drow Drew. Drawn

Here in sentence C (ed) is uncessarialy used

Vivek said: (Dec 23, 2012)  
I think by using "got drowned" a person must be involved in doing it. But no persons or things were involved in drowning a ship. . So that may be the fault in it.

Antoi said: (Feb 1, 2013)  
The direction to solve is to find out any grammatical error. "got drowned" is a grammatical error because these are both past tense.

Raj said: (May 3, 2013)  
It is cleared that drowned can be used only for living object. But some confusion arises in "got drowned". Any one can help?

Anurag said: (Jun 20, 2013)  
The word "Got" is used here to explain correctly that ship is drowned.

Without the word "got" we get some type of confusion that ship drowns or is drowned.

I think sank word is more accurate here because it removes this confusion more easily.

Sujata said: (Aug 27, 2013)  
I think that got & drowned are in past so there may be grammatical mistake in the sentence.

Also the sink is used for non-living object & drowned for living.

Jayant said: (Sep 13, 2013)  
I think 'got' is not needed as drowned itself signifies for getting done specified. And also ship is non-living.

Sushant said: (Jan 8, 2014)  
Its the concept of living and non living things.

Sink is a better option.

There is no question of "got".

Raji said: (Jan 23, 2014)  
Using two past tense denotes that the sentence is incorrect.

i.e., Got drowned is incorrect.

Moon said: (Mar 9, 2014)  
What about option A?

P.Balamuralikrishna said: (Mar 27, 2014)  
Actually drowned is not giving exact meaning so, we use sank is correct.

Harsha Vardhan said: (May 27, 2014)  
I think get is used instead of got, because drowned is in past tense again got is not used for that.

Sayanikadutta said: (Jun 18, 2014)  
"got drowned" is not possible. That's why we use sank in this sentence.

Rohit said: (Jun 21, 2014)  
According to the Merriam Webster English Dictionary: drown means- "to die by being underwater too long and unable to breathe". As only living things can breathe, it can be deduced that drown or drowned (simple past of drown) is only used for the living things. Therefore the word sank is used in the correct sentence.

Arjun said: (Jul 26, 2014)  
Any living thing that goes into water and gets engulfed completely, is called drowning.

Any non-living thing that gets engulfed completely in water is called sinking.

Nav said: (Jul 27, 2014)  
According to the Merriam Webster English Dictionary: drown means- "to die by being underwater too long and unable to breathe". As only living things can breathe, it can be deduced that drown or drowned (simple past of drown) is only used for the living things. Therefore the word sank is uice.

Azharuddin said: (Aug 11, 2014)  
I think the term 'got drowned' is the wrong way of use of verb. This is why it is erroneous.

Avinash said: (Sep 4, 2014)  
Drowning is death from suffocating under water, to sink is merely to go below the water's surface, anything can sink, only living things can drown. Yeah that's what it is.

Vikra said: (Oct 9, 2014)  
Drowned is use to express while some living things are being going under the water on floating or submerging into the water. Sink is used to refer for all nonliving elements.

Saro said: (Nov 19, 2014)  
We are all explain only living & non living thing. Please any one gave any idea about finding error in the verbal part. I think verbal part have error. Please explain briefly.

Mr.X said: (Nov 28, 2014)  
Why an Indian ship then the Indian radio could anybody explain the difference?

Ayush said: (Jan 23, 2015)  
Drowned is used to indicate living beings where as sank is used for non-living beings.

Soumya said: (Feb 1, 2015)  
Drawn means die through submersion in water. But the ship can not die, so here is the mistake.

Pankajraj said: (Feb 4, 2015)  
According to grammar rule. We are using "drawn" for living thing and "sank" for any non living thing/object, and funny thing is that, ship comes in non living thing.

Divyash Khatri said: (Jun 18, 2015)  
Is there anyone who can tell that is there any verbal mistake or not?

Khadheer said: (Aug 19, 2015)  
Why can't we use "THE INDIAN SHIP" instead of "AN INDIAN SHIP" as we have used "THE INDIAN RADIO" in the 4th question?

Mohit said: (Sep 9, 2015)  
In place of got drowned. Why we can not used get drowned?

Aaaam said: (Sep 21, 2015)  
Please suggest me any good verbal side for improve verbal knowledge.

Chitti said: (Sep 22, 2015)  
Got drowned: Two past form should not come continuously. We cannot guess the error with the words Drown and Sink.

Priyanka said: (Nov 16, 2015)  
What is this sentence error and why explain?

Abc said: (Nov 19, 2015)  
Can anyone tell me is there any mistake use of article. The Indian ship instead of An Indian ship.

Swati said: (Dec 22, 2015)  
Drowned is for living things and someone says we can't use double past tense in one sentence. But what if we write "got sank" instead "got drowned"?

Abhijit Priyadarshan said: (Jan 4, 2016)  
Drowned means suffocating under water or may be trying to get to the surface for oxygen but sinking means displacing the volume of water by the volume of the object.

Rama Sai said: (Feb 14, 2016)  
Two past tense words can't be placed one after another.

Vishnu said: (Apr 19, 2016)  
1. Drown --to die under water or other liquid of suffocation.
2. Sink --to displace part of the volume of a supporting substance or object and become totally or partially submerged or enveloped; fall or descend into or below the surface or to the bottom.

Bhavya said: (Jun 4, 2016)  
Drowned is used for living beings, so for the ship sink is correct.

Pkpadmarao said: (Jul 23, 2016)  
Two past tense words can't be placed one after another.

Sri Ram Prasad said: (Aug 7, 2016)  
An Indian ship laden with merchandise drowned in the Pacific ocean. "It means an Indian ship loaded with good sank in the Pacific Ocean.

Boby Run said: (Aug 16, 2016)  
Actually, I doubt it is "got Sunk" instead of Sank, Sunk should be given because got and sank both are in past tense.

Reddy Ashok said: (Sep 3, 2016)  
I think it should come "got drowned in to the Pacific Ocean".

Avishek said: (Sep 7, 2016)  
Nonliving- sink.

Living- drawned.

Yaswant said: (Sep 20, 2016)  
In this sentence, it has two past sentences so it is not correct.

Sunny said: (Sep 30, 2016)  
I didn't have any difference in drowned and sank.

Yogesh said: (Oct 23, 2016)  
A is also wrong because of use in Indian.

Somnath said: (Oct 28, 2016)  
Whenever the question will be of regarding any "boat "or "ship ", it must be -sink, never drown or anything else. (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary).

Manikumar said: (Nov 5, 2016)  
Yes, correct point agree @Somnath.

Senthil Kumar said: (Nov 11, 2016)  
Thank for all your ideas.

Mojes said: (Dec 5, 2016)  
If two past tenses in a word is wrong then, is "I got placed in a company" correct? Please tell me.

Chaitra said: (Dec 12, 2016)  
Thank you for all your valuable ideas and clarifying the small doubts.

Mahesh said: (Dec 28, 2016)  
Thank you all for explaining this.

Rashmi said: (Jan 4, 2017)  
Drown is used where when we are talking about living bodies. Drown means someone is suffocating underwater and dies.

As a living bodies cannot sink same as a non-living bodies cannot drown.

So, I thing "C" is the correct option.

Ram said: (Jan 12, 2017)  
Thanks for all your explanation.

Shah Utsav said: (Feb 14, 2017)  
C is the correct answer. I agree.

Sreejith said: (Feb 14, 2017)  
Can it be "got drown into the Pacific Ocean"?

Anmol said: (May 28, 2017)  
Could it be "sank into " instead of the use of in?

Habib said: (Jun 3, 2017)  
The boat sank, 15 passengers drowned. So sank used for object and drown used for suffocating any person.

Deep said: (Jun 11, 2017)  
No need to use two verbs, got, drowned both second verbs so never exist.

Sampangi said: (Jun 29, 2017)  
Why not the Indian ship?

Ronak said: (Jul 2, 2017)  
No need use two verbs and drowned mean's air fly and the second verb used so I think should be answer (c).

Priya said: (Jul 8, 2017)  
Thank you all for the explanation.

Priya said: (Jul 11, 2017)  
"got drowned" contains the wrong tense and simply "drowned" should be used.

Himadri said: (Aug 21, 2017)  
If something is not alive or doesn't breathe air, it cannot drown, but it can sink.

Caroline said: (Aug 24, 2017)  
"drowned" means suffocating under water and dying and were as "Sink" is the act of submerging under water.

Birju said: (Sep 4, 2017)  
We can not use 2nd or 3rd form of verb repeatedly. It may have got drown.

Ramraise said: (Sep 7, 2017)  
Got drown is correct.

Chandan said: (Sep 18, 2017)  
I think I have not any idea about it.

Yes answer C is correct.

Amrish said: (Sep 27, 2017)  
Sank into the Pacific Ocean is the correct answer because sinking relates motion so into is required.

Priyanka said: (Oct 5, 2017)  
Basically, drown is the act of getting suffocated by water. Whereas sink just means falling in the water. Here ship definitely will not get suffocated by the water. Right?

So sank is used here. Fish and ship both will sink. Not drown.

Puneet Tiwari said: (Dec 26, 2017)  
Got and drowned both are second form of verb either we can use "got" or "drowned" at one place.

Tej said: (Jan 18, 2018)  
We cannot use double past tense in the same sentence. Hence option C is in error

Chitty said: (Jan 24, 2018)  
Can anyone explain according to grammer rules?

Shree said: (Feb 24, 2018)  
Thanks for the explanation.

B K Ganesh Charan said: (May 29, 2018)  
Thanks for the explanation.

Varsha said: (Jun 20, 2018)  
Suppose in the place of ship consider Tree/plant /Alge, which word we can use?

Tenzin Wangda said: (Jul 5, 2018)  
Instead of in, into is more suitable, as the drowning is the verb that expresses movement.

Nivedha said: (Aug 14, 2018)  
In option A, why we won't use "The Indian ship " instead of An Indian ship?

Neeraj Jha said: (Sep 15, 2018)  
The meaning of drown and sink is same and also both words are prepositional words. The drown used for any person any animal but ink is used for goods.

Eg:- Sohan drawn in river.
And the goods ship sank in sea.

Dhevashree said: (Sep 17, 2018)  
Thank you so much for the given explanation.

Deepak said: (Nov 10, 2018)  
There should be the Indian ship.

Romin Sunny said: (Nov 26, 2018)  
"Got " "drowned" are past tense coming together is not possible.

Amit said: (Dec 6, 2018)  
The Word drown in water is used for the living beings. Sink in water is used for the non living things.

Akarsh Khavasi said: (Jan 5, 2019)  
Option A is correct because, article" the'' have to come before India, Indian, newspaper etc.

Neeraj said: (Jan 13, 2019)  
Drown means that you die because you get too much liquid of some kind in your lungs. Normally, this means you sink in water, try to inhale it, and die that way. Also, if something is not alive or doesn't breathe air, it cannot drown, but it can sink. Fish and ships can both sink, but they can't drown.

Abdul Akher said: (May 24, 2019)  
Thanks all for explaining.

Meg said: (May 26, 2019)  
'Drown' is used for living things, especially when talking about human.

'Sink' is used for non-living things.

Eg, The ship sank rapidly in the water and suddenly everyone started drowning.

Ram Dhuri said: (Aug 28, 2019)  
WHY ''An indian, is mentioned ''The Indian'' can anyone explain?

Mamta said: (Sep 4, 2019)  
Use of past perfect tense dosent make sense here. So we are using "simple past".

Prudhvi said: (Oct 22, 2019)  
Before vowels i.e., a, e, i, o, you the an should be used.

Tayek Tali said: (Jul 7, 2020)  
The correct sentence is "The Indian ship laden with merchandise got drowned in the Pacific Ocean".

Machine said: (Apr 23, 2021)  
"the" is used with any noun when the meaning is specific. Here it is specific, that the ship is INDIAN.

Mithun Das said: (Sep 17, 2021)  
Two finite verbs cannot be just posed in the same form. I think it's "gets" not "got".

Post your comments here:

Name *:

Email   : (optional)

» Your comments will be displayed only after manual approval.