Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.7)

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]. One of the members
[B]. expressed doubt if
[C]. the Minister was an atheist.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option B


expressed doubt that

Ratnam Gupta said: (Nov 15, 2010)  
How it is possible that MEMBERS when ONE is mention there ?

Aayam said: (Nov 30, 2010)  
@Ratnam and Nilesh: "One" is not referring to members.. we are talking about "One" of the "members". So, there is no need to match their number.

As i see this, answer should be B, because there is a redundancy here, "expressed doubt" should be replaced by "doubted". :)
Correct me if i am wrong.

Rati said: (Jan 1, 2011)  
I agree with aayam.

Neel said: (Jan 12, 2011)  
Okay just form the sentence using the word "doubted".

Amit said: (Mar 16, 2011)  
Can any one see that the word athiest is spelled wrong here.

It should be atheist.

Sundar said: (Mar 16, 2011)  
Athiest: Atheism is commonly defined as the position that there are no deities. It can also mean the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. A broader definition is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.

Swetha said: (Apr 19, 2011)  
Could'nt we use 'whether' instead of 'that' in the answer.

Invibond said: (Jun 28, 2011)  
@aayam: expressed is rightly written here as he has not kept the doubt to himself (in that case doubted wud hv been fine) but expressed in front of others.

This explanation is just about the redundancy of doubting as both "if" and "doubt" are expressing the same thing hence it should b replaced by that

Raghu said: (Aug 12, 2011)  
@swetha you can use 'whether' after 'that' I. E, "doubted that whether. ".

Anonymous said: (Sep 29, 2011)  
Friends! can we make the option D as correct one considering the sentence as an indirect speech.

Eg. Make it indirect

Ramesh said to me "Are you mad?".

Viswa said: (Oct 6, 2011)  
Ramesh asked me if/wether I was mad.

Shreya Bansal said: (Dec 17, 2011)  
Why "if" is wrong?in this sentence one of the members expressed doubt he is not sure when how can we say "that".

Nerd said: (Dec 18, 2011)  
Here the minister "doubted", means he wants to express his doubt.

"One of the members asked if the Minister was an atheist". Is correct.

Pradip Banerjee said: (Dec 28, 2011)  
When expressing doubt, if /whether is used. Therefore, the sentence is correct. If the member is sure that the minister is an atheist, he can 'declare' that.

Divya said: (May 23, 2012)  
This sentence is in indirect speech. If is used mainly for interrogative sentences. So here expressed should be followed by that.

Sarah said: (Aug 27, 2012)  
Here using "if" is wrong. Because If we are using any sentence with "if", it should be followed with some other subordinate clause.
Example: If i am a minister, I ll be doing this.
If i had 1 crore, i would have buy this house.
So using 'whether' is correct.

Ishita Vyas said: (Sep 24, 2013)  
I don't understand what is the problem with "IF". And why "About" has been used ?

Chartex said: (Nov 17, 2013)  
After the doubt, that should not be used. Only 'if' or 'whether' should be used.

Here 'whether' is appropriate.
'if' is used for future tense.

eg: I doubt if Ravi will come.

Ravi said: (Dec 14, 2013)  
One of/ each of/ none of followed by plural noun.

Ruhail Khan said: (Jan 29, 2014)  
Why is 'if' wrong to be used?

Raja said: (Mar 14, 2014)  
Chartex explained correctly, we should not use that after the word doubt, we should use only if or whether.

Harsha said: (May 27, 2014)  
I think here 'the' definite article is missing, expressed the doubt.

Kasinath @Hyd said: (Sep 2, 2014)  
In ENGLISH grammar:
DOUBT is NOT followed by THAT in any sentence.

DOUBT is followed by IF or WHETHER.

eg: Don't doubt THAT, I am all right or not.(WRONG)
Don't doubt WHETHER/IF, I am all right or not.(CORRECT)

Santhosh said: (Sep 7, 2014)  
After the verb 'doubt', 'that' should not be used. 'if' or 'whether' should be used in its place.

Suganya said: (Sep 12, 2014)  
How we can use members if we are not allow to use peoples?

Kuntal said: (Sep 14, 2014)  
Instead of if can we use about ?

Dwiti said: (Sep 19, 2014)  
Can someone please give me a more elaborated explanation as to why we use that and not if.

Thank you.

Aman said: (Oct 21, 2014)  
What's wrong with the original sentence?

One of the members expressed a doubt if the minister was an atheist.

Tukai said: (Nov 2, 2014)  
Why in c a is used before atheist?

Sarah said: (Nov 30, 2014)  
If is used in three conditions in the English grammar.

A) Introducing a conditional clause.
If the weather is fine, we can walk to the village.

B) Despite the possibility that.
If it takes me seven years, I shall do it.

C) As a noun.
No ifs and no buts.

The above sentence is neither of these conditions.

Pintu said: (Feb 24, 2015)  
Why need to use 'Expressed doubt'?

We can use 'doubted' is not it?

Yakoob Pasha said: (Mar 5, 2015)  
It has redundancy in using extra word expressed. We have to use doubted instead.

Naveen Paneru said: (Apr 8, 2015)  
RULE- after the verb 'doubt' 'that' should not be used. 'if' or 'whether' should be used in its place.


I doubt that Ravi will come. Incorrect.
I doubt if Ravi will come. Correct.

Bhavesh Anand said: (Jun 8, 2015)  
What's wrong with "if"? It seems correct in the indirect speech.

Anonymous said: (Jul 7, 2015)  
That is correct because the person is in doubt and he is expressing not asking.

Amit said: (Jul 8, 2015)  
If it is correct here because it is expressing some uncertainty.

Dhinesh said: (Jul 27, 2015)  
Please explain the sentence?

Sudheer said: (Oct 3, 2015)  
If you really doubt that something is true (suspect that it's false), use "doubt that:" I doubt that Fred has really lost 25 pounds.

If you want to express uncertainty, use "whether" I doubt whether we will see the comet if the clouds don't clear soon. "Doubt if" can be substituted for "doubt whether", though it's considered somewhat more casual, but don't use it when you mean "doubt that".

Aditi said: (Oct 25, 2015)  
According to me there is nothing wrong in this sentence, as 'if' is used to express uncertainty, and it is used here for the same.

Anonymous said: (Jan 14, 2016)  
Then what should be the answer?

Risan said: (Apr 21, 2016)  
I think 'whether' is the best answer.

Stranger said: (Aug 7, 2016)  

According to me, (if/whether) is generally used for sense like a question.

And here if we use (if/whether) it makes a question. But member has doubt so simply use "that".

If there would be "asked" in place of "doubt" then we might use (if/whether) because "asked" make a question.

Sindhu said: (Aug 21, 2016)  
Really I didn't understand it. Can anyone explain me?

Vena said: (Aug 30, 2016)  
I can't understand this. Can someone explain?

Rishu said: (Sep 4, 2016)  
It is a direct and indirect conversion. It's indirect form.

Arman said: (Sep 9, 2016)  
Tell me when I use "if" and when I use "whether".

Ayush Singhal said: (Oct 11, 2016)  
If you really doubt that something is true (suspect that it's false), use "doubt that" I doubt that Fred has really lost 25 pounds. If you want to express uncertainty, use "whether" I doubt whether we'll see the comet if the clouds don't clear soon. "Doubt if can be substituted for "doubt whether, though it's considered somewhat more casual, but don't use it when you mean "doubt that".

Gopal said: (Nov 2, 2016)  
@Aayam, where is a redundancy?

In redundancy, there must be a duplication of words.

Sandhya said: (Nov 15, 2016)  
Answer B is correct, it should be "doubted".

Aigbogun Moses said: (Nov 17, 2016)  
B is correct because "one of"means one out of many.

Arnab said: (Nov 23, 2016)  
Would it be wrong if I say, "the minister had been an atheist"?

Anonymous said: (Dec 21, 2016)  

Since there is already "express-ed" is used there is no need of doubted.

Heena said: (Jan 4, 2017)  
As the sentence is expressed doubt. Expressing mean saying something. In order to express doubt, that is used.

Ramya.K said: (Mar 1, 2017)  
Here A is the correct answer. Then how B?

Pravin said: (Mar 5, 2017)  
Guy's if we're using whether then it should be an atheist or not?

Babar said: (Mar 10, 2017)  
Great @Aayam.

Shreya said: (Mar 13, 2017)  
Why use of "if"? it is not proper here.

Raj Km said: (Apr 13, 2017)  
Why "the Minister were an atheist"? Can anyone please explain in detail?

Manoj said: (Jul 2, 2017)  
Phrases like : one of, a number of, a mojority of, the number of, the mejority of, a wide range of.

These phrases are always followed by plural noun.

Arpon said: (Oct 13, 2017)  
Doubt and if can't be used together.

B.K said: (Dec 10, 2017)  
We use if/whether after doubt in affirmative sentence.

And we use that in negative sentence.

Here athiest is a word which has negative sense so "that" is used.

Shah said: (Jan 15, 2018)  
According to me, D is the correct answer.

Yasir said: (Mar 5, 2018)  
Here if can't used only because the sense of sentence doesn't express concern.

Surya said: (Jul 14, 2018)  

No doubt part B has an error but the error is we use 'if' only when we have condition here member is expressing doubt, " minister is an atheist or not?".

So if should not be used, we should use here "whether".

Kshitij Sharma said: (Jul 23, 2018)  

Thanks for the correct explanation.

Dhevashree said: (Sep 17, 2018)  
In answer, why using "that" in that sentence? Please explain.

As Rathore said: (Oct 8, 2018)  
Expressing doubt means he is clearfying the doubt. Is not it?

Swadhin said: (Jan 30, 2019)  
Anyone, please explain clearly.

Vineet Vn said: (Jul 5, 2019)  
Use doubt that when your are suspecting something eg: I doubt that he has won the competition.

Use doubt whether when you express uncertainty.

Ex : I doubt whether we will see the comet today.
Doubt if is more of an informal use of doubt whether.

Archana said: (Jul 11, 2019)  
We can also use IF/WHETHER.

Himansu Sekhar Pradhan said: (Jul 29, 2019)  
No, @Ayaam.

The mistake is we can't use if in a declarative sentence. That is used.

And this concept is from direct indirect speech.

Nivetha said: (Dec 23, 2020)  
Can IF used in the middle of the sentence? Anybody explain, please.

Kanchan Bhatt said: (Jan 14, 2021)  
If you really doubt that something is true (suspect that it's false), use "doubt that" I doubt that Fred has really lost 25 pounds. ' If you want to express uncertainty, use "whether": "I doubt whether we'll see the comet if the clouds don't clear soon. ' "Doubt if" can be substituted for "doubt whether".

Mashi said: (Apr 23, 2021)  
"expressed doubt that whether the minister was an atheist" is this sentence correct?

Please explain.

Noufal said: (Apr 30, 2021)  
One of the member is picked from members.


A is also the wrong sentence there.

Pavan Kumar said: (Apr 30, 2021)  

Please refer @Kanchan Bhatt's answer as it is very clear. Thank you @Bhatt!

Vikash Kumar said: (Aug 4, 2021)  

A is correct because we are talking about one member which is there among all the members.

"One of the" is used to select one person from a group of persons. Like "One of my FRIENDS".

Manish Hazarika said: (Aug 13, 2021)  
It should be Doubted.

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