Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.12)

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]. Do the roses in your garden smell
[B]. more sweetly
[C]. than those in ours?
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option B



Suganya said: (Dec 3, 2010)  
I think 'A' Do the roses smell in your garden.

Rags said: (Dec 31, 2010)  
More sweet.



It will never be 'more sweeter' in any comparision statement.

Radhika said: (Jan 9, 2011)  
Can someone tell me when "does" is used?

Rajesh said: (Jan 19, 2011)  
Does is used when context is singular.

Dhaya said: (Feb 8, 2011)  
Can any one tell me which is correct "smell" or "smells" ?

Lakshmi said: (Mar 5, 2011)  
Smell is used in case of plural and smells is in case of singular.

Ankita said: (Mar 6, 2011)  
As there is a comparision in the above sentance.. so more sweetly is definitely wrong.. and hence sweeter is the right..

Pankaj said: (May 9, 2011)  
@suganya: I think she is telling right.

Vertika said: (Aug 1, 2011)  

Smell of the roses can go beyond the garden boundaries. So, "do the roses smell in your garden..." is wrong. The roses are in the garden. therefore, "does the roses in your garden...." is correct.

Vicky said: (Aug 2, 2011)  
Vertika is right.

Veer Gaur said: (Sep 7, 2011)  

I'm sorry but your reason is not right "Roses is a plural form " so "Do" is right and it has nothing to do with the smell don't make logical sentence whatever is in that sentence we hav to reply accordingly.

Priya said: (Sep 21, 2011)  
Do is used for plural and does in used only for singular.

Kiran said: (Sep 22, 2011)  

"does" is used for 3dr person singular (he/she/it).

Shreya Bansal said: (Dec 17, 2011)  
But we have used comparative degree in "more".

Abhishek said: (Jan 10, 2012)  
Radhika does and has is used with 3rd person singular he she it.

Mumuksha said: (Jan 23, 2012)  
How can it be "more sweeter"??
Two comparitive degree can never be come together.

Dinesh said: (Feb 4, 2012)  
sweet sweeter(comparitive) sweetest(superlative).

Priyanka said: (Apr 6, 2012)  
"than" in a sentence used for comparision.
And for comparision we use comparitive degree.
So sweeter is more suitable.

Ravi Teja Mullapudi said: (Apr 13, 2012)  
I think sweeter is appropriate.

Satyam Rai said: (Apr 21, 2012)  
If comparesion is there then alway sweeter is used.

Robin said: (May 24, 2012)  
When can we use "MORE SWEETLY".

Priya said: (Jun 16, 2012)  
Adverbs of manner which answer the question 'How' (e.g. Well, fast, quickly, carefully, calmly etc. ) are generaly placed after the verb. Eg. It is raining heavily, going slowly, singing sweetly and so on.

Kruthika said: (Aug 2, 2012)  
What's the difference in the usage of smell and smells in this sentence ?

Rajesh said: (Nov 3, 2012)  
HI all,

I believe the answer to this question is (D). According to standard rules of English, adverbs have to be compared using 'more -ly' form and adjectives have to be compared using '-er' form.

In this question sweetly acts as an adverb (qualifies the verb smell) , so more sweetly is correct. Though we have a comparative form for sweet (sweeter) , it should always be used when we use sweet as an adjective.

Ashri said: (Nov 7, 2012)  
Why cannot not use "does the roses".

Honey said: (Jul 9, 2013)  
'does' is plural verb and it should go with only singular subject, i.e rose. Or it should be 'does the rose in your garden smells'.

Divya said: (Aug 9, 2013)  
Do the roses in your garden smell sweeter than those in ours?

Here 'than' is used which is a comparative degree hence sweeter must be used.

Parth said: (Sep 12, 2013)  
Does seems more appropriate with the roses because it seems to be a third person when two people are discussing among themselves.

Please suggest if I'm Incorrect.

Farooq said: (Nov 26, 2013)  
Tell me only"more sweeter" is used ya only 'sweeter" or we have to use "are more sweeter" please explain.

Dinesh Kumar Sharma said: (Dec 12, 2013)  
Guys it can not be more sweeter. Because we can not use two comparative degree simultaneously. It will be either sweeter or more sweet.

Indu said: (Jan 26, 2014)  
Sweeter because it is comparision and sweetly becomes adverb.

Shraddha said: (Apr 11, 2014)  
It should not be more sweeter. It should be only sweeter/more sweet.

Sachin said: (Jun 14, 2014)  
Hi everyone.

It can be "do the roses in your garden smell sweeter than ours".

Where is the need of "than those in yours" because we are talking about roses so it is understood itself.

Sujith said: (Nov 22, 2014)  
Can we use 'does' instead of do?

Dhruv said: (Dec 26, 2014)  
Well I don't know actually! When and why to use these positive, comparative and superlative things and how? What make it differ? Can you help?

Darshan said: (Jan 15, 2015)  
As per my knowledge.

Here sweet is adjective and 'more' is adverb.

According that degree for two object comparison 'sweet' become sweeter.

Arun said: (Feb 15, 2015)  
I am having one doubt how your identified the spot error? Explain.

Ranjan Kumar Singh said: (Mar 2, 2015)  
Here error in "sweetly" because its meaning is like "Nicely" but the sentence does not carry such meaning so we think about verb "smell" it is called Quasi-passive verb a it takes an adjective after itself so "sweeter" is appropriate.

Kar said: (Apr 2, 2015)  
It can't be sweeter.

Sweeter can be used when there is a comparison between two things. In this sentences fragrance of garden is comparing with all. So I think Superlative degree should be used.

Pankaj Jangra said: (May 21, 2015)  
More sweet is right in my opinion because smell is a verb relating to the five senses hence verb will be qualified by an adjective not by an adverb so I think ''more sweetly'' is right.

Samay said: (Jul 12, 2015)  
I think its 'b' but 'better' would be better.

Ganga said: (Nov 13, 2015)  
Good discussion going. Thank you guys. I am getting knowledge about sentence correction.

Ekta said: (Jan 13, 2016)  
I think it is "more sweet" not sweeter.

Unmesh said: (Jan 15, 2016)  
Smell can not be feel sweet.

Logic said: (May 24, 2016)  

The smell can be sweet it's not a taste its sweet feeling.

Divakar Babu.U said: (Jun 8, 2016)  
Please tell me a correct answer because I am confused.

Aru said: (Jun 29, 2016)  
Good discussion. I too getting a clear knowledge. Thank you all.

Romesh said: (Aug 7, 2016)  
Can anyone tell me any suggestions how can I strong my verbal & Nonverbal?

Singham said: (Aug 10, 2016)  
How can you use "more" as well as another comparative degree?

It would be either "more sweet" or "sweeter" (if it is a word).

Anand said: (Nov 24, 2016)  
It is More sweet.

Abhishek Agnihotri said: (Nov 30, 2016)  
More can't use with sweeter. Both are comparative and should not use with each other.

Rashu said: (Jan 4, 2017)  
Two comparative words cannot be used together. So it can be either more sweet or sweeter but here we are comparing two things so sweeter is the best suitable option.

Sujji said: (Jan 17, 2017)  
What is the final answer? Please describe it.

Marcel said: (Jan 19, 2017)  
I think answer D is correct. Your roses are SWEETER than mine. Your roses smell MORE SWEETLY than mine. With the verb be, you use "sweet, sweeter, the sweetest". With other verbs (such as to smell) , you use "sweetly, more sweetly, most sweetly".

Coloquially, you can say "the roses smell sweeter", but grammatically correct would be "the roses smell more sweetly".

Nakul Paul said: (Jan 29, 2017)  
Sweeter is the correct answer.

Smita said: (Jan 31, 2017)  

Here the word smell is not an action but describes the state (the flower) so functions as an adjective thus sweetly is inappropriate.

Poojitha said: (Feb 22, 2017)  
What is the final answer? Please tell me the correct option.

Rupesh said: (May 11, 2017)  
Shouldn't it be more sweet than more sweeter.

Srinivasan said: (Jun 12, 2017)  
More sweet, or sweeter.

'More' is already a comparative term, 'sweet' is the quality, and 'sweeter' is a comparative term of the quality sweet.

Hence, 'more sweeter' is wrong grammar.

Mahesh said: (Jun 24, 2017)  
More sweet or sweeter only.

Ahmad said: (Jul 28, 2017)  
Yes, agree @Rags.

Abhishek Alva said: (Sep 7, 2017)  
I feel this is the right answer, (I am not a professional, this is my review).

Do the roses in your garden smell.

More sweet/sweeter (if you mention "sweeter", more doesn't suit the sentence).

Then those in ours?

Yeswanth said: (Nov 24, 2017)  
When should we use 'than that of those in ours'?

Akhil said: (Feb 3, 2018)  
Double comparatives are not allowed.

Shreeshail said: (Feb 15, 2018)  
Why we should not use sweetly.

Aakansha Parija said: (Feb 27, 2018)  
We can never use comparative degrees for both the words. There's nothing like MORE SWEETER.

It's just sweeter.

Ryan. S said: (Oct 21, 2018)  
The answer is D, No error.

A-> Here the subject is roses because this is a compound sub example. So the main sub is the word just before the preposition in.

B-> more sweetly is correct. Here more sweetly used as an adverb of manner.

C-> those in ours is correct because that rose is plural so those and ours means smell in our garden.

Shwetank Singh said: (Mar 5, 2019)  
@Rags is right.

It should be "more sweet" rather than "more sweeter".

Vijay Lakshmi said: (Dec 25, 2019)  
I believe the error is in A as well as in B. In 'A' "let" can replace "do" and in B, 'sweeter' can replace "more sweetly"

Khushar said: (May 19, 2020)  
When we make a comparison between two objects we use comparative form. So sweeter is the answer.

Panchami said: (Jun 4, 2020)  
'does' is used for third person singular.

Wanri said: (Oct 27, 2021)  
The answer should be A. Do roses in your garden smell.

Here 'the' is unnecessary.

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