Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.196)

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).

196. 

(solve as per the direction given above)

[A]. He enquired me
[B]. why I had not seen him the previous day
[C]. as I had promised to do.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

why I could not seen him the previous day

Riyariya said: (Mar 13, 2012)  
... why I could not see him the previous day ...

Karthik said: (Aug 31, 2013)  
How comes couldn't (past) and seen (another past) together?

Ashi said: (May 8, 2014)  
Why is it wrong?

Avinash said: (Mar 2, 2015)  
Will anyone explain the answer?

King said: (Mar 13, 2015)  
How did "could not" and "seen" come together?

Harshi said: (Aug 7, 2015)  
Answer should be why I did not see him.

Ria P Oswal said: (Aug 13, 2015)  
"Why I couldn't see him" is the appropriate answer I feel.

Kishor Saha said: (Nov 29, 2015)  
Base form of the verb (see) should be placed.

Model auxiliary verb = Base form of verb.

Umang said: (Jul 15, 2016)  
Why should it not be "I see him"?

R. Ranjan said: (Dec 16, 2016)  
How can we use past form after a model?

R. Ranjan said: (Dec 16, 2016)  
It should be" could not see" not seen.

Ashish said: (Mar 15, 2017)  
Yes, it should be "couldn't see".

Abhishek said: (Mar 16, 2018)  
"Could not" because he had given them promise to come but because of some reason he couldn't able to come so. Therefore could is correct.

Satish Kumar said: (Jul 21, 2018)  
Negative deduction of present event can be expressed by can not or could not.

Roshid Aslam said: (Oct 7, 2018)  
The Answer should be no error.

Kamran said: (Jun 12, 2019)  
Could is always followed by a 1st form of the verb. It should be " could not see" rather could not seen. Thanks.

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