Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.33)

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]. The long-awaited moment at last came,
[B]. and we set out for the station
[C]. as merry a band of children as I have ever seen before or since.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option C


as merry a band of children as I have ever seen since or before

Rashmi said: (Jan 3, 2011)  
Please explain the answer.

Sandy said: (Jan 21, 2011)  
I think it is "as merry as a".

Bernie said: (Jan 28, 2011)  
Is it "The long-awaited moment at last came"
"The long-awaited moment came at last" ?

Ankit said: (Mar 2, 2011)  
Since or before. What is the reason behind it?

Vertika said: (Aug 2, 2011)  
"Since or before" Its a phrase. we use it like this.

and, its not "as merry as...."

"The long-awaited moment at last came" OR "At last,the long awaited moment came". both can be used.

Abhi said: (Aug 21, 2011)  
Vertika is write.

Santosh Kumar said: (Sep 24, 2011)  
What about "the long awaited moment lastly came"?

Anju said: (Sep 28, 2011)  
Vertika thanks for telling us the correct answer.

Abhishek Kumar said: (Nov 2, 2011)  
Can anyone tell me the meaning of "As merry a band of children as..." I cant get it.... :(

Jassi said: (Feb 24, 2012)  
Good question abhishek. :-) ).

Paresh said: (Sep 20, 2012)  
Merry basically means Cheerful or lively, which clearly explains why a band of children are metaphorically claimed to as Merry. And in the given context, they (the people who are going somewhere) are excited to finally begin the journey.

Nash said: (Aug 25, 2013)  
No, that's not the right phrase. Look it up. It's Before or Since.

One explanation to add: "Before" is in the past and "Since" continues to the present, so going by the proper order of events, "before" comes first.

Shan said: (Sep 15, 2013)  
Hi can you please make it clear. According to the answer since or before. But you are telling before or since. Which one is correct?

Harsh said: (Oct 3, 2013)  
Since is used for things which happened in past. For e.g since 2001 and before is used for things which is happened just in recent past.

So since has a long duration than before.

Kasinath @Hyd said: (Sep 2, 2014)  
Why can't we say:

The long-awaited moment has come at last.

Jyotsna Srivastava said: (Sep 23, 2014)  
It must be option A "the long awaited moment came at last".

Salman said: (Feb 25, 2015)  
@Jyotsna Srivastava.

I agree with you C seems to be correct, and only thing confusing is the 'before or since'.

Aishwarya R said: (Jul 25, 2015)  
'Before or since' seems to be more appropriate.

If "before" covers a time period like this:

<""""""""| [now].

And "since" overs a time period like this:


"Before or since" covers a discontinuous time period like this:

<"""""""| |""""""""-[now].

So, before or since should've been used according to the timeline.

Open for debate.

Roshan Mishra said: (Jul 28, 2015)  
At, in, or never used with "last", "next", 'every", but in 1st option before next 'at' is used. So please this.

Divya Priya said: (Jul 24, 2016)  
Thanks @Vertika.

Kuenga said: (Jul 26, 2016)  
When the word "or" is in between the phrase, I don't think the meaning will change.

Can anyone help me clear my doubts?

Vishal Choudhary said: (Aug 6, 2016)  
With 'ever' we use 'ever since or before'.

And with 'never' we use 'never before or since'.

Welcome in advance :).

Inm said: (Sep 6, 2016)  
"Have" cannot be used both for since and before at the same time.

It should be "as merry a band of children as I have ever seen since or had ever seen before".

Priyaa said: (Feb 10, 2017)  
Please explain the answer.

Prachy said: (Apr 22, 2017)  
Please explain the answer for me.

Prachy said: (Apr 22, 2017)  
What is the difference between "before or since" and "since or before"?

Ravi said: (Jul 17, 2017)  
I think the correct answer should be A because we never use a sentence like that.

It should be 'The long awaited moment came at last'.

Further, the sentence C is a figure of speech and we can use it like that.

Ankit said: (Aug 10, 2017)  
Yes, correct @Nas, its "Before or Since", there is no error in the sentence.

Tanmoy said: (Apr 26, 2018)  
Can anyone explain the answer with a logic?

Suburaaj said: (May 7, 2018)  
You are right, thanks @Vertika.

Ottio said: (Jul 22, 2018)  
>> "Since or before" Its a phrase. We use it like this.

No, the set phrase is "before or since".

Mohd Naeem Khan said: (Jul 25, 2018)  
Its never before or since, so the answer given is incorrect.

Kiyara said: (Mar 24, 2019)  
Why a long awaited, why not awaited?

Only isn't superfluous.

Deibor said: (Oct 10, 2019)  
Why not?

As merry 'as' a band of children I have ever seen before or since.

Shantanu said: (May 31, 2021)  
@Vishal Choudhary.

You answer is absolutely correct.

This is because "ever since" and "never before" are phrases themselves and hence, can't be altered. "Ever since" is used to express something after the occurrence of an event and "never before" is used to express something before the occurrence of an event. So, before is appended after "ever since" and since is appended after "never before" and not in between the phrases.

Gagan said: (Jul 16, 2021)  
Here "The long-awaited moment came at last" is the correct form.

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