Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.68)

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]. If I were him,
[B]. I would have taught
[C]. those cheats a lesson.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option A


If I were he, I would have taught those cheats a lesson.

Lavanya said: (Dec 29, 2010)  
if it was me

Ashok said: (Jul 6, 2011)  
No error

Milee said: (Jul 12, 2011)  
If I were 'to be' him...

Riya said: (Dec 2, 2012)  
After verb (auxillary like is, was, am etc) we cannot use accusative pronoun.

Srividya said: (Sep 25, 2013)  
If I were you, I would have taught those cheats a lesson. I think it is correct because instead of he we can use you. If this is wrong please explain me.

Vinit said: (Mar 11, 2014)  

Here we are talking about 3rd person. Hence, "he" is used. Your answer would be correct if we were addressing the 2nd person.

Vimal said: (Aug 5, 2014)  
In writing you we do not understand whether it is a subject or object both are same but here you is subject you think it is object.

Avinash said: (Feb 24, 2015)  
Why not him will be used here?

Jigruuuuu said: (Sep 24, 2015)  
The correct answer is "if had been him I would have taught" or "if I were him I would teach".

According to the 2nd and 3rd type conditional clause.

Ankush said: (Oct 4, 2015)  
Because is, are, am, was, were all are intransitive verb so object (him, me, her, etc) never come before intransitive verb.

Rahul said: (Mar 18, 2016)  
@Jigruu the right answer should be if had been him I would have taught but the problem is what to change the first part or the latter one.

Scarlet said: (Jul 28, 2016)  
"If I were he still" does not make sense! "if I were him" is right so I feel it should be D) no error.

Meenakshi Sundharam said: (Feb 8, 2017)  
Well said @Scarlet.

Praveen said: (Feb 15, 2017)  
I think error in c part.

Instead of cheats it should be cheater.

Preethi.K said: (Mar 1, 2017)  
No Error is correct option.

Jeff Ram said: (Jun 2, 2017)  
No, @Praveen.

There is no error.

Vijayakumar said: (Jun 12, 2017)  
I think the correct sentence should be, If I were he, I would teach those cheats a lesson.

Lokesh Kumar said: (Jun 17, 2017)  
No error.

I guess option d is the right one.

Pankaj said: (Jul 1, 2017)  
Well explained, Thank you @Riya.

Akanksha said: (Aug 24, 2017)  
In if clause (If I were after pronoun is used he, she, they like but not objective). In main clause (I would after V1 is used). SO correct is If I were he, I would teach those cheats a lesson.

I would have taught also correct If it is used in a unfulfill condition.

Gunank Kumar Gupta said: (Aug 26, 2017)  
How is If I were he, I would have taught those cheats a lesson? Right in writing?


Hritik said: (Sep 28, 2020)  
No error is the right answer.

Can anyone explain me in detail?

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