Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.197)

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).

197. 

(solve as per the direction given above)

[A]. I was there
[B]. many a time
[C]. in the past.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

'I have been there'

Sachin Tiwari said: (Aug 3, 2010)  
Is it correct to write"many a time" ?

Jose said: (Aug 13, 2010)  
Yes, it is correct. It means many times.

Debopam Das said: (Aug 27, 2011)  
This is not clear. Explain the answer.

Priya said: (Oct 18, 2011)  
Why 'I have been there' is used?

Bhushan said: (Jun 19, 2014)  
Hi Priya,

Well, the reason "I have been" is used because the Action is repeated. I have been there " many a time " in the past. If many a time wouldn't have given, was could be used.

For example : " I was there in the past " or " I went there in the past ".

Action is not repeated in above examples.

Rohan said: (Jun 30, 2014)  
Why not I had been? as the actions were repeating in the past.

Nisha said: (Jan 11, 2015)  
Because many times is mentioned many indirectly indicates that this action has been continued and continued from a starting point till a when I went there recently.

King said: (Mar 13, 2015)  
Do we use "have been" to show repeating action?

Srinivas Vemula said: (Jan 21, 2016)  
@King Yes, we use perfect continuous tense for actions that are progressing/repeating.

1. They have been playing since 2 days (Point of time).

2. They have been watching a movie for 3 hours (Period of time).

Here in 1st sentence, Action is progressing from last 2 days and still going on.

2nd sentence, action is happening for only 3 hrs.

Deepak Kumar said: (Nov 2, 2016)  
Many a time shows continuation from the past to present so for such purpose we use perfect continuous tense so " have been" is used ie here many a time shows a period of time or duration of time.

Arf said: (Jan 4, 2017)  
The cause is "many a time". But why not had been? Can anybody explain, please?

Anonymous said: (Jan 24, 2017)  
Many a time makes no sense it should be many times.

Bhiki said: (Jun 22, 2017)  
Why can't we say, I had been there?

Shadi said: (Nov 25, 2017)  
Why not I used to be there?

Anvesh said: (Jul 1, 2018)  
We cannot tell that Now he is not there here. So we have to use present tense Only.

Kamal Limba said: (Jul 10, 2018)  
'Had been there' is the only gratifying answer.

Roshid Aslam said: (Oct 7, 2018)  
Yes, had been will be the correct one. Because continuation had finished. The sentence is in past form.

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