Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.6)

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]. A lot of travel delay is caused
[B]. due to the inefficiency and lack of good management
[C]. on behalf of the railways.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option C


on the part of the railways

Kuldeep said: (Oct 6, 2010)  
In which respect, we use 'on the part of', ' instead of', 'on behalf of'?

Please explain.

Rajesh said: (Dec 10, 2010)  
Please explain what is wrong with 'on behalf of'.

Hemanthrulez said: (Dec 17, 2010)  
We cannot use 'on behalf of' as it means that some X is representing the railways which is not appropriate in this sentence.

'In part of' directly refers to Railways

Subhashini said: (Dec 28, 2010)  
Why don't we use on behalf of in this sentence?

Uday said: (Jan 3, 2011)  
Yes suba and hemanth is right.

Manpreet Singh said: (Jan 23, 2011)  
Couldn't we use "lot of delay in travel".

Ravi said: (Feb 26, 2011)  
Can it not be a lot of delay was caused.

Ramesh said: (Mar 1, 2011)  
@manpreet sing

We should not use "lot of".. we should use "a lot of" or "lots of" both are same...i think it may be helpful

Shanthi said: (Apr 23, 2011)  
Yes ramesh is right.

Raghu said: (Aug 12, 2011)  
'on behalf of' applies when one speaks about a Whole thing as a unit, like person, festival etc. 'On part of' is used when we speak about something which can be divided.

John said: (Aug 13, 2011)  
So 'on behalf of' is used in the place to represent the "person" on the part is used in the place to represent the "authorities".

Is it right?

Kindly any one give exact meaning where to use "on behalf of" & "on the part of".

Afsar said: (Sep 3, 2011)  
On behalf of means "as the agent of, on the part of," as in The guardian signed the contract on behalf of the minor child.
on the part of
Regarding or with respect to (the one specified): Brilliant strategy on the part of Confederate forces ensured their victory at Chancellorsville.

Pragathi said: (Sep 16, 2011)  
Why can't we use "on behalf of" in the place of on the part?

Rajan said: (Sep 18, 2011)  
In which area we use "behalf of the " explain me with 5 suitable example.

Priya said: (Sep 21, 2011)  
'on behalf of' is used when someone is representing something for somebody else which could be an individual or an organisation consisting of many people.

Dev said: (Oct 14, 2011)  
"On behalf of Railway" is not correct. If it were "On behalf of railway Authority", then it may took as correct one.

Kalaivani said: (Jan 1, 2012)  
Its confusing me. Please tell me exactly where to use 'on behalf of' with an example?

Prabhath said: (Jan 20, 2012)  
On behalf of is used 'to represent someone' or 'for someone'..

On the part of is used for 'to represent who is responsible for the cause or action'....

In the above question since railway is responsible for the cause we could us 'on the part of' ....

Soujanya said: (Jun 27, 2012)  
"On behalf of" refers to persons and "on part of" refers to something else other than persons.

Anurag said: (Jun 20, 2013)  
I think it is more appropriate using "most of" instead of using "A lot of".

I think on behalf of is generally used to give the idea that something is done because it should be done.

But there should not be delay but it happens.

So we can think it as "part of".

So on part of is more correct.

Kumar said: (Jul 8, 2013)  
What is the difference b/w on part of & behalf of?

Honey said: (Jul 9, 2013)  
Why isn't it 'a lot of travel delays are caused'? 'a lot' is plural, right?

Also, it is OK to say 'from the part of'?

Neeraj Bhatt said: (Sep 5, 2013)  
We use 'on the behalf of' for favorable things or for good things. We do not use this for errors and for wrong things. For example. He kidnapped me on the behalf of Don. This sentence is wrong. In above sentence the same thing is happening that's why 'on the behalf is wrong' in that sentence.

Manya said: (Oct 16, 2013)  
Instead of 'travel delay','travelling delay' should have been used. Isn't it so?

Jamhar said: (Oct 30, 2013)  
Before you answer, you just read the sentences 2 to 3 times, then you can easily identify the wrong one.

Saket Baghel said: (Jan 21, 2014)  
The distinction is that on behalf of someone means "for someone's benefit" or "representing someone", while on the part of someone can be roughly paraphrased as "by someone".

Atul said: (Jan 31, 2014)  
@Manya. I agree with you, it should either be travelling delay or delay in travel.

Naveen said: (Feb 16, 2014)  
'on behalf of' refers to individuals only.

Harsha said: (May 27, 2014)  
I think behalf of the means, one of the partner of the railways department, so we use on part of.

Romi said: (Aug 9, 2014)  
Please explain 'a lot of travel delay is caused' I thought this was wrong mine answer was 'lots of travel delays are caused' also I didn't notice on behalf what does a lot means and also why delay not delays.

Sid said: (Aug 24, 2014)  
Behalf can be used when a person is representing a group of people. Please check google.

Rahul said: (Sep 2, 2014)  
" A lot of travel delay is caused " in this sentence why we have to use " is caused " ... "is " in presentense and "caused" in past tense.

Pankajraj said: (Feb 4, 2015)  
Behalf of a relative word and part of a composite word.

Pintu said: (Feb 24, 2015)  
I believe that 'On behave of' uses for living human beings i.e. On behalf of me.

But on other side, 'On the part of' uses when it does NOT represent any living human beings such as railway or on part of private company.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thanks all for your valuable suggestion.

Kalyan said: (Apr 12, 2015)  
A lot of travel delay is caused. Why would have used "is" instead of "was".

Sohel said: (Jul 5, 2015)  
On the part of used to ascribe responsibility for something to someone. E.G. "There was a series of errors on my part" synonyms: (made/done) by, carried out by, caused by.

In behalf of someone = For someone's benefit*.
On behalf of someone = As someone's agent*.

* This distinction no longer has a basis.

Rakesh said: (Aug 17, 2015)  
Correct me if I'm wrong. A lot of travel delay is caused due to the inefficiency and lack of good management in the railways.

Madhukiran said: (Sep 10, 2015)  
Inefficiency happens due to lack of good management right. So why can't option B?

Sai Ganesh said: (Sep 13, 2015)  
Railways means its not a behalf its a part so we use "a part of".

Nivyaa said: (Sep 18, 2015)  
Behalf is for persons not for trains and other objects.

Barun said: (Oct 5, 2015)  
On the behalf gives the meaning that someone present.

Ex: On the behalf of mr x we represent.

Nitin said: (Dec 10, 2015)  
On the side of railways is correct?

Rim said: (Jul 4, 2016)  
Why not "by the railways"?

Sethupathi said: (Jul 8, 2016)  
What is the meaning of on behalf of?

Selvi said: (Jul 14, 2016)  
What is the difference between on behalf of, on the part of?

Tonystark said: (Aug 2, 2016)  
On behalf refers to someone (X) on part directly means railway.

Navyavaniy said: (Aug 13, 2016)  
I think this was correct " due to inefficiency and lack of good management".

Prasad said: (Aug 23, 2016)  
Why not A is the answer?

Richa said: (Sep 4, 2016)  
By my point of view, A is correct answer because in a sentence is used as well as past tense used. How this possible?

Deepak said: (Sep 13, 2016)  
"A lot of travel delay is caused ".

According to me, this is also wrong.

Meenu said: (Oct 8, 2016)  
Caused and due to gives same meaning so why should these words comes together? Please explain.

Ayush Singhal said: (Oct 11, 2016)  
On behalf of is used for advantage; favor; stead; benefit; interest; profit; support; defence; vindication. Whereas on part of is used for a portion; a component means a part of the whole. I think this will help you.

Ankesh said: (Jan 3, 2017)  
Behalf of is used to represent someone but here no other responsible for the delay but the railways so it shouldn't be behalf of.

Himanshu said: (Apr 19, 2017)  
What about option A? I think A is also wrong.

Semanti said: (Apr 28, 2017)  
Why 'the part of' use in place of 'behalf'? Explain.

Shilpa said: (Apr 29, 2017)  
Is option A correct?

Because "is" is in the present tense and caused is in past tense.

Animesh Verma said: (Jul 25, 2017)  
On the part of railway is used because train management and services is the part of railway. Whereas behalf is used to represent something.

Gowthami Kuruba said: (Aug 26, 2017)  
Give the difference between "on the behalf of" and "on the part of".

Khushi said: (Nov 13, 2017)  
I think second part has error and management is always good. There is no good or bad management.

Mohit Jain said: (Dec 21, 2017)  
I think it should be 'on the behalf of' than 'on the part of'.

Vaibhav Kulkarni said: (Dec 31, 2017)  
"On behalf of " means that someone does it for someone else, or for a larger group that they are part of.

"On the part of" and "on his/her/their part" means "by" or "from".


"She's here to accept the reward on behalf of [for; in place of] her husband, who couldn't make it".

"On behalf of [speaking for everyone in] the organizing committee, we wish you an exciting evening.

"This plan should improve healthcare for everyone, but requires some sacrifices on the part of [by/from] the richest taxpayers".

"This is the result of a huge amount of work on her part [by her].

Pinku Bajwa said: (Jan 1, 2018)  
Because on of behalf comes for live things not for other.

Yasir said: (Mar 5, 2018)  
On behalf means "someone representing".

On the part means"from someone's side".

Sonu Khan said: (Mar 26, 2018)  
How the "on behalf of"? I thought it is wrong, please explain in detail.

Tripti Tiwari said: (May 26, 2018)  
Why the answer is not 'A'?

Arth said: (Jun 25, 2018)  
I think "On because of the railway" is the right sentence.

Sanju said: (Jul 29, 2018)  
Behalf of means instead of.

Neeraj said: (Sep 16, 2018)  
On behalf is used for a single person but in question it has been mentioned railway which is very wider any many person works in railway so here on behalf of will not used for railway and there option C is answer.

Sikandar Singh said: (Oct 3, 2018)  
On behalf of the railways, this best ticket cashback is offered.

I think on behalf of is right.

Naman said: (Oct 7, 2018)  
According to me, option A is also incorrect. Am I right?

S.Ryan said: (Oct 14, 2018)  
On behalf of means someone does it for someone else.

On the part of means 'by' or 'from'.

Sanjeev Shukla said: (Nov 20, 2018)  
Behalf Is only used with living or particular person.

Peeku said: (Apr 5, 2019)  
On the part means railway is responsible for this inconveniences.

Rajul said: (Nov 5, 2019)  
I think option A is also incorrect. I don't think due to and is caused can be used at a time. Quite same meaning.

Govind said: (Mar 11, 2020)  
A lot of travel delay causes,

As it is a regular scene in Railways.

Nishanth said: (Jun 18, 2020)  
Use of behalf blames the entire staff of railway whereas the use of part blames only a part of the staff of the railway.

Tayek Tali said: (Jul 14, 2020)  
On the part is also correct but in my opinion, on the account or because of will be more suitable than on the part.

Anthony said: (Aug 22, 2020)  
Is caused -> it's a passive form.

Kaif said: (Aug 25, 2020)  
It should be option A.

Garvit said: (Apr 12, 2021)  
I should suggest option A as in this spotting errors we have to find grammatical errors not change words inside the text.

So, The Correct answer: A lot of travel delay are caused.

K.Srijan said: (Jun 2, 2021)  
Useful. Thanks everyone for solving.

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