Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.21)

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 a man diligently seeks to come into the contact
[B]. with the best that has been thought and said in this world
[C]. he will become simple and unselfish.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option A


If a man diligently seeks to come into contact

Sai said: (Jan 31, 2011)  
If a man diligently seeks to come "in" contact ?

Thakur Kunwar Singh said: (Aug 28, 2011)  
"Into" denotes movement inside something while "in" denotes that the thing is already resting inside something. This sentence denotes action or movement hence into is more appropriate.

Ankit Mishra said: (Sep 3, 2011)  
But why removed "the" ?

Naveen said: (Sep 13, 2011)  
I still not getting the match b/w sentence b & c

Ritz said: (Sep 30, 2011)  
I think the is removed because the following statement already contains "the best", so "the contact with the best" is not appropriate. Let me know any other reasons appropriate for this.

Shashi Gowda said: (May 13, 2012)  
I do seems that as per the grammar "the" article could be used only at the times if the sub is pointing in particular and also at the times, when sub is repetitive in the same part of the sentence.

Jyoti said: (Oct 4, 2012)  

Somehow satisfy with your ans, but still not completely understand the reason behind it.

Can anyone expain it with some more examples?

Sundar said: (Oct 27, 2012)  
In option A, is it correct "seeks" ?

Akash said: (Mar 18, 2013)  
THE is an article that always follow either by a noun or an adjective.

In the above sentence "contact" is a verb so we need to remove "the" from this sentence to make this grammatical appropriate.

Toshali Das said: (Jul 8, 2013)  
@Akash, here contact is not a verb.

Vijay said: (Sep 3, 2013)  
I think that the is never used with contact as contact is indefinite.

Risabh said: (Mar 2, 2014)  
Why can't we use "the" here ?

Sahithi said: (Mar 11, 2014)  
Whether "contact" is noun or verb, we don't use the before it until it is a physical touch-contact.

Abhi said: (Jul 13, 2014)  
I didn't get it yet. Why we couldn't use "the" before "contact".

Can anybody help me out?

Naba said: (Jul 25, 2014)  
"The" can be used in case of specific case.

Here The man don't seeks a specific person.

Kunju Mohammed said: (Aug 22, 2014)  
In the sentence "the Best" who thought and is given importance rather than "the contact" That is why removed "the" contact which is used here as noun.

Tanmay Bhattacharya said: (Sep 4, 2014)  
Contact is never preceded by any article (Rule of grammar). Even while speaking we say "be in contact with us" and here we are not referring any a particular thing or any highlighting contact in sentence so if no article follow's word contact than its right.

Ajay Namdeo said: (Aug 22, 2015)  
Contact is non countable noun. We don't use the with non countable noun.

Bharat said: (Oct 3, 2015)  
"Has been thought" is it right?

Prisha said: (Jan 27, 2016)  
Unselfish is also wrong.

Pooja said: (Feb 5, 2016)  
And if a man diligently seeks to come into contact, I don't think this is right.

Inm said: (Sep 6, 2016)  
We do not use "the" before the abstract noun (non-physical like feelings).

Usha said: (Sep 19, 2016)  
Why we should not use then in option C?

Vasanth said: (Oct 25, 2016)  
In option, C can be wrong as he becomes simple and unselfish.

This is another possibility. I think then is redundant @Usha.

Sukalyan said: (Jun 21, 2017)  
Definition of come in/into contact with. 1 : to touch (something) Do not let your skin come in/into contact with the acid. 2 : to see and begin began communicating with (someone).

Shubham said: (Jul 18, 2017)  
Why we should not use he before has been?

Manisha Singh said: (Nov 19, 2017)  
Here whom to or whose contact is not specified so the will not come before "contact". Eg He should come in the contact of a policeman.

Nila said: (Feb 11, 2018)  
"The" is used to denote particular nouns. Here in this sentence "come into contact with the best part. In the world "means that mentions anything the best to be chosen. So "the" is negligible. I think it would be correct.

Padma said: (Jun 28, 2018)  
Can anyone explain full meaning of those options?

Swarna said: (Sep 2, 2018)  
'Contact' is a non count noun that's why it is removed.

Bhanu Partap said: (Nov 14, 2018)  
Here Notice man is used in general sense so no need of use any article a man is also an error.

Sharmistha said: (Jul 26, 2020)  
Which is the correct word unselfish or it should be "SELFLESS"? Please, anyone, tell me.

Sumanth said: (May 29, 2021)  
I too didn't get it. Anyone explain.

Mohit said: (Aug 13, 2021)  
Selfless is the opposite of selfish.

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