Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 2 (Q.No.202)

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 'E'. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).

202. 

(solve as per the direction given above)

[A]. Our system of assigning
[B]. different jobs to different people
[C]. should be based on
[D]. their strengths and weaknesses.
[E]. No error.

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

strength and weakness

Apd said: (Jul 1, 2011)  
Isnt "people" in answer B plural. So strength and weakness should also be plural hence option E is correct? or is people singular?

Himanshu said: (Mar 3, 2012)  
Can anybody elaborate 'D' as answer?

Manik said: (Aug 27, 2012)  
Strength would not be plural it always be singular.

Alok said: (May 27, 2014)  
In the pace of strengths there is only strength.

Shushanth said: (Sep 21, 2014)  
I looked up a few dictionaries. All of them say strengths is an accepted word. As for its use with plural forms, here people is associated with 'their' which should imply the use of strengths in place of strength.

Thanmai said: (Oct 9, 2014)  
And usually people ask us about our 'strengths' and 'weaknesses'.

Avinash said: (Mar 13, 2015)  
It may be that a person have many strengths and many weaknesses. So I think E is correct option. Am I right ?

Avik said: (Oct 28, 2015)  
"Their" is plural pronoun. Hence, "strength and weakness" should be used as singular form.

Shivam said: (Dec 6, 2015)  
People should be used in plural. The rule says that where you see small change in these type of questions you should tick that answer. As in C option we have to change 3 things, So in my point of view B should be accepted as right answer.

Anvesh said: (Jul 2, 2018)  
Strength is an abstract noun, Never should be in plural.

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