Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.26)

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]. He couldn't but help
[B]. shedding tears at the plight of the villagers
[C]. rendered homeless by a devastating cyclone.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option A


He couldn't help

Venkat said: (Nov 2, 2011)  
How its possibility ? I can't understand.

Aattin said: (Nov 22, 2011)  
A is correct. "He couldn't help but.."

Neha said: (Apr 7, 2012)  
Could anyone tell me the meaning of this sentence?

Suman said: (Jun 26, 2012)  
Option [B] may also be considered incorrect as the line may be read as " He couldn't but help shed tears ....."

Silvershines said: (Jan 26, 2014)  
Couldn't and but both are negative so can't be in same sentence.

Raju said: (Oct 27, 2014)  
But is used to connect the two sentence so it is wrong.

Ori said: (Mar 17, 2015)  
I could not understand it, please discuss briefly about it.

Mishree said: (Jun 7, 2015)  
It should be like this. He could not help but shedding tears at the plight of villagers.

Sapna said: (Jun 20, 2015)  
Not and but both are negative, two negative don't use together.

Jaya Pandey said: (Jun 23, 2015)  
He could not help but shed tears at the plight of the villagers should be the correct way to write the sentence.

Kavya said: (Jul 9, 2015)  
Can anyone explain the meaning of the sentence?

Sravani said: (Jul 11, 2015)  
Am not getting the meaning of this sentence, can any one explain?

Kartik said: (Sep 5, 2015)  
Why are we not using "the devastating cyclone"?

Himanshi said: (Jan 10, 2017)  
He couldn't help shedding tears at the plight of the villagers "rendered/rendering/render" homeless by a devastating cyclone.

Naveed Akhtar said: (Feb 27, 2017)  
Couldn't help means could not live without. If we use couldn't help but it will mean that one couldn't live without but. And in one sentence no need of two negative thoughts so just neglect "but".

Pushpita Deb Roy said: (Apr 5, 2017)  
'He couldn't help but' is the correct answer no doubt but shouldn't it be 'shed' instead of 'shedding'?

Abhishek Srivastava said: (Jul 21, 2017)  
Could anyone tell the meaning for me?

Aadhii said: (Sep 14, 2017)  
Option A is correct. He couldn't help. It gives the answer to "what he couldn't". After that (but) the reason or what he could.

Pranajit said: (Sep 24, 2017)  
The correct way of using "couldn't help/couldn't but". It means one can't-do without. Please remember "but" here is not a conjunction rather a preposition meaning"except/save". As "help" takes gerund after it so the sentence becomes "couldn't help shedding tears. ". Used with but ("but" is followed by a bare infinitive) the sentence becomes " couldn't but shed".

**** "but" & "help" can't be used together.


It means that there was nothing else for him except crying.

Harshita said: (Jan 3, 2019)  
It should be ' he couldn't help but shed tears'.

Krisha B said: (Jan 10, 2019)  
Shouldn't it be- He couldn't help but shed tears at the plight?

Asif said: (Feb 14, 2019)  
In my opinion, it should be "He couldn't but help".

Emzy said: (Jul 4, 2021)  
Meaning of the sentence:

A cyclone had hit the villagers which resulted in them (The Villagers) getting homeless. The subject in the given sentence might be a visitor at the place. So when he saw the pathetic situation of the villagers, he could not control his tears and started Shedding them.

That is why, "He couldn't help shedding tears at the plight of the villagers, rendered homeless by a devastating cyclone".

Ani said: (Jul 13, 2021)  
It looks the meaning is that he could not remain without shedding tears.

So "He couldn't but helped shedding tears".

A similar example in the present tense: The earth can't but revolves around the sun.

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