Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.157)

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]. There was very heavy rain last night,
[B]. and the rivers have overflown their banks
[C]. causing severe hardship to the people living by them.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option B


and the rivers have overflowed their banks

Anonymous said: (Oct 5, 2011)  
I think option 'A' is incorrect too.

It should be " There was a very heavy rain last night".

Siva said: (Oct 13, 2011)  
YES 'A' also shows some difference that <VERY> is unneccesary.

Chandra said: (Nov 3, 2011)  
There is no word "overflowned" in english. I think the error could be in B.

Uvi1607 said: (Jul 11, 2014)  
Even I feel that option [A] has some error as in the "very" is not required. When it says heavy it automatically accommodates "very" with it.

Rohit said: (Aug 19, 2015)  
What's wrong with overflown?

Shazzad said: (Sep 4, 2015)  
'Very' is not unnecessary word, there are some word (adverb) which modifies other adjective, verb, adverb. Heavy modifies 'rain' and very modifies 'heavy'.

Besides this, B is wrong (according to grammar) a is first tense (was). So it should have been "the river had overflowed.

Sambit said: (Oct 18, 2015)  
Overflow and overfly are 2 different words. The past participle of overflow is overflowed and that of overfly is overflown. The context here means the word 'overflow' and not 'overfly'. Hence, its correct form (overflowed) should be used in B.

Vimal said: (Jul 11, 2017)  
Thanks for your answer @Sambit.

Prasanth Sai said: (Jun 30, 2020)  
I think "very" is not necessary here.

Post your comments here:

Name *:

Email   : (optional)

» Your comments will be displayed only after manual approval.