Verbal Ability - Spotting Errors - Discussion

Discussion :: Spotting Errors - Section 1 (Q.No.53)

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]. Everyone visiting the house asked the young girl
[B]. how could she kill the wolf
[C]. single handed and without a weapon.
[D]. No error.

Answer: Option B


'how she could kill the wolf'

Nithin said: (Jun 9, 2011)  
Why it cannot be "how she killed"?

Vertika said: (Aug 3, 2011)  

Because its wrong grammatically.

Sridhar said: (Aug 28, 2011)  
Can't it be " How could she kill the wolf SINGLE HANDEDLY..." ?

Narmadha said: (Sep 4, 2011)  
No it is grammatically wrong.

Nagarjun said: (Sep 21, 2011)  
Subject, auxilary verb and object.

Arka De said: (Mar 2, 2012)  
But what about this sentence...
"how are you today?"
we are not writing like this...
"how you are today?"
any clue??

Shalom said: (May 14, 2013)  
I don't think there is anything wrong with "How could she kill. ".

Siddharth said: (Sep 2, 2013)  
Can anyone explain why " How could she kill the wolf SINGLE HANDEDLY...?" is wrong ?

Sam Roy said: (Sep 3, 2013)  

Won't it be "everyone who visited the house asked the young girl how she could kill the wolf single handed and without a weapon".


"everyone visiting the house is asking the young girl how she could kill the wolf single handed and without a weapon"?

Tony Sylvestor said: (Sep 18, 2013)  
"How could she" is like asking about the plan of killing the Wolf.

"How she could" is like "Wondering!" how she did it. And it totally fits in to it.

The answer B is correct.

Saurabh said: (Oct 25, 2013)  
Exactly @Tony.

However there can be a lot of answers but we need to select the one which is the most appropriate which is B.

Sumanth said: (Jul 21, 2014)  
"How could she" is like saying something which is not to be done.

Where as "How she could" asking how she had done that.

Ninny said: (Jul 25, 2014)  
According to rules of interrogative sentence how+sub+verb+object.

Vikas said: (Oct 17, 2014)  
I agree with @sam.
Everyone who visited the house is more appropriate.

Radha said: (Jul 26, 2015)  
Why is option A not wrong, according to me it should be like everyone who visited the house asked.

Chetan said: (Dec 16, 2015)  
How she could kill the wolf is right?

Because its not a interrogative sentence so according to rule.


Aashu said: (Dec 20, 2015)  
What is the difference between these two sentences "how could she" and "how she could"?

Payal Biswas said: (Jan 20, 2016)  
Can't it be 'how did she kill the wolf'?

Anonymous said: (Mar 7, 2016)  
Can anyone explain me why the answer is not C. ' single handedly and without a weapon' ?

Prasanna said: (Jul 25, 2016)  
Answer is correct. Because could is past tense so the word kill is used.

Vishal Choudhary said: (Aug 7, 2016)  
"killed the wolf" verb and we need adverb single handed to modify it ;) maybe or single is adjective and handed is an adverb modifying an adjective (single).

Abhayraj Sn said: (Aug 22, 2016)  
I think, the difference b/w HOW SHE COULD and HOW COULD SHE is due to grammatical form DIRECT and INDIRECT SPEECH.

"How COULD SHE know?" I inquired. --->>>>>>> I inquired how SHE COULD know?

Anyone suggest or correct me.

Ayushi said: (Aug 31, 2016)  
It is So, because modals always come after subject not before.

Shobha said: (Feb 24, 2017)  
Well, I think it's only a matter of NARRATION CHANGE. If it was "How can you (here a girl) kill the wolf?" Note the question mark in the end. So when we do narration change of the quoted line we get HOW SHE COULD KILL THE WOLF. And the '?' has been replaced by full stop (.).

Peethani Divya Sree said: (Apr 25, 2017)  
Option A is somewhat inappropriate. Because "everyone visiting the house" doesn't seem well.

Praveen said: (Sep 16, 2017)  
It is an indirect speech.

Chahat said: (Mar 19, 2018)  

I don't think that there is anything wrong with the sentence. "How could she kill the wolf" is grammatically correct. I had this checked with a couple of people and if at all there is an error in the sentence then it should've been in "single-handed and without a weapon" and not with "how could she kill the wolf".

Asma said: (Apr 21, 2018)  
The answer should be D.

Shruti said: (Sep 4, 2018)  
Sounds something wrong with the first sentence it should be "everyone visited the house asked the young girl".

Anil said: (Sep 15, 2018)  
Yes, according to me, the answer is D.

Jhanvi said: (Mar 2, 2019)  
Why can not the answer be how did she kill the wolf?

Nisha said: (Oct 15, 2019)  
But grammatically B is correct A is wrong.

Everyone Who was visiting the house, asked the young girl.

Kalam said: (Sep 9, 2020)  
Why is it not like "How could she kill the wolf", because they are asking a question which should be in the interrogative form?

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