Editing Exercises for Class 11

Error Finding and Correction Exercises

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

Ranga was unaware to the narrator’s (1) _________________ _________________
plan to getting him married to (2) _________________ _________________
the beautiful girl named Ratna. (3) _________________ _________________
It tutored Shastri to hint (4) _________________ _________________
for Ratna’s name in his conversation (5) _________________ _________________
with Ranga. The narrator believes in (6) _________________ _________________
early marriage of boy and girls. (7) _________________ _________________
He was succeed in changing Ranga’s (8) _________________ _________________
mind. Ratna was only eleven ear (9) _________________ _________________
old, when they got married. (10) _________________ _________________

Answer (Incorrect Correct)

  1. to – of
  2. getting – get
  3. the – a
  4. It – He
  5. for – at
  6. believes – believed
  7. boy – boys
  8. succeed – successful
  9. ear – years
  10. they – she

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

The photograph is a prized possession, for everyone. (1) _________________ _________________
While all of the photographs makes us happy (2) _________________ _________________
the other may makes us feel disheartened (3) _________________ _________________
In a poem ‘A Photograph ‘ the poet reminisces (4) _________________ _________________
how a photograph showing their mother and her two cousins (5) _________________ _________________
on an sea beach delighted her mother. (6) _________________ _________________
After much years, this photograph reminds the poet (7) _________________ _________________
of their mother who is no more now. It causes deep sorrow to the poet. (8) _________________ _________________

Answer (Incorrect Correct)

  1. The – A
  2. all – one
  3. makes – make
  4. a – the
  5. their – her
  6. an – a
  7. much – many
  8. their – her

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

Incorrect Correct An author Khushwant Singh spent (1) _________________ _________________
his formative years under the care of her (2) _________________ _________________
grandmother. Circumstances create a distance (3) _________________ _________________
in our relationship. But the strong relationship (4) _________________ _________________
between the two continued for few years. (5) _________________ _________________
This long relationship was a source of many delight (6) _________________ _________________
in the author. Despite extreme old age the (7) _________________ _________________
grandmother’s will power helped them to wait (8) _________________ _________________
for the author’s return to abroad. (9) _________________ _________________

Answer (Incorrect Correct)

  1. An – The
  2. her – his
  3. create – created
  4. our – their
  5. few – many
  6. many – much
  7. in – to
  8. them – her
  9. to – from

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

The tale of Melon City’ is one of the best poem that (1) _________________ _________________
has been prescribed for class XI. Here a king, like (2) _________________ _________________
many other kings get an arch constructed. (3) _________________ _________________
He, together with courtiers, visits it. The king feels annoyed (4) _________________ _________________
as his crown is knocked off. The chief of the builders are summoned. (5) _________________ _________________
He blames it on the workmen, who in turn puts the blame on masons (6) _________________ _________________
Finally, the blame for knocking off the crown fall on the king. (7) _________________ _________________
The wisest of the wise men are consulted. He to the surprise of all (8) _________________ _________________
Suggest the hanging of the arch. (9) _________________ _________________

Answer (Incorrect Correct)

  1. poem – poems
  2. like – unlike
  3. get – gets
  4. together – along
  5. are – is
  6. puts – put
  7. fall – falls
  8. are – is
  9. suggest – suggests

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

The next day during an break, (1) ________________ ________________
when all the teacher and students (2) ________________ ________________
was eating their snacks, the mother (3) ________________ ________________
left the school building hurriedly (4) ________________ ________________
The boy saw him walking (5) ________________ ________________
quickly from of the school gate. (6) ________________ ________________
When he was drank water after (7) ________________ ________________
his meal he wonder where his (8) ________________ ________________
mother was going.

Answer (Incorrect Correct)

  1. an – the
  2. teacher – teachers
  3. was – were
  4. hurrily – hurriedly
  5. him – her
  6. from – out
  7. drank – drinking
  8. wonder – wondered

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

Most of the Indian craftsmen which (1) ________________ ________________
exquisite crafts has helped India (2) ________________ ________________
earn an high status, are unfortunately, (3) ________________ ________________
among those who are living with basic (4) ________________ ________________
facilities, they leave below the poverty (5) ________________ ________________
line, they are forceful to take loan at a (6) ________________ ________________
high rate of interest or get trapped in (7) ________________ ________________
eternal debt. (8) ________________ ________________

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. which – whose
  2. has – have
  3. an – a
  4. with – without
  5. leave – live
  6. forceful – forced
  7. or – and
  8. debut – debt

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

At eleven O’clock a family went to bed, and by half-past eleven (1) ________________ ________________
all the lights are out. Some times after, Mr. Otis was awakened (2) ________________ ________________
by a curious noise in the corridor, outside her room. It sounded (3) ________________ ________________
like the clank of metal, and seem to be coming nearer every (4) ________________ ________________
moment. He get up at once, struck a match, and looked at the (5) ________________ ________________
time. It was exactly one o’ clock. The strange noise still continue. (6) ________________ ________________

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. a – the
  2. are – were
  3. her – his
  4. seem – seemed
  5. get – got
  6. continue – continued

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

Kut-Kut was an hardworking (1) ________________ ________________
squirrel. She lived on a tree hole. (2) ________________ ________________
She was over the impression that (3) ________________ ________________
she has enough food in store for the (4) ________________ ________________
bad days, until she finds that (5) ________________ ________________
someone had been stealing his (6) ________________ ________________
nuts. She go to the owl to (7) ________________ ________________
find an solution to her problem. (8) ________________ ________________
The old owl listen to her problem patiently. (9) ________________ ________________

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. on – in
  2. over – under
  3. has – had
  4. finds – found
  5. had – has
  6. go – went
  7. an – a
  8. listen – listened

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

Situated closed to the Haryana Border, (1)
Fun ‘n’ Food Village is spread in a area (2)
of ten acres and offers a wide range off (3)
activity like water rides, pools, rain (4)
dance and amusement rides.

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. closed – close
  2. a – an
  3. off – of
  4. activity – activities

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

The poet relates an incident who changed. (1) ________________ ________________
his life. It was the season where the leaves (2) ________________ ________________
turned yellow. He reached a place who the road forked (3) ________________ ________________
into two. And he was a single traveller he could not (4) ________________ ________________
travel on both. His difficulty was whether it was (5) ________________ ________________
not easy to decide where road he should take. (6) ________________ ________________
It was a dilemma and he had to choose one of (7) ________________ ________________
them when he wanted to have both. (8) ________________ ________________
Then he took the one who he considered the better of the two. (9) ________________ ________________

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. where – when
  2. who – where
  3. and – because
  4. whether – that
  5. where – which
  6. and – as
  7. when – while
  8. who – which

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

When I enter the classroom, the fireplace (1) ________________ ________________
was washed clean, the windows was open (2) ________________ ________________
and the children were sit quietly in their places. (3) ________________ ________________
The girl seemed sheepish and refuse to (4) ________________ ________________
meet my glance and I realize that they (5) ________________ ________________
was ashamed, the boys were watching me (6) ________________ ________________
expectantly. I made no reference from the incident. (7) ________________ ________________
As far as I was concern, the party was over. (8) ________________ ________________

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. enter – entered
  2. was – were
  3. sit – sitting
  4. refuse – refused
  5. realize – realized
  6. was – were
  7. from – of
  8. concern – concerned

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

Della finish her cry and attended (1) ________________ ________________
to her cheeks with the powder rag. She stands (2) ________________ ________________
by the window and look out at a grey (3) ________________ ________________
cat walking. Tomorrow will be Christmas (4) ________________ ________________
day and she have only one dollar and (5) ________________ ________________
87 cents to buy a present for Jim. She has (6) ________________ ________________
been saving every penny for long. She saves (7) ________________ ________________
only that much of money. 20 dollars a week did (8) ________________ ________________
not go for. Expenses have been greater than she calculated. (9) ________________ ________________

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. finish – finished
  2. stands – stood
  3. look – looked
  4. will – would
  5. have – had
  6. has – had
  7. saves – saved
  8. did – does
  9. have – had

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

On 10th November, 1910 Tolstoy suddenly decides (1) ________________ ________________
to renounce his home. He is accompanied by (2) ________________ ________________
his daughter and his doctor. He leaving (3) ________________ ________________
his house in the middle of the night. He reaches (4) ________________ ________________
next day to the monastery of Uptina and spend the night there writing an article. (5) ________________ ________________
On 12th, he reached the convent where his sister, Marie had been stayed as a nun. (6) ________________ ________________
He told his sister that he will like to (7) ________________ ________________
live in the convent if no pressure is used (8) ________________ ________________
on him to enter the church. The visit can (9) ________________ ________________
not be kept a secret.

Answer (Incorrect Correct)

  1. decides – decided
  2. is – was
  3. leaving – left
  4. reaches – reached
  5. spend – spent
  6. stayed – staying
  7. will – would
  8. is – was
  9. can – could

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

Life was not as it seems to be. (1) ________________ ________________
It is full of up and downs. (2) ________________ ________________
The grass always look greener on the other side. (3) ________________ ________________
We have an habit of grumbling. (4) ________________ ________________
We are ever satisfied. (5) ________________ ________________
We make us lives miserable, (6) ________________ ________________
by expect too much from everyone. (7) ________________ ________________
That is what we face disappointment. (8) ________________ ________________
So never expect nothing and be happy. (9) ________________ ________________

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. was -is
  2. up – ups
  3. look – looks
  4. an – a
  5. ever – never
  6. us – our
  7. expect – expecting
  8. what – why
  9. nothing – anything

Q. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct question number.

You could not worry about my health, (1) ________________ ________________
I would recover soon enough. However, (2) ________________ ________________
you must do me a favour if you don’t (3) ________________ ________________
tell everyone about my ill-health. (4) ________________ ________________
You know how irritating it should be (5) ________________ ________________
to answer the same questions again and again. I dared (6) ________________ ________________
not annoy the people and yet I needed peace. (7) ________________ ________________
I know I could answer all questions of the doctor (8) ________________ ________________
but why could others trouble me? (9) ________________ ________________
Perhaps I can be impolite in it (10) ________________ ________________
but then the sick need be excused for their ill-manners. (11) ________________ ________________

Answer (Incorrect – Correct)

  1. could – need
  2. would – shall
  3. must – will
  4. everyone – anyone
  5. should – can
  6. dared – dare
  7. needed – need
  8. could – must
  9. could- should
  10. can – may
  11. need – should

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