CSS 2023 Solved Sentence Corrections

CSS 2023 Solved Sentence Correction With Explanation

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English, for sure, has dozens of cryptic grammatical rules, many of which the CSS PMS examiner does not test. Without any doubt, the CSS and PMS precis papers are not set out to test grammar rules; they, instead, are set up to check the clarity of the written expression of an aspirant. For example, if you place a modifier in the wrong place, the intended meaning of a sentence becomes at odds.

Let’s consider the following sentences: 

  • Crossing the road, a motorbike almost struck me. 

The grammatical meaning of the sentence is that a motorbike was crossing the road. However, the intended meaning is that as I crossed the road, a motorbike almost struck me

CSS 2023 Solved Sentence Corrections

Sentence Correction – 1

His knowledge of languages and international relations aid him in his work.

Sentence Correction

His knowledge of languages and international relations aids him in his work.

Explanation 

If a prepositional phrase comes between the subject and the verb of a sentence, it usually leads non-natives to commit subject-verb agreement errors. If it comes, you always have to see the subject coming before the preposition in a prepositional phrase; if the subject is singular, the verb is singular, and so on. Similarly, in this sentence, a prepositional phrase is put between the subject and verb of the sentence, which has nothing to do with the main verb of the sentence. And the subject of the sentence is singular, so you just need to place a singular verb, “Aids”, to correct the sentence.

Sentence Correction – 2

The ambassador, with his family and staff, invite you to a reception at the embassy on Tuesday afternoon.

Sentence Correction

The ambassador, with his family and staff, invites you to a reception at the embassy on Tuesday afternoon.

Explanation

If two singular or plural subjects are connected with any of the following words, we always place the verb and the pronoun according to the first subject.

Subject Connectors

  1. As well as
  2. In addition to
  3. Besides
  4. Like
  5. Unlike
  6. But
  7. Except
  8. With
  9. Together with
  10. Along with
  11. Of
  12. Not
  13. Including
  14. Excluding
  15. Accompanied by
  16. Suggested by
  17. Headed by
  18. Guided by
  19. Controlled by
  20. 3rd V + by

Important Note

Always remember, in this case, we always enclose the second subject within commas – because they have nothing to do with action played by the subject.

Examples:

  1. Alia, as well as Ali, is going to watch a movie.
  2. Pakistan, guided by America, has decided not to engage herself again in Afghanistan.
  3. You, as well as I, are going to watch a movie.
  4. He, along with his friends, is going to watch a movie.
  5. India, suggested by Americans, invested a lot in Afghanistan.

Sentence Correction – 3

This year, he will sit in the CSS examination.

Sentence Correction

This year, he will sit for the CSS examination.

Explanation

In this sentence, there is an issue with the phrasal verb. The phrasal verb “Sit In” means to attend a meeting or discussion with taking an active part in it. The other meaning of it is to occupy a place to record a protest.

However, the idiomatic expression “Sit for an exam” means to take an examination in a formal setting or situation.

Therefore, to correct the sentence, we just need to replace “Sit In” with “Sit for”.

Examples

  • All CSS aspirants will have their personal belongings inspected before they sit for the examination to ensure that no one is able to cheat.
  • It was only when Nimra sat for her final test that she realized she had left her calculator at home.
  • If my teacher hadn’t convinced me to sit for the CSS examination, I would never have gotten into CSA.

Sentence Correction – 4

The Chief Executive will let us know whether or not he can attend the meeting.

Sentence Correction

The Chief Executive will let us know whether he can attend the meeting.

Explanation

In this sentence, the problem exists in the expression “Whether or not”. Let me help you understand it. Most non-natives get confused when to use “Whether” and when to use “Whether or not”.

The use of “Whether Or Not”

We use “Whether or not” to give an opposite alternative. We use “Whether or not” when we want to mean despite, regardless, notwithstanding, etc. It presents a binary choice between two options. We use this when we want to tell somebody that something will happen regardless of whether A happens or B happens. Remember, “Whether or not” is a commonly used expression that means “regardless of whether.” A synonym for whether or not is “even if.”

Examples

  • They will go to the mart whether or not it rains.
    They will go to the mart even if it rains.
  • She will be there whether or not she is ready.
    She will be there even if she is not ready.
  • I am going to join you tonight whether or not I finish my work.
    I am going to join you tonight even if I do not finish my work.
  • Fatima always says what she thinks, whether or not it is polite.
    Fatima always says what she thinks, even if it is not polite.

The use of “Whether”

However, we use the expression “Whether” (without not), when we want to mean “If”. In this case, we use “Whether”, instead of “Whether or not”. Remember, “Whether” is a conjunction that we usually use to express an indirect question.

Examples

  • My brother still does not have an idea whether (if) the mail has arrived.
    (Did the mail arrive?)
  • I called the hotel to see whether (if) they take reservations in advance.
    (Do they take reservations?)
  • He is not sure whether (if) his answer was good enough to be published.
    (Will his answer be published?)

When to use “Whether” and when to use “Whether or not”

If the sentence doesn’t make sense with “if,” you should use “whether or not”.

Thus, to correct the answer, we have to replace “Whether or not” with “Whether”.

Sentence Correction – 5

When he came back from vacation, Aslam and me plan to look for another apartment.

Correct Sentence

  • When he comes back from vacation, Aslam and I will plan to look for another apartment.
  • When he returns from vacation, Aslam and I will plan to look for another apartment.
  • When he came back from vacation, Aslam and I planned to look for another apartment.

Explanation

In this sentence, there are multiple errors.

  1. Verb error in the first clause
  2. Objective case error
  3. Another verb error in the second clause

When we want to talk about future situations, events, plans, etc., that can be possible, we use the first conditional. In the first conditional sentences, the structure is the following:

If/When/Unless/As long as/As soon as + Present Simple + Present Indefinite Tense

Examples

  • When (if) my brother arrives, I will leave.
  • When (if) I get a good job, I will buy you something expensive.

Thus, to correct the sentence, we have to replace “Came Back” with “Comes Back or Returns”, and “Plan to look” with “Will Plan to Look”.

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Sentence Correction – 6

If some of you make a noise, they shall be punished.

Sentence Correction

If some of you make a noise, you shall be punished.

Sentence Correction – 7

He came to me to enquire what is the salary attached to the appointment.

Sentence Correction 

He came to me to enquire what the salary is attached to the appointment.

Explanation 

In this sentence, there is an error in the use of a noun clause. Whether a noun clause works as a subject or an object in a sentence, we never write this clause in interrogative form. So, to correct the sentence, we just need to place “IS” after the word “Salary”. 

Remember, the verb in a noun clause has nothing to do with the verb in the main sentence. 

Sentence Correction – 8

I am too tired that I do not hunt words and idioms in my English book.

Sentence Correction

  • I am too tired to hunt words and idioms in my English book.
  • I am too tired that I cannot hunt words and idioms in my English book.

Explanation

In this sentence, there are two errors: a verb of possibility and “Too…To” construction.

When we use the adverb “Too” in the first clause, we always use a modal verb (can, could, etc.) in the next clause.

Moreover, the adverb “Too” has a negative connotation that means more than what is necessary or desired. And by reading the sentence, we can understand that the subject is tired enough that he cannot do anything.

So, to correct the sentence, we have to replace “That I Do Not” with “To” or with “That I Cannot

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