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In the following question, some part of the sentence may have errors. Find out which part of the sentence has an error and select the appropriate option. If a sentence is free from error, select 'No Error'.

The road from(A)/my house(B)/to temple is full of potholes.(C)/No error(D)

the above question was asked in my exam and the answer given is (C). but I didn't get it.

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  • I think it was meant to be "to the temple", but it is a bad example, because "temple" can be used without any article when referring to an institution.
    – user3169
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 21:58
  • @user3169 The usage you bring up is valid, but in this case, it is grammatically impossible to omit "the." I go to temple every Saturday can mean you go to some temple, whether it's the one that's closest or the one that you feel like going to at the time, but a "road" is a physical thing that can only go to one specific temple. Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 3:04
  • @joiedevivre But you wouldn't say "I am going to the church on Sunday", but rather "I am going to church on Sunday", right? Referring to the event, not the physical location.
    – user3169
    Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 7:00
  • @user3169 True. My point was merely that in the OP's sentence, the definite article is required. Leaving it out is strictly speaking an error in this sentence, so I think it's an okay exam question. Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 18:41

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The way you wrote the question makes it hard to understand what each letter is referencing.

Regardless, the error is in the "to temple" part. It should say "to the temple"

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  • sorry, but that was the format in which question was asked to me in exam.
    – kumar
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 7:46
  • The letters mark the end of the section where there might be an error, with the final choice being “no error”. It’s fairly standard for these sorts of exam questions.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jan 5, 2018 at 14:31

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