Identify the error in the given headline: Delhi Metro runs a trial run to Noida a. runs b. a c. to d. no error
Hint: Simple present tense is a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking. For example- She is very fond of dancing.
Complete answer: Keep in mind that headlines are written in the historical present tense. This means they are written in the present tense, however, they describe events that just happened.
Let us thus analyze the options given to us in this question: Option (a.), 'runs', refers to the simple present tense form of the verb ‘run’ for a singular noun. Therefore, option (a.) is incorrect as it is grammatically correct and we need an error.
Option (b.), ‘a', refers to an article which is indefinite. ‘A’ is used before a noun that starts with a consonant. Therefore, option (b.) is incorrect as it is not a grammatical error.
Option (c.), ‘to', refers to a proposition that indicates direction or destination. Therefore, option (c.) is incorrect as it also is grammatically correct in the sentence.
Option (d.), ‘no error' is correct as the given sentence is completely correct and does not violate any rule of grammar. So, the correct answer is “Option d”.
Note: In this question, you may wonder why headlines use historical present tense? Using the historical present tense in headlines draws in readers and creates a sense that the headline action is fresh and happening as they read, regardless of whether that is the case.