rioting, illegal assembly, attempting to murder

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Himanshu Sindhi

Senior Member
This question was asked in an exam in India as...

In the following questions, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is the answer. If a sentence is free from error, your answer is (4) i.e. No error.

Several people were booked for arson, (1)/ rioting, illegal assembly, attempting to (2)/ murder, and obstructing officers discharging their duty. (3)/ No Error (4)

As per the official answer key, the error is in "part 2" but I don't know what it is.
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    All five types of booking are names of offences. While "attempting to murder" and "attempted murder" may mean the same thing to a person entirely ignorant of the law, the offence is called "attempted murder", and is widely used in ordinary English.
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