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June 30, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 22

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  1.  
    • I did not scarcely hear him. (wrong)
    • I did scarcely hear him. (correct)
      • Explanation : Scarcely means rarely and carries a negative sense. It is not used in a negative sentence. 
  2.  
    • He is most smart of the two. (wrong)
    • He is the smarter of the two. (correct)
      • Explanation : As only two persons are involved, the comparative degree is to be used. 
  3.  
    • I looked for my books everywhere, but could not find it nowhere.  (wrong)
    • I looked for my books everywhere, but could not find them anywhere.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Nowhere means 'not anywhere'. We can say "I could find them nowhere'. 
  4.  
    • I went through the books quick.  (wrong)
    • I went through the books quickly.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Quick is an adjective whereas quickly is an adverb and modifies find. 
  5.  
    • He went hurry so that he could catch her.  (wrong)
    • He went hurriedly so that he could catch her.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Hurry can be used as a verb or a noun. Its adverbial form is hurriedly. 
  6.  
    • I could not help not enjoying the play.  (wrong)
    • I could not help enjoying the play.  (correct)
      • Explanation : We don't use two negatives in a sentence. Could not help means 'could not stop oneself from'.
  7.  
    • Your notes are equally as good as mine.  (wrong)
    • Your notes are as good as mine.  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'As good as' means 'equally good' and the use of equally is unnecessary. 
  8.  
    • Repeat again what you have said.  (wrong)
    • Repeat what you have said.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Repeat means 'to say again' and the use of again is unnecessary . 
  9.  
    • They all wished me good. (wrong)
    • They all wished me well. (correct)
      • Explanation : The sentence needs an adverb (i.e., well) and not an adjective (i.e., good).
  10.  
    • The flowers were beautiful laid out.  (wrong)
    • The flowers were beautifully laid out.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Laid out is a verbal expression and needs an adverb (i.e., beautifully) rather than an adjective. 
  11.  
    • This dress is equally as valuable as that one.  (wrong)
    • This dress is as valuable as that one.  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'As valuable as' means equally valuable and the use of equally is redundant.
Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri

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