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June 20, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations (Tenses) - Part 12

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    • He is shouting since six o'clock. (wrong)
    • He has been shouting since six o' clock.   (correct)
      • Explanation : For something that began in the past tense and is still continuing we use the present perfect continuous tense. 
    • His enemy were able to overcome him. (wrong)
    • His enemy was able to overcome him.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Since the subject is singular the verb must be singular. 
    • The surface of the table is feeling very soft.  (wrong)
    • The surface of the table feels very soft.   (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Feels' indicates the state of affairs but 'is feeling' refers to what is going on at present. The situation demands a simple present tense. Usually verbs of perception are not used in the continuous form. 
    • A new edition of this book is printing.  (wrong)
    • A new edition of this book is being printed.   (correct)
      • Explanation : The book is the object of printing and demands the passive form of the continuous  tense. 
    • If I shall go to the city, I shall bring you a box of chacolates.  (wrong)
    • If I go to the city, I shall bring you a box of chacolates.   (correct)
      • Explanation : In a conditional clause, the future tense form is never used, even if the intended action refers to the future. 
    • Do you know to play badminton ? (wrong)
    • Do you know how to play badminton ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : If we want to know whether one plays badminton, we actually want to know how he plays it. 
    • Which fruit you like most ? (wrong)
    • Which fruit do you like the most ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : In a question sentence we need an appropriate form of the auxiliary 'do' if there is no auxiliary available to move it to the left of the subject. 
    • I order for a cold drink.  (wrong)
    • I ordered for a cold drink.  (correct)
      • Explanation : If I am reporting what I did, I must say 'ordered', If I am ordering now, I simply say, "I want a cold drink".
    • Rita denied that she had not suffered a lot. (wrong)
    • Rita denied that she had suffered a lot.   (correct)
      • Explanation : Denied indicates the negative of what is in the embedded clause. 
    • I have to give a test for admission. (wrong)
    • I have to take a test for admission.  (correct)
    • Our teacher will take a test tomorrow.  (wrong)
    • Our teacher will give a test tomorrow.  (correct)
      • Explanation : The person who appears at the test takes the test, the person who administers the test, gives the test.
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