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July 24, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 44

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  1.  
    • My child studies in kindergarten. (wrong)
    • My child studies in kindergarten.  (correct)
      • Explanation : The original German spelling of the word 'kindergarten' is standard in English. 
  2.  
    • I saw an LCD display presentation. (wrong)
    • I saw an LCD presentation. (correct)
      • Explanation : 'LCD' stands for 'Liquid Crystal Display', so it is redundant to write 'LCD' display, you can write 'LCD screen' instead. 
  3.  
    • Let alone the details of the story, I can't remember the title of the book we were supposed to read.  (wrong)
    • I can't remember the title of the book we were supposed to read, let alone the details of the story.  (correct)
      • Explanation : In sentences like these you give a lesser example of something first, followed by 'let alone' and then the greater example. 
  4.  
    • Do log on to the website.  (wrong)
    • Please visit the website.  (correct)
      • Explanation : You log on to a website by entering your ID and password. If you are merely encouraging people to visit a site which has no such requirement, it is misleading to ask them to 'log on' to it. 
  5.  
    • Multiply by double.  (wrong)
    • Multiply by 2. (correct)
      • Explanation : If you are talking about making a number twice as large, the expression is 'double' or 'multiply by 2': 'double your sales to multiply your income by 2.' You could properly say 'increase by 100%' to mean the same thing, but lots of people won't understand that. And definitely do not confuse people by saying 'multiply by double'. 
  6.  
    • The horse race was a neck in neck finish.  (wrong)
    • The horse race was a neck and neck finish.  (correct)
      • Explanation : When a race is very tight, it's described not as 'neck in neck' but 'neck and neck'. 
  7.  
    • I was nonplussed with the car driver.  (wrong)
    • I was nonplussed with the problem.  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Nonplussed' means to be stuck, often in a puzzling or embrassing way, unable to go further ('non' = 'no' + 'plus' = 'further'). It does not mean, as many people seem to think, 'calm, in control'. 
  8.  
    • He was to overlook the dinner.  (wrong)
    • He was to oversee the dinner.  (correct)
      • Explanation : When you oversee the preparation of dinner, you take control and manage the operation closely. But if you overlook the preparation of dinner, you forget to prepare the meal entirely. 
  9.  
    • I have a PC Computer.  (wrong)
    • I have a PC. (correct)
      • Explanation : The phrase 'PC computer' is a bit awkward and redundant since 'PC' stands for 'Personal Computer'. 
  10.  
    • The law perse is not clear.  (wrong)
    • The law per se is not clear.  (correct)
      • Explanation : This legal term (meaning 'in, of, or by itself') is a bit pretentious, but you gain little respect if you misspell 'per se' as a single word. Worse is the mistaken 'per say'. 
  11.  
    • The sun revolves round its axis.  (wrong)
    • The sun rotates round its axis.  (correct)
      • Explanation : In ordinary speech these two words are often treated interchangeable, thought it's 'revolving credit account' and 'rotating crops'. Scientists make a sharp distinction between the two : The earth revolves (orbits) around the sun but rotates (spins) around its axis.
    Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri
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