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July 28, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 48

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    • You are fairer than me. (wrong)
    • You are fairer than I.  (correct)
      • Explanation : The complete sentence would read 'You are fairer than I am'.
    • He is twenty years old, isn't it ? (wrong)
    • He is twenty years old, isn't he ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : In the second part of the sentence, the object of the verb is 'he', not 'it'.
    • Rita, having finished her paper, she left the examination hall.  (wrong)
    • Rita, having finished her paper, left the examination hall.   (correct)
      • Explanation : This is an example of a pronoun used where it is not required. 
    • He has read almost each book of the college library. (wrong)
    • He has read almost every book of the college library.   (correct)
      • Explanation : Each is a determiner which is used to refer to every one of the two or more things and cannot be used with almost. 
    • Every one of the two pencils is missing.  (wrong)
    • Each one of the two pencils is missing.   (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Each' is used when each one (of two or more) is taken separately one by one. 
      • 'Every' is always used for more than two things, in a group or set. But both 'each' and 'every ' are invariably singular. e.g., 'Every (each) one of the nine apples was rotten'. 
    • He is suffering from a strong cold.  (wrong)
    • He is suffering from a bad cold.   (correct)
      • Explanation : Also a 'bad  headache', a 'bad stomach'. 
    • You must secure at least passable marks.  (wrong)
    • You must secure at least pass marks.   (correct)
      • Explanation : The word 'passable' has different meaning altogether - it means 'tolerably good'. For marks sufficient to pass an examination, we must say 'pass marks', not 'passing marks', which is however, another common error. 
    • I am forty years.  (wrong)
    • I am forty years old.   (correct)
      • Explanation : Either drop the word 'years' and simply say 'I am forty', or use the complete expression, 'I am forty years old', or 'I am forty years of age'. 
    • He brought me milk, butter and honey, the later being Indian.  (wrong)
    • He brought me milk, butter and honey, the last being Indian.   (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Latter' is used only where two things are mentioned. 
    • This feat was marvelous well performed.  (wrong)
    • This feat was marvelously well performed.    (correct)
      • Explanation : Do not use an adjective to qualify an adverb. 
    • This car is superior than that.  (wrong)
    • This car is superior to that.   (correct)
      • Explanation : Always use the preposition 'to' after 'superior' or 'inferior'. Similarly say 'preferable to', not 'preferable than'.
    Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri
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