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July 15, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 35

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    • He went for riding. (wrong)
    • He went for a ride. (correct)
    • He went riding (correct)
      • Explanation : Either we use ride as a noun (in which case we say, 'for a ride') or we use the gerund form of the verb (e.g. riding)
    • We discussed on the matter.  (wrong)
    • We discussed the matter.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Discuss needs no preposition before its object. 
    • He is angry on me. (wrong)
    • He is pleased on me.  (wrong)
    • He is angry with me. (correct)
    • He is pleased with me.  (correct)
      • Explanation : With 'to be angry' or 'pleased' we use 'with'.
    • He asked a holiday. (wrong)
    • He asked for a holiday. (correct)
      • Explanation : We always ask someone for something. 
    • I shall inform them this. (wrong)
    • I shall inform them of this.  (correct)
      • Explanation : We inform someone of something. 
    • Our college is built by bricks.  (wrong)
    • Our college is built of bricks. (correct)
      • Explanation : To build means to construct something by putting some materials. A building is made of those materials. 
    • Due to illness, I cannot go to school.  (wrong)
    • Owing to illness, I cannot go to school. (correct)
      • Explanation : Owing to means 'on account of whereas due to means 'caused by'.
    • He was prevented to come.  (wrong)
    • He was prevented from coming.  (correct)
      • Explanation : We are always prevented (stopped) from doing something. 
    • He walked five miles by foot.  (wrong)
    • He walked five miles on foot. (correct)
      • Explanation : We always walk on foot when we do not use any transport. 
    • I met with your friend there.  (wrong)
    • I met your friend there.  (correct)
      • Explanation : To meet means 'to happen to come in the company of someone', to meet with means 'to have a meeting with'. 
    • My brother is superior than you in strength.   (wrong)
    • My brother is superior to you in strength.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Superior and inferior take 'to' and not 'than' as a comparative mark.
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