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July 16, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 36

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    • Diwali corresponds with Christmas. (wrong)
    • Diwali corresponds to Christmas. (correct)
      • Explanation : To corresponds means 'to have a close similarity' whereas to correspond with means 'to communicate'. 
    • I am obliged of you by this good turn. (wrong)
    • I am obliged to you for this good turn. (correct)
      • Explanation : Oblige always takes 'to' before its object. 
    • He went near the station.  (wrong)
    • He went to the station.  (correct)
      • Explanation : If his destination was the station, he went to the station; near indicates approximately. 
    • He was favorite with his friends.  (wrong)
    • He was a favorite with his friends.  (correct)
      • Explanation : As a countable noun, favorite, when preferred to all others of the same kind, needs an article. 
    • From our class he did best.  (wrong)
    • He did best in our class.  (correct)
      • Explanation : When used with a verb (like do), best means 'the most successful result'.
    • The term begins from July 1st. (wrong)
    • The term begins on July 1st. (correct)
      • Explanation : Term begin refers to a point of starting at a certain time. 
    • He will be cured from his fever.  (wrong)
    • He will be cured of his fever.  (correct)
      • Explanation : As a verb 'cure' is followed by 'of' to link it to its object. 
    • There are many advantages from this. (wrong)
    • The advantages of this are many. (correct)
      • Explanation : Advantage (i.e., the opportunity to gain something) needs 'of'. 
    • There is a saying in the Hindus.  (wrong)
    • There is a saying among the Hindus. (correct)
      • Explanation : Among means 'occurring in' or 'shared by'.  
    • We waste much time in trifles.  (wrong)
    • We waste much time on (or over) trifles. (correct)
      • Explanation : We waste time on something not inside it. 
      • Meaning of Trifle : a thing of little value or importance
    • I pitied on him. (wrong)
    • I pitied him. (correct)
      • Explanation : The verb pity does not use a preposition before its object.
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