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August 05, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 54

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  • 'Isn't he the best player in the Hockey Eleven ?' - 'Of course, he is'.  (wrong)
  • 'Isn't he the best player in the Hockey Eleven ?' - 'Certainly, he is'.  (correct)
    • Explanation : 'Of course' should be used only in the context of an inevitable consequence. 
  • He bore cheerfully his miseries.   (wrong)
  • He bore his miseries cheerfully.   (correct)
    • Explanation : In the case of a transitive verb, use the adverb after the object. 
  • He is too polite.  (wrong)
  • He is too polite to be unkind to anyone.  (correct)
    • Explanation : 'He is too polite' is incomplete. 'Too polite' for what ? Too means 'excessively', 'to a higher degree than is desirable'. 
  • The spectators left the theatre by and by.    (wrong)
  • The spectators left the theatre one by one.   (correct)
    • Explanation : 'By and by' means 'eventually', and not 'one by one'. 
  • I shall be back just now.  (wrong)
  • I shall be back presently.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Just now means 'at the present time' whereas 'presently' means 'after a short time' or 'soon'.
  • This morning I got up lately.  (wrong)
  • This morning I got up late.   (correct)
    • Explanation : 'Lately' is not the opposite of 'early' ('early' has the opposite 'late'). 'Lately' means 'not long ago', 'recently'. 
  • I never met him today.  (wrong)
  • I did not meet him today.  (correct)
    • Explanation : 'Never' means 'not ever', except when used for very strong emphasis. 
  • Please write your names with ink.  (wrong)
  • Please write your names in ink.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Always say 'write in chalk', 'write in pencil', etc., but 'write with a pen'.
  • He caught the thief from the hand.  (wrong)
  • He caught the thief by the hand.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Similarly, say 'seize', hold, or take by the hand.  
  • He is sitting on his table.  (wrong)
  • He is sitting at his table.   (correct)
    • Explanation : Also, 'sit at a piano', 'sit at one's desk', but 'sit on a bench', 'sit on a sofa'. 
  • Why do you now repent from your misdeeds ?  (wrong)
  • Why do you now repent of your misdeeds ?  (correct)
    • Explanation : Repent of (something) is an idiomatic expression; i.e., only 'of' is used in this context.
    Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri
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