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August 26, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 66

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  • I have no any friends. (wrong)
  • I have no friends.  (correct)
    • Explanation : As 'no' means 'not any', we cannot use 'no any'. 
  • Both men have not come. (wrong)
  • Neither man has come.  (correct)
    • Explanation : When both is negated, it becomes neither. 
  • Open your book at six page. (wrong)
  • Open your book at page six.  (correct)
    • Explanation : A cardinal number (e.g. six) will always follow the noun (e.g., page) whereas an ordinal number (e.g. sixth) will always precede it (e.g. sixth page).
  • He is elder than I. (wrong)
  • He is older than I.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Though elder means older, it is used only when comparing two related people. 
  • He is more better than I. (wrong)
  • He is better than I.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Better itself in the comparative form for good. 
  • He is worst than I. (wrong)
  • He is worse than I.  (correct)
    • Explanation : 'Worst' is a superlative adjective for 'bad'. It cannot be used in a sentence where comparison is made between two people. 
  • He gets a less salary. (wrong)
  • He gets a small salary.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Less is a comparative form of little; it cannot be used when no comparison is made. 
  • In our library the number of books is less.  (wrong)
  • In our library the number of books is small.  (correct)
    • Explanation : No comparison is involved here. 
  • Of the two plans this is the best.  (wrong)
  • Of the two plans this is the better.   (correct)
    • Explanation : Best is the superlative form of good. While comparing two entities, we use better. 
  • He is becoming strong. (wrong)
  • He is becoming stronger.   (correct)
    • Explanation : 'He is becoming strong' is correct English. However the comparative form can be used, when growth or change is implied in a sentence, or when the words 'than before' can be understood, e.g., talking of a boy's progress in class you can say, 'he is working well now', but in English we often say, 'he is working better now', thinking of a time past when he worked less well. It is for this reason that the sentence, 'He is becoming strong every day', is clearly wrong, when 'every day' is added, 'stronger' must be used. 
  • There is a best teacher in that class. (wrong)
  • There is a very good teacher in that class.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Best is used when we compare one with many; not in a non-comparative statement.

Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri
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