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September 19, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 73

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  • I said to him to go. (wrong)
  • I told him to go. (correct)
    • Explanation : To say is 'to utter something' whereas to tell is 'to communicate something to someone'. 
  • He said to go. (wrong)
  • He told me to go. (correct)
    • Explanation : If he uttered 'to go', he spoke that to someone. Hence, tell is the correct word. 
  • I told the teacher to excuse me. (wrong)
  • I asked the teacher to excuse me. (correct)
    • Explanation : We ask a question and not a request. 
  • I wanted that he should get leave.  (wrong)
  • I wanted that I should get leave.  (wrong)
  • I wanted him to get leave. (correct)
  • I want to get leave. (correct)
    • Explanation : The correct form depends on who is to get leave. If it is him, I wanted him to get leave. If it is me, I wanted to get leave.
  • I like to play cricket. (wrong)
  • I want to lay cricket. (correct)
    • Explanation : 'Like' in this sentence should be used only to mean 'am fond of' and not to mean 'wish'. 
  • My tooth is paining. (wrong)
  • My tooth is aching. (correct)
    • Explanation : Pain is a general form for disturbing sensation, physical or mental, whereas ache is a severe, lingering pain.
  • I have got a hurt on my leg. (wrong)
  • I have hurt my leg. (correct)
    • Explanation : Have can be used as a noun for mental pain. It is a mass noun. However, to get hurt is permissible.
  • Rita gave a speech. (wrong)
  • Rita made a speech. (correct)
    • Explanation : One makes a speech but gives a verdict.
  • John has given his examination. (wrong)
  • John has taken his examination. (correct)
    • Explanation : The teacher or the examiner 'gives' the test and the student 'takes' the test. 
  • The teacher made a lecture. (wrong)
  • The teacher gave a lecture. (correct)
    • Explanation : To give a lecture means to put forward information, or argument, in a lecture. We can make mistakes but not lectures. 
  • Rita can now sit on a bicycle. (wrong)
  • Rita can now ride a bicycle. (correct)
    • Explanation : Ride means to sit on and contract the movement of something, e.g. a horse, a bike.

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