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September 20, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 74

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  • He got down from his bicycle. (wrong)
  • He got off his bicycle. (correct)
    • Explanation : To get down means 'to descent'. We can say 'he got down the ladder'. 'To get off' is 'to dismount' which is the more appropriate expression here. 
  • He took out his shoes. (wrong)
  • He took off his shoes. (correct)
    • Explanation : 'To take off' means 'to remove from one's body' whereas 'to take out' means 'to take something away'. 
  • Please see my book. (wrong)
  • Please look at my book. (correct)
    • Explanation : 'To look at means to direct one's gaze in a specific direction' whereas to see means 'to perceive with the eyes'. The former is a conscious effort. 
  • Keep this on the table.  (wrong)
  • Put this on the table. (correct)
    • Explanation : To put means to place something in a position whereas to keep means to cause to continue in a particular position.
  • My mother always put my money in this box. (wrong)
  • My mother always keeps my money in this box. (correct)
    • Explanation : As mentioned in above example.
  • He struck a blow on his face. (wrong)
  • He struck him in the face. (correct)
  • He hit him in the face. (correct)
    • Explanation : 'To strike' means to inflict a blow with one's hand or weapon and so does hit. Hence 'a blow' is redundant. The use of preposition is rather fixed; one hits in the face but on the leg. 
  • I went for swimming and enjoyed. (wrong)
  • I went out swimming and enjoyed myself. (correct)
    • Explanation : To go out means to leave a building and go into the open air (for ride, swimming, etc).
  • She lived there for a day. (wrong)
  • She stayed there for a day. (correct)
    • Explanation : To stay means 'to remain in a place' whereas to live means 'to make one's home in a particular place'.
  • He made a goal. (wrong)
  • He scored a goal. (correct)
    • Explanation : To score means 'to gain a point' (e.g. a goal) in a competition. To make is inappropriate in such a context.
  • We ought to make exercise. (wrong)
  • We ought to take exercise. (correct)
    • Explanation : An exercise is an activity carried out (i.e. taken) for a specific purpose; it cannot be made.
  • I hope he must come. (wrong)
  • I hope he will come. (correct)
  • I am sure he will come. (correct)
    • Explanation : Must is used to show mistake and cannot occur with home. This error is caused by two alternative idioms being combined.

Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri
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