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June 25, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 17

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    • He struggled in the whole month.  (wrong)
    • He struggled for the whole month.   (correct)
      • Explanation : The whole month indicates duration without a starting pointy and needs 'for'.
    • It gets very hot in the summers.   (wrong)
    • It gets very hot during the summers.  (correct)
      • Explanation : During is used for a period of time; it means 'throughout the duration of'. It expresses a point or point of time during which something happens. 
    • We look forward up your arrival.   (wrong)
    • We look forward to your arrival.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Look forward is always followed by 'to', and not by 'up'. It is because forward suggests further movements. 
    • They set on late in the evening.   (wrong)
    • They set out late in the evening.   (correct)
      • Explanation : To set out means 'to begin journey' or 'intend to do something' whereas set on means 'to attack someone violently'. The latter is inappropriate in this context. 
    • I have given out looking at birds.   (wrong)
    • I have given up looking at birds.   (correct)
      • Explanation : To give up means 'to cease making an effort' whereas to give out means 'to be completely used up' or 'to speak in anger'. The latter is inappropriate in this context. 
    • A boy jumped in the stream.   (wrong)
    • A boy jumped into the stream.   (correct)
      • Explanation : 'In' suggests that something is in the enclosure, 'into' means going from outside to inside the enclosure. 
    • They invited all of us for dinner.   (wrong)
    • They invited all of us to dinner.   (correct)
      • Explanation : To invite means 'to request some to go somewhere or do something'.
    • He is anxious about his daughter's marriage.  (wrong)
    • He is anxious for his daughter's marriage.  (correct)
      • Explanation : One is always anxious for (worried about) something. 
    • Why are you angry by me ?  (wrong)
    • Why are you angry with me ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : One is angry with a person about something. 
    • His mother was enraged with his stupid question.   (wrong)
    • His mother was enraged at his stupid question.   (correct)
      • Explanation : One is enraged at someone or something. 
    • He gave a talk suitable to the occasion.   (wrong)
    • He gave a talk suitable for the occasion.   (correct)
      • Explanation : Suitable is followed by for.
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