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July 07, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 28

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    • Let him and we show them what we are.   (wrong)
    • Let him and us show them what we are.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Let means 'allows' and the noun phrase that follows it him and me is its object. 
    • I and he are living together.   (wrong)
    • He and I are living together.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Courtesy demands that the speaker puts himself as the last continent of the subject noun phrase (e.g. he and I).
    • You are as mean as me.   (wrong)
    • You are as mean as I. (correct)
      • Explanation : The full expression is 'you are as mean as I am'.
    • It was her who was standing there!  (wrong)
    • It was she who was standing there! (correct)
      • Explanation : 'She' is referred to by 'who', which is the subject of the embedded sentence. The sentence is basically of the form 'she was standing there'. 
    • I was very sure that his would come to meet me.   (wrong)
    • I was very sure that he would come to meet me.  (correct)
      • Explanation : As 'he' is the subject of the embedded clause, it cannot be in the possessive form. 
    • His lecture was better than me.   (wrong)
    • His lecture was better than mine.  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Mine' stands for 'my lecture', which is in the predicative possession form. 
    • It was me who dumped him.  (wrong)
    • It was I who dumped him. (correct)
      • Explanation : I stands for 'who', the subject of the sentence. 
    • None of them have listened to what was said.   (wrong)
    • None of them has listened to what was said.  (correct)
      • Explanation : None (not anyone) is singular and needs a singular verb. 
    • There is a lot of dissimilarity between you and he.   (wrong)
    • There is a lot of dissimilarity between you and him. (correct)
      • Explanation : Both 'you' and 'him' are objects to the preposition between. 
    • Each must contribute what they can.   (wrong)
    • Each must contribute what he can.  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Each' refers to a singular entity and the appropriate personal pronoun is he or she. 
    • I, you and he should start something together.   (wrong)
    • You, he and I should start something together.  (correct)
      • Explanation : As a matter of courtesy, 'I' should be the last element of the subject noun phrase.
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