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July 24, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 44

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    • My child studies in kindergarten. (wrong)
    • My child studies in kindergarten.  (correct)
      • Explanation : The original German spelling of the word 'kindergarten' is standard in English. 
    • I saw an LCD display presentation. (wrong)
    • I saw an LCD presentation. (correct)
      • Explanation : 'LCD' stands for 'Liquid Crystal Display', so it is redundant to write 'LCD' display, you can write 'LCD screen' instead. 
    • Let alone the details of the story, I can't remember the title of the book we were supposed to read.  (wrong)
    • I can't remember the title of the book we were supposed to read, let alone the details of the story.  (correct)
      • Explanation : In sentences like these you give a lesser example of something first, followed by 'let alone' and then the greater example. 
    • Do log on to the website.  (wrong)
    • Please visit the website.  (correct)
      • Explanation : You log on to a website by entering your ID and password. If you are merely encouraging people to visit a site which has no such requirement, it is misleading to ask them to 'log on' to it. 
    • Multiply by double.  (wrong)
    • Multiply by 2. (correct)
      • Explanation : If you are talking about making a number twice as large, the expression is 'double' or 'multiply by 2': 'double your sales to multiply your income by 2.' You could properly say 'increase by 100%' to mean the same thing, but lots of people won't understand that. And definitely do not confuse people by saying 'multiply by double'. 
    • The horse race was a neck in neck finish.  (wrong)
    • The horse race was a neck and neck finish.  (correct)
      • Explanation : When a race is very tight, it's described not as 'neck in neck' but 'neck and neck'. 
    • I was nonplussed with the car driver.  (wrong)
    • I was nonplussed with the problem.  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Nonplussed' means to be stuck, often in a puzzling or embrassing way, unable to go further ('non' = 'no' + 'plus' = 'further'). It does not mean, as many people seem to think, 'calm, in control'. 
    • He was to overlook the dinner.  (wrong)
    • He was to oversee the dinner.  (correct)
      • Explanation : When you oversee the preparation of dinner, you take control and manage the operation closely. But if you overlook the preparation of dinner, you forget to prepare the meal entirely. 
    • I have a PC Computer.  (wrong)
    • I have a PC. (correct)
      • Explanation : The phrase 'PC computer' is a bit awkward and redundant since 'PC' stands for 'Personal Computer'. 
    • The law perse is not clear.  (wrong)
    • The law per se is not clear.  (correct)
      • Explanation : This legal term (meaning 'in, of, or by itself') is a bit pretentious, but you gain little respect if you misspell 'per se' as a single word. Worse is the mistaken 'per say'. 
    • The sun revolves round its axis.  (wrong)
    • The sun rotates round its axis.  (correct)
      • Explanation : In ordinary speech these two words are often treated interchangeable, thought it's 'revolving credit account' and 'rotating crops'. Scientists make a sharp distinction between the two : The earth revolves (orbits) around the sun but rotates (spins) around its axis.
    Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri
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