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July 01, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 23

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    • The dog is still live.  (wrong)
    • The dog is still alive.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Alive means 'having life' and live as an adjective means 'not dead, living'. In the predicative use, alive is used as a qualifier. 
    • He works hard than his brother.  (wrong)
    • He works harder than his brother.  (correct)
      • Explanation : When two situations are compared, we use the comparative form of the adverb, i.e., harder. 
    • He has much money than all of us. (wrong)
    • He has more money than all of us.  (correct)
      • Explanation : The comparative form of much is more. We need a comparative form here. 
    • I have looked all places. (wrong)
    • I have looked everywhere.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Everywhere means 'in all places'. The first sentence needs an 'in' before 'all places'. 
    • She is angry with him still. (wrong)
    • She is still angry with him.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Still modifies angry and must precede it. 
    • The hospital is not open. (wrong)
    • The hospital is not yet open.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Yet (meaning still) modifies open and must be adjacent to it. 
    • Never before I had seen such a show.  (wrong)
    • Never before had I seen such a show. (correct)
      • Explanation : Where a sentence begins with never (before) the auxiliary verb precedes its subject.  
    • When I called Harry, he said that he was not feeling finely.  (wrong)
    • When I called Harry, he said that he was not feeling fine.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Finely does not exist as an adverb, fine is both an adjective and an adverb. 
    • I need a large piece of a course cloth.  (wrong)
    • I need a large piece of a coarse cloth.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Course means 'direction' and is a noun. Coarse means 'rough' and is the correct word in this context. 
    • He threw a party on his birthday as usually.  (wrong)
    • He threw a party on his birthday as udual.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Usually, an adverb, means 'habitually', Usual is an adjective. We can say 'as usual' but not 'as usually'. 
    • I dislike cleverly children. (wrong)
    • I dislike clever children.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Cleverly, an adverb, cannot qualify a non.
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