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August 12, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 59

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  • I spoke to him with a lower tone. (wrong)
  • I spoke to him in a lower town. (correct)
    • Explanation : In a lower tone means in a tone containing a lower pitch.
  • This custom has come down since times immemorial.  (wrong)
  • This custom has come down since time immemorial.  (correct)
    • Explanation : We use since when we have one stretch of time. 
  • To laugh or weep is entirely our own choice.  (wrong)
  • To laugh or to weep is entirely our own choice.  (correct)
    • Explanation : When 'and' or 'or' link two dissimilar notions, 'to' must be inserted. 
  • I don't remember him ever helping me.  (wrong)
  • I don't remember his ever helping me. (correct)
    • Explanation : When the verb is the participate form, the subject assumes a possessive form. 
  • I can't allow you to cut jokes in the class.  (wrong)
  • I cant' allow you to make jokes in the class.  (correct)
    • Explanation : We 'make' jokes, not 'cut' them. 'To make means to cause something to come about' the idiom crack a joke refers to a critical joke. 
  • He never has, and never will permit such practices in his office.  (wrong)
  • He never has permitted nor ever will permit such practices in his office.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Both verbs 'has permitted' and 'will permit' must be used in their complete forms.
  • He has no issues.  (wrong)
  • He has no issue.  (correct)
    • Explanation : In the sense of 'offspring' the word 'issue' should not be used in the plural form.
  • His both hands have been injured.  (wrong)
  • Both of his hands have  been injured.  (correct)
    • Explanation : In both of his hands both is like a pronoun. In both his parents both is a predetermined which precedes that determines his. 
  • Why not we send words to him immediately ? (wrong)
  • Why don't we send word to him immediately ? (correct)
    • Explanation : We cannot use not without its being preceded by an auxiliary verb. If no such verb exists, an appropriate form of do is used. 
  • There are many worth seeing places in Agra.   (wrong)
  • There are many places worth seeing in Agra.  (correct)
    • Explanation : In English the relative clause e.g. which is worth-seeing or its reduced form is put after that noun to which it is attached. 
  • He said to me if you like you may go. (wrong)
  • He told me that if I liked I might go.  (correct)
    • Explanation : In a hypothetical situation in the past, both the conditional clause and the consequent clause will have the past tense form.
Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri
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