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September 21, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 75

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  • Iron finds in many countries.  (wrong)
  • Iron is found in many countries. (correct)
    • Explanation : Iron is the object to the verb find and the verb must be in passive voice if it is used as a subject. 
  • Always fair out a written exercise.  (wrong)
  • Always make a fair copy of a written exercise.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Fair out is not a verb. We make or prepare a rough or fair copy of something written.
  • I filled water in the bucket.  (wrong)
  • I filled the bucket with water.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Fill is used to cause a container to become full (with water or something else).
  • He thought how is it made.  (wrong)
  • He wondered how it was made.  (correct)
    • If one desires to know something, the appropriate verb is wonder, and not think. If the reporting is in the past tense, the verb of the reported speech will also be in the past tense. 
  • I must revenge my enemy. (wrong)
  • I must take revenge on my enemy. (correct)
    • Explanation : Revenge is rarely used as a verb, the proper expression is to take (or inflict) revenge on.
  • Harry choosed a book.  (wrong)
  • Harry chose a book. (correct)
    • Explanation : The past tense of choose is chose; it is an irregular verb. 
  • The teacher marked what he was doing. (wrong)
  • The teacher noticed what he was doing.  (correct)
    • Explanation : To mark means to make a visible impression on; to notice means to take note of.
  • He asked to Rama why your father is angry. (wrong)
  • He asked Rama why his father was angry. (correct)
    • Explanation : If a clause is in the reported speech, we have to use a third person possession for a second person possessive. Besides we ask (not ask to) someone. 
  • I do not care for you (spoken angrily). (wrong)
  • I do not care what you do. (correct)
    • Explanation : 'I do not care for you', properly used, means 'I do not like you as a friend'. 'I do not care for hockey' means 'I do not enjoy playing hockey'. 
  • He does not care for his work. (wrong)
  • He takes no care of his work. (correct)
    • Explanation : To care for means 'to look after' or 'provide' which is not meant here.
  • No one cared for him after his wife died.  (wrong)
  • No one took care of him after his wife had died.  (correct)
    • Explanation : The misuse of 'care for' is very common and the above mentioned sentences need much practice.

Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri
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