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September 24, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 78

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  • I cannot put on with my work  (wrong)
  • I cannot manage my work. (correct)
    • Explanation : Put on (add to existing service) cannot be used in the sense of manage.
  • I have ordered for a new racquet.  (wrong)
  • I have ordered a new racquet. (correct)
    • Explanation : When used with an object, order does not need a preposition.
  • I have disposed off my car.  (wrong)
  • I have disposed of my car. (correct)
    • Explanation : Dispose of means 'to get rid of'. There is no phrasal verb 'dispose off'.
  • I put up with him (meaning stayed).  (wrong)
  • He put me up. (correct)
    • Explanation : 'To put up with' should be used only to mean to tolerate an annoying person or thing.
  • People respected him at the station.   (wrong)
  • People treated him with respect at the station.  (correct)
  • People showed respect for him at the station. (correct)
    • Explanation : 'To respect someone' properly means to have a high opinion of someone's character 
  • I had a mind to play.  (wrong)
  • I intended to play. (correct)
    • Explanation : To have a mind is not an acceptable expression.
  • It goes hard with him to do this.  (wrong)
  • He finds it hard to do this. (correct)
    • Explanation : To go hard is not an acceptable expression.
  • We cannot maintain our livelihood.  (wrong)
  • We cannot earn a living. (correct)
  • We cannot get a living. (correct)
    • Explanation : To maintain means 'to keep something at the same level. 
  • I persuaded him to stop but he would not.  (wrong)
  • I tried to persuade him to stop.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Persuade means to induce someone to do something by reasoning. It is used only if the effort is successful. 
  • I shot the tiger but missed.   (wrong)
  • I missed the tiger.  (correct)
  • I shot at the tiger but missed.  (correct)
    • Explanation : If you say 'I shot the tiger', you means you hit and probably killed it.
  • I went for shooting and enjoyed.  (wrong)
  • I went out shooting and enjoyed myself. (correct)
    • Explanation : To enjoy oneself means 'to have a pleasant time'.

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