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September 14, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 68

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  • What a fun! (wrong)
  • What fun! (correct)
    • Explanation : As a mass noun, fun does need an indefinite article.
  • We had picnic. (wrong)
  • We had a picnic. (correct)
    • Explanation : As  countable noun, picnic needs an article before it.
  • Every people know this. (wrong)
  • Every man or person knows this. (correct)
  • Everyone knows this. (correct)
    • Explanation : People is a collective noun and refers to human beings in general. It cannot be quantified by every.
  • He held the book in the both hands. (wrong)
  • He held the book in both hands/both his hands. (correct)
    • Explanation : Both is all inclusive and therefore definite. It does not need a definite article.
  • An idle man should do some or other work. (wrong)
  • An idle man should do some work or another. (correct)
    • Explanation : Some work or another is a fixed expression and cannot be changed.
  • Shakespeare is greater than any other poets. (wrong)
  • Shakespeare is greater than any other poet. (correct)
    • Explanation : Any, when used with a countable noun, means 'a single' and cannot co-occur with a plural noun in a noun phrase.
  • He is in class ninth. (wrong)
  • He is in class nine/the ninth class (correct)
    • Explanation : When used to qualify a noun, an ordinal number (e.g. ninth) precedes it and a cardinal number (e.g. nine) follows it. 
  • This article costs rupees ten. (wrong)
  • This article costs ten rupees. (correct)
    • Explanation : Though a cardinal number, ten cannot follow rupee because we are talking about the whole amount, and not the last rupee (i.e. the tenth rupee)
  • He came a 2nd time. (wrong)
  • He came a second time. (correct)
    • Explanation : The rules given below will help in understanding when to write numbers in words and when in figures:
      • a. Write the numbers of kings and queens in roman characters thus ----Elizabeth II.
      • b. Write Ordinal numbers to 'twelfth' in words, except in dates.
      • c. Write dates thus, July 7 or 7th July, and not the 7th of July or the seventh of July. 
      • d. Write cardinal numbers up to ten in words, except when telling the time, e.g. 11 p.m.
      • e. Write cardinal and ordinal numbers above ten and ten in either words or figures as seems in each case the more convenient.
  • King George the tenth. (wrong)
  • King George X. (correct)
    • Explanation : Same above rules
  • Raipur is hot than Simla. (wrong)
  • Raipur is hotter than Simla. (correct)
    • Explanation : In comparison, use the comparative degree of the adjective in use. 

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