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September 26, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 80

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  • He losed a rupee. (wrong)
  • He lost a rupee.  (correct)
    • Explanation : There are verbs that do not take 'ed' for the past tense. The past tense of lose is 'lost'. 
  • When he comes you must wish him. (wrong)
  • When he comes you must greet (or welcome) him  (correct)
    • Explanation : As a verb, wish needs two objects (e.g. I wished him a good day).
  • This boy always needs poking. (wrong)
  • This boy always needs pushing along.  (correct)
    • Explanation : To poke means 'to prod' and is not appropriate here.
  • I gave him a love-set. (wrong)
  • I took a love-set off him.  (correct)
  • I beat him in a love-set.  (correct)
    • Explanation : You can 'beat' or 'defeat', not take a love-set.
    • Love-set = (in tennis) a set in which the loser has a score of zero
  • You can avail of this. (wrong)
  • This can be availed of. (wrong)
  • You can avail yourself of this.  (correct)
    • Explanation : One can avail oneself of something; that is the idiom.
  • Rita is very much sorry. (wrong)
  • Rita is very sorry.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Both 'very' and 'much' are intensified of the same type. Hence, much is redundant. 
  • We scarcely see a lion. (wrong)
  • We rarely see a lion.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Scarcely means 'almost not' whereas rarely means 'not often'. 
  • I did it any how. (wrong)
  • I managed to do it somehow.  (correct)
    • Explanation : 'Anyhow' means 'anyway'. It is used to indicate that something happened or will happen in spite of something else. 
  • Harry told the story in details. (wrong)
  • Harry told the story in detail.  (correct)
    • Explanation : In detail refers to 'in regard to every feature or aspect'. It is an adverbial expression.
  • Aeroplanes reach Europe soon. (wrong)
  • Aeroplanes reach Europe quickly.  (correct)
    • Explanation : Quickly means 'at a fast speed' taking short time whereas soon means in a short time. 
  • Yesterday in the night Harry came to dinner.  (wrong)
  • Yesterday evening Harry came to dinner.   (correct)
    • Explanation : Evening refers to the period of time at the end of the day, usually up to bedtime.

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