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Glossary of Correct Usage part:-6


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Glossary of Correct Usage




1.

reason ..... because is not correct.  Say reason ..... that









Wrong
:
The reason I came late was because I overslept..



Right
:
The reason I came late was that I overslept.









Wrong
:
The reason that he makes poor grades is because of his poor study habits.



Right
:
The reason that ( or why ) he makes poor grades is his poor study habits.













2.

sayssaidSaid is the past tense.









Wrong
:
John ran into the room and says, " There is a stranger outside."









Right
:
John ran into the room and said, " There is a stranger outside."













3.

seldom ever,  seldom or ever are incorrect.  Use seldom if ever or hardly ever.









Wrong
:
He seldom ever plays tennis.









Right
:
He seldom if ever ( or hardly ever ) plays tennis.











4.

sit,  set.  Sit does not take an object;  set takes an object.  The principal parts of the verb sit are : sit ( present ),  sat ( past ),  sat ( past participle),  and sitting ( present participle ).  The principal parts of the verb set are:  set ( present ),  set ( past ),  set ( past participle),  and setting ( present participle ).









  The old man is sitting under the tree. ( present participle )



  She set the chair beside the window. ( past tense )



  He sat down to rest. ( past tense )



  They set a date for the meeting. ( past tense )



  Sit here. ( present tense )



  The guests are sitting at the table. ( present participle )











5.

so that.  So that refers to " purpose."  Do not omit " that."









Wrong
:
He came here so he could study English.









Right
:
He came here so that he could study English.













6.

such.  Do not use such to mean " very."  In a result clause;  such should be followed by that.









Wrong
:
New York is such a crowded city.



Right
:
New York is a very crowded city.









Right
:
New York is such a crowded city that I wouldn't like to live there.













7.

superior  is followed by the preposition to ( not than ).









Wrong
:
My toothpaste is superior than the other brands on the market.









Right
:
My toothpaste is superior to the other brands on the market.













8.

sure and try are not followed by and.









Wrong
:
Be sure and study for the test.



Right
:
Be sure to study for the test.









Wrong
:
Try and get some rest.



Right
:
Try to get some rest.













9.

that.  Do not omit that in noun clause.









Wrong
:
My objective to smoking is it is dangerous to health.



Right
:
My objective to smoking is that it is dangerous to health.









Wrong
:
He assured me he understood my problem and he would try to help me.



Right
:
He assured me that he understood my problem and that he would try to help me.













10.

their,  there,  they're.









  They're over there beside the cabinet.



  I am not interested in their motives.



  There was nothing left to do.



  There are several reasons for his actions.



  They're coming later this afternoon.









 source:-english daily








 

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