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Glossary of Correct Usage part:-7



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Glossary of Correct Usage




1.

to,  too,  two







  It isn't urgent to write a report.


  The actress was too nervous to go on stage.


  There were two cars involved in the accident.


  Too many cooks spoil the broth.










2.

type of.  Do not omit " of."







Wrong
:
That type movie depresses me.


Right
:
That type of movie depresses me.










3.

used to,  supposed to.  Do not omit the -d.







Wrong
:
He is suppose to be here by six.


Right
:
He is supposed to be here by six.








4.

wait on means " to serve."  Do not confuse with wait for.







Wrong
:
She waited on me for half an hour.


Right
:
She waited for me for half an hour.







Right
:
The clerk waited on several customers during the morning.








5.

want is not followed by a clause.







Wrong
:
She wants that I help her.


Right
:
She wants me to help her.










6.

were is used in contrary-to-truth conditional clauses.  Do not use was in these clauses.







Wrong
:
If I was taller, I could play basketball.


Right
:
If I were taller, I could play basketball.







Right
:
I was a basketball player when I was in college.










7.

when  refers to " time."  Do not use when to introduce a noun clause.







Wrong
:
When I miss my bus causes me to be late.







Right
:
When I miss my bus, I am late.










8.

where  refers to " place."  Do not use where meaning that.







Wrong
:
I read in the newspaper where the President is going to veto the proposed law.







Right
:
I read in the newspaper that the President is going to veto the proposed law.










9.

while  refers to " time."  Do not use while meaning but or and.







Wrong
:
My brother is a pilot while my sister is a teacher..


Right
:
My brother is a pilot, and my sister is a teacher.







Wrong
:
While my family is not rich, we have many advantages.


Right
:
My family is not rich, but we have many advantages.







Right
:
While you were out, someone called and left a message.










10.

who's,  whose.  Who's means who is.  Whose is a possessive.







Wrong
:
She is a woman who's advice is easy to follow.


Right
:
She is a woman whose advice is easy to follow.







Right
:
Do you know who's giving the party ?














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