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Correct the following sentences – Exercise 2

January 12th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Correct the following sentences.

Incorrect: Every people know this.
Correct: Every man knows this.
Correct: Everybody / everyone knows this.

Every should be followed by a singular verb. Note that everyone should be written as one word.

Correct the following sentences – Exercise 1

January 10th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: One should not waste his time.
Correct: One should not waste one’s time.
Correct: A man / boy / girlĀ  / woman should not waste his / her time.

Do and Make Differences

July 11th, 2010 in Common Mistakes

The general purpose do has several uses. It is sometimes confused with the verb make. These words have similar meanings, but there are also a few differences.

Uses of do

Common Errors with Verbs

April 18th, 2010 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: He asked had we taken our food.
Correct: He asked if / whether we had taken our food.

Can and Could: Differences

March 31st, 2010 in Common Mistakes, English Grammar

Both can and could are modal auxiliary verbs. Can is used to talk about present or general ability. Could is used to talk about ability that existed in the past.

Correct Use of Some Adjectives

February 7th, 2010 in Common Mistakes

Adjectives with verbs

An adjective can be used with a verb when some quality of the subject, rather than the action of the verb is to be expressed.
Read the sentences given below:

Correct Use of Nouns and Pronouns Part II

February 6th, 2010 in Common Mistakes

Pronouns used as complements of to be

Grammarians formerly recommended that a pronoun used as the complement of the verb to be should be in the nominative case. Today the use of the nominative case in such cases is considered extremely formal and over-correct. Instead, we use the objective case.