Common Errors - 2
2. Corrections in the use of Adjectives with Verbs of Sense.
The below given is the list of verbs of perception which are described by Adjectives:
look, smell, taste, seem, taste, hear etc.
After the three week vacation, she looked very well. (Wrong)
After the three week vacation, she looked very good. (Right)
Explanation: "She is well" means "She is healthy" or describes a person's well-being.
The strawberry shortcake tastes deliciously. (Wrong)
The strawberry shortcake tastes delicious. (Right)
3. Pronoun Agreement:
It is similar to subject – verb agreement rule. Pronoun that is used should agree with its subject. The
following is the list of pronouns used in subject and object positions.
1. I Me
2. We Us
3. You You
4. He Him
5. She Her
6. It It
7. They Them
1. Pronoun Subject/Object.
Depending on pronoun’s position in a sentence, its form should also be changed.
1. How could she blame you and he for the accident? wrong
2. How could she blame you and him for the accident? right
2. A pronoun’s agreement of its Subject:
1. Everyone on the project have to come to the meeting. wrong
2. Everyone on the project has to come to the meeting. right
3. The singular forms of "either... or" and "neither...nor" take a singular verb. However, if the noun
near to the verb in the "neither…nor" or "either...or" it takes plural.
1. Neither his bodyguards nor he were there. wrong
2. Neither his bodyguards nor he was there. right
4. All Possessive pronouns should agree in person and number.
1. Some of you will have to bear their own responsibility. wrong
2. Some of you will have to bear your own responsibility. right
Some is singular:
3. If anyone seems suspicious over, take their details. wrong
4. If anyone seems suspicious, take his details. right
5. Use of relative pronoun like which, that or who. They link the words before it:
1. The line at the bank was very slow, which made me late. wrong
2. I was late because of the line at the bank. (or) The line at the bank made me late. Right
6. Use of Indefinite pronouns:
1. One should have their teeth checked every six months. Wrong
2. One should have one's/his or her teeth checked six months. (OR) You should have your teeth
checked every six months. Right
1. One should take your responsibilities seriously. wrong
2. One should take one's/his or her responsibilities seriously. (OR)
You should take your responsibilities seriously. Right
4. Similarities / Comparisons:
Irrelevant comparisons lead to errors in sentences. For instance, a person can not be compared to a quality
or an item to a group. Comparison can be made between two individuals, two qualities and two groups
Some common and significant comparisons are made with…
Like, as, compared to, less than, more than, other, that of, those of etc.
Some constructions often state ideas in similar form. Their grammatical structure depends on the subjects
being used between them. They are…
Not only … but also...
1. The vision from this building is not nearly as impressive as from that mountain lodge. Wrong
2. The vision from this building is not nearly as impressive as the one from that mountain lodge. Right