Using the possessive ‘$ with inanimate objects

Using the possessive ‘$ with inanimate objects Don’t Say:Her room’s window is open. Say:The window of her room is open. Note:However, we do Say: a day’s work, a night’s rest, a week’s holiday,a pound’s worth, etc., especially with similar measures of time. With inanimate objects we usually use the of structure. The door of the…

Yes or No in answer to negative questions

Yes or No in answer to negative questions Don’t Say:Question: Didn’t you see the game?. Yes, – that is, I saw it. Say:Answer: No -that is, I did’t see it Note:In answering negative questions. say Yes if the answer is an affirmation, and No if it’s a negative. That is answer without any regard to…

Not misplaced with a compound verb

Not misplaced with a compound verb Don’t Say:I should have not gone … Say:I should not have gone … Note:With the present or perfect participle, place not at the beginning Not having set the alarm, he was late for work. Not being rich, he couldn’t afford It. Position not in a compound verb after the…

Stay and Remain – Remain

Stay and Remain – Remain Don’t Say:Not many figs have stayed on the tree. Say:Not many figs have remained on the tree. Note:Use either verb when the meaning is to continue in the same place or condition i’ll stay {or remain) at home? till tomorrow. Remain is more formal.

Some for Any – Any

Some for Any – Any Don’t Say:There aren’t some books on the shelf. Say:There aren’t any books on the shelf. Note:We usually use some for affirmative phrases: She’s got some chicken, arid any in negative and interrogative phrases’ ten hasn’t bought any food today Have you bought any food’ We sometimes use some in questions:…

Cure of, not from,

Cure of, not from, Don’t Say:The man was cured from his illness. Say:The man was cured of his illness. Note:The noun cure takes for: There is no cure for that disease.

Wrong use of the with plural nouns used in a general sense

Wrong use of the with plural nouns used in a general sense Don’t Say:The dogs are faithful animals. Say:Dogs are faithful animals. Note:Omit the definite article before common nouns in the plurai if used in a general sense

Angry for Sorry

Angry for Sorry Don’t Say:I was angry to hear of her death. Say:I was sorry to hear of her death.

Exchange for, not by

Exchange for, not by Don’t Say:He exchanged his collection of matchboxes by some foreign stamps. Say:He exchanged his collection of matchboxes for some foreign stamps. Note:In exchange for: He them his old car in exchange for a new one.

Learn for Study

Learn for Study Don’t Say:Kevin is learning at Gordon College. Say:Kevin is studying at Gordon College. Note:The expression I learn at (Gordon College, etc ) is incorrect. Say I study at (Gordon College, etc.) or I am a student at (Gordon College, etc).