We will be covering commonly found grammar traps in this article. These will help you crack sentence correction questions. Be a grammar wizard!

Tip 61: ‘The’ is used when the entities are one of a kind. The United Kingdom, The Prime Minister, The sun, etc.

Tip 62: Whenever a superlative is used when the subject is a common noun, it is preceded by a ‘the’. Example: This is the most helpful document that I have referred to.

Tip 63: Whenever ‘only’ is followed by a noun, it is preceded by a ‘the’. Example: The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.

Tip 64: Prominent buildings, institutions, individuals, organizations are preceded by a ‘the’. Example: The Burj Khalifa, The World Trade Center, The Taj Mahal, The National Democratic Alliance, etc.

Tip 65: Books not beginning with the name of individual/verb in the title are preceded by a ‘The’ if it is not there in the title of the book. So, The Bible, The Geeta, The Koran, The Autobiography of Chetan Bhagat are correct but The Imagining India, The Macbeth are incorrect usages.

Tip 66: Whenever you are using an individual to represent the entire class, you use a ‘the’. Example: The peacock is the most beautiful bird. The earliest bird gets the worm.

Tip 67: Whenever a proper/material/abstract noun is used as a common noun, we use a ‘the’. Example: Brian Lara is the Tendulkar of the West Indian team. The ring of power has a will of its own.

Tip 68: Simple present tense is used when the event indicates either a universal truth, or a habit that occur in the present but not at the precise moment. Also, present tenses are used to indicate scheduled events (the high tide is at 3.39 pm, the Summer Slam is on the 23rd of August 2015). It can also be used in case of fictional past events or while communicating a past action as it occurred.

Tip 69: The present perfect tense indicates either that an action was completed at some point in the past or that the action extends to the present. The form is ‘has + past participle of verb’. Example: Rooney has scored in all the matches against Liverpool.

Tip 70: Present progressive tense is used when an activity is still going on at the present moment (Students are reading this document) or sometimes when it will be happening in the future (He is moving to Delhi in December).

Tip 71: Past perfect tense is used in the form of ‘had + past participle of the verb’ to denote an event that had been completed (rather perfected) in the past. Example: He had taken his pills when I went to meet him.

Tip 72: Past progressive tense indicates an activity that was going on at some point in time in the past. Example: He was still having his breakfast when I left for office.

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