We will be covering commonly found grammar traps in this article. These will help you crack sentence correction questions. Be a grammar wizard!
Tip 49: Older/oldest is used for persons outside the family. Example: Shruti is the oldest employee of the organization.
Tip 50: Hardly and scarcely already carry a negative connotation and so, should not be accompanied by a negative. Example: There is hardly any need for him to study that hard. (Correct usage)
Tip 51: ‘All of’ will always be proceeded by a pronoun. Example: All of you raise your hands up in the air.
Tip 52: Among is used when there are more than two entities. Example: Among all of Berta’s daughters, Judith is the wisest.
Tip 53: Between is used when there are exactly two entities. Example: When it comes to choosing between tennis and cricket, I have a soft corner for the former.
Tip 54: At is used for a smaller, specific place while in is used for larger towns or cities. Example: She stays in Delhi. She studies at the University of Delhi.
Tip 55: In always refers to the position of an object within a group, into refers to motion from a particular place to another while in to refers to the motion undertaken by a person to fulfill a particular reason. Example: There are four kings in a standard pack of cards. Hands shoved backwards into his back pockets, he took slow deliberate steps, as if he had something on his mind. Josh had come in to my room for a quick discussion on the proposal.
Tip 56: Besides means in addition to, beside means by the side of. Example: I don’t want to go anywhere besides India. The nightstand is beside the bed.
Tip 57: On and upon are interchangeable, up on essentially indicates a position and is preceded by a noun clause. Example: The leaves are scattered upon the grass. He propped up on his elbow as soon as he heard the news.
Tip 58: Senior, junior, prior, superior, inferior, preference, preferable are always followed by ‘to’ and not ‘than’. Example: He is superior to most of his colleagues. (Correct usage)
Tip 59: ‘A’ and ‘an’ are used in case of singular nouns only; ‘a’ is used when the singular noun does not begin with a vowel sound (not necessarily a vowel) and ‘an’ is used when the singular noun begins with a vowel sound. Example: A university (the sound is ‘you’ and so, it will be preceded by an ‘A’)
Tip 60: Nouns that are uncountable do not take an article (a, an, the). Example: Mankind was born on earth. It was never meant to die here.
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