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Some nouns are singular in form, but they are used as plural nouns and always take a plural verb.
Cattle, gentry, vermin, peasantry , artillery, people clergy, company , police.
Example :
1. The cattle is grazing in the ground ( Incorrect )
2. The cattle are grazing in the ground ( correct )
2. Some nouns are always used in a plural form and always take a plural verb.
Trousers, scissors, spectacles stockings, shorts measles, goods, alms, premises, thanks , tidings, annals,
chattels, etc.
Example:
1. Where is my trousers? ( Incorrect)
2. Where are my trousers? ( Correct)
3. There are some nouns that indicate length, measure, money , weight or number. When they are preceded by a
numeral, they remain unchanged in form.
Foot, metre, pair , score, dozen, head , year, hundred, thousand, million
1. It is a three years degree course ( Incorrect)
2. It is a three year degree course ( Correct )
4. Collective nouns such as jury, public, team, committee, government, audience, orchestra, company, etc. are used
both as singular and plural depending on the meaning. When these words indicate a unit, the verb is singular,
otherwise the verb will be plural.
For example:
1. The jury was divided in this case. ( Incorrect)
2. The jury were divided in this case. ( Correct)
5. A pronoun must agree with its antecedent in person, number and gender.
Example :
Every man must being his luggage.
All students must do their home work.
Each of the girls must carry her own bag
6. The pronoun one must be followed by ones.
Example :
One must finish his task in time ( Incorrect)
One must finish ones task in time ( Correct)
7. Whose is used for living persons and which for lifeless objects.
Example:
Which photograph is lying here? ( Incorrect)
Whose photograph is living there? ( Correct)
8. Use of less and fewer
Example:
Less denotes quantity and fewer denotes number.
No less than fifty persons were killed. ( In correct)
No fewer than fifty person were killed. ( Correct)
9. One of always takes a plural noun after it.
Example:
It is one of the important day in my life. ( In Correct)
It is one of the important days in my life. ( Correct )
10. Use of not only and but also Examine the sentences given below.
Example:
He not only comes for swimming but also for coaching the learners. ( In correct )
He comes not only for swimming but also for coaching the learners. ( correct )
1. Scarcely and hardly are followed by when and not by than.

1.I had scarcely entered the room than the phone rang. ( Incorrect)
2.I had scarcely entered the room when the phone rang. ( Correct)
2. Though is followed by yet and not by but.
1.Though he is poor but he is honest. (Incorrect )
2.Though he is poor, yet he is honest. (Correct)
3. No sooner is followed by than.
1.No sooner had I entered the class when the students stood up. ( Incorrect)
2.No sooner had I entered the class than the students stood up ( Correct)
Attention must also be given to the verb form while using no sooner than. The correct forms are past
perfect orpast indefinite.
1.No sooner had I entered the class than the students stand up. ( Incorrect)
2.No sooner had I entered the class than the students stood up. ( Correct)
4. Lest must be followed by should.
1.Read regularly lest you will fail. ( Incorrect)
2.Read regularly lest you should fail. ( Correct)
5. Such is followed by as.
1.He is such a writer that everyday should read his books. (Incorrect)
2.He is such a writer as everyday should read his books. ( Correct)
6. So is followed by that
1.Sarita was so popular with her classmates that she always had some people coming to her for advice.
7. Unless expresses a condition. It is always used in the negative sense. Thus not is never used with unless.
1.Unless you do not labour hard, you will not pass. ( Incorrect)
2.Unless you labour hard, you will not pass. ( Correct)
8. When an action has taken place in two clauses of a sentence, it is used in both the clauses according to the
requirement.
1.My brother has and is still doing excellent work for his organization (Incorrect)
2.My brother has done and is still doing excellent work for his organization. ( Correct)
9. When there is a sense of continuity, that is, when a thing has taken place in the past and still continues in the
present, the perfect continuous tense form of the verb should be used.
1.India is independent for the last forty six years. ( Incorrect)
2.India has been independent for the last forty six years. (Correct)
10. Use of when and while: Proper attention must be paid to these words. When indicates a general sense and
while implies a time during the process of doing a work.
1.When learning to swim, one of the most important things is to relax. (Incorrect)
2.While learning to swim, one of the most important things is to relax. (Correct)

1. When a pronoun comes after like and unlike it takes an objective case.
Example:
1. (i) A man like I will not do it. ( Incorrect )
( ii) A man like me will not do it. ( Correct)
2. A pronoun takes an objective case after let.
Example :
1. ( i ) Let I do it. ( Incorrect)
( ii) Let me do it. ( Correct)
3. Pronouns joined by and remain in the same case.
Example :

1. (i) He and her are brother and sister. ( Incorrect)


( ii) He and she are brother and sister. (Correct)
2 ( i) He and me are friends. ( Incorrect)
(ii) He and I are friends. ( Correct)
4. When pronouns of second person and third person are used as subjects, the pronoun following them will
be according to the second person pronoun.
Example:
1. ( i) You and he must bring his books ( Incorrect)
( ii) You and he must bring your books. ( Correct)
5. When pronouns of second person and first person are used as subjects, the pronoun following them will be first
person plural form.
Example:
1. (i) You and I must finish your work in time. ( Incorrect)
(ii) You and I must finish our work in time. ( Correct)
6. The relative pronoun that is used in preference to who or which after adjectives in the superlative degree.
Example:
1. (i) The wisest man who ever lived made mistakes. ( Incorrect)
(ii) The wisest man that ever lived made mistakes ( Correct)
2. (i) This is the best which we can do ( Incorrect)
(ii) This is the best that we can do . ( Correct)
7. When there are two antecedents, a man and an animal or two things before the relative pronoun, we should use
that.
Example:
1. (i) The man and his dog which passed through this road were killed. ( Incorrect)
(ii) The man and his dog that passed through this road were killed. ( Correct)
8. The case of the noun or pronoun preceding or succeeding the verb to be should be the same.
Example:
1. (i) It is him who came to see us. ( Incorrect)
(ii) It is he who came to see us. ( Correct)
2. It is me who caught the thief . ( Incorrect)
(ii) It is I who caught the thief. ( Correct)
9. To show equality as is used before after adjective.
Example:
1. (i) I can run as fast, if not faster, than you. (Incorrect)
(ii) I can run as fast as, if not faster, than you. ( Correct)
10. More than one indicates a plural sense, but it is treated as a sort of compound of one. Thus it agrees with a singular
noun and takes a singular verb.
Example:
1. ( i) More than employees were killed in the accident. ( Incorrect)
(ii) More than one employee was killed in the accident. ( Correct)
1.Than should be used after no other
Example:
I met no other man but Mr. Roy. (Incorrect)
I met no other man than Mr. Roy. (Correct)
2.After the word Know, how, or when should be used before using an infinitive.
Example :
I know to write French . (Incorrect)
I know how to write French. (Correct)
3.A verb may take an infinitive or a gerund according to its implication. If the verb indicates a purpose, an infinitive
should be used and if the verb indicates a cause, a gerund should be used.
Example :

He went to school for seeing the principal.(Incorrect )


He went to school to see the principal. (Correct)
He was turned out to copy answers.(Incorrect)
He was turned out for copying answers.(Correct)
4.Adverb as' is not used with verbs like appointed, elected , considered, called but it is used with regard.
Example:
He was elected as President of our society.(Incorrect)
He was elected President of our society.(Correct)
I regard Ramesh my friend(Incorrect)
I regard Ramesh as my friend(Correct)
5.Often a mistake is committed is the use of adjectives and adverbs. An adjective is correctly used with the verb when
some quality of the subject, rather than of the action of the verb, is to be expressed.
Example:
The flowers smelt sweetly.(Incorrect)
The flowers smelt sweet.(Correct)
6.It is common practice in conversation to make statement and ask for confirmation; as , it is very hot, isnt it? Two
points are to be kept in mind. If the statement is positive, the pattern will be
Auxiliary + nt + Subject
If the statement is negative, the pattern will be
Auxiliary + subject
Example:
It is raining, is it? (Incorrect)
It is raining isnt it? (Correct)
You are not busy, arent you?(Incorrect)
You are not busy, are you?(Correct)
7.The two first is a meaningless expression for it implies that two things may be first. We should say the first two.
Example :
The two first chapters of novel are dull. (Incorrect )
The first two chapters of the novel and dull. ( Correct)
8.Only should be placed immediately before the word it qualifies.
Example :
He only lost his ticket in the stampede. ( Incorrect)
Only he lost his ticket in the stampede. (Correct)
9.An infinitive verb should not be split.
Example :
I request you to kindly help me. ( Incorrect)
I request you kindly to help me. (Correct)
10.Care should be taken in the use of verbs
Example :
The doctor saw the pulse of the patient. (Incorrect)
The doctor felt the pulse of the patient. (Correct)