Mind your Language

Mind Your Language 1

Students should learn to write correct English. Here are some sentences with grammatical and linguistic errors. Read them carefully to understand the errors in them and their correct version.

1. Japan is very interested to invest in Pakistan. (incorrect)
Japan is much interested in investing in Pakistan. (correct)

2. He is the best and more deserving candidate. (incorrect)
He is the best and most deserving candidate. (correct)

3. What would I do if he doesn’t come? (incorrect)
What would I do if he didn’t come? (correct)

4. The jury was divided in its verdict. (incorrect)
The jury were divided in their verdict. (correct)

5. Would you have helped him if he came to you? (incorrect)
Would you have helped him if he had come to you? (correct)

6. He is getting on to my nerves. (incorrect)
He is getting on my nerves. (correct)

Mind Your Language7. 12 passengers died, 23 injured in Okara train accident. (incorrect)
12 passengers killed, 23 injured in Okara train accident. (correct)

8. Pakistan is gift of God for the Muslims of India. (incorrect)
Pakistan is a gift of God for the Muslims of India. (correct)

9. Iqbal is one of the greatest poet of the world. (incorrect)
lqbal is one of the greatest poets of the world. (correct)

10. I am weak in English as well as my brother. (incorrect)
I as well as my brother am weak in English. (correct)

11. My eyesight is weaker than you. (incorrect)
My eyesight is weaker than yours. (correct)

12. We are thankful to you for your continuous cooperation. (incorrect)
We are thankful to you for your continued cooperation. (correct)

13. It is time we start working. (incorrect)
It is time we started working. (correct)

14. It was more a picnic than a training exercise. (incorrect)
It was more of a picnic than a training exercise. (correct)

15. He was used to get up very early in the morning. (incorrect)
He was used to getting up very early in the morning. (correct)

16. I only saw her once after her marriage. (incorrect)
I saw her only once after her marriage. (correct)

17. Many parents prefer to send their children to English medium schools. (incorrect)
Most parents prefer to send their children to English medium schools. (correct)

18. It is all the more better if you invest your money in this business. (incorrect)
It is all the better if you invest your money in this business. (correct)

19. I have a car since 1999. (incorrect)
I have had a car since 1999. (correct)

20. I doubt that he will not come. (incorrect)
I doubt if he comes. (correct)

21. I want to tell all of you that you yourself are to blame for your failure. (incorrect)
I want to tell all of you that you yourselves are to blame for your failure. (correct)

22. This hilly area is extremely important from defensive point of view. (incorrect)
This hilly area is extremely important from defence point of view. (correct)

23. Would I bring a glass of water for you? (incorrect)
Shall I bring a glass of water for you? (correct)

24. I suggested that he does not go abroad. (incorrect)
I suggested that he do not go abroad. (correct)

25. I have visited the place many a times. (incorrect)
I have visited the place many a time. (correct)

Prof Bokhari can be contacted at: muzaffarbokhari@rocketmail.com

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