Covered below are 150 common mistakes in English grammar that we very often make. Not only competitive exams but should you do these 150 highly important concepts well; your confidence about spoken English will go notches up & very soon your friends will also tell you & compliment you about the same.
Don’t get daunted with the number 150. Here’s how you learn it: these have been used in sentences. Pick 20 of them in a day and reuse them in other sentences. Let’s not get over bothered with rules here. I have a series of documents where we discuss some of these grammar rules in more finer details.
Chalo! Shuru ho jaao
Please note: The first sentence is incorrect and the second is correct.
- She prides on her beauty.
She prides herself on her beauty.
- Students should avail of good opportunity.
Students should avail themselves of good.
- We enjoyed at the party.
We enjoyed ourselves at the party.
- There is nothing such as luck.
There is no such thing as luck.
- Tell me how are you.
Tell me how you are.
- He jumped a ten feet wide ditch.
He jumped a ditch ten feet wide.
- What for has he come?
What has he come for?
- This will not only interest children, but also good men.
This will interest not only children but also good men.
- I neither know the name of the author, nor the bookseller.
I know the name of neither the author nor the bookseller.
- He was either educated at Bombay or at Madras.
He was educated either in Bombay or in Madras.
- Walking is good both for health and recreation.
Walking is good for both health and recreation.
- The milk of a cow is too nutritious.
The milk of a cow is very nutritious.
- Mohan lived in a boarding.
Mohan lived in a boarding house.
- He has taken admission in a law college.
He has been admitted to a law college.
- He feels very weak to walk.
He feels too weak to walk.
- The tide was so strong that the rope was torn.
The tide was so strong that the rope broke.
- The boat was drowned.
The boat sank.
- Do it or you will be beaten.
Do it or you shall be beaten.
- If they make noise, they will be fined.
If they make a noise they shall be fined.
- He is suffering from a strong cold.
He is suffering from a bad cold.
- Cattle is grazing in the field.
Cattle are grazing in the field.
- The gentry of this town does not like it.
The gentry of this town do not like it.
- The police has arrested him.
The police have arrested him.
- I shall go to my quarter.
I shall go to my quarters.
- I have four son-in-laws.
I have four sons-in-law.
- My house is built of bricks.
My house is built of brick.
- He is true to his words.
He is true to his word.
- I have three pairs of shoes.
I have three pairs of shoe.
- He did three-fourth of the work.
He did three-fourths of the work.
- He had to do several works.
He had to do several pieces of work.
- Let he and I do it together.
Let him and me do it together.
- They are all there but I.
They are all there but me.
- Who do you take me for?
Whom do you take me for?
- I would not do that if I were him.
I would not do that if I were he.
- He answered more questions than me.
He answered more questions than I.
- They are wiser than us.
They are wiser than we.
- We are poorer than them.
We are poorer than they.
- One should respect his teacher.
One should respect one’s teacher.
- One does not like to have his work doubted.
One does not like to have one’s word doubted.
- One must not boast of his own success.
One must not boast of one’s own success.
- Everyone should respect one’s teacher.
Everyone should respect his teacher.
- Anyone can do this if one tries.
Anyone can do this if he tries.
- Everybody wants to have their full pay.
Everybody wants to have his full pay.
- Whom do you think he is?
Who do you think he is?
- Who did you see?
Whom did you see?
- He was the man whom I thought was very poor.
He was the man who I thought was very poor.
- This is one of the interesting stories that has been told by Tolstoy.
This is one of the interesting stories that have been told by Tolstoy.
- This is one of the best buildings that has come into my view.
This is one of the best buildings that have come into my view.
- It is I who is to blame.
It is I who am to blame.
- This is the man who was there and no one saw.
This is the man who was there and whom no one saw.
- This is the book which was there and none knew.
This is the book which was there and which none knew.
- I want your reply.
I want a reply from you.
- I availed of the opportunity.
I availed myself of the opportunity.
- The absented for that day.
They absented themselves for that day.
- Any of the two men can do it.
Either of the two men can do it.
- None of the two boys were present.
Neither of the two boys was present.
- This is the best which we can do.
This is the best that we can do.
- I, he and you will play.
You, he and I will play.
- Indore of today is the most populous town of M.P.
The Indore of today is the most populous town of M.P.
- Ganga is our sacred river.
The Ganga is our sacred river.
- He begins work at daybreak and leaves off at the sunset.
He begins work at daybreak and leaves off at sunset.
- Rose is a red flower.
The rose is a red flower.
- Sun rises by 6 a.m. these days.
The Sun rises by 6 a.m. these days.
- Do not pull the cat by its tail.
Do not pull the cat by the tail.
- He is the principal of this college.
He is Principal of this college.
- Principal of this college is coming.
The Principal of this college is coming.
- This is no time to sing.
This is not the time to sing.
- No boy in the class is so good as Raman.
No other boy in the class is as good as Raman.
- He is older than anybody in the village.
He is older than anybody else in the village.
- He is elder than his sister.
He is older than his sister.
- There were no less than a hundred men.
There were not fewer than a hundred men.
- He dare me to fight with him.
He dares me to fight with him.
- He dare leave the room.
He dares to leave the room.
- He dare say so.
He dares to say so.
- Forgave him for his fault.
I forgave him his fault.
- We envy him for his good luck.
We envy him his good luck.
- He left for them all his wealth.
He left them all his wealth.
- This man bears me with a grudge.
This man bears me a grudge.
- I advice you to wait.
I advise you to wait.
- This book proved to be of no use.
This book proved of no use.
- He said me good morning.
He bade me good morning.
- You have rather played than worked.
You had rather play than work.
- The ship drowned in the sea.
The ship was sunk in the sea.
- The boy sank in the river.
The boy drowned in the river.
- I am here since 1981.
I have been here since 1981.
- I shall reach there by this time tomorrow.
I shall have reached there by this time tomorrow.
- Do you remember to see me?
Do you remember to have seen me?
- I will be reading for two years more.
I will have been reading for two years more.
- It’s high time (that) you go home.
It’s high time (that) you went home.
- We rejoiced at him being promoted.
We rejoiced at his being promoted.
- I have no faith in him keeping his promise.
I have no faith in his keeping his promise.
- I was very surprised at hearing this news.
I was much surprised at hearing this news.
- The air is very hotter today than yesterday.
The air is much hotter today than it was yesterday.
- This news is much surprising.
This news is very surprising.
- He is comparatively better today.
He is comparatively well today.
- This house is comparatively cheaper.
This house is comparatively cheap.
- He goes to the cinema off and on.
He goes to the cinema now and then.
- I shall, of course, come here tomorrow.
I shall certainly come here tomorrow.
- Is the whole always greater than the part? Certainly, it is.
Is the whole – part? Of course, it is.
- He lost his son and certainly he felt much grieved.
He lost his son and, of course, he felt much grieved.
- He sought for his missing friend far and away.
He sought for his missing friend far and wide.
- Men under 25 year of age will be selected.
Men below 25 years of age will be selected.
- No one under an officer’s rank need apply.
No one below an officer’s rank need apply.
- My income is under Rs. 50000/- per month.
My income is below Rs. 50000/- per month.
- Upon enquiry I found him guilty.
On enquiry I found him guilty.
- I did not expect such treatment from your hand.
I did not expect such a treatment at your hands.
- I am independent from my parents.
I am independent of my parents.
- I beg pardon from you.
I beg pardon of you.
- Poverty comes from idleness.
Poverty comes of idleness.
- He is quick in understanding.
He is quick of understanding.
- He is dull in hearing.
He is dull of hearing.
- He is a man possessed with great wealth.
He is a man possessed of great wealth.
- Be not a slave of smoking.
Be not a slave to smoking.
- One angle is supplement of another.
One angle is supplement to another.
- Never take up bad means to earn money.
Never take to bad means to earn money.
- Health is essential for happiness.
Health is essential to happiness.
- It is ten in my watch.
It is ten by my watch.
- Your fault does not admit any excuse.
Your fault does not admit of any excuse.
- You cannot conceive a better way than this.
You cannot conceive of a better way than this.
- He is lame by the left leg.
He is lame in the left leg.
- You are disqualified to manage your estate.
You are disqualified from managing your estate.
- He persisted to say this.
He persisted in saying this.
- He is charged of murder.
He is charged with murder.
- I will communicate to him on this subject.
I will communicate with him on this subject.
- I have no control on him.
I have no control over him.
- He glanced at a letter.
He glanced over a letter.
- I felt much grief at him.
I felt much grief for him.
- There is no guarantee of his honesty.
There is no guarantee for his honesty.
- He is the heir to his uncle.
He is the heir of his uncle.
- He is the heir of a large estate.
He is the heir to a large estate.
- I am much concerned with your welfare.
I am much concerned for your welfare.
- He is slow in accounts.
He is slow at accounts.
- He is slow in hearing.
He is slow of hearing.
- He couldn’t cope up with his work.
He couldn’t cope with his work.
- He is not so tall as his brother.
He is not as tall as his brother
- He is so clever as his brother.
He is as clever as his brother.
- Copy it word by word.
Copy it word for word.
- Your excuse holds no water.
Your excuse does not hold water.
- He left the town with bag and baggage.
He left the town bag and baggage.
- He did not leave any stone upturned.
He left no stone upturned.
- I am confident to win.
I am confident of winning.
- I can talk English well.
I can speak English well.
- The officer say my certificates.
The officer looked into my certificates.
- Inform this accident to the police.
Inform the police of this accident.
- Take care of her until she is with you.
Take care of her as long as she is with you.
- One must learn to distinguish good from bad.
One must learn to distinguish the good from the bad.
- I went there with a view to buy a book.
I went there with a view to buying a book.
- I did nothing but cried.
I did nothing but cry.
- Please write your name with ink.
Please write your name in ink.
- To laugh or weep is entirely our own choice.
To laugh or to weep is entirely our own choice.
I repeat. Don’t be afraid of the number 150. If you simply read this list 10 times, you will be able to cover 80% of the correct ones. Bass dhyaan se!
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