Thursday, 25 July 2013

Corrections----Clarifications & Tips.



Errors in sentences occur due to the fact that different parts of speech, Noun, Pronoun, verb, prepositions, number, gender, adjectives and adverbs etc. are not used properly.



To locate an error in a sentence knowledge in this regard is essential. Further, practice of reading and writing clears the doubts about proper usage  of  different  parts  of the sentence.



An attempt is made in the following pages to clarify certain points in this regard.

 It is not exhaustive nor will it be directly used in solving questions in the examination.  However it will certainly help in making the basic concepts in this regard clear to the reader.


CHAPTER  ONE

1.  Use of  Singular & Plural numbers:

(A) Generally, inter-alia, we add ‘s’ or ‘es’ to make a plural of a noun. 



But in compound words a little more care is needed.
Examples:
  • Son-in-law  becomes Sons- in- Law and not laws. 
  • Looker-on= Lookers -on. 
  • Passer-by = Passers-by
  • Coat-of-mail= Coats -of-mail & 
  • Fisher-man = Fisher-men.
But there are some exceptions also. 



Example :
  • Lord-justice changes to Lords-justices 
  • Man-servant=Men –servants.
  • Plural of 
  • C.A. is C.A.’s, 
  • M.A. = M.A.’s,
  • B.A.=B.A.'s



Look at the following plural words : 
  • Focus=foci, 
  • radius=radii,
  • Terminus=Termini,
  • Basis=bases, 
  • crisis=crises,
  • oasis= oases,
  • index=indices,
  • Mr.=Messrs.


(B) Certain words when changed to plural form give different meaning to that in their singular form 



Example : 
  • Force = strength,
  • Forces = army,
  • Physic = a medicine,
  • Physics = a subject.
  • Iron = metal, 
  • Irons = fetters made of iron, 
  • Beef=flesh of a cow, 
  • Beeves=Cattle(bulls or cows),
  • Good=benefit, 
  • Goods=moveable property, 
  • Return = come back, 
  • Returns=statistics or income, 
  • Air=atmosphere, 
  • Airs=demeanour.


(C)  In certain cases where a word has two plurals but these two have different meanings 



Example : 
  • Brother :
  • 1. Brothers – sons of a father 
  • 2. Brethren - Person of same society or profession etc.
  • Cloth :
  • 1. Cloths – pieces of cloth not stitched.
  • 2. Clothes - Garments.
  • Genius :
  • 1. Geniuses- Men of  original mental power,
  • 2. Genii - imaginary spirits.   
  • Die
  • 1. Dies - used for coining, 
  • 2. Dice - small cubes for gaming. 
  • Beef :
  • 1. Beefs – kind of beefs 
  • 2. Beeves - cattle. 
  • Index
  • 1. Indices - signs in Algebra. 
  • 2. Indexes - of a book.


(D) Nouns having two meanings in singular but one meaning in plural form.



Example : 
  • Abuse {Singular} : 
  • 1.wrong use 
  • 2. Reproach, 
  • Abuses {Plural} : wrong uses

  • Foot {Singular} :
  • 1.Part of body (पैर) 
  • 2. Infantry,
  • Feet {Plural} : Parts of body

  • Issue {Singular} :
  • 1.  Result 
  • 2. Off-spring  
  • Issues {Plural} :  results

  • People {Singular} :
  • 1.Nation 
  • 2.Persons  
  • Peoples {Plural} : Nations

  • Wood {Singular} :
  • 1.Material  
  • 2.Forest  
  • Woods {Plural} :  forests

  • Light {Singular} :
  • 1. of Sun or lamp (रोशनी) etc. 
  • 2. A lamp
  • Lights {Plural} : lamps.

  • Practice {Singular} :
  • 1. Habit 
  • 2. Professional work. 
  • Practices {Plural} : Habits.   


Nouns having one meaning in singular and two meanings in plural.



Example : 
  • Colour {Singular} :  hue  
  • Colours {Plural} :
  • 1. Hues 
  • 2. Flags of army groups

  • Custom {Singular} : habit  
  • Customs {Plural} :
  • 1. Habits 
  • 2. Tax



  • Quarter {Singular} : one fourth part 
  • Quarters {Plural} :
  • 1. Fourth part 
  • 2. Lodgings

  • Spectacle {Singular} : Sight  
  • Spectacles {Plural} :
  • 1. Sights seen 
  • 2. Glasses to help to see

  • Letter {Singular} : alphabets  
  • Letters {Plural} :
  • 1. Alphabets 
  • 2. Epistles.

  • Pain {Singular} : suffering 
  • Pains {Plural} :
  • 1. Sufferings  
  • 2. Care

  • Manner {Singular} : mode or way 
  • Manners {Plural} : 
  • 1. Ways  
  • 2. Behavior

  • Effect {Singular} : result  
  • Effects  {Plural} : 
  • 1. Results  
  • 2. Goods


(E) Following nouns are used in singular form:


  • Scenery
  • Advice 
  • Poetry 
  • Furniture 
  • Information
  • Issue 
  • Off-spring


(F) Following nouns are plural in form but singular in sense:


  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Mechanics
  • News
  • Summons
  • Innings
  • gallows
  • Means


(G) The names of sciences are used in the singular number:


  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Ethics
  • Politics
  • Conics


(H) Some of the Nouns  are same in singular & plural forms.


  • Fish
  • Deer
  • Sheep
  • Swine. 


(I) Following nouns are in singular form but are used in plural form:


  • Cattle
  • People
  • Gentry
  • Clergy
  • Poultry


(J) Following nouns are used only in plural :


  • arms

  • trousers

  • scissors

  • shoes

  • ashes

  • tidings

  • tongs 

  • socks

  • assets

  • pants

  • thanks

  • stockings

  • bowels

  • drawers

  • tidings

  • belongings

  • bellows etc.



(K) When a noun is preceded by a numerical adjective:

 it is not used in plural if it is accompanied by a number or quantity 



Example : 
  • We do not use “ a ten- rupees note” it is “a ten -rupee note”
  • It will not be “two ten- rupees notes” but “two ten- rupee notes”
  • A seven day week
  • Four pair of shoes
  • A  dozen pens
  • A four metre rod 
  • A twenty-kilo weight 
  • Sixty head of cattle.


Following nouns are generally used in plural :


Alms : These alms will be given to the poor children.


Riches : Riches have turned his head.


Pains : He took pains to achieve his goal.


Odds : He fought against all odds and won.


Amends : He made no amends for his mistakes.


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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

IMPORTANT WORDS OF COMPARISON

List of Important Comparisons words


  • As black as coal.               

  • As firm as a rock.        

  • As blind as  a bat.          

  • As  fierce as a tiger.

  • As brave as a lion.            

  • As fat as pig.                     

  • As bright as a day.

  • As fair as a rose.        

  • As brittle as glass.            

  • As fast as a hare.                   

  • As busy as a bee.          

  • As gentle as a lamb.

  • As brisk as a butterfly.       

  • As good as gold.              

  • As bold as a lion.

  • As greedy as a wolf.        

  • As bitter as a gall.              

  • As gay as a lark.             

  • As cheerful as a lark.       

  • As green as grass.

  • As clear as a day.          

  • As graceful as a swan.   

  • As cold as ice.

  • As grave as a judge.        

  • As cunning as a fox.         

  • As hard as a stone.     

  • As dark as pitch.              

  • As happy   as a king.

  • As deep as a well.         

  • As heavy as lead.         

  • As drunk as a lord.

  • As hot as fire.                    

  • As dumb as a statue.         

  • As hungry as a hunter.         

  • As dry as dust.                 

  • As hoarse as a crow.

  • As deaf as a post.        

  • As harmless as a dove.   

  • As easy as A.B.C.

  • As Innocent  as a dove.     

  • As fresh as a daisy.            

  • As light as a feather.     

  • As free as wind.             

  • As lively as a cricket.

  • As loud as thunder                                                                            
                  


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Sentence Correction Exercise No CS 29, 30, 31,32,33.34,35.

Exercise No. 31
Which of the options given below be written in place of the underlined portion in the sentence so as to give its correct form.

Now our company has been venturing with the fields of production which it never tried earlier.

(correction tip- The word 'agree' is followed by prepositions- agree with a person, to a proposal, on a point )

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Exercise no CS30
Which of the options given below be written in place of the underlined portion in the sentence so as to give its correct form.

He has created such a mess in the office that it has become immanageable for him to control all this.

(correction tip- the verb 'Dare' is never followed by 'to'. e.g. I dare not go there.)

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Exercise no CS29
Which of the options given below be written in place of the underlined portion in the sentence so as to give its correct form.

Had you contacted his brother he would have helped you.

(correction tip- 's is used with living things & not with non-living things.e.g. Ram's arm & not table's leg)

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Exercise no CS32
Which of the options given below be written in place of the underlined portion in the sentence so as to give its correct form.

It is I who has been putting up with this silly fellow for such a long time.

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Exercise no CS 33.
Which of the options given below be written in place of the underlined portion in the sentence so as to give its correct form.

What makes you laugh?

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Exercise no CS 34.
Which of the options given below be written in place of the underlined portion in the sentence so as to give its correct form.

Soon India and Pakistan will convene secretary level meetings of the bilateral process which stalled since January this year.


1.shall convene secretary level meetings of the bilateral process which stalled since January this year.
2.will convene secretary level meetings of the bilateral process which has stalled since January this year.
3.will convene secretary level meetings of the bilateral process which has been stalled since January this year.....
4.will convene secretary level meetings of the bilateral process which stalled from January this year.
5.No Error.
6.None of these.



Exercise no CS 35.


Choose the correct word out  of the options given below in the sentence to be used  in blank space  so as to give it a correct meaning.

1. (a.Who/b.Whom).............wishes to see me?
2. (c.Who/d.Whom)..............do you wish to see me?
3. (e.Whom/f.Who)...............do you consider is right?
4. (g. Which/h.What)...............did he say to you?
5. With (i.whom/j.Which).........were you talking?