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Monday, September 21, 2015


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Combining two or more simple sentences into a single compound sentence

Harry is smart. Harry is handsome.
We can combine these two sentences into one in several ways.
Harry is smart and handsome.
Harry is both smart and handsome.
Harry is smart as well as handsome.
Harry is not only smart but also handsome.
More examples are given below.
He is slow. He is steady.
He is slow but he is steady.
She was annoyed. She said nothing.
She was annoyed but she said nothing.
She was annoyed, yet she said nothing.
I will not oppose your plan. I cannot approve it.
I will not oppose your plan; however, I cannot approve it.
He was all right. He was tired.
He was all right; only he was tired.
Combine the following pairs of sentences into a compound sentence.
1. The way was long. The wind was cold.
2. The wind blew. The lightning splashed. The rain started falling.
3. It was a cold night. We ventured out.
4. He is foolish. He is obstinate.
5. Come in. Go out.
6. Do not be a borrower. Do not be a lender.
1. The way was long and the wind was cold.
2. The wind blew, the lightning splashed and the rain started falling.
3. It was a cold night but we ventured out.
4. He is foolish and obstinate.
5. Come in or go out. / Either come in or go out.
6. Do not be a borrower or a lender. / Be neither a borrower nor a lender.


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Adjectives: CORRECT USAGE 

Incorrect: Every people know this.
Correct: Everybody knows this. / Everyone knows this.
Incorrect: Each hands have five fingers.
Correct: Each hand has five fingers.
Incorrect: Either roads lead to the airport.
Correct: Either road leads to the airport.
The adjectives each, every, either and neither should be followed by a singular noun and a singular verb.
Incorrect: I have no any friends.
Correct: I have no friends. / I haven’t any friends. / I haven’t got anyfriends.
The word any has a negative meaning. It is not used with ‘no’.
Incorrect: Both men have not come.
Correct: Neither man has come.
Instead of ‘both … not’, we normally use neither.
Incorrect: Shakespeare is greater than any playwright.
Correct: Shakespeare is greater than any other playwright.
Shakespeare himself is a playwright. So, the first sentence actually says that Shakespeare is greater than Shakespeare. As you can see, it does not make any sense.
Incorrect: Samuel is elder than Mark.
Correct: Samuel is older than Mark.
Incorrect: Jennifer is the eldest girl in the class.
Correct: Jennifer is the oldest girl in the class.
The adjectives elder and eldest are only used attributively (before nouns). After a verb, we use older and oldest.
Incorrect: He is more better than I.
Correct: He is better than I.
Adjectives of one or two syllables form their comparative and superlative forms by adding –er or –est. Longer adjectives takemore or mostMore and most cannot be used with adjectives ending in –er or –est.