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Thread: Common Errors made while writing n speaking

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    More on "COULD CARE LESS"

    People who use the shortened form are often convinced they are right
    because they are being "ironic" and some even claim it's the original
    form. But here's the entry in "The American Heritage Dictionary of
    Idioms":

    "This expression originated about 1940 in Britain and for a time
    invariably used couldn't. About 1960 could was occasionally substituted,
    and today both versions are used with approximately equal frequency,
    despite their being antonyms."

    "I could care less" just isn't logically ironic. The people speaking
    feel irony, but their words don't convey it. "I'd buy those jeans" could
    be ironic if you really meant the opposite: you wouldn't buy those jeans
    if they were the last pair in the world. But "I could care less" isn't
    used to imply its opposite: that you care more. Thus it is not ironic.

    "Couldn't care less" is a strong statement because it says you don't
    care at all, zero!

    "Could care less," whatever meaning you take it to have, does not have
    that crucial message of zero interest which gives the original saying
    its sting.

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    COULD GIVE A DAMN/COULDNÕT GIVE A DAMN

    If you don't care at all about something, the standard popular
    expression is "I couldn't give a damn." People often say instead "I
    could give a damn," which should logically mean they care. Note that we
    say "I don't give a damn," not "I give a damn" unless it's set in some
    kind of negative context such as "do you really think I give a damn?" or
    "do I look like I give a damn?'

    The same goes for parallel expressions where the last word is "darn" or
    some other expletive.

    Just remember that in Gone with the Wind Clark Gable told Vivien Leigh,
    "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

    COULD OF, SHOULD OF, WOULD OF/COULD HAVE, SHOULD HAVE, WOULD HAVE

    This is one of those errors typically made by a person more familiar
    with the spoken than the written form of English. A sentence like "I
    would have gone if anyone had given me free tickets" is normally spoken
    in a slurred way so that the two words "would have" are not distinctly
    separated, but blended together into what is properly rendered
    "would've." Seeing that "V" tips you off right away that "would've" is a
    contraction of "would have." But many people hear "would of" and that's
    how they write it. Wrong.

    Note that "must of" is similarly an error for "must have."

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    Thumbs up Cool stuff!!


    i came across this posting through another website and found it very appealing! good work princess!

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    Default "comprise of" :P

    Another common mistake is the usage-- "comprise of"
    Either use comprise or use consists of ..both are equivalents.

    eg.The book comprises several chapters/consists of several chapters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRIncess View Post
    "He don’t care about me anymore."
    This is INCORRECT.

    Doesn't, does not, or does are used with the third person singular - words like he, she, and it.

    Don't, do not, or do are used for other subjects.

    This is correct: "He doesn’t care about me anymore."

    "When we go to the party on Saturday, let’s bring a bottle of wine."
    This is INCORRECT.

    When you are viewing the movement of something from the point of arrival, use “bring”:

    * "When you come to the party, please bring a bottle of wine."

    This is CORRECT.

    When you are viewing the movement of something from the point of departure, use “take”:

    * "When we go to the party, let’s take a bottle of wine."

    This is CORRECT.

    Its really interesting...

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    Default plural forms of proper noun

    Quote Originally Posted by PRIncess View Post
    Some people pluralize proper nouns, eg. "The Bill Gateses and the Julia Robertses of the world"
    Proper nouns DON'T have plurals..

    here's another one..
    1. "It was a blunder mistake."

    The word 'blunder' itself means mistake, so you could say:
    "It was a blunder," or
    "It was a big mistake."
    When proper nouns are used as common , you can use their plural form to show the generality. For ex: The Ambanis of the India are not contributing anything to the growth of rural India.

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    gr8 job PRIncess.. keep goin..
    All the best guys..!

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    This article has beautifully explained a few mistakes we Indians do in english

    10 classic Indianisms: 'Doing the needful' and more | CNNGo.com

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    Nice forum I would like to request admin to crate threads for essay writing, report writing etc for our help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameliagrase View Post
    Nice forum I would like to request admin to crate threads for essay writing, report writing etc for our help.
    Hi ameliagrase,

    We welcome your suggestion and will definitely work on it. For verbal, we currently have threads for our daily RC passages. Users can interact on those threads, along with creating new threads of their choice. Do have a look at them.

    Regards,

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    Appreciating Step Princess!!! Hopefully I could also contribute to this sometimes.

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    7 Years old post and still very very useful !! Thanks !!

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