Dear readers welcome to Awareness Adda. In this article we discussing Spotting Errors in English, it was the very important topic in competitive exams, we are here to help to get a good score in this section. we are providing 101 golden rules to solve spotting errors.

SPOTTING ERRORS PART-3

POINT NUMBER 21:-

The use of ‘few, ‘a few and ‘the few should be used with care they denote a number.

  1. Few means not many it is the opposite of many.
  2. A few is positive and means some at least it is opposite of none.
  • The few means whatever there is.

Example:-

  • A few men are free from fault. (wrong)
  • Few men are free from fault. (correct)
  • Few boys will pass the examination. (wrong)
  • A few boys will pass the examination. (correct)
  • I have already read the few books that are on the bookshelf.

POINT NUMBER 22:-

  • Fewer/less

Use of ‘less and ‘fewer less denotes quantity, fewer denotes number

Example:-

  • No less than 50 persons were killed in that war. (wrong)
  • No fewer than 50 persons were killed in that war. (correct)
  • There are no fewer than 5 liters of the water in the can. (wrong)
  • There are no less than 5 liters of the water in the can. (correct)

POINT NUMBER 23:-

  • Little/ a little/ the little
  1. Little means hardly any.
  2. A Little means some though not much.
  • The little means not much but all there is.

Example:-

  • There is a little hope of his recovery. (wrong)
  • There is little hope of his recovery. (correct)
  • Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. (wrong)
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. (correct)
  • A little milk that is in the pot may be used for the patient. (wrong)
  • The little milk that is in the pot may be used for the patient. (correct)

POINT NUMBER 24:-

  • Older/elder

Older refers to a person as well as a thing and is always followed by that. ‘Elder’ is used for members of a family.

Example:-

  • Ram is elder than all other boys of this area. (wrong)
  • Ram is older than all other boys of this area. (correct)
  • Suresh is my older brother. (wrong)
  • Suresh is my elder brother. (correct)

POINT NUMBER 25:-

Normally than is used in the comparative degree but it words like

  • Superior
  • Inferior
  • Senior
  • Junior
  • Prior
  • Anterior
  • Posterior
  • Prefer
  • Refer…etc

To is used

Example:-

  • Shelly is junior than word swath. (wrong)
  • Shelly is junior to word swath. (correct)
  • I prefer milk than tea. (wrong)
  • I prefer milk to tea. (correct)

POINT NUMBER 26:-

In some cases the comparison is subtle is subtle and must be given proper attention.

Example:-

  • The scenery of Kashmir is better than Shimla. (wrong)
  • The scenery of Kashmir is better than that of Shimla. (correct)
  • The scenery of Kashmir is better than sceneries of Shimla (correct)

POINT NUMBER 27:-

When a comparison is made by using a comparative followed by ‘than, the word ‘other must be used to include the thing compare from the class of things with which it is compared.

Example:-

  • Krishna is cleverer than any student

Note:-

Any student includes the man himself and those two sentence is will be absurd.

POINT NUMBER 28:-

‘Many a’ is always followed by the singular verb

Example:-

  • Many a man were drowned in the sea. (wrong)
  • Many a man was drowned in the sea. (correct)

POINT NUMBER 29:-

            If the subject begins with ‘ the number of’, always followed by a plural number noun and takes a singular verb, if the subject begins with ‘a lot of’ is always followed by a plural number noun and takes a plural verb.

Example:-

  • The number of students is very small
  • A number of books are missing.

POINT NUMBER 30:-

When ‘as well as, along with, ‘together with’, ‘no less than, ‘in addition to, ‘not and ‘with joined two subjects, the verb will be according to the first noun.

Example:-

  • Ram, as well as his ten friends, are going on a picnic. (wrong)
  • Ram, as well as his ten friends, is going on a picnic. (correct)
  • The teacher along with his students were going. (wrong)
  • The teacher along with his students was going. (correct)

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