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ADJECTIVES - Common Errors / Mistakes

Updated: May 20


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COMMON ERRORS IN THE USE OF ADJECTIVES

7. Some, Any

Understanding the different uses of these two adjectives.

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. He has procured any bread.

  2. He has procured no any bread.

  3. Bring me any water to drink.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. He has procured some bread.

  2. He has procured no bread, or he has not procured any bread.

  3. Bring me some water to drink.

8. Little, A Little, The Little

Understanding the different uses of these three expressions.

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. Little money is better than none.

  2. He was sorry to find that he had little money.

  3. He spent a little money that he had.

  4. I am glad I have little time left.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. A little money is better than none.

  2. He was sorry to find that he had a little money.

  3. He spent the little money that he had.

  4. I am glad I have a little time left.

9. Few, A Few, The Few

Understanding the different uses of these three expressions.

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. He was glad to have few books.

  2. I was sorry to have a few rupees.

  3. He read a few books that he had.

  4. I wish you would stay here few days.

  5. Few remarks from him will not be out of place.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. He was glad to have a few books.

  2. I was sorry to have few rupees.

  3. He read the few books that he had.

  4. I wish you would stay here a few days.

  5. A few remarks from him will not be out of place.

10. The Preposition "Of" is Omitted After Certain Collective Numeral Nouns

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. I have a dozen of sheep.

  2. He lived almost a hundred of years.

  3. A ship will not last a thousand of years.

  4. Few men have a million of pounds.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. I have a dozen sheep.

  2. He lived almost a hundred years.

  3. A ship will not last a thousand years.

  4. Few men have a million pounds.

11. A, An

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. A clock is an useful thing.

  2. He is an European.

  3. He wrote a historical book.

  4. He is an one-eyed man.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. A clock is a useful thing.

  2. He is a European.

  3. He wrote an historical book.

  4. He is a one-eyed man.

12. Each, Every

The uses of distributive adjectives.

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. They surrounded him on every sides.

  2. Of the two men lying in hospital, every one is recovering.

  3. The two men struck one another.

  4. They all helped each other.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. They surrounded him on every side.

  2. Of the two men lying in hospital, each is recovering.

  3. The two men struck each other.

  4. They all helped one another.

13. Comparative Degree of Adjectives

The proper use of the comparative degree of adjectives.

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. He is tall than you.

  2. He is taller from you.

  3. He is the tallest of the two.

  4. This stick is more longer than that.

  5. This boy is more clever than all the boys.

  6. This book is more preferable than that.

  7. This book is easier of that.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. He is taller than you.

  2. He is taller than you.

  3. He is the taller of the two.

  4. This stick is longer than that.

  5. This boy is more clever than all the other boys.

  6. This book is preferable to that.

  7. This book is easier than that.

14. Latin Comparatives

Using "to" instead of "than" with Latin comparatives.

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. His strength is superior than mine.

  2. Your height is inferior than mine.

  3. This man is senior than that.

  4. This event is prior than that.

  5. Your son is junior than mine.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. His strength is superior to mine.

  2. Your height is inferior to mine.

  3. This man is senior to that.

  4. This event is prior to that.

  5. Your son is junior to mine.

15. Superlative Degree of Adjectives

The proper use of the superlative degree of adjectives.

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. This road is the most shortest of all.

  2. This road is shorter than all of them.

  3. Iron is the useful metal than all.

  4. That was unkindest cut of all.

  5. He gained a first prize.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. This road is the shortest of all.

  2. This road is shorter than all the others.

  3. Iron is the most useful of all metals.

  4. That was the unkindest cut of all.

  5. He gained the first prize.

16. Superlative Degree Misuse

The superlative degree must not be used as if it were equivalent to the positive degree preceded by "very."

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. He wrote a best book.

  2. He is a worst scholar.

  3. This is a happiest world after all.

  4. You have a clearest style of writing.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. He wrote a very good book.

  2. He is a very bad scholar.

  3. This is a very happy world after all.

  4. You have a very clear style of writing.




Common Errors in the Use of Adjectives: Identification and Correction

  1. Erroneous: He is more taller than his brother. Corrected: He is taller than his brother.

  2. Erroneous: This is the most cheapest option available. Corrected: This is the cheapest option available.

  3. Erroneous: She is the more talented of the two. Corrected: She is the more talented one of the two.

  4. Erroneous: The weather is more hotter today. Corrected: The weather is hotter today.

  5. Erroneous: He is senior than me by two years. Corrected: He is senior to me by two years.

  6. Erroneous: This is an one-time opportunity. Corrected: This is a one-time opportunity.

  7. Erroneous: He is an honest man and an European. Corrected: He is an honest man and a European.

  8. Erroneous: She has a better idea than the other students. Corrected: She has a better idea than the other students.

  9. Erroneous: This car is more faster than my old one. Corrected: This car is faster than my old one.

  10. Erroneous: She is the most intelligentest student in the class. Corrected: She is the most intelligent student in the class.

  11. Erroneous: Each of the student was given a certificate. Corrected: Each of the students was given a certificate.

  12. Erroneous: He made less mistakes this time. Corrected: He made fewer mistakes this time.

  13. Erroneous: I have a few money left in my wallet. Corrected: I have a little money left in my wallet.

  14. Erroneous: This is the most unique painting I have ever seen. Corrected: This is a unique painting I have ever seen.

  15. Erroneous: He has the most happiest smile. Corrected: He has the happiest smile.

  16. Erroneous: There were less people at the meeting. Corrected: There were fewer people at the meeting.

  17. Erroneous: She is one of the more successful entrepreneurs. Corrected: She is one of the most successful entrepreneurs.

  18. Erroneous: The movie was more interesting than I expected. Corrected: The movie was more interesting than I expected.

  19. Erroneous: He is more better at sports than academics. Corrected: He is better at sports than academics.

  20. Erroneous: I bought a dozen of eggs. Corrected: I bought a dozen eggs.

  21. Erroneous: She found more easier way to solve the problem. Corrected: She found an easier way to solve the problem.

  22. Erroneous: His explanation was more clear than hers. Corrected: His explanation was clearer than hers.

  23. Erroneous: This is the bestest cake I've ever had. Corrected: This is the best cake I've ever had.

  24. Erroneous: She received the highest mark of the two students. Corrected: She received the higher mark of the two students.

  25. Erroneous: He is the most funniest person I know. Corrected: He is the funniest person I know.

  26. Erroneous: This is the least worse option available. Corrected: This is the least worst option available.

  27. Erroneous: The news was very shockingest. Corrected: The news was very shocking.

  28. Erroneous: He is an university student. Corrected: He is a university student.

  29. Erroneous: She wore the more beautiful dress to the party. Corrected: She wore the most beautiful dress to the party.

  30. Erroneous: He lives in the more quiet part of the city. Corrected: He lives in the quieter part of the city.

  31. Erroneous: This is the most oldest building in the town. Corrected: This is the oldest building in the town.

  32. Erroneous: He has less friends than I do. Corrected: He has fewer friends than I do.

  33. Erroneous: She is very best student in her class. Corrected: She is the best student in her class.

  34. Erroneous: The weather today is much more better than yesterday. Corrected: The weather today is much better than yesterday.

  35. Erroneous: He is the taller from the two brothers. Corrected: He is the taller of the two brothers.

  36. Erroneous: This cake is too more sweet for me. Corrected: This cake is too sweet for me.

  37. Erroneous: I have more important things to do than that. Corrected: I have more important things to do than that.

  38. Erroneous: She received a more higher grade than expected. Corrected: She received a higher grade than expected.

  39. Erroneous: He is more faster than his competitors. Corrected: He is faster than his competitors.

  40. Erroneous: This task is more harder than the last one. Corrected: This task is harder than the last one.



Common Errors in the Use of Adjectives: Advanced Exercise

Erroneous Sentences:

  1. The results were very more disappointing than expected.

  2. Each student must complete their homework by Friday.

  3. The most happiest moment of my life was my graduation day.

  4. There was less traffic today compared to yesterday.

  5. She is the most kindest person I have ever met.

  6. His performance was superior than the other competitors.

  7. The company's profits were much more higher this quarter.

  8. She gave me an one-dollar bill.

  9. He is elder than all his siblings.

  10. The conference room was more larger than we needed.

  11. This is the bestest book I have read this year.

  12. The cake was too much sweet for my taste.

  13. I prefer this route because it is more shorter.

  14. He is the most intelligentest student in the class.

  15. This task is more harder than it looks.

  16. The movie was much more better than the book.

  17. She was given a more difficult assignment than her peers.

  18. He had a few problems with the project.

  19. This project is less complicated than the previous one.

  20. She is one of the more successful businesswomen in the industry.

Corrected Sentences:

  1. The results were much more disappointing than expected.

  2. Each student must complete his or her homework by Friday.

  3. The happiest moment of my life was my graduation day.

  4. There was less traffic today compared with yesterday.

  5. She is the kindest person I have ever met.

  6. His performance was superior to the other competitors.

  7. The company's profits were much higher this quarter.

  8. She gave me a one-dollar bill.

  9. He is older than all his siblings.

  10. The conference room was larger than we needed.

  11. This is the best book I have read this year.

  12. The cake was too sweet for my taste.

  13. I prefer this route because it is shorter.

  14. He is the most intelligent student in the class.

  15. This task is harder than it looks.

  16. The movie was much better than the book.

  17. She was given a more difficult assignment than her peers.

  18. He had some problems with the project.

  19. This project is simpler than the previous one.

  20. She is one of the most successful businesswomen in the industry.

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