Saturday, November 7, 2015

UnEnglish & Superfluous Expressions - Part 1

UnEnglish & Superfluous Expressions

  1. The Word "Females" is often misused for women. The word female actually indicates sex. A human being belongs either to the male or the female sex. It is incorrect to say - The females of this village ---instead we should say---- the women of this village.
  2. With a view to - It must be noted that 'With a view to' is always followed by a gerund. For e.g, He has called a meeting of all parties tomorrow, with a view to forming a national reconciliation government.
  3. Hope implies a happy news or some favourable anticipation. The following use of hope  is wrong. e.g., I hope to get fever today. Instead we should say 'I fear I am going to have fever today'.
  4. Addicted to - It is always used in a bad sense. It is never used in a good sense. We can never say- 'He is addicted to singing'. as, 'He is addicted to gambling.' or, "He is addicted to drink".
  5. All Right - These words should always be written as two separate words and never as alright.
  6. Etc stands for 'et cetera', meaning "and other things". If you want to begin with and, you must not end with etc. You must say and so on. It is wrong to use statement like this. Many kinds of fruits grow in Kashmir, such as apples, peaches, plums, pears, etc. Instead, you should say Many kinds of fruits- apples, peaches, plums and pears, etc.- grow in Kashmir.
  7. As follows - The verb is invariable in number; never 'as follow' 'His argument is as follows.' 'The rules and regulations are as follows'.
  8. Broadcast - we never say "broadcasted". 'Soniya's speech was broadcast(not broadcasted) from the National channel.'
  9. It is incorrect to say that a ship swims. A ship sails or floats; men and animals swim. Also do not say "a ship is drowned," a ship sinks; men and animals sink and are drowned.
  10. Half - Half of them is or are? The rule is that when the noun or pronoun following of, is singular, half is considered singular. 'If half of a piece is genuine antique, then it is difficult to dismiss it as a fake': when the noun or pronoun following of is plural, half is considered plural;'Half of the oranges were rotten.' The same rule also applies to lots of and heaps of.
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