Grammatical Errors: Avoid these common mistakes

English is a language with many Synonyms, Antonyms and of course words that sound similar but denote different meanings. Many times we see that most of us often use few words interchangeably not even knowing that there is a huge difference in the usage. Using one word instead of another word causes grammatical errors that can hugely impact the content of the message. It’s okay to make errors, but it’s not okay to learn from errors. No worries, we will make it as easy as possible for you. Know some Grammatical Errors and avoid making them.

Grammatical Errors: Avoid these common mistakes

Grammatical Errors
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Elder and Older:

The simple way to remember the usage of elder is to think about your own family. To put it in simple words, when you make a comparison between/among your own family, using Elder is the correct word. For example, My elder brother is a scientist. My elder sister is a doctor.
Older on the contrast is used to make a comparison between people outside your family and further, it can also be used to denote things, unlike elder which is only for people. For example, Trishna is older than her friend. The teacher in this school is older than the Principal.

One more difference between the two is ‘Elder’ is not followed by ‘than’, but may be preceded by ‘the’. whereas Older is followed by ‘than’. For example, He is the elder to Amit. Amitabh Bachchan is older than Brad Pitt.

Further, Farther

The difference between ‘further’, and ‘farther’, is one of the most commonly confused and grammatical errors committed by many. Well, these two might create a lot of confusion for many, the simple trick to remember is to understand the term farther. Farther is the comparative degree of ‘Far’, which means a greater degree of distance. Whereas, Further is used to supplement something additional. Read the two sentences and observe the difference.
She went to London for further studies. (Additional)
San Francisco is farther from New Delhi than Washington. (Distance)

First and Foremost:

Though both might sound similar, however, they convey a different meaning altogether. The easiest way to remember them is to remember ‘First’, as an order or position. For example, The first performance of the event should captivate the audience to stay back (order). Foremost, on the other hand, describes the importance, conspicuous of a certain thing.  For example, It is your foremost duty to respect elders (importance)

Much, Many:

The easier trick to remember the difference between the two is to think of it in terms of countable. ‘Many’, means a large number of something and is used with countable. On the contrary ‘Much’, is used to denote a large quantity of something that cannot be counted (uncountable). For example Much Talking, Much Nonsense. (Uncountable). Many Students, Many Classrooms (Countable).

Between and Among:

The inappropriate use of between and Among in a sentence can make it completely erroneous. This is one of the most commonly committed grammatical errors in the English language. Use ‘Between’, when you want to describe something between two people, two things etc.. For Example, The plan should be a secret between you and me. On the contrary, ‘among’, may be used when something is among more than two people, more than two things etc. For Example, The plan should be a secret among all the three of us.

Well, there are many of such grammatical errors, but these are the most frequently confused and erroneous ones. We will cover a few more in our upcoming posts. For time being master these and improve your English.

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