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Grammar Googly- 2
by Total Gadha - Monday, 19 March 2007, 04:03 AM
 

1. A NUMBER VS THE NUMBER

As a stand-alone word and as a collective noun, "number" can take a singular or a plural form.

e.g. Two hundreds persons were at the party; the number(s) is (are) just astounding.

However, when preceded by an article and followed by preposition "of", "number" is singular and the verb that follows "number" will be conjugated singular or plural depending on whether there is a definite or indefinite article in front. The expression 'the number of . . .' is singular, while 'a number of . . .' is plural.

Example: The number of people has increased

A number of people have gone

The following sentences are both correct:

The number of bad movies showing this summer is unbelievable.

A number of my friends are going to the beach this weekend

2. GRATER THAN VS MORE THAN

Greater than is appropriate when describing numbers alone.

- "Greater than 100..."

More than should be used when describing the numbers of objects or when making comparisons.

-"More than 100 fish."

3. NONE VS NO ONE

None can be singular or plural.

No one is always singular


Indefinite pronouns by definition reference nonspecific things or people. Most of these pronouns take a singular verb, some are always plural, and a few may be either singular or plural. Take a look at the lists below, and you'll notice that most indefinite pronouns are singular.

Singular: another, anybody, anyone, anything, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, many a, neither, no one, nobody, nothing, one, other, somebody, someone

Plural: both, few, many, others, several

Singular or Plural: all, any, none, some, such

A good rule of thumb is to treat most indefinite pronouns as singular and try to remember the few exceptions.

Another very important thing is to think of these pronouns as not one, and that will quickly resolve the issue.

Example 1: Neither of the attorneys (was/were) available for comment.
Think: Not one of the attorneys was available for comment. (singular subject/singular verb)
Example 2: None of the documents (is/are) identified in the brief.
Think: Not one of the documents is identified in the brief. (singular subject/singular verb)
Example 3: Some of the arguments (was/were) weak.
Think: More than one of the arguments were weak. (plural subject/plural verb)


4. AMONG VS BETWEEN

The simple rule will rarely fail you: use between for two things, among for more than two.

5. IT'S VS ITS

There's no handy short cut; all you can do is memorize the rule. It's with an apostrophe means it is; its without an apostrophe means belonging to it.

6. LESS VS FEWER

Less means "not as much"; fewer means "not as many." You earn less money by selling fewer products; you use less oil but eat fewer fries. If you can count them, use fewer.

Another explanation

Use fewer with objects that can be counted one-by-one.

Use less with qualities or quantities that cannot be individually counted.

Incorrect: There were less days below freezing last winter.

Correct: There were fewer days below freezing last winter.
(Days can be counted.)

Correct: I drank less water than she did.
(Water cannot be counted individually here.)

When referring to time or money, less is normally used even with numbers. Specific units of time or money use fewer only in cases where individual items are referred to.

Examples: I have less than an hour to do this work.

I have less time to this work.

I have less money than I need.

I have less than twenty dollars.

He worked fewer hours than I did.

The only occasion in which you might say, "I have fewer than twenty dollars," would be when you were talking about specific dollar bills or coins, such as "I have fewer than twenty silver dollars in my collection."

7. WHICH THAT AND WHO (This is tricky one so pay attention)

Use which for parenthetical remarks and asides (nonrestrictive clauses). Such remarks are not essential to the meaning of the sentence and can be omitted without losing the sense of the sentence. Nonrestrictive clauses are set off by commas.

Use that for clauses that limit or define (restrictive clauses). These clauses are necessary to the meaning of the sentence. You can omit that in a sentence, but don't leave it out if there's any possibility of confusion.

When referring to a person, use who rather than which or that.

Which, that, and who are not interchangeable. Which usually refers to things, that to either things or people, and who to people. When you can replace that with who, do so. Other life forms take that. But how should you refer to a dog with a personality? There are always exceptions.

Examples

Let's look at some examples:
The wagon, which [incidentally] is now broken, was purchased at a home improvement store.
The clause which is now broken can be omitted without disrupting the meaning of the sentence. It is not essential to the sentence (nonrestrictive). It's simply additional information.
The wagon that is broken was purchased at a home improvement store.
This one particular wagon is broken; others are not broken. The clause that is broken restricts the meaning of wagon to the one that is in disrepair (restrictive).
The brochure, which was designed by our marketing department, won high praise at the meeting.
The nonrestrictive clause which was designed by our marketing department provides parenthetical information and can be omitted without destroying the meaning of the sentence.
The brochure that was designed by our marketing department won high praise at the meeting.

Notice how in the thrust of the sentence changes for 'brochure' to 'marketing department' as 'which' is changed to 'that'
The marketing department brochure was a winner; the brochures designed by other departments did not win kudos.
The attorney, who graduated from Yale, filed the motion with the court yesterday.
The clause adds parenthetical information (nonrestrictive).
The attorney who graduated from Yale filed the motion with the court yesterday.
It was specifically the Yale graduate who took action rather than the Harvard graduate (restrictive).
The teachers, who have educated my son, deserve an award for patience.
This nonrestrictive clause refers to all of the teachers your son has had in his school career.
The teachers who have educated my son deserve an award for patience.
You are now referring to only the more effective of your son's teachers; other teachers may not have had an impact (and were probably not as patient with your son).

8. COMPARED TO VS COMPARED WITH

To show comparison between unlike things, "compare to" is used. To show comparison between like things, "compare with" is used.

Example

He compared her to a summer day.

Scientists compare the human brain to a computer. (Unlike thing)

The police compared the forged signature with the original. (Like things)

There are two rules which you should consider. First read the usage notes from dictionary.com:

Compare usually takes the preposition to when it refers to the activity of describing the resemblances between unlike things:

He compared her to a summer day.

"Scientists sometimes compare the human brain to a computer.

Compare takes with when it refers to the act of examining two like things in order to discern their similarities or differences:

" The police compared the forged signature with the original.

" The committee will have to compare the Senate's version of the bill with the version that was passed by the House.

When compare is used to mean "to liken" (one) with another, with is traditionally held to be the correct preposition:

That little bauble is not to be compared with (not to) this enormous jewel. But "to" is frequently used in this context and is not incorrect.

Rule 1: Compare to compares unlike things, whereas compare with compares like things.

Rule 2: Compare to is used to stress the resemblance. Compare with can be used to show either similarity or difference but is usually used to stress the difference.

There is a difference between compare to and compare with;

the first is to liken one thing to another;

the second is to note the resemblances and differences between two things.

9. IF VS WHETHER

Use if for a conditional idea, whether for an alternative or possibility.

Thus, Let me know if you'll be coming means that I want to hear from you only if you're coming.

But Let me know whether you'll be coming means that I want to hear from you about your plans one way or the other.

ASLO

1. Whether is correct when you're discussing two options (whether to get chocolate or strawberry ice cream) and if is correct for more than two options (if she should get ice cream, frozen yogurt, or a cookie).

On the GMAT, whether will (almost) always beat if

Incorrect: Her client didn't tell her if he had sent his payment yet.

Correct: Her client didn't tell her whether he had sent his payment yet.

10. AMOUNT VS NUMBER

Amount should be used to refer to quantities that cannot be counted or cannot be expressed in terms of a single number.

Example: "Repairing the Edsel took a great amount of work."

Number is used for quantities that can be counted.

Example: "A large number of deer ate the corn."

11. LIKE VS AS

As and like are used in a number of different ways and can be different parts of speech.

'as' and 'like' - prepositions

As refers to something or someone's appearance or function.

Example:

'Before I became a teacher I worked as a waiter.'

'I'm going to the fancy dress party as Superman.'

'The sea can be used as a source of energy.'

The expression 'I've been working as a dog' sounds unusual because it suggests that you were doing the work of a dog!

Like has the meaning 'similar to' and is used when comparing things. Look at these examples:

'I've been working like a dog.'

'She looks a bit like her brother.'

'Just like you, I'm always a bit wary of large dogs.'

The expression 'I've been working like a dog' is idiomatic and means that you have been working very hard. Note that we can use adverbs of degree, such as just, very, quite, not much, not at all, a bit, etc, to modify like:

'He's very serious " not at all like his father, perhaps more like his mother at times.

'as' and 'like' - conjunctions

As and like can also be used as conjunctions:

As means 'in the same way that'. Consider the following:

'I always drink tea without milk, just as they do on the continent.'

'Try to keep your balance on the tightrope, as I do, by spreading out your fingers like this.'

'The first ten days of July were very wet this year, as they were last year and the year before.'

In informal English, like is used in the same way. This is particularly common in American English. Consider the following:

'Nobody else would look after you like I do, baby!'

'She needs the money, like I do, so she works in a bar in the evenings.'

'I hope you're not going to be sick again, like you were when we went to Brighton.

12. BECAUSE VS IN THAT

One should also be aware of the difference between because and in that. First, using pure strategy, when a question has both because and in that, the answer is most likely in that. Second, because is used to express a simple causal relationship whereas in that qualifies the previous statement.

Look at these examples:
Cause and effect relationship: I went to sleep because I was tired. ==> Being tired caused me to go to sleep.
Qualification: Going to college is a sacrifice in that doing so requires several years of forgoing the income that students could have earned had they not attended college. ==> Going to college is a sacrifice, BUT NOT IN EVERY WAY; there are many ways in which going to college is NOT a sacrifice, but in this sentence, I want to express one way in which going to college IS a sacrifice.
In our SC, "in that" is more precise than "because." "because" is actually wrong in this sentence, but a lot of people adamantly believe that it is correct, so instead of explaining why "because" is wrong, we will stick to why "in that" is better.

13. CAN VS COULD

A): to describe ability/willingness to do something now or in the past.:

e.g. Bill can drive a car very well. - ability

Marcel can play the piano at the party - willingness now

My parents could play golf twenty years ago - ability past

Bill could take photographs until he lost his camera - willingness past

B: to give an explanation or ask for permission:

e.g. In England, you can drive a car at the age of seventeen. - explanation

Can Mary use your computer, this evening?

C: to express perception with certain verbs by using can in the present tense, and could in the past tense. The verbs are: to feel, hear, see:

e.g. Bill and Mary can see the River Seine from their house.

Derek could hear the church bells every Sunday morning when he lived in Milan.

Ann can feel the heat of the sun before she sees it.

D: to explain a possibility and to make a suggestion in the present and future tenses by using could:

e.g. The old table could be in the garage - present

We could go to the cinema next Sunday - future

Could Mary help you to make this dress? " present

14. NOT/BUT VS RATHER THAN

The key here is to realize that not... but... is conjunction. We use conjunctions when we want to join things that are "linguistically equivalent." Help much? No, probably not.

How about some examples?

§ Pucci is not a dog but a cat.

§ Not Todd but Taka will be studying with us today.

§ I not was sad but happy to learn that Megumi was moving to Paris for a better job.

You should notice that the words in bold are "linguistically equivalent," or, as we say in class, "parallel." Now compare one of these sentences if I try to use rather than:

§ Pucci is a cat rather than a dog.

Doesn't this sentence sound crazy? It should; the meaning is all wrong. Now, let's look at a similar sentence, one in which rather than is okay:

§ I want a cat rather than a dog.

This sentence is okay because we are expressing a preference for one thing over another thing.

I need X, not Y = I need X but not Y = I need not Y but X

"I need X rather than Y" does not connote "I need not Y", it just tells your preference.

15. SO VS SO THAT

When used with the meaning in order that, so is usually followed by that

Example : I am saving money so that I can buy a bicycle.

16. MAY VS MIGHT

A: to express a possibility/make a suggestion at the present time or in the future.

Example: If you return tomorrow, you may see Mr Smith.

If you return tomorrow, you might see Mr Smith.

It may rain on Thursday or it might snow.

Might suggests less certainty than may.

B: to give/ask for permission by using may:

Example. The workers may leave at six o'clock if they have finished their work. - give permission

May I see you tomorrow? - ask permission

 

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Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by rohan pandey - Thursday, 19 April 2007, 04:24 PM
  please give some examples for elaborating point n.o. 4
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Verbal Kitten - Friday, 20 April 2007, 11:34 AM
  Dear Rohan,

Here is my prescription for using 'among' or 'between':

Basic Rule

'Between' is used for two persons whereas 'among' is used for more than two persons.
The treaty was signed between Great Britain and Germany.
The toffees were distributed among the children.

Advanced Rule

'Between' is used to promote feeling of separation whereas 'among' is used to treat a group collectively.
There was sand between her fingers.
My house lies between the forest, the river, and the mountain.
My house lies among other houses in the street.

VK
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by rohan pandey - Friday, 20 April 2007, 12:44 PM
  thank you very much!
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Verbal Kitten - Monday, 23 April 2007, 08:30 PM
  smile
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by rohan pandey - Friday, 27 April 2007, 03:15 PM
  at times (in complex cases) i get confused whether to use in or on(as they may have common usage)can u please provide a solution to my problem?please give some examples!
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Verbal Kitten - Friday, 27 April 2007, 05:14 PM
  Dear Rohan,

'on' is used when there is a sense of surface. For example,
The picture is on the wall (wall taken as a surface)
The ball is on the floor (floor taken as a surface)

'in' is used when something is surrounding/covering something/someone. For example,
The picture is in the book.
The men are in the hall.

VK
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by quaint lee - Sunday, 29 April 2007, 01:45 AM
 

Quite an eye opener smile, especially the part about who/which/that, and because/in that

TY !!

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Verbal Kitten - Sunday, 29 April 2007, 02:01 AM
  smile
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by rohan pandey - Monday, 30 April 2007, 01:03 PM
  little bauble........compared with(indicates difference)/to(as two different things are being compared).Rule one says we should use-to whereas rule two says we should use-with,though both are correct but if one has to choose between the two ,which one should be chosen?which rule  should be given more priority in such cases?
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Total Gadha - Monday, 30 April 2007, 01:17 PM
  Hi Rohan,

Thumb rule- 'compared to' usually shows similarity (TG.com can be compared to a classroom) and 'compared with' usually shows differences (Compared with other websites TG.com is cuter)

Total Gadha
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by rohan pandey - Tuesday, 1 May 2007, 01:02 PM
 

thanks !can these generalizations/rules be applied to other cases ?for example compatible with/to,related with/to............

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by ankit tulsyan - Saturday, 5 May 2007, 05:56 PM
  a question ...mr gadha
i  dont  know  anything  abt  the conventional/formal grammar.....that is to say..i dont know what phrases like transitive verb/past indefinite/or even what adverbs or adjectives are....
still due to a passionately cultivated reading habit i have an inherent sense of how sentences are structured and if a given sentence is correct or not....
but i need to  improve  on accuracy  ...and  i dont want to  read grammar books
(i have difficulty memorizing explicit rules..and i'll forget them anyway).....is attempting(and understanding) a large no of problems  a viable alternative?
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Total Gadha - Sunday, 6 May 2007, 01:40 AM
  Hi Ankit,

I have a straight answer to this as I went through EXACTLY the same thing. I had been into reading heavily and therefore I could identify errors in sentences with the help of my 'feel' only. Unfortunately, my accuracy was NOT consistent. In the end, I picked up a grammar book one month before CAT 2005. I think that study did wonders. Prior to opening that book, I had taken tests and solved lots of usage questions, but my accuracy remained inconsistent. Opening that grammar book smoothened out lots of things. smile

Total Gadha
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by ankit tulsyan - Sunday, 6 May 2007, 02:35 PM
  that means there is no escaping wren n martin huh??..big grin
okay......will get into it after my majors......
and thx...u are really prompt in replying,
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Total Gadha - Monday, 7 May 2007, 01:20 AM
  smile
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by tarun chugh - Thursday, 10 May 2007, 09:02 PM
  mr gadha.. which book did u go for  ? i am getting doomed in my gmat because of sentence correction ..
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Total Gadha - Thursday, 10 May 2007, 10:20 PM
  Hi Tarun,

I referred to some grammar notes. Also, I did 500 questions from '1000 SC' file. That was enough for me to score high in sentence correction.

Total Gadha
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by tarun chugh - Saturday, 12 May 2007, 12:18 PM
  tg.. i am confused regarding subjunctive clause.. if u could please shed some light on that topic.. for example : can we use past participle verbs after that ..
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Dagny Taggart - Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 12:01 AM
 

Hi Tarun,

 

1)      The “were” subjunctive, or past subjunctive, is used to talk about the hypothetical or untrue situations: If I were you…I wish I had known that…

In each case, the event is untrue (I am not you) or hypothetical (I don’t know that). So the most common place to find subjunctive is in conditional “if” clauses, where you would otherwise find the hypothetical use of the past tense :

If I were a princess (but I am not)

I wish I were a 100 percentiler in CAT 2007( but I am not)

 

2) To express wishes wish I were studying in IIM (but I am not)

3) The present subjunctive is used in certain traditional phrases and verbs expressing desire, intention etc.;

·          God save the king!

·          God bless you!

·          He suggested that a book be written on subjunctive mood.

Following are the verbs followed by clauses that take the subjunctive: ask, demand, determine, insist, move, order, pray, prefer, recommend, regret, request, require, suggest, and wish.

I hope it clears your clouds of doubts. smile

 

Dagny

 

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by maya g - Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 07:13 PM
 

TG,

 I came across a sentence in a grammar book- " I would rather you went by car" I feel that something is lagging in ths sentence.  Can we frame the same sentence as- "i prefer you to go by car".  Can u shed light on grammar rules regarding 'would rather+ subject' and 'prefer' ?

 

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Dagny Taggart - Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 08:28 PM
  Hi Maya,

Here's my research to your problem.
'd rather
When we are talking about specific things, would rather is used as an alternative to would prefer to followed by an infinitive. It is used in this form with all personal pronouns:
I'd / she'd / they'd / we'd / you'd / he'd rather…
  • Would you like to solve some quant problems?  No, I think I'd rather solve Verbal / I'd prefer to solve verbal section.
  • He’d rather study late at night, but I’d prefer to study early in the morning.
Would rather is followed by a bare infinitive without to, whereas prefer requires to + infinitive. Would rather (but not would prefer to) is also followed by a past tense when we want to involve other people in the action, even though it has a present or future meaning.
  • Shall I start preparing for CAT 2007? I’d rather you do.
I'd rather + past tense
prefer is followed by verb-ing

Spero che lei lo capisce adesso( I hope u understand it now) smile

Dagny

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by maya g - Thursday, 17 May 2007, 05:48 AM
 

Thx Dagny, got a basic idea on framing sentnces with 'would rather' n 'prefer'.

u hve dne a good research!

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by maya g - Thursday, 17 May 2007, 01:39 PM
 

A presto, Dagny!smile

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Dagny Taggart - Friday, 18 May 2007, 11:19 AM
  smile
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by maya g - Sunday, 20 May 2007, 05:40 AM
 

Dagny,

I want to know the difference btween- 'every so often' n 'ever so often'. pls gve some examples too.

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Dagny Taggart - Sunday, 20 May 2007, 02:41 PM
 
Hi Maya,


Ever
is an adverb used as an intensifier (a word used to stress the verb) in informal conversations. Ever so often, in informal conversations would mean something occurring “a great many times”.
Ever so often I felt the urge to crack CAT 2007.
Ever so often I visited Total Gadha for my CAT preparations.
 
Every so often is a standard idiom meaning “occasionally” or “once in a while”.
Every so often I posted my verbal doubts on Total Gadha.
Every so often I solved Dagny’s puzzles in Quant-DI Forum.

 
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by manu gahlowt - Sunday, 20 May 2007, 04:31 PM
  Can you please explain me the difference between my and mine.

eg: He is a good friend of MINE.
but we say, He is MY good friend.

where is the difference in the usage though both are possessive forms ?

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Dagny Taggart - Tuesday, 22 May 2007, 09:18 AM
 
Hi Manu,
Here is an explanation-
"mine," "yours," "hers," "his," "its," "ours," and "theirs are possessive pronouns. They indicate that the pronoun is acting as a marker of possession (subject of a sentence) and defines who owns a particular object or person.

The CAT 2007 material is mine.
The black car is theirs.

‘My’ is a possessive adjective. A possessive adjective (``my,'' ``your,'' ``his,'' ``her,'' ``its,'' ``our,'' ``their'') is similar or identical to a possessive pronoun; however, it is used as an adjective and modifies a noun or a noun phrase, as in the following sentences:
I can't complete my Verbal assignment because I have to go off to sleep.

 In the above mentioned sentence, the possessive adjective ``my'' modifies ``assignment'' and the noun phrase ``my assignment'' functions as an object. *The possessive pronoun form ``mine'' is not used to modify a noun or noun phrase.*

I hope it is clear nowsmile

Dagny

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Kunal Gupta - Tuesday, 5 June 2007, 05:24 PM
  When to use 'situated' and when to use 'located'??
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by ramkrishna roy - Tuesday, 12 June 2007, 05:11 PM
 

Mr. Gadha,

 i've been facing the same problem in sentence corection.......you mentioned something about 1000 sc file.....where from i can get that.....i guess that sought of study material will help me a lot.............

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Dagny Taggart - Tuesday, 19 June 2007, 03:30 PM
  Mr. Roy,

Here is the link:-

http://totalgadha.com/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=40

Dagny
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by chaitu j - Monday, 7 January 2008, 06:20 PM
 

hi

in less vs fewer

should it not be

>>>i have lesser money than i need

rather than

>>>i hav less money than i need ??

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Total Gadha - Saturday, 12 January 2008, 04:20 AM
  Hi Chaitu,

'less' is already a comparative degree.

Total Gadha
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by sahil madhani - Sunday, 20 April 2008, 04:07 PM
 

can u pls tel me the difference between

1) the accident happened last sunday afternoon
&   the accident occurred last sunday afternoon

2) it is a nice day,but yesterday it rained all day.

& it is a nice day,but yesterday it rained whole day.

& it is a nice day,but yesterday it rained for whole day.

& it is a nice day,but it rained all day yesterday.

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by varun sethi - Monday, 21 April 2008, 08:59 PM
 

Hi TG,

I have a doubt,

This is purely business.  OR This is pure business.

Which of these is correct and why?

where;

 business is a noun 

 pure -adjective

purely-adverb

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Atul Dwivedi - Wednesday, 7 May 2008, 11:51 AM
  "This is pure business." is correct one. because adverb - purely only describe verb, adjective and another adverb. Here business is noun, and adjective describe noun, so pure will be used.


Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Willy Will - Monday, 9 June 2008, 02:19 PM
  Hi,

This is in regard with point no 8 (COMPARED TO VS COMPARED WITH) .
I was perusing TOI editorials and came across this line
"Comparing life in India to life in the US or so-called advanced countries constitutes a perennial topic of discussion and argument among some immigrants."

Isn't this the violation of the rule (mentioned in point 8) ?
It should have been " Comparing life in India with life in the US ..... some immigrants"  ??
Please clarify.

Regards
Willy ...

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Mech Guy - Tuesday, 10 June 2008, 08:54 AM
 

reflexive pronouns:

Used in apposition for emphasis . They may also be placed after a verb.I can’t come myself, but I’ll send someone to help you.
The paintings themselves are magnificent, but what ugly frames?

 

I was wondering whether here pronoun is really reflexive in nature..???

I came across EMPHATIC pronoun in WREN n MARTIN...!!!

Pls clarify..!!!

Thanks,

mechguy..@@

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by vamsi krishna - Monday, 28 July 2008, 11:45 AM
 

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3. NONE VS NO ONE

Singular or Plural: all, any, none, some, such 

 >

U have mentioned that above  indefinite pronouns can be used  as either singular or plural

cauld u please give examples for each of the above words (singular & plural) so that the statement becomes unequivocal ?

 

 

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Sreedevi PV - Wednesday, 24 September 2008, 02:21 PM
 

Hi TG,

Thanks a lot.. Rocking Article.

I am a very old user of TG... joined for Cat 07. Recently became active (4 cat 08). Really...you guys are doing a real good job.

Sreedevi

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Abbas Ali Amir - Thursday, 9 October 2008, 06:17 PM
  hi.. that's a great article..

would like to mention the difference between may and might

may
is used when possibility is higher.

Eg.
1. He may not go to school today. i.e. chances are high that he won't go to school.

2. He might not go to school today. i.e. chances are very low that he won't go to school.
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Priyesh Jaipuriar - Thursday, 16 October 2008, 10:41 PM
  Hi
Could you elucidate a little more on 'may'/'might' usage?

For example which of the following is the correct usage -

a.
I may go to play.          b. I might go to play.
a. You may go to play      b. You might go to play.

Could you give some more examples.

Thanks
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by King Anand - Monday, 10 November 2008, 01:27 AM
  wow...will go thru this on 14th nite again. smile
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by ankit bedi - Sunday, 6 September 2009, 10:31 AM
 

Hi TG,

1. can u pls clear more on like and as

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by Karun jain - Sunday, 6 September 2009, 01:06 PM
  hi
plz tell me the when to use "in" and when to use "at"?
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by anirban bhar - Sunday, 6 December 2009, 09:37 PM
  less is used in comparative sense

while lesser is used to make something  inferior.
Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by lazy gadha - Tuesday, 5 October 2010, 04:50 PM
 

thanks sir .....................

what a googly it was i'm clean bold.

sir i think we can make a thumb rule for

"5. IT'S VS ITS

There's no handy short cut; all you can do is memorize the rule. It's with an apostrophe means it is; its without an apostrophe means belonging to it."

                     by using mnemonics.

i find most of the words with apostrophe are combination of two words like we'll is we will, i'm is i am father's is father is etc, on more thing is to be noted here is that all these words are combination of a subject and a helping verb. so between it's and its, it's would be it is

second thing is that while in possesive pronoun we obserb a pettern like his, ours, theirs, yours, themselves etc, so its would be the possesive proune.

Re: Grammar Googly- 2
by mansi goel - Monday, 31 October 2011, 10:55 PM
  hello ma'am,
could you please explain why it should nt be so...as in the following sentence:

You are so much to blame as I should be.

I have read that so...as is used in negative sentences.I don't understand the concept of negative sentence.

Thank You.