WRONG USAGE OF VERBS IELTS EXAM
- When there are two Subjects in a sentence and they are not in the same Number,
then we must have to use separate Auxiliaries (is, are, am, was, were, have, has) for
both of them.
Incorrect- Three killed and one were injured.
Correct- Three were killed and one was injured.
- A single Verb should be made to serve two Subjects, only when the form of Verb is same for both the subjects.
Incorrect- I am seventeen years old and my sister fourteen.
Correct- I am seventeen years old and my sister is fourteen.
- Two auxiliaries can be used with one principal Verb, only when the form of the principal Verb is appropriate to both the auxiliaries. ‘
Incorrect- He never has, and never will take such strong measures.
Correct- He never has taken, and never will take such strong measures.
- When there is only one auxiliary to two principal Verbs it should be correctly associated with the both.
Incorrect- Ten candidates have passed one failed.
Correct- Ten candidates have passed, one has failed.
- A Past Tense in the main clause should be followed by a Past Tense in the subordinate clause.
Incorrect- He succeeded because he works hard.
Correct- He succeeded because he worked hard.
- A Past Tense in main clause may be followed by a Present Tense in the subordinate clause when the subordinate clause expresses a universal truth.
Incorrect- Our teacher said that the earth moved round the sun.
Correct- Our teacher said that the earth moves round the sun.
- When the subordinate clause comes after ‘lest’, the auxiliary Verb ‘should’ must be used, whatever be the Tense of the Verb in the main clause.
Incorrect- We start early lest we shall miss the train.
Correct- We start early lest we should miss the train.
- An Adverb or Adverbial phrase should not be placed between ‘to’ and verbal part of the infinitive. (This is called the split infinitive).
Incorrect- I hoped to immediately reply to your letter.
Correct– I hoped to reply immediately to your letter.
- An infinitive should be in the present tense unless it represents an action prior to that of the governing Verb.
Incorrect- I should have liked to have gone-there.
Correct- I should have liked to go there.
- Gerund if preceded by a Pronoun, that Pronoun must be in Possessive case.
Incorrect – He emphasized me going there.
Correct- He emphasized my going there.
- The Present Perfect Continuous Tense is used for an action that began in the past
time and still going at the time of speaking. It is used with, Adverb of time introduced
by ‘since’, ‘for’ and ‘how long’.
Incorrect- How long are you working in this office?
Correct- How long have you been working in this office?
- A Verb when preceded by a Preposition must be the Gerund.
Incorrect- They were punished for come late.
Correct- They were punished for, coming late.
- The Future Indefinite Tense is not used in the clauses of time, place and condition. Here the Present Indefinite Tense is used.
Incorrect- I shall wait for you till you will finish your work.
Correct- I shall wait for you, till you finish your work.
- The Present Perfect Tense is not used with the Adverbs of past time like
yesterday, in 1990 etc. Here Past Indefinite Tense is used.
Incorrect- I have bought a cycle yesterday.
Correct-I bought a cycle yesterday.
The Past Perfect Tense is used to represent the earlier of the two past actions.
Incorrect- When I reached the station, the train already left.
Correct- When I reached the station, the train had already left.
- Modal Auxiliaries are not used together. But two Auxiliaries can be connected by a Conjunction.
Incorrect-He should must do it.
Correct- He should and must do it.
- When need or dare is followed by not, it turns into modal auxiliary. In that situation it takes Bare Infinitive ‘and we cannot use ‘needs not’ or ‘dares not’.
Incorrect- He needs not do it.
Correct- He need not do it.
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