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Competitive Guidance
Bank POs
Adjectives like unique, ideal, perfect, com-
plete, universal, entire, extreme, chief, full
square and round, which do not admit dif-
ferent degrees of comparison, should not be
Incorrect: It is the most unique thing.
Correct: It is a unique thing.
All the Adjectives which refer to the same
Noun should be in the same degree of com-
Incorrect: He is the wisest and honest
worker in the office.
Correct: He is the wisest and most honest
worker in the office.
'Elder' and 'eldest' should be used for per-
sons only, strictly speaking, they are used
for the members of the same family only.
'Older' and 'oldest' are used for both persons
and things.
Incorrect: He is my older brother.
Correct: He is my elder brother.
To modify a Verb, an Adjective or another
Adverb, we use an Adverb.
Incorrect: She writes very careful.
Correct: She writes very carefully.
Note: Carefully is an Adjective which can-
not modify the Adverb very, therefore care-
fully (Adverb) must be used in place of
Adjective careful.
'Too' means more than required and it is
used with Unpleasant Adjective. So, we
cannot use too glad, too happy, too pleasant,
too healthy.
Incorrect: I am too glad to meet you.
Correct: I am very glad to meet you.
A sentence which is based on 'Too.... To'
format, we cannot replace to with so that. If
we replace to with so that, too also must be
replaced with cannot.
Incorrect: He is too weak so that he cannot
Correct: He is too weak to walk.
Correct: He is so weak that he cannot walk.
'Much too' is followed by Unpleasant
Adjective, whereas 'too much' is followed
by Noun.
Much too + Unpleasant Adjective.
Too much + Noun.
Incorrect: His failure is too much painful
for me.
Correct: His failure is much too painful for
Incorrect: His wife's rude behavior gives
him much too pain.
Correct: His wife's rude behavior gives
him too much pain.
'Quite' and 'all' are not used together.
Incorrect: He is quite all right.
Correct: He is quite right. Or He is all right.
A/An + Fairly + Adjective + Noun or
Rather + A + Adjective. For example:
(i) A fairly good book.
(ii) Rather a difficult problem.
Note: But we cannot use Pleasant Adjective
with 'rather' and Unpleasant Adjective with
Incorrect: It was a rather good book.
Correct: It was a fairly good book.
'Enough', when used as an Adverb, is pre-
ceded by a positive degree Adjective or
Incorrect: He is greater enough to pardon
Correct: He is great enough to pardon you.
Two negatives cancel each other. Hence two
negatives should not be used in the same
sentence unless we make an affirmation.
Incorrect: I have not got none.
Correct: I have not got any.
'At present' means 'at the present time',
'presently' means 'shortly'. These should not
be confused.
Incorrect: Nothing more can be done
Correct: Nothing more can be done at pres-
Incorrect: He will come back at present.
Correct: He will come back presently.
'Hard' means 'diligently', strenuously', 'hard-
ly' means 'scarcely at all'. These two
Adverbial forms of 'hard' must not be con-
Incorrect: He tried hardly to win the race.
Correct: He tried hard to win the race.
Incorrect: She has eaten hard anything
Correct: She has eaten hardly anything
'Much' is used before past participles and
Adjectives or Adverbs of comparative
degree. 'Very' is used before the present par-
ticiples and Adjectives and Adverbs of pos-
itive degree.
Incorrect: The news is much surprising.
Correct- The news is very surprising.
Incorrect: I was very surprised at hearing
the news.
Correct: I was much surprised at hearing
the news.
'Hardly' is an Adverb which means rarely.
Whereas 'hard' is an Adjective which means
tough, rigid.
Incorrect: It is a hardly job.
Correct- It is a hard job.
'Ago' is always used with Past Indefinite
Tense. So, if ago is used in a sentence, that
sentence must be in the Past Indefinite
Incorrect: He has come a month ago.
Correct: He came a month ago.
'At present' means at this moment and it is
used with Present Tense, whereas 'presently'
and 'shortly' are used for future action and
generally used with Future Indefinite Tense.
Incorrect: Presently he is in the room.
Correct: At present he is in the room.
'Early' means just after the beginning of
anything and 'soon' means just after a point
of time.
Example: Roses blossomed early this
The sentence which starts with seldom, nev-
er, hardly, rarely or scarcely takes an inverse
structure. Verb + Subject - Structure. For
Incorrect: Seldom I had seen such a beau-
tiful sight.
Correct: Seldom had I seen such a beauti-
ful sight.
Inversion is also used in a sentence which
starts with here/there/ away/out/up/indoor
or outdoor and Main Verb, or Aux + Main
Verb is used before the Subject.
Incorrect: Away Sita went.
Correct: Away went Sita.
Two Conjunctions should not be used in the
same sentence.
Incorrect: Although she was tired, but she
still went on working.
Correct: Although she was tired, she still
went on working.
'Both' should be followed by 'and'. It should
be used in the positive sense. In the negative
sense, 'neither....nor' should be used in place
of 'both'.
Incorrect: Both Ravi as well as Raja were
present there.
Correct: Both Ravi and Raja were present
'Either ... or', 'neither.... nor', 'both' and 'not
only but also' should be followed by the
same parts of speech.
Incorrect: He not only lost his ticket, but
also his luggage.
Correct: He lost not only his ticket but also
his luggage.
'Neither' should be followed, by 'nor',
'either' should be followed by 'or'. Both
these should not be confused.
Incorrect: He washed neither his hands or
his face.
Correct: He washed neither his hands nor
his face.
'No sooner' should be followed by 'than', not
by 'but' or 'then'.
Incorrect: No sooner do I finish this book
then I shall begin another.
Correct: No sooner do I finish the book,
than I shall begin another.
It was a fairly good book
Associate Professor,
English, Hyderabad.
Directions Read each sentence to find out
whether there is any grammatical mistake/
error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part
of the sentence. Mark the number of that part
with error as your answer. If there is 'No error',
mark (e) as your answer.
1. It is highly desirable that (1)/ you furnish
evidence of your expenses (2)/ before you
submit (3)/ your final accounts. (4)/ No
error (5)
2. No sooner had (1)/ I put the phone (2)/ do-
wn (3)/ then it rang again. (4)/ No error (5)
3. If the gardener would sow (1)/ the seeds in
the greenhouse (2)/ rather than the garden,
(3)/ he might get a better display of flow-
ers. (4)/ No error (5)
4. "I fear neither man or beast!" (1)/ Jack
said as Jim stared (2)/ at the Anaconda
coiled (3)/ on the branch over his head.
(4)/ No error (5)
5. He was scolded (1)/ up the teacher (2)/ for
failing (3)/ to pass the test. (4)/ No error
6. I accused her (1)/ of stolen my wallet (2)/
but she insisted (3)/ on her innocence. (4)/
No error (5)
7. I'd like (1)/ to go to (2)/ either
Germany (3)/ nor Paris. (4)/
No error (5)
8. The problem are (1)/ I have
(2)/ neither time (3)/ nor
money. (4)/ No error (5)
9. He is one of the better (1)/
players in Asia (2)/ and he takes (3)/ pride
in it. (4)/ No error (5)
10. She wants to(1)/ either (2)/ go shopping or
relaxing (3)/ in the park. (4)/ No error (5)
11. Julie frequently uses (1)/ the new word
processor. (2)/ Kavitha not use (3)/ it once.
(4)/ No error (5)
12. Hardly had we arrived (1)/ at the station
then (2)/ the announcement (3)/ started.
(4)/ No error (5)
13. Scarcely had Jake (1)/ finished the book
report (2)/ had Alan (3)/ came in. (4)/ No
error (5)
14. In all that excitement, (1)/ I had forgetting
(2)/ to take my present (3)/ from
him. (4)/ No error (5)
15.I have gained five pounds (1)/
since I started my diet. (2)/ At the
same time, (3)/ I have gain a crav-
ing for Milky Way bars. (4)/ No
error (5)
16. The sun was (1)/ too bright, (2)/ which I
put on (3)/ my shades. (4)/ No error (5)
17. You can't (1)/ have (2)/ your cake (3)/ and
eat it too. (4)/ No error (5)
18. The apartment is decorated (1)/ with all
the imported furniture (2)/ no doubt (3)/
that it would be quite expensive. (4)/ No
error (5)
19. In the engineering sector (1)/ there are any
jobs (2)/ at the moment (3)/ for those with-
out experience. (4)/ No error (5)
20. My parents are not (1)/ on good terms (2)/
so we tried (3)/ to patch thing up. (4)/ No
error (5)
21. On Discovery channel last night there is
an informative program (1)/ about innova-
tions in medical imaging, (2)/ a program
you (3)/ would have found interesting. (4)/
No error (5)
22. Lisa orders one book (1)/ from the club
last year. (2)/ She has not ordered (3)/ any-
thing since. (4)/ No error (5)
1) 5; 2) 4; 3) 1; 4) 1; 5) 2; 6) 2; 7) 4; 8) 1;
9) 1; 10) 3; 11) 3; 12) 2; 13) 3; 14) 2; 15)
4; 16) 3; 17) 5; 18) 4; 19) 2; 20) 4; 21) 1;
22) 1