Minggu, 29 Maret 2009

Common Errors in writing ( part 3 )

Isn't it :

When you make a statement, then immediately ask if it is not true, you can use "isn't it" only if the question used the verb "to be" ( ie "is" or one of its forms ), the original question was positive, and if the subject of the sentence is third person singular ( it ). It is correct to say, for example, "It is coming, isn't it?"

Kindly :

Be careful when you use the word "kindly." It is used to begin a request that the listener or reader do something or refrain from doing something. It is polite and appropriate to use it on public notices, posters or broadcasts.

It is rude to use it when talking to single person. It implies that the listener is in an inferior class or is your servant and you are annoyed with him or her. When asking an individual to do something, it is best tu use the word, "Please."

Loose and Lose :

The two words, "loose" and "lose," look similar, especially to those who speak English as a scond language. It is easy to mix them up.

The word, "loose," means something is not tight or securely fastened down. It might easily fall apart or fall off. The word "lose," in contrast, means to have something go away and become lost.

Number of :

Do not use the phrase "a number of" to indicate an unknown number of something. Instead, use the word. Instead use the word "several."

Remember that zero is a number, so it is true that I had a number of sexual adventures with beautiful Hollywood starlets

Opposed to :

Do not use "opposed to" when you mean "contrasted with." Opposed mean there is a conflict between the two difference.

Revert :

To revert means to degenerate to an earlier condition. Say, " They reverted to barbarisme. :It does not mean to replay, as in "reply to a message, "Say Please reply to this email message

Source : www.scn.org/cmp/errors. htm

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