List of 100 Tips for Sentence Correction in English Language | Part-5:
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PART-V: USES OF ADVERBS
54). To modify a Verb, an Adjective or another Adverb, we use an Adverb.
Incorrect- She writes very careful.
Correct- She writes very carefully.
Carefully is an Adjective which cannot modify the Adverb very, therefore carefully (Adverb) must be used in place of Adjective careful.
55). 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.
56). 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 walk.
Correct- He is too weak to walk.
Correct- He is so weak that he cannot walk.
57). 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 me.
Incorrect- His wife's rude behavior gives him much too pain.
Correct- His wife's rude behavior gives him too much pain.
58). Quite and all are not used together.
Incorrect- He is quite all right.
Correct- He is quite right. or He is all right
59). A/An + Fairly + Adjective +Noun or Rather + A + Adjective For example,
(i) a fairly good book
(ii) rather a difficult problem.
But we cannot use Pleasant Adjective with rather and Unpleasant Adjective with fairly.
Incorrect- It was a rather good book.
Correct- It was a fairly good book.
60). Enough, when used as an Adverb, is preceded by a positive degree Adjective or Adverb.
Incorrect- He is greater enough to pardon you.
Correct- He is great enough topardon you. '
61). 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.
62). 'At present' means 'at the present time', 'presently' means 'shortly'. These should not be confused.
1. Incorrect- Nothing more can be done presently.
Correct- Nothing more can be done at present.
2. Incorrect- He will come back at present.
Correct- He will come back presently.
63). 'Hard' means 'diligently', strenuously', 'Hardly' means 'scarcely at all'. These two Adverbial forms of 'hard' must not be confused.
1. Incorrect- He tried hardly to win the race.
Correct- He tried hard to win the race.
2. Incorrect- She has eaten hard anything today.
Correct- She has eaten hardly anything today.
64). 'Much' is used before past participles and Adjectives or Adverbs of comparative degree. 'Very' is used before the present participles and Adjectives and Adverbs of positive degree.
1. Incorrect- The news is much surprising.
Correct- The news is very surprising.
2. Incorrect-I was very surprised at hearing the news.
Correct- I was much surprised at hearing the news.
65). 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.
66). Ago is always used with Past Indefinite Tense. So, if ago is used in a sentence, that sentence must be in the Past Indefinite Tense.
Incorrect- He has come a month ago.
Correct- He came a month ago.
67). 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.
68). Early means "just after the beginning of anything" and soon means just after a point of time.
Roses blossomed early this spring.
69). The sentence which starts with seldom, never, hardly, rarely or scarcely takes an inverse structure, ie., Verb + Subject - Structure. For example,
Incorrect- Seldom I had seen such a beautiful sight.
Correct- Seldom had I seen such a beautiful sight.
70). 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.