Grandma\’s Tales

May 7, 2007

Grammar – What’s wrong with these sentences? 3

Filed under: Language — Rajesh @ 6:53 pm

Here are some more that sound so familiar. Want to set them right? These too are from Rediff.com

1.      “He said me to go.”

2.      “Please on the fan!”

3.      “He is my cousin brother.”

4.      “He has eaten a mango yesterday.”

5.      “He is loving Sangita!”

6.      “I am standing on the bus stop.”

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5 Comments »

  1. 1.”He asked me to go.”

    2.“Please switch on the fan!”

    3.“He is my cousin.”

    4.“He ate a mango yesterday.”

    5.“He loves Sangita!”

    6.“I am standing at the bus stop.”

    Comment by Uthra — May 8, 2007 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  2. 1. He asked me to go.
    2. Please switch on the fan.
    3. He is my cousin.
    4. He ate a mango yesterday.
    5. He loves Sangita.
    6. I am standing at the bus stop.

    Comment by Shreya — May 8, 2007 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Uthra, Hi Shreya, full marks! Except, I would have simply said, “I’m at the bus stop”, but I guess this sentence emphasises the fact the speaker is “standing” there and is not too happy about it.:-)

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 8, 2007 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  4. Language is not about grammar rulez., its about communication. as long as others understand – is/was/at/on/.. doesn’t mater. do you think?

    and i cannot understand, why we in india care somuch about correct english even brits dont care that much. i live in athens/greece and work for american bank now. and travelled around europe, japan,.. even very senior executives don’t speak good english but that doesn’t seems bother them or anyone around.

    lets get over colonial hangover and use english for our comfort.. oxford is living document they are changing with time & popularity.

    Comment by yuva — May 9, 2007 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

  5. Hi yuva, here is advice from an expert. “The way you write reflects the quality of your presentation. People often form perceptions based on what they see. So it’s important to make sure that your business writing shines.” Let me just add: when you communicate, you don’t want to be misunderstood, right? So write in simple, clear English free of spelling and grammar errors. Colonial hangover has nothing to do with it. It is a business necessity. Let’s not throw away the advantage we have in the mastery of this world language.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 9, 2007 @ 9:07 pm | Reply


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