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Find and Correct the Mistakes XIV (Upper-intermediate)

My friends, I said that test XIII would be the last on the intermediate level. I am not superstitious and I am used to keeping my word, so my next test is a little bit different. It is not that difficult, but it supposes you to know nonfinite verbs, usage of the modal auxiliaries in the past, the comparisons. This time I will not tell you the number of mistakes in each sentence. Just make them correct without changing their meaning.

  1. He thought he couldn’t help to call her after them to quarrel.
  2. I knew he used to get up early and I called to him on 6 am.
  3. I knew there should have been some mistakes in her writing as I couldn’t have got her idea.
  4. His injuring body proved his being a victim of assault.
  5. These shoes are tightest that I need.
  6. The sooner will you start out, the early you will get to the place for destination.
  7. I thought there would be cool no longer this spring.
  8. The salary of a professor is higher than secretary.
  9. The described above rule must give you an idea what I mean.
  10. He had nothing to do but he bought an air ticket.

As usual, the deadline is the next Monday, March 20.

Have a great weekend!

March 20

Dear friends, today is Monday and I am posting the answers.

  1. He thought he wouldn’t be able to stop/prevent himself from calling her after their quarrel.
  2. I knew he was used to getting up early and I called__ him at 6 am.
  3. I knew there must have been some mistakes in her writing as I couldn’t get her idea.
  4. His injured body proved him to be a victim of an assault.
  5. These shoes are tighter than those I need.
  6. The sooner __ you start out, the sooner/earlier you (will) get to the place of destination.
  7. I thought it would no longer be cool this spring.
  8. The salary of a professor is higher than that of a secretary.
  9. The rule described above must (should) give/must have given you an idea of what I mean/meant.
  10. He had nothing (else) to do but to buy an air ticket.

 

Here are some explanations as I explained almost all the mistakes in my blogs.

3. The idea of this sentence is obvious. I couldn’t understand what the author had meant because there were many mistakes. So, MUST HAVE BEEN is the best choice.

4. It is more natural to use the infinitive after TO PROVE.

6. You all corrected it, so I don’t know what to explain.

9. I see you all dislike participles. Although I posted two blogs on this subject, only a few learners read them and practiced a little. So, a participle phrase (DESCRIBED ABOVE) should follow a noun (RULE) but not precede it.

10. We use this infinitive construction meaning there is no other choice.

As usual, you can ask me your questions. Thanks for participation!

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Comment by Elen on March 20, 2017 at 20:29

Oh, I don't believe that I corrected the 9th sentence in my second attempt but then I changed it again... Ok... that was a failure...

It sounds right to me if a participle phrase precede a noun, but I know now that it is wrong :)

Comment by Risty on March 20, 2017 at 11:41

Thank you! Sir, taking it one step at a time. I'm waiting for your final note here. :)

Comment by Danny Clark on March 20, 2017 at 11:40

Dear friends, today is Monday and I am posting the answers.

  1. He thought he wouldn’t be able to stop/prevent himself from calling her after their quarrel.
  2. I knew he was used to getting up early and I called__ him at 6 am.
  3. I knew there must have been some mistakes in her writing as I couldn’t get her idea.
  4. His injured body proved him to be a victim of an assault.
  5. These shoes are tighter than those I need.
  6. The sooner __ you start out, the sooner/earlier you (will) get to the place of destination.
  7. I thought it would no longer be cool this spring.
  8. The salary of a professor is higher than that of a secretary.
  9. The rule described above must (should) give/must have given you an idea of what I mean/meant.
  10. He had nothing (else) to do but to buy an air ticket.

 

Here are some explanations as I explained almost all the mistakes in my blogs.

3. The idea of this sentence is obvious. I couldn’t understand what the author had meant because there were many mistakes. So, MUST HAVE BEEN is the best choice.

4. It is more natural to use the infinitive after TO PROVE.

6. You all corrected it, so I don’t know what to explain.

9. I see you all dislike participles. Although I posted two blogs on this subject, only a few learners read them and practiced a little. So, a participle phrase (DESCRIBED ABOVE) should follow a noun (RULE) but not precede it.

10. We use this infinitive construction meaning there is no other choice.

As usual, you can ask me your questions. Thanks for participation!

Comment by Danny Clark on March 20, 2017 at 11:36

Dear Risty, I am happy you have passed through it. To take notes is a great idea as we can't remember everything. However, the better idea is to USE some new constructions in your writing.

Thank you!

Comment by Risty on March 20, 2017 at 6:24

Oh yes! I made it and I'm so proud of myself (crazy me!)..:P..wahaha! just a nick of time. Thank you so much for your unwavering patience and support!!!!

I can now move on to the next challenge and feels so light-hearted. Just the same, I will take down notes every detail here. :)))))) ^.^

Comment by Danny Clark on March 19, 2017 at 12:56

No problem, dear. I will post them tomorrow.

Comment by Elen on March 19, 2017 at 12:51

Dear Danny, with all the respect, I am making spaghetti now and I don't want to go back to your blogs, haha. So, I will wait for your explanations :)

Comment by Danny Clark on March 19, 2017 at 12:37

Dear Elen, 7 is correct and now you see how easy it is! But 9 is still wrong. OK, I will exlain. We use a participle phrase only AFTER a noun. As a matter of fact, I posted two blogs about participles some time ago.

Comment by Danny Clark on March 19, 2017 at 12:34

Hi, dear ladies!

Risty, dear, 9 is correct. As to 8, we can say:

The salary of a professor is higher than that of a secretary

OR

A professor's salary is higher than secretary's.

We should use the same grammar constructions in both parts of the comparison.

Comment by Elen on March 19, 2017 at 10:46

9. Described above, the rule must gives you an idea of what I mean.

Well... it would no longer be cool... It was so easy indeed...

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