Hi, my friends! Our dear Onee-Chan asked me to post the blog “Find and correct the mistakes” as a continuation of Tanya’s and my previous blogs with the same title. For those who haven’t taken part in such tests before, I will give some explanations. Each of the given sentences contains one or more grammar mistakes. They may be articles, prepositions, tenses, participles, gerunds, wrong forms of a pronoun, modal auxiliaries, whatever. You should find and correct all of them. You shouldn’t change the vocabulary, it is correct, but you may change the word order if it is wrong.
Here are the sentences for you to correct:
- Neither my wife nor I go nowhere today.
- He climbed on the top of the tree to look on the covered by the snow forest.
- He got twice more scores on the test.
- The higher rose the plane, the coldest was there.
- Being discussed article had written few months ago.
- In the room the door was opened on the river.
- She don’t approve him drive so fast.
- He didn’t greet me and I thought he mustn’t notice me.
- If I thought, I will be misunderstood I would have made myself clearest.
- She denies that she fools by him.
The deadline is January 30. After you all are done, I will tell you the correct answers and explain all the mistakes.
Well, my friends! I will tell you the correct answers today as both Tanya and I will be offline for a few days.
There you go!
- Neither my wife nor I am going anywhere today.
- He climbed up to the top of a tree to look at the forest covered with (the) snow.
- He got twice as many scores for the test.
- The higher the plane rose, the colder it was.
- The article being discussed was written a few months ago.
- In the room was a door opening to the river.
- She doesn’t approve of his driving so fast.
- He didn’t greet me and I thought he couldn’t have noticed me.
- If I had thought, I was going to be misunderstood I would have made myself clear(er).
- She denies being fooled by him.
Now, I will explain the mistakes.
1. If we speak about our plans for the nearest future, we use the present progressive tense. If NEITHER…NOR… used as a subject, a verb must be in the person of the last noun/pronoun. Neither…nor… is negative, so we must use ANYWHERE.
2. The top of a tree is ABOVE us. So, he climbed UP in the direction of the top (TO). We always look AT something. The participle phrase must follow the noun.
3. If we use some multiplier in a comparison, the construction must be: …AS many/much (AS)…
4. This comparison must be:
The + comparative adjective + subject+predicate
in both parts. Besides, we say “IT is cold”.
5. BEING DISCUSSED is a participle phrase that must be after a noun. Some months = a few months. And, of course, the predicate must be in the past simple tense, the passive voice.
6. If we start a sentence with the modifier of place, it must be immediately followed by the verb. It is called the inversion of a predicate. Besides, a door opens somewhere. It is the active voice. So, we need a participle in the present active form, i.e., OPENING.
7. The verb APPROVE must be followed by OF and a gerund. A pronoun/noun before the gerund must be in the possessive form.
8. If we want to say that most probably something happened in the past, we say:
It must have happened.
If we mean that most probably it didn’t happen, we say:
It couldn’t have happened.
9. It is the unreal condition in the past. In the conditional clause the verb must be in the subjunctive perfect form. If the action in the second subordinate clause relates to the future past, we use TO BE GOING TO as a predicate. Besides, there is the wrong form of an adjective at the end of the sentence.
10. The verb DENY must be followed by a gerund. And, of course, in this sentence the gerund must be in the passive form.
I will be glad to answer all your questions on this test!
Thank you all! I hope you will go on taking part in our tests improving your grammar.