Longman Dictionary of Common Errors by J. B. Heaton, Nigel D. Turton

By J. B. Heaton, Nigel D. Turton

Over 2500 alphabetical entries, with language notes giving transparent reasons of the issues underling each one mistakes * actual instance sentences taken from the British nationwide Corpus displaying right use in context *30 specified language good points concentrating on key troublesome areas * Illustrations to help comprehension and strengthen which means * entire cross-references assist you find entries simply * word list of all grammatical phrases utilized in the entries

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I called her name but nobody answered me . I called her name but nobody answered. Do not use an object with answer unless this adds new meaning to the sentence (meaning which is not obvious from the rest of the sentence). ' In the first sentence the object 'him' is understood and there is no need to mention it. I There is a beautiful antique church in the centre of the town . There is a beautiful old church in the centre of the town. / He has made a lot of money from selling antiques. a lot of money from selling antique 27 things .

However, the use of an here is considered oldfashioned and most people use a. and 1 X There ,/ There is a beautiful old church in the centre of the town. is a beautiful and old church in the centre of the town. g. 'a red and green umbrella' (two colours), 'a gold and silver bracelet' (two materials), 'a hunting and fishing knife' (two functions). 2 anger 1 See X ,/ MANY 3 I was surprised and anger that he did not apologize. I was surprised and angry that he did not apologize. ' 2 X He'll have to learn how to control ,/ He'll have to learn how to control his temper.

It does not matter which job) When he asked if he could use the telephone, he was told that the family didn't have any. When he asked if he could use the telephone, he was told that the family didn't have one. Do not use any as a pronoun for a singular countable noun (see last entry). I anybodyl anyone 1 If you have any question, ask your teacher. If you have any questions, ask your teacher . She doesn't have any friend. She doesn't have any friends . When any is used with a countable noun, the noun is usually plural: 'a question' BUT 'any questions'.

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