Monday, August 1, 2011

USING OF CORRECT PROPOSITIONS



Using of correct proposition while writing a letter or story in English is much inevitable. Unless and otherwise the right propositions are chosen the sentence will result in with a grammatical error. Following are some samples as to how the sentences can be formed:
The proposition “of” is one of the most frequently words used in English language and we have to be careful while using “of” between two words. Let us have a look over the following sentences
What is wrong with the following sentences ?
·         Over a hundred of people have come to the hospital
·         We studied in one of the most wonderful colleges of Chennai
·         We celebrate our daughter’s birthday on 20th of December
·         The tourist did not give him a minute of peace
·         This book is not mine. It is of my sister
·         The brother of you phoned today morning and requires you to call him
·         The book reminded me of the good work of Helen
Let us read the first sentence once again:
1.       Over a hundred of people have come to the hospital
The correct formation of the sentence should be as follows:
Over a hundred people have come to the hospital
(After a/one/five/sixteen etc the words hundred/thousand etc are always singular and should not be followed by of)
2.       We studied in one of the most wonderful colleges of Chennai
The correct formation of the sentence should be as follows:
We studied in one of the most wonderful colleges in Chennai (or)
We studied in one of the most wonderful colleges at Chennai
In the above sentence where we refer a country, place, region etc, the usage of “of” should be avoided and instead we should use “in” “at” etc
3.       We celebrate our daughter’s birthday on 20th of December
The correct formation of the sentence should be as follows:
We celebrate our daughter’s birthday on 20th December
4.       The tourist did not give him a minute of peace
The correct formation of the sentence should be as follows:
The tourist did not give him a moment’s peace
5.       This book is not mine. It is of my sister
The correct formation of the sentence should be as follows:
The book is not mine. It is my sister’s
6.       The brother of you phoned today morning and wants you to call him
The correct formation of the sentence should be as follows:
The brother of you phoned today morning and wants you to call back
7.       The book reminded me of the good work of Helen
The correct formation of the sentence should be as follows:
The book reminded me of the good work by Helen




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