It is quite common for most of us to get confused with what words to use while on a passionate writing spree. We tend to get so engrossed with the topic at hand, that we overlook the aptness of words and phrases that make our write-ups. Most of the times, their unsuitability with respect to the content, fails to capture our attention; but for someone who is reading, such an error is the first thing that grabs attention!
For instance, one such universally repeated error is the usage of the expression, ‘free gift’.
Needless to say, a gift is meant to be deprived of any charges. Of course, it comes free of cost! What is the point of presenting someone with a gift that has to be paid for?
Remember, the word ‘gift’ itself implies that it is being given without extracting any compensatory charge. It is always better to replace the expression, ‘free gift’ with ‘free’ or ‘gift’ only depending upon its usage and connotation.
Than vs. Then
This is an oft-repeated error that is bound to make your head go spinning with its cyclic redundancy. Though if committed to memory once, it can be easily avoided in future.
‘Than’ refers to a ‘comparison’.
Examples: Your dress is better than mine.
She scores better than him.
‘Then’ always refers to ‘time’.
Examples: If you fail, then be ready to bear the consequences.
If the situation gets out of control, then give me a call.
Their vs. There
‘Their’ refers to possession.
Examples: This is their house.
These are their children.
‘There’ refers to ‘place’.
Examples: There is your new school.
The book is lying there.
Weather vs. Whether
‘Weather’ refers to ‘the state of the atmosphere’.
Examples: The weather seems pleasant today.
The harsh weather ruined the picnic.
‘Whether’ implies a ‘condition’.
Examples: Find out whether she is coming or not.
Be sure whether you will be able to do it or not.
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