Richard-Business Eng
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English Learner's Challenge... You be the teacher...

 

Can you find the 7 mistakes in the sentence below?

 

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1  Review the sentence below.

2  Identify (find) the 7 mistakes.

3  Explain why each mistake is a mistake.

 

Grand Prize: An all expenses paid trip around the world. Departure date February 31 :)

 

NOTE: It is not necessary to reorganize the words in the following sentence.

 

 

"At the risk of repeating myself again; the reason I don't feel badly is because compared to most people i have less problems to keep me awake at night."

 

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Answers: I will post the answers, with explanations, on Monday February 1, 2016.

Jan 30, 2016 7:00 PM
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THE ANSWERS


Thank you to all the good members who were brave enough to attempt to answer this difficult challenge.
The seven mistakes/errors are listed below and there may even be others.


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"At the risk of repeating myself again ; the reason I don't feel badly is because compared to most people i have less problems to keep me awake at night."

 

"At the risk of repeating myself, the reason I don't feel bad is, compared with most people, I have fewer problems to keep me awake at night."

NOTE: The phrase 'compared with most people' may be separated by commas.

 

1 – Repeating myself ‘again’

[The word “again” is not necessary because the word “repeating” means “to say again”. The word “again” is redundant.]

 

 

<em>continued...</em>

January 31, 2016

6 – "i" versus (vs) "I"

[The first person singular Subject pronoun must always be capitalized. The lower case (non-capitalized) letter “i” is widely used in texting, but it should not be used in gramatically correct English usage.

 

7 – Less problems …… fewer problems

[the adjectives “few, fewer, and fewest" are used when the noun is countable (problems is countable]
[“less” is used if the noun is uncountable/non-countable]

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

'at the risk of ..." is a phrase (expression) that is used when we want to or plan to do something, but we are worried or concerned that we may hurt ourself or someone else may be hurt, we may lose something, upset someone, or damage something.
When we do something that involves a chance of getting hurt, we do it at our own risk.
e.g. I drove in a terrible, dangerous snow storm, at the risk of having an accident.
e.g. At the risk of losing all my money, I decided to invest all my money in the stock market.
e.g. At the risk of personal harm, many people protested against the government.
e.g. I fell in love at the risk of having my heart broken by the person I fell in love with.
When we do something that involves a chance of getting hurt, we do it at our own risk.

 

PRACTICE Linking Verbs: http://englishgrammar101.com/module-3/verbs/lesson-3/linking-verbs

January 31, 2016

2 – Semicolon …

[A semicolon cannot be used because the words preceeding the semicolon do not form a clause. A clause must contain a subject and a verb. Semicolons (punctuation) are used to separate two clauses. In many cases, a semicolon can replace a conjunction such as 'and/but/however/therefore/etc. In this case, a comma is needed, not a semicolon]

 

3 – Feel badly (adverb) ………… feel bad (adjective)

[A linking verb is a verb that is used to connect a subject with an adjective or a noun that describes or identifies the subject.
The verb “feel’ is called a “linking verb” which expresses a state of being, not an action.
Therefore, when we use a linking verb, we must use an adjective after it, not an adverb.
The following linking verbs can be followed by an adjective:
Appear / get / prove / sound / be / grow / remain / stay / become / keep / seem / taste / feel / look / smell / turn]
[See the link below for a good explanation of 'linking verbs']

 

4 – The reason is ___ because …….. the reason is ….

[remove “because”] [The word “because” is redundant]

 

5 – Compared to most people ….. compared with most people

[A very simple explanation is as follows: "compared with" is used for contrasting things that have differences, and "compared to" is used for comparing similar things]
[The preposition “of” would only be used in the phrase “most of the people”]

January 31, 2016


"At the risk of repeating myself 1.again; the reason 2.<em>why</em> I don't feel 3.bad, is because compared 4.<em>with</em> most people, 5.<em>I</em> have 6.<em>fewer</em> problems to keep me awake at night."

 

1. I think the term "at the risk of repeating myself" doesn't need "again".

2. After the "reason", we should use "why".

3. "bad" is an adj here.

4. When you compare 2 things from the same kind, you use "compared with".

5. "I" is always written in capital letter.

6. I thought that "less" must be wrong, because I didn't find any other mistake ;D

 

Of course, I <em>think</em> that these are mistakes and I only found 6 :) I could be wrong as always Richard (,")

January 30, 2016

At the risk of repeating myself (1) again; the reason I don't feel (2) badly is because (3)that compared to (4)the most people (5)i I have (6)less fewer problems to keep me awake at (7)nights."

1. Unnecessary word

2. "Bad" as an adverb

3. Subject complements

4. Superlative and "the" (definite article)

5. Capitalization of I ( first singular person)

6. Countanle / Uncountable  (problem is countable so it should be "fewer")

7. Singular/ Plural 

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