Common Mistakes In The Use Of Adjectives
In this lesson we will take a look at some of the most common errors in the use of adjectives.
Incorrect: Open your book at six page.
Correct: Open your book at page six.
Incorrect: He is in class ninth.
Correct: He is in class nine.
Correct: He is in the ninth class.
After a noun we usually use a cardinal number (e.g. one, two, three, ten etc.) instead of an ordinal number. Before a noun we use an ordinal number (e.g. first, second, fifth, tenth etc.)
Incorrect: You are becoming young.
Correct: You are becoming younger.
Incorrect: It is getting dark.
Correct: It is getting darker.
You are becoming young is of course correct English, but English has a fondness for the use of the comparative form when change is implied in a sentence.
Incorrect: Of the two routes this is the shortest.
Correct: Of the two routes this is the shorter.
Incorrect: Of the three solutions this is the better.
Correct: Of the three solutions this is the best.
We use the comparative adjective to make a comparison between two people or things. We use the superlative adjective to make a comparison between more than two people or things.
Incorrect: There is a best singer in my class.
Correct: There is a very good singer in my class.
When no comparison is implied the positive adjective should be used.
Incorrect: I have never seen a so intelligent girl.
Correct: I have never seen so intelligent a girl.
Incorrect: He was a so generous man that he donated all his wealth to charity.
Correct: He was so generous a man that he donated all his wealth to charity.
The correct structure is so + adjective + a/an + singular countable noun.