English Common Errors : act – English Editing

When you are talking about what someone does on a particular occasion, act and behave are interchangeable: ‘Passengers who left the flight in Rhodes said that they had seen two men acting/behaving very suspiciously.’ When you are talking generally about what someone does or what people do, use behave: ‘You can’t expect all babies to behave the same.’ ‘From the way he behaves, anyone would think that he doesn’t get paid.’

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English Common Errors : accomplish – English Editing

When you accomplish something, you manage to do it or complete it, especially something that gives you satisfaction: ‘She felt that she could accomplish more through journalism.’ ‘During his five years as President, he accomplished very little.’ When you achieve something, you manage to do or obtain what you have planned to do or obtain, especially after a lot of effort: ‘The company intends to achieve all these goals within the next five years.’ ‘By the age of twenty, she had already achieved her ambition.’ Note that achieve is also used to mean ‘accomplish’: ‘By the end of the course, you will feel that you’ve really achieved something.’

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English Common Errors: accept – English Editing

You accept someone’s advice, opinion, or suggestion BUT you agree (= say you are willing) to do something.

Compare: ‘I accepted her suggestion and agreed to see the doctor that evening.’

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English Common Errors : abroad – English editing

go/live/be abroad (WITHOUT to, at, in etc)
The only preposition that is used before abroad is from: ‘She came back from abroad saying how much she had missed her home and family.’

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Open vs. close –class words – English editing.

Open class words, commonly referred as content words, are those belonging to the major part of speech like noun, verbs, adjective and adverbs. These words include brother, run, tall, quickly etc.
In contrast, closed class words are those belonging to grammatical, or function, classes like articles, demonstrative, quantifiers, conjunctions and prepositions. It tends to include a small number of fixed elements. Function words in English include conjunction like (and, or), articles (a, the), demonstrators (this, that), quantifiers (most, few) or prepositions (to, after) etc.
The difference between open class words and close class words lies in use of telegraphic language. Generally, in telegraphic language, open class words are retained but close class words omitted.
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Sentence Structures – English editing.

The old structures are revised in the passage. But the new sentence structures are not explained and made easy to follow. These are an addition to his sentence structures and along with new words already added to his vocabulary improve his grammar and usage in English.
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