Cleverer or More clever?

Whenever we compare two things or persons or situations, we use comparative forms like heavier, thinner etc. But with some words it is often confusing whether to add ‘er’ in the end or add ‘more’ in the beginning.

Should I work more hard? Or
Should I work harder?

He is cleverer than his sister. Or
He is more clever than his sister.

She is gentler than her brother. Or
She is more gentle than her brother.

Rohan is quieter than Mahi. Or
Rohan is more quiet than Mahi.

We should try and go a little farther. Or
We should try and go a little further.

You need to be more friendly with people. Or
You need to be friendlier with people.

Well, if you are still confused here are the answers:
It is ‘harder‘ which is the correct form. So, Should I work harder? is correct.
For other words, both the forms are acceptable. So it could be
Cleverer as well as More clever
Gentler as well as More gentle
Quieter as well as More quiet
Farther as well as Further
Friendlier as well as More friendly


Let us today talk about those plural forms which are again made plural by many by adding ‘s’ to them i.e. double pluralisation.

* Your feets are so dirty.
* These childrens are making a lot of noise.
* I just saw three mices there!
* Give me all the informations that you have.
* Can I have a look at the furnitures kept at the back?
* I saw three deers running around those trees.
* These clothes are for mens.

You must have already noticed in the statements above that the plural forms are pluralised again which is grammatically incorrect. They should just have:
* feet
* children
* mice
* information
* furniture
* deer
* men

Information, furniture and deer are same in both singular and plural forms.
So, next time consciously avoid double pluralisation.

Word of the week-5

Unpredictable and Unstable are the words generally used to describe a person whose behavior or conduct deviates from the usual or proper course.

Another word Capricious can be put in the same category. The word Capricious is used to describe a person who is unpredictable and shows sudden change of mind.

Your boss is such a capricious person that I wonder how he would react to my proposal.

I can’t work with you. You are so capricious and weird.

Between vs Among

Between is used when you refer to two people or things at one point of time. However when you refer to more than two people or things, you ought to use Among.

Let us keep this secret between three of us.

The statement might sound very familiar to you because it is often used by many. However the statement is incorrect for its use of ‘between’ as it is referring to three people. Hence the statement should go like this:

Let us keep this secret among three of us.

Here are a few more examples with correct usage of the two words:
* Keep the ball between your feet.
* Distribute the sweets among your classmates.
* There is a small passage between the two buildings.
* The rabbit disappeared among the bushes.

Give in vs Give up

Give in and Give up do not mean the same as generally understood by many.

Give in means to accept one’s defeat in a competition or battle.
Don’t give in without even trying. It’s a game and anyone can win.

Give up means to lose your hope and feel despair.
Don’t give up on life, all your worries will soon end.

Give up also means to quit something you have been doing for long( to desist from)
Why don’t you give up drinking so much?

Here are a few more examples:
* Never give in to your opponent before you actually get defeated.
* Why are you giving up so easily? Stand up and face the world.
* Give up smoking before it kills you.


Another exercise on Prepositions today. Correct the following statements for the prepositions used in them:

* He ran till the end of the road.
* The little mouse sprang on the table.
* She slept upto six o’clock.
* Don’t grieve at the loss of five hundred bucks.
* The fan is right on my head.
* Her dress is similar with mine.
* They will pass near the gurudwara.

Done with your brain storming?
Now check out your answers here:

* ran to
* sprang upon
* slept till
* grieve over
* right over
* similar to
* pass by

Use of Past Tense-2

Let us today work on something we learnt a few days ago: the rule which says that you can’t have two past forms in a single statement; that is, if you have the helping verb ( do) before the main verb ( fly, eat, give…) then the helping verb takes the past form ( did ). Following this rule now, correct the following statements, if required (remember, a few statements will be correct)

* I didn’t took your phone.
* Did you send those mails?
* You didn’t got good grades in English last time, so you must practise more.
* The policy didn’t covered the accident cases.
* I did find your performance quite impressive.
* He didn’t ate his breakfast in the morning.
* Did you broke my glasses?
* The police didn’t ran fast enough to catch the thieves.
* Didn’t you woke up on time today?
* They didn’t find any clue to solve this case.

Once you are through, check your answers here:
* didn’t take
* correct statement
* didn’t get
* didn’t cover
* correct statement
* didn’t eat
* did … break
* didn’t run
* didn’t …. wake
* correct statement