7 Important Error Spotting Rules of Adjectives

7 Important Error Spotting Rules of Adjectives

Much / Many :

  • Many: It refers large quantity of plural countable noun. 
  • Example: There are much cows in the field.(incorrect) 
  • There are many cows in the field.(correct) 
  • Much: It refers large quantity of uncountable material noun. 
  • Example: There are many water in the river.(incorrect) 
  • There are much water in the river.(correct) 

Elder / Older:

  • Elder: It is used for family members only. 
  • “ To” is used after elder 
  • Example: Shyam is elder than Sohan. (incorrect) 
  • Shyam is elder to Sohan. (correct) 
  • Older: It is for persons out of family or non-living things. 
  • “Than” is used with older. 
  • Example: I am older to you.(incorrect) 
  • I am older than you.( correct) 

Few / a Few / The Few:

  • Few: It means hardly any or nothing. It is used in negative sense. 
  • Example: There were few members in meeting so the meeting was cancelled.(correct) 
  • There are few rupees in my wallet, I cannot go home.(correct) 
  • A few: It means some or small amount. It is used in positive sense. 
  • Example: A few politician are hard working.(correct) 
  • There are a few students present in the school.( correct) 
  • The few: It means all the amount which is present or remained on said time. 
  • Example: I have read the few books present in library.(correct) 
  • The professor taught the few student that had come.(correct) 

Little/A little/the little: 

These are used to express quantity of Uncountable Material noun.
  • Little: This implies “hardly any” or “nothing”. It is used in negative sense. 
  • Example: There is little ink in my pen so I cannot write. (correct) 
  • There is little water left in tank, so we cannot bath.(correct) 
  • A little: It means “very small amount “. It is used in positive sense. 
  • Example: There is a little water left in tank, so you can bath.(correct) 
  • The little : It means all the amount , which is available. 
  • Example: I drank the little milk present in the bottle.(correct) 

less / fewer: 

These are used to express quantity of material
  • Less: It is used to express the quantity of uncountable material noun. 
  • Example: Not fewer than five litres of oil Is present in tanker.(incorrect) 
  • Not less than five litres of oil is present in the tankers.(correct) 
  • Not fewer than five hundred kilograms of rice present in stock.( incorrect) . 
  • Not less than five hundred kilograms of rice is present in the stock.(correct) 
  • Fewer: It is used to express the quantity of plural countable noun. 
  • Example: Not less than hundrerd students were present last monday.(incorrect) 
  • Not fewer than hundred students were present last Monday.(correct) 

Next/ Nearest:

  • Next: It is used to express order. Example: left, Right etc. 
  • Example: Sita is sitting next to geeta. (correct) 
  • Ram is my next bench classmate. (correct) 
  • Nearest: It is used to express distance. 
  • Example: Sent Paul school is nearest school to my home.(correct) 
  • Ram-lila ground is nearest playground to my school.( correct) 

later/ latter:

  • Later: It is used to express time (in the after ). 
  • Example: He came later than me. (correct) 
  • He came latter than me.( incorrect) 
  • Latter: It is used to express order.
  • Example: Ajay and Amit are brothers but the former is more handsome than later.( incorrect) 
  • Ajay and Amit are brothers but the former is more handsome than latter. (correct) 

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