Errors in the use of verbs


Correct Use of Verbs is very important for proper sense of a speech. Verbs can be classified into following three categories :-

A) Transitive Verb :- If a verb needs an object after it for completion then it is called a transitive verb.

For example :-

1) The boys ran a race.

2) I submitted the report.

3) They presented a dance.

B) Intransitive Verb :- If a verb does not need an object after it for completion then it is called an intransitive verb. Such verbs complete sense in themselves.

For example :-

1) The birds will fly.

2) The kid smiled.

3) I laughed.

C) Auxiliary or helping verb :- If a verb helps the main verb (the principal verb), it is called an auxiliary or helping verb. Following verbs are auxiliary verbs :-

is, am, are, will, shall, do, does, did, was, were, has, have, had, should, would, can, could, may, might, must, ought to, dare, need to etc. At times, the helping verbs act like principal verbs.

CONJUGATION OF VERBS :- There are 3 forms of the verbs viz. present, past and past participle.

Self Check:-

Your qualification Minimum verbs you should know
up to 10 th 150
10+1/10+2 250
B.A.-I. 300
B.A.-II 350
B.A.-III 400
POST GRADUATE/EMPLOYEES 450

Examples :-

S.No. Incorrect Sentence Correct Sentence
1. Twenty years are a long period. Twenty years is a long period.
2. She cried because there is a thief in the house. She cried because there was a thief in the house.
3. Satish has sit in judgment with other. Satish has sat in judgment with others.
4. She ran a two miles race and stand first. She ran a two miles race and stood first.
5. The problem of houses are quite bitter in Delhi. The problem of houses is quite bitter in Delhi.
6. I shall talk to him whenever I shall see him. I shall talk to him whenever I see him.
7. The patient died before the doctor come. The patient had died before the doctor came.
8. The friend and foe look at me. The friend and foe looks at me.
9. Sohan or Mohan are guilty. Either Sohan or Mohan is guilty.
10. Hari shooted the tiger. Hari shot the tiger.
11. “The Three Musketeers” were selling like hot cakes. “The Three Musketeers” was selling like hot cakes.
12. Vishnu has commit suicide. Vishnu has committed suicide.
13. Neither the teacher nor his students was present. Neither the teacher nor his students was present.
14. He did not had any fault. He did not have any fault.
15. Santosh shall never shirks work. Santosh shall never shirk work.
16. Prem had to suffered a lot. Prem had to suffer a lot.
17. Krishna as well as Kumar are to accompany me. Krishna as well as Kumar is to accompany me.
18. Swarn did not liked Pran. Swarn did not like Pran.
19. Ashok has ran many races. Ashok has run many races.
20. Ten miles cycling a day have wearied me. Ten miles cycling a day has wearied me.


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