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Commonly Misused Words And Phrases In English Language.

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By Thevaluablenews | self meida writer
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COMMONLY MISUSED WORDS/PHRASES IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

Below are some of the words we use wrongfully on daily basis as writers and English Language speakers particularly in the second language situational contexts.

(1)Faithful/Faithfuls:

Wrong:Muslim faithfuls are expected to be fasting right now.

Correct: Muslim faithful are expected to be fasting right now.

Wrong: Governor Oyetola of Osun State has congratulated all Muslim faithfuls on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. 

Correct: Governor of Osun State has congratulated all Muslim faithful on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr.

Note:

Even when you mean plural, it is always "Christian faithful", "Muslim faithful" not Christian faithfuls or Muslim Faithfuls.In these contexts,the word faithful doesn't attract 's'.

(2)Lack Behind/Lag Behind:

Wrong:Read your books well so that you will not lack behind your mates in the school.

Correct:Read your books well so that you will not lag behind your mates in the school.

Note:The appropriate word there is "lag", not "lack".You don't lack behind but you lag behind.

(3)Horn/Honk:

Wrong:Lean to always horn before overtaking the car in front of you.

Correct: Learn to always honk before overtaking the car in front of you.

Wrong: Tobi was horning too loud such that I have to call him to order.

Correct: Tobi was horning too loud such that I have to call him to order.

Note:

The object is what is called "horn".

The derivative verb from that is "honk".

Hence, you honk the horn of a car.

Word forms: honks, honking, honked. transitive verb/

intransitive verb. If you honk the horn of a vehicle or if the horn honks, you make the horn produce a short loud sound. Drivers honked their horns in solidarity with the peace marchers.

(4)Cutlery/Cutleries:

Wrong:Get me cutleries to eat my lunch.

Correct:Get me cutlery to eat my lunch.

Note:

All objects you used for eating, such as knives, forks, and spoons, etc, are called "cutlery", not "cutleries".

(5)Stationeries/Stationery

Wrong:I request for statineries for use in my office

Correct:I request for stationery for use in my office

Note: All your writing and other office materials, such as books, pens, erasers, stamps, etc, are called "stationery", not "stationeries".

(6)Plate Number/Number Plate:

Wrong:My wife has applied for a PLATE NUMBER for her new car.

Correct:My wife has applied for a NUMBER PLATE for her new car.

Note:

What you place at the front and back of your car is called "number plate", not "plate number".

(7)Trickish/Tricky:

In English Language,there is no such word as 'Trickish',what exist and correct is 'Tricky'.

Wrong:Yahoo guys can be very trickish. 

Correct:Yahoo guys can be very tricky.

(8)Pepperish/Peppery:

Wrong:I cannot eat the soup because it is pepperish. 

Correct:I cannot eat the soup because it is peppery.

(9)Running Stomach/Runny Stomach:

Wrong: I prefer to skip the breakfast today because I have RUNNING stomach. 

Correct:I prefer to skip the breakfast today I have RUNNY stomach.

(10)Running Nose/Runny Nose:

Wrong:My daughter couldn't go to school yesterday because she had RUNNING nose. 

Correct:My daughter couldn't go to school yesterday because she had RUNNY nose 

(11)Raining Season/Rainy Season:

Wrong: We are still in the RAINING season. 

Correct:We are still in the RAINY season.

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