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Errors in English Usage Exercises
 

Infinitive vs. Gerund

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They really looked forward to bedtime because their father would read them some extraordinary tales of mystery.

Correct entry:   tales
The error was: (d) tails

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They decided to spare no expense and instead of paying for just one room at the hotel, they hired a complete suite of rooms.

Correct entry:   suite
The error was: (d) suit

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It was cheaper to take out a subscription for the magazines than to buy them separately each month.

Correct entry:   subscription
The error was: (b) prescription

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The effect of increasing the tax on motor fuel meant that the average family was finding it difficult to run a car.

Correct entry:   effect
The error was: (a) affect

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The function of the judge is to present an objective summary for the jury so that they can make their own minds up.

Correct entry:   an objective
The error was: (b) an subjective

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Today you can't go anywhere in the high street or on public transport without seeing someone talking into a mobile phone.

Correct entry:   anywhere
The error was: (a) somewhere

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I'm sorry but however persuasive you are, you just can't convince me that you are telling the truth.

Correct entry:   convince
The error was: (c) convict

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The role of the teacher as I understand it, is to help their students to think for themselves.

Correct entry:   role
The error was: (a) roll

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You can understand why they don't like living in towns because they have their roots in the country.

Correct entry:   roots
The error was: (c) routes

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They were very thorough in their investigation and carried out an exhaustive search.

Correct entry:   exhaustive
The error was: (d) exhausting

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