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Wrong : He is my cousin brother.
Right : He is my cousin.

In English there are no such expressions as cousin brother and cousin sister.
The word COUSIN is used to refer to any child of one’s aunt, sister of either father or mother or uncle or brother of either father or mother.

Wrong : We came by walk.
Right : We came on foot.

We go by train, bus or car. But, we go on foot.

Wrong : Supposing if he doesn’t arrive today, what shall we do?
Right : Supposing he doesn’t arrive today, what shall we do ?

The words SUPPOSING and IF convey the same meaning.
Both words can’t be used in the same sentence.

Wrong : I will meet you in 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Right : I will meet you between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Confusion of two constructions….

Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m….
From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m….

Wrong : Though he is poor, but he is satisfied with his situation.
Right : Though he is poor, he is satisfied with his situation.

Wrong : It is ten years ago since he left home.
Right : It is ten years since he left home.
Right : It is ten years ago that he left home.

Wrong : The reason why he was absent was because he was ill.
Right : The reason why he was absent was that he was ill.
Right : He was absent because he was ill.

Confusions of two constructions….

Wrong : My room is on upstairs.
Right : My room is upstairs.

Upstairs is an adverb.
Upstairs = at / to the upper floor

Wrong : My uncle went to abroad.
Right : My uncle went abroad.

Abroad is an adverb.
Abroad = to or in another country.

Wrong : I went to Delhi for meeting a friend.
Right : I went to Delhi to meet a friend.

After verbs of movement (go, come & drive), purpose is expressed by a to-infinitive.

Wrong : Please meet the concerned clerk.
Right : Please meet the clerk concerned.

The word CONCERNED (meaning - who is concerned with that business) should follow the noun it qualifies.

Wrong : The climate of India is better than Africa.
Right : The climate of India is better than that of Africa.

The comparison is between the climate of India and the climate of Africa.

Wrong : My shoes are not so good as my brother.
Right : My shoes are not so good as my brother’s.

A similar mistake…..The comparison is between my shoes and my brother’s (shoes).



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