1) WriteThe verb write can take two objects. Sometimes this causes problems.
- Incorrect: He wrote me. (The sense of this sentence is completely incorrect.)
- Correct: He wrote to me. (This sentence is conveying the right sense.)
Look at the below examples to be acquainted with the correct usage of the verb 'Write' :
We write something. (He wrote a letter.)
We write something to someone. (He wrote a letter to his mother.) (NOT He wrote a letter his mother.)
We write someone about something. (He wrote his mother a letter.) (NOT He wrote to his mother a letter.)
We write to someone. (He wrote to me.) (NOT He wrote me.)
The verb 'explain' can be followed by two objects – a direct object and an indirect object.
Note that we explain something to someone. (NOT We explain someone something.)
- Incorrect: I shall explain this.
- Correct: I shall explain this to them.
We suggest something to somebody.
- Incorrect: He suggested me.
- Correct: He suggested this to me.
The verb oblige takes the preposition too. When you are obliged to do something, you are forced to do it because it is a law, a rule or a duty.
- I felt obliged to help him.
- I am obliged to you for this good turn. (NOT I am obliged of you for this good turn.)
The verb invite can be followed by to or for.
We invite someone to/for something:
- I have invited my uncle and aunt to dinner.
- He invited me for a drink but I politely refused.
The verb tell does not take a preposition.
- Incorrect: He told to me to go.
- Correct: He told me to go.
When ask is followed by two objects, the indirect object (the person) normally comes first, without a preposition.
- Incorrect: She did not ask any questions about him.
- Correct: She did not ask him any questions.
- Incorrect: I will ask the time of that man.
- Correct: I will ask that man the time.
Now it's time for some questions. Try to solve the following questions and leave your answers in the comment section. Options for the question are given in brackets. We will review your answers :
- You _______ leave the home early to catch your train (Could, Should, May, Must)
- I ____ be happy to meet your sister.( Will, shall, can )
- _______ I get a prize if I stand first in the examination? (Will, would, should, can)
- Till last year, I ______ read without glasses. (can, could, must, might)
- I was using my pen a minute ago, it _____ be somewhere (Must, can, could, would)
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