Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Let's ring in 2014!
Monday, November 22, 2010
'Square feet' or 'Square foot'?
B: It is Rs.1,500/- per sqaure feet.
A: So, a house of an area of 1,000 sft costs Rs.15 lakh, doesn't it?
B: Yes, of course.
Now, here, 'per square feet' means 'for each square feet'.
Each is singular, meaning one, in which case feet does not agree with per or each or one.
Now, mathematically, area means length multiplied by breadth. If length is 1 foot and breadth also is 1 foot, the area is 1 x 1 = 1 (one).
We may, therefore, say 'per square foot' or 'for one square foot'.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The antecedent is plural
"This is one of the most interesting books that was published last year."
There is an error in this sentence and it is linked to the antecedent. The relative pronoun 'that' used in the sentence stands for a word that goes before it. Whether that word is 'one' or 'books' is the question. It is the latter. 'Books' being plural in number needs a plural verb. Accordingly the verbal 'was published' should have been 'were published'. Thus the correct version is : "This is one of the most interesting books that were published last year".
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Plural forms of hyphenated words
Thursday, October 08, 2009
The Order of Persons
eg. You, she and I should meet the manager now.
eg: I, You and John are responsible for the defeat in the match.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Subject - Verb Concord
Is this sentence correct?
"I suggest that he consult a doctor immediately."
Yes, it is. Though, apparently, the subordinate clause (he consult a doctor immediately) does not display the subject-verb concord, 'he consult' needs to be construed as 'he should consult'. The auxiliary verb 'should' in such cases can be unexpressed.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
A native speaker may frown upon this sentence !
Reason : When we want to refer to an activity that commenced at some definite time in the past and is still continuing, we need to use the present perfect progressive, and NOT the present progressive tense construction.
Relief : I have been working in this office since 1983.