#EngQuiz: sentence error analysis

Rules:

  1. Find and correct the errors.
  2. Rewrite the sentence with correction(s) + number.

Reminder, fellas: punctuation (tanda baca), especially period [.] and apostrophe [‘], and capitalization are important!

  1. A bee is a insect. It makes honey.
  2. Where she lives? | I guess not far from school.
  3. I saw two peoples last night.
  4. Last week they move to this neighborhood.
  5. I live in Denpasar since 1990.
  6. What does happen? Tell me!
  7. My neighbor’s dog ate all his food in just one bite.
  8. How much time have you gone there?
  9. These shoes are more cheaper than that one.
  10. Why you’re here? | You know why am I here.
  11. They’ve come and go as they please.
  12. Whose that man? | I have no idea!
  13. I don’t have many knowledge on this subject.
  14. Do you like ice cream? | Yes, I like.
  15. Be careful. Andrew drives very bad.
  16. He goes to university when he was 18.
  17. One of the most important thing in my life is family.
  18. I have eaten sushi before I went to Japan.
  19. Do you need help? I’m going to carry that for you.
  20. Where are you come from?

ANSWER

NOTE: the corrections will be typed in parenthesis (tanda kurung).

  1. “A bee is (an) insect. It makes honey.” “an” is used before nouns that begin with vowel sound, like “insect”.
  2. “Where (does) she (live)? | I guess not far from school.” Present Simple, 3rd person singular: “question word + does + S + V1?”
  3. “I saw two (people) last night.” People = plural form of “person”; peoples = “several groups of people” (bangsa, rakyat).
  4. “Last week they (moved) to this neighborhood.” Past Simple, positive: S + simple past verb (V2). Moved = simple past of “move”.
  5. “I (have lived/have been living) in Denpasar since 1990.” Present Perfect/Present Perfect Continuous to express activity/state that started sometime in the past and continues until now.
  6. “What (happened/happens/is happening)? Tell me!” “Happen” is used in “subject questions”, no auxiliary (do/does/did) needed. Read more about “happen” and “subject questions” here: BBC Learning English = “To happen”
  7. “My neighbor’s dog ate all (its) food in just one bite.” “its” = possessive adj. for “it” (the pronoun for animals in general).
  8. “How many times have you gone there?” “time” here = countable noun (“kali” in “brp kali”), thus we use “many + times (plural)”.
  9. “These shoes are (cheaper) than (those ones).” “cheaper” is used without “more”; “those ones” to refer to “shoes” (plural).
  10. “Why (are you) here? | You know why (I am) here.” 1st: Present Simple question. 2nd: “why I am…” = noun clause, not question.
  11. “They (have come and gone/come and go) as they please.” Both verbs (“come” and “go”) should be parallel/in the same verb form.
  12. “(Who is) that man? | I have no idea!” “Who is” (siapa) is used here, not “whose” (milik siapa) because it doesn’t match.
  13. “I don’t have (much) knowledge on this subject.” “knowledge” = uncountable noun, thus we use “much”, not “many” (for countable).
  14. “Do you like ice cream? | Yes, I (do).” “Yes/no” question is answered with “short answer”; positive form: “Yes, S + auxiliary.”
  15. “Be careful. Andrew drives very (badly).” Badly = adverb; bad = adjective. We use adverb to explain a verb (“drives”).
  16. “He (went) to university when he was 18.” “he was 18” happened in the past, so should “he went”. “he goes” = Present Simple.
  17. “One of the most important (things) in my life is family.” Remember: “one of the + plural noun”. Read: #EngClass: one of the (plural noun).
  18. “I (had) eaten sushi before I went to Japan.” “had eaten” = Past Perfect, because “had eaten” happened before “I went”.
  19. “Do you need help? (I’ll) carry that for you.” “will” is used to express “spontaneous decision/offer” (you decide to help now).
  20. “Where (are you/do you come) from?” However, “Where are you from?” to talk about place of origin is a more common use.

WOW! Such long explanation, fellas. So how did you score? If you still made mistakes, remember: practice makes perfect! :)

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on August 6, 2012

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