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Errors In Specific Cases Of Comparison

We use expressions like, unlike, in contrast to and similar to when we want to bring out comparison or contrast. We will discuss some G-matic implications in this regard in the following discussion.

  1. Like v/s Such As
    We use like to compare whereas we need to use such as to give examples. But, in informal usage, many use like for exemplification, a use which is incorrect in formal expressions, and thus, in G-matic use.

Study the following to understand the concept.

*Like metals, fluids expand when exposed to heat. (Metals and fluids are compared by using the preposition like.)

*Metals, like copper and aluminum, are good conductors of heat. (Like is incorrectly used to introduce examples for metals.)

*Metals, such as copper and aluminum, are good conductors of heat. (The preposition such as is correctly used to give examples.)

  1. Like v/s As
    Like is a preposition and thus must be followed by a noun, whereas as is conjunction which should be followed by a subject – predicate group.
    This use of like is quite frequently found in informal expressions, which are not acceptable in G-matic sentences. Study the following examples.

*Like I said, she came late.

*As I said, she came late.

  1. Few v/s Little and Many v/s Much
    The adjectives few and many must be used with only count nouns whereas little and much must be used with non-count nouns.

Study the following examples to understand the errors in the use of these adjectives.

* Quite a little of insurance claims submitted to the company proved to be fraudulent.

*Quite a few of the insurance claims submitted to the company were proved to be fraudulent.

In the above example, claims is a countable noun and thus, we need to use few rather than little to modify this noun. Hence the correction.

*A few of the insurance premium received by the company has been invested in hedge funds.

*A little of the insurance premium received by the company has been invested in hedge funds.

In the above example, insurance premium is uncountable noun. So we need to use little instead of few.





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