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1.   as.   Avoid using as instead of because, for, since, that, or whether.
     
    Wrong : As he was ill, he stayed home.
    Right : Because he was ill, he stayed home.
      : Since he was ill, he stayed home.
      : He stayed home, for he was ill.
         
    Wrong : I feel as I should go.
    Right : I feel that I should go.
     
     
2.  

at.   Omit the " at "

         
    Wrong : Where is he living at now ?
         
    Right : Where is he living now ?
         
   

 

3.  

at about.   Omit the " at ".

         
    Wrong   He arrived at about noon.
         
    Right   He arrive about noon.
         
         
4.  

because.   Do not begin a noun clause with because.

         
    Wrong :

Because he was late annoyed the teacher

    Right : His lateness annoyed the teacher.
    Right : The fact that he was late annoyed the teacher.
         
    Wrong :

Because I overate was why I became ill.

    Right :

Because I overate, I became ill.

         
     
5.  

beside,  besides.   Besides means " in addition to."   Beside means " next to. "

         
   

  He sat beside the pretty girl.

         
   

  He owes a bicycle besides a car.

     
         
6.  

between,  among.   Among always implies more than two;  between implies only two.

         
    Wrong :

There is little difference between the members of the class.

    Right :

There is little difference among the members of the class.

    Right :

There is little difference between the two nationalities.

         
         
7.  

but, hardly,  scarcely.   Do not use these words with another negative.

         
    Wrong : I couldn't hardly see him.
    Right : I could hardly see him.
         
    Wrong : He didn't have but one dollar.
    Right : He had but one dollar..
         
         
8.  

different from ( not different than )

         
   

  The result was much different from what I expected.

         
         
9.   equally as good is not correct.   Use either equally good or as good as.
         
    Wrong : The movie is equally as good as the play.
    Right : The movie and the play are equally good.
    Right : The movie is as good as the play.
         
         
10.  

expect and suppose ( or think ) have different meanings.

         
    Wrong :

I expect that she will be here.

    Right :

I suppose ( or think ) that she will be here.

    Right :

I expect to be late.

    Right :

They expect us to help them.

         
         
 
 
 

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