WRONG USAGE OF CONJUNCTIONS IELTS EXAM
- Two Conjunctions should not be used in the same sentence.
Incorrect- Although she was tired, but she still went on working.
Correct- Although she was tired, she still went on working.
- ‘Both’ should be followed by ‘and’. It should be used in the positive sense. In the negative sense, ‘neither’….’nor’, should be used in place of ‘both’.
Incorrect- Both Ravi as well as Raja were present there.
Correct- Both Ravi and Raja were present there.
- ‘Either … or’, ‘neither …. ‘nor’, ‘both and’, ‘not only but also’ should be followed by the same parts of speech.
Incorrect- He not only lost his ticket, but also his luggage.
Correct- He lost not only his ticket but also his luggage.
- ‘Neither’ should be followed, by ‘nor’, ‘either’ should be followed by ‘or’. Both these should not be confused.
Incorrect- He washed neither his hands or his face.
Correct- He washed neither his hands nor his face.
- ‘No sooner’ should be followed by ‘than’, not by ‘but’ or ‘then’.
Incorrect- No sooner do I finish this book then I shall begin another.
Correct- No sooner do I finish the book, than I shall begin another.
- 6. ‘Hardly’ and ‘scarcely’ should be followed by ‘when’ or ‘before’, but not by ‘than’ or ‘that’.
Incorrect- Hardly did I reach the station, than the train left it.
Correct- Hardly did I reach the station when the train left it.
- 7. ‘That’ should not be used before a sentence in Direct Speech and before Interrogative Adverbs and Pronouns in the Indirect Speech.
- Incorrect- He said that, “I shall go there.”
Correct- He said, “I shall go there”.
- Incorrect- He asked me that who I was.
Correct- He asked me who I was.
Practice Spotting Errors Questions – Based on Conjunctions below: