Common mistakes in IELTS – Incorrect omissions (Part 4)

260. Omission of there as an introductory word

Don’t say: Once lived a great king.

√ Say: Once there/There once lived a great king.

Use the adverb there to introduce the subject of a sentence in which the verb stands before the subject.

261 Omission of how after the verb to know

Don’t say: She knows to play the piano.

√ Say: She knows how to play the piano.

After the verb to know the adserb how always comes before an infinitive

262. Omission of other after a comparative

Don’t say: Homer was greater than all the Greek poets.

√ Say: Homer was greater than all the other Greek poets.

Since Homer was a Greek poet, the first sentence makes him greater than himself, which is illogical.

263. Omission of before in comparisons

Don’t say: I’d never seen such a thing.

√ Say: I’d never seen such a thing before.

Don’t leave out the word before in making a comparison between one thing and all others of the same kind.

264. Omission of else after everybody, etc.

Don’t say: She is stronger than everybody.

√ Say: She is stronger than everybody else.

Use the word else n making a comparison between one person or thing and others of the same kind after everybody, anybody, anything, etc.

265. Omission of the demonstrative pronoun one

Don’t say: This is the only that I like.

✓ Say: This is the only one that I like.

Use the demonstrative pronoun one (plural ones) in place of a noun mentioned before

266. Omission of the personal pronoun before the infinitive

Don’t say: I want to tell me the truth

✓ Say: I want you to tell me the truth.

Express the subject of the infinitive after verbs like want, like, wish, etc. if it is different from that of the main verb.

267. Omission of it as subject of an impersonal verb

Don’t say: Is very hot in the Sudan.

✓ Say: It’s very hot in the Sudan.

Use the pronoun it as the Subject of an impersonal verb

268. Omission of the pronoun subject from the principal clause

Don’t say: When he saw the teacher, stood up.

✓ Say: When he saw the teacher, he stood up.

In a sentence beginning with an adverbial clause, express the personal pronoun as the subject of the man clause.

269. Omission of the personal pronoun after a quotation

Don’t say: ‘I’m learning English,’ said.

✓ Say: ‘I’m learning English,’ he said.

After a quotation, express the personal pronoun as the subject of the reporting verb.

270. The object of the transitive verb omitted

Don’t say: 1 asked her for some paper, but she had not.

✓ Say: I asked her for some paper, but she had none/didn’t have any.

As a rule, every transitive verb must have an expressed object: here, none (equivalent to not any) is the object of had.

Common mistakes in IELTS – Incorrect omissions (Part 4)
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