English Grammar and correct usage test - Jan 12, 2015

English Grammar and correct usage test - Jan 12, 2015


In the English language there are many words which are synonymous, so to say, but their meanings differ in shades. Use of one word in place of another changes the whole meaning of a sentence. Five such pairs are enlisted below with the explanations and examples of their difference.

1. Habit and Custom

a. Habit:

a) I have got a bad habit of biting of biting my nails lately.
b) I have got a bad custom of biting of biting my nails lately.
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ANSWER: a) I have got a bad habit of biting of biting my nails lately.




b. Custom:

c) The habit of child marriage has been made unlawful.
d) The custom of child marriage has been made unlawful.
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ANSWER: d) The custom of child marriage has been made unlawful.

Explanation: Habit belongs to a person whereas custom belongs to a group, society or country.




2. House and Home

a. House:

a) He lived in a glass house.
b) He stayed in a glass home.
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ANSWER: a) He lived in a glass house.




b. Home:

a) I am going house.
b) I am going home.
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ANSWER: b) I am going home.

Explanation: House is any building to live in but home is a particular house where one is living. The latter has a warmth of attachment associated with it.




3. Cause and Reason

a. Cause:

a) What was the cause for the earthquake?
b) What was the reason for the earthquake?
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ANSWER: a) What was the cause for the earthquake?




b. Reason:

a) That was the reason behind her murder.
b) That was the cause behind her murder.
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ANSWER: a) That was the reason behind her murder.

Explanation: A cause produces a result but a reason justifies of explains a cause.




4. Cost and Price

a. Cost:

a) The price of production in every field has gone up.
b) The cost of production in every field has gone up.
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ANSWER: b) The cost of production in every field has gone up.




b. Price

a) What is price of this pen?--
b) What is the cost of this pen?
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ANSWER: a) What is price of this pen?

Explanation: Cost is the amount paid by a shopkeeper for acquiring something. Price is the money paid for an object by the customer.




5. Ground and Floor

a. Ground:

a) The ground is damp.
b) The floor is damp.
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ANSWER: a) The ground is damp.




b. Floor:

a) My books are lying on the floor.
b) My books are lying on the ground.
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ANSWER: a) My books are lying on the floor.

Explanation: Ground is outside the house and floor is a part of a room or building.



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  • RE: English Grammar and correct usage test - Jan 12, 2015 -narender sngh pawar (11/26/15)
  • such type word confused me lots of time but after this test i come to knew about actual place of the word in grammar or as usual conservation.
  • RE: English Grammar and correct usage test - Jan 12, 2015 -rupa kumari (03/30/15)
  • very helpful thanks

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