As soon as - Learn correct usage with rules, examples and exercises

Q.  Read each sentence given below and find out whether there is an error in it. The error, if any will be one of the parts of the sentence which are marked as 1,2,3 and 4. If there is no error, the answer will be (5) i.e. No error. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).

As soon as (1)  / he got the (2) / letter, at once (3) / he started. (4) / No Error (5)

- Published on 06 Jan 17

a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5

The conjunction 'as soon as' is used to denote simultaneous actions i.e. two things/ actions taking place at the same time.

As soon as +Subject +1st Action +Subject +2nd Action
PresentAs soon ashesees his motherhestops dancing.
PastAs soon ashesaw his motherhestopped dancing.
FutureAs soon ashewill see his motherhewill stop dancing.

Remove 'at once'.
The correct sentence should be: As soon as he got the letter, he started.

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