English language gives us no bounds in writing; it can get weird sometimes, pretty simple and sophisticated according to the usage of the principles that it offers us.
Read about some of the lesser known rules.
- Usage of â€œshouldâ€ and â€œwouldâ€
- Referring of use of â€œshallâ€ and â€œwillâ€
- Use of â€œwhoâ€ and â€œwhomâ€
- Usage of â€œwhichâ€ and â€œthatâ€
- Usage of â€œenvyâ€ and â€œjealousyâ€
- Words usage of â€œcontinualâ€ and â€œcontinuousâ€
- Use of â€œnorâ€
- Usage of â€œSinceâ€ and Becauseâ€
- Use of â€œmayâ€ and â€œmightâ€
This belongs to the category of Future Emphatic Tense which describes concepts of Purpose, obligation or duty. Back in the 1800â€™s people often replaced rather used more â€œshouldâ€ than â€œwouldâ€ in places where â€œwouldâ€ is must for us.
People used to say, â€œI should like to have some pieâ€ than â€œI would like to have some pieâ€.
These two future tense words are easily identified and are used extensively. A rule says, the proper usage of these two words depend on the nature of the person i.e., first, second or third. Like,
â€œI shall go.â€
â€œYou will go.â€
â€œHe/she will go.â€
But you will be surprised to see that, just as we spoke about the future emphatic tense, the usage of â€œshallâ€ and â€œwillâ€ is simply switched to denote duty, obligation or duty.
â€œI will go.â€
â€œYou shall go.â€
â€œHe/she shall go.â€
Well, pretty much daily we used this word more than a thousand times each day. But do we really know that there actually exists a difference in their usage.
â€œWhoâ€ is a subjective pronoun or a nominative pronoun which is used with â€˜heâ€™, â€˜sheâ€™, â€˜itâ€™, â€˜weâ€™ and â€˜they.’ â€œWhoâ€ is used when the pronoun is used as the subject of any clause.
Whereas â€œwhomâ€ is an objective pronoun that is used along with â€˜himâ€™, â€˜herâ€™, â€˜itâ€™, â€˜usâ€™ and â€˜themâ€™. So this is used when the clause you are referring to with the pronoun is object of the sentence.
these two words relatively are used in almost every sentence that we use daily some way or the other. It is one of the real lesser known rules which often lead us to making mistakes. It should be used accordingly like â€œwhichâ€ should be used when additional information in order to emphasize the meaning. While â€œthatâ€ is used when we are showing comparison between two or more objects. Let us see some examples.
â€˜You should visit my house which has a blue gate and a big shutter.â€
â€˜You should visit the house that has a fountain near the gate. (And not the one that does not).
Also, it has another set of rule like, â€œthatâ€ is a restrictive pronoun whereas â€œwhichâ€ is used as a relative clause. E.g., â€œwe should not eat fruits that are not organic.â€
â€œI advise you to eat fresh fruits which are available at grocery stores and fruit markets.â€
But there are also times when the usage of these two isnâ€™t that much restrictive in usage. E.g., â€˜the dress, which is stolen, was mine.â€™
â€˜The dress that is stolen was mine.â€™
Though these two are synonyms and are used with ALMOST same meaning. Well you should know that â€œenvyâ€ denotes desire or longing for somebody elseâ€™s fortunes. â€œEnvyâ€ is used to show your covet you have for your friendâ€™s looks.
While â€œjealousyâ€ is further more strong sense of rivalry or nefariousness. â€œJealousyâ€ also denotes you strong feeling of significant swoon over your pretty-looking friend.
These two words may appear to be similar and used with same opportunities; but this is not true. There exists a difference. â€œContinualâ€ is in order to mean something that is always occurring and has some intervals or lapses of time obviously in between. On the other hand, â€œcontinuousâ€ means something happening continually with no gaps or lapses in between.
E.g., â€œthe continual music from next door made it the worst night for studying ever.â€
â€œHer continuous talking made him prevent himself from concentrating.â€
You should know that â€œnorâ€ is used to express a negative situation. It actually means â€œand notâ€. It is used to denote negative conditions in a sentence followed by another such condition. The â€œnorâ€ form typically includes two negative conditions in one go. Like, â€œNeither men nor women were agreeing to the point.â€
â€œHer opinion neither showed support nor against nature.â€
But interestingly you will observe that â€œeitherâ€ is generally followed by â€œorâ€ and â€œneitherâ€ with â€œnor. But sometimes depending on some conditions you can use only â€œorâ€ or â€œnorâ€ according to the requirement without â€œeitherâ€ or â€œneitherâ€. Only â€œnorâ€™ can be used to express a second negative when this second negative is a verb. Again, â€˜Orâ€ only can be used in places when the second negative is a noun, an adjective or an adverb.
E.g., â€œhe refused to eat broccoli or cabbage.â€
â€œSinceâ€ and â€œbecauseâ€ are often confused as to when what should be used. Basically both are used as connectives but there is some lesser known rule which guides its usage. Like, â€œsinceâ€ refers to time in expressing something. Whereas, â€œbecauseâ€ is necessarily a cause that is shown as an explanation to provide some additional information.
E.g., â€œI havenâ€™t smoked since a long timeâ€.
â€œShe did not go because she had other engagements.â€
Well, â€œMayâ€ and â€œmightâ€ are often confused during its usage. There is a rule that marks a difference in its usage. Like, â€œmayâ€ denotes some possibility. E.g., â€œI may go to London this year end.â€
Whereas, â€œmightâ€ refers to some uncertainty in a wider way. Like for e.g., â€œyou might end up getting a ticket if you tug a boat while you are drunk.â€
So, you see, there are rules which we ignore more often in our everyday use ending up making mistakes quite often. So, take a look at the list.