Conjunction common errors: important for SSC exams
Incorrect: Not only he is intelligent but honest.
Correct: He is not only intelligent but also honest.
Explanation:– There are a number of situations which require you to use parallel structure. They are:-
Both X and Y . . .
Not X but Y
Not only X but also Y . . .
Neither X nor Y . . .
Either X or Y . . .
Ex:– My mother likes cooking and to read. (incorrect)
My mother likes cooking and reading. (correct)
Incorrect: Hardly the sun had risen when we set out.
Correct: The sun had hardly risen when we set out.
Correct: Hardly had the sun risen when we set out.
Explanation:–When a negative word goes at the beginning of a sentence, we use an inverted word order. That means the auxiliary verb goes before the subject.
Incorrect: Hardly had he left than his friend came.
Correct: Hardly had he left when his friend came.
Incorrect: Not only he abused me but also beat me.
Correct: Not only did he abuse me but beat me also.
Explanation:– Not only +H.V. +Sub. +…………………….. but also + sub. +verb
Incorrect: I can’t go anywhere until the summer holidays will begin.
Correct: I can’t go anywhere until the summer holidays begin.
Explanation:– We use present verb forms to refer to the future after until/unless.