Correct Use of Adverb

1. Incorrect:- Our teacher told us that honesty was the best policy.
Correct:- Our teacher told us that honesty is the best policy.

Note:- a past tense in the principal classes is followed by a past tense in the subordinate clause, but it is not son when the subordinate clause express a universal truth or a habitual effect.

2. Incorrect:- I will see you tomorrow.
Correct:- I shall see you tomorrow.

3. Incorrect:- He shall see you tomorrow.
Correct:- He will see you tomorrow.

4. Incorrect:- I shall do or die.
Correct:- I will do or die.

5. Incorrect:- Come what may, we will go on strike.
Correct:- Come what may, we will go on strike.

6. Incorrect:- I shall do good in future.
Correct:- I will do good in future.

7. Incorrect:- I shall beat you, if you make a noise.
Correct:- I will beat you , if you male a noise.

8. Incorrect:- You will get a reward for your loyal service.
Correct:- You shall get a reward for your loyal service.

9. Incorrect:- Shall you do it?
Correct:- will you do it?

10. Incorrect:- Shall he lend you money?
Correct:- Will he lend you money?

Note:- In simple future ‘shall’ comes with pronouns of the first and ‘will’ with pronouns of second and third person but this order is reversed when a sentence conveys promise determination, advice or order. In asking question ‘shall’ is used in the first person and ‘will’ in the third person. In the second person ‘shall’ and ‘will’ are used according to the answer expected.

11. Incorrect:- He has been here an hour ago.
Correct:- He was here an hour ago.

12. Incorrect:- I am working since morning.
Correct:- I have been working since morning.

13. Incorrect:- The patient died before the doctor arrived.
Correct:- The patient had died before the doctor arrived.

14. Incorrect:- The robber was caught and his pockets searched.
Correct:- The robber was caught and his pockets were searched.

15. Incorrect:- I just finished my speech.
Correct:- I have just finished my speech.

16. Incorrect:- We wish that I was dead.
Correct:- We wish that I were dead.

17. Incorrect:- We shall reach our house before the sun sets.
Correct:- We shall have reach our house before the sun sets.

18. Incorrect:- I shall stand by you though thick & thin.
Correct:- I will stand by you though thick & thin.

19. Incorrect:- Will I ever forget these happy days?
Correct:- Shall I ever forget these happy days?

20. Incorrect:- How many hours you require for this paper.
Correct:- How many hours do you require for this paper.

21. Incorrect:- This was happened yesterday.
Correct:- This happened yesterday.

22. Incorrect:- He speak as if he is mad.
Correct:- He speak as if he were mad.

23. Incorrect:- When the police was there, they found that the thief was disappeared.
Correct:- when the police was there, they found that the thief was disappeared.

24. Incorrect:- She told me that she read ‘The tempest’.
Correct:- she told me that she had read ‘The Tempest’.

25. Incorrect:- when he will go to the bazaar, he will bring your book.
Correct:- When he goes to the bazaar, he will bring your book.

26. Incorrect:- He sound slept.
Correct:- He slept soundly.

27. Incorrect:- Before and after we looks.
Correct:- We look before and after.

Note:- when a adverb modifies and Intransitive verb it usually follows it.

28. Incorrect:- He keeps his word always.
Correct:- He always keeps his word.

29. Incorrect:- He comes to me frequently.
Correct:- He frequently comes to me.

Note:- Adverbs such as always, seldom, frequently, never, sometime, are generally used before the verb they modify. But they are placed after the verb ‘to be’.

30. Incorrect:- She is not enough strong to do this work.
Correct:- She was not strong enough to do this work.

Note:- The adverb enough is always placed after the word it modifies.