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Hi, Everyone.

I am a student studying in Hongkong and taking a course - Analysing English Grammar. Now, I am doing an assignment which is very difficult to me. See, anyone can help me.

There are mistakes in the following sentences, please point out and give explanation, then correct it.

1. If you check your work carefully, I'm sure you will make less mistakes.
2. Hopefully the economy will strengthen in the next few years.
3. Although he did not accuse me directly he inferred that the responsibility was mine.
4. The data confirms what we have always suspected.
5. They were completely bored and disinterested in the subject.
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The sentences seem OK to meEmotion: smile. Hmm, since you said there were mistakes there I am quite interested to know thenEmotion: smile
Hello HKese.

All of these sentences are examples of the way that most English speaking people normally speak and write. There are only very small technical flaws in these sentences. They are tricky because they are flaws that only a grammar teacher would point at. No typical English person would ever tell you that you had made any mistakes in these sentences unless they were crazy or just being obnoxious (rude).

I think that number 5 is considered incorrect because it uses two words that have the same meaning.

They were completely bored and disinterested in the subject.

So maybe the answer should be:

They were completely bored by the subject.
or
They were completely bored with the subject.
or
They were completely disinterested in the subject.
or
They were completely disinterested by the subject.
or
They were completely disinterested with the subject.

Emotion: smile

I have guesses for sentences 1 to 4 but I am not going to tell them here because I am really not sure. My guesses might not be what your teacher wants. Maybe one of the english teacher moderators here can give you better help with this?

Luck,

-m
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1. Corrected: If you check your work carefully, I'm sure you will make fewer mistakes.

"Mistake" is countable so "fewer" should be used. This rule is frequently ignored by native speakers, so don't sweat it.

2-4. No errors that I can see.

5. Corrected: They were completely disinterested in the subject.

"Bored" and "disinterested" are close enough to be synonyms. If you use bored, it should be "bored by".
Dear trellis and ryan,

Thanks for your help! As an Chinese, it is really a hard work for me, I do not have any answer in my mind. If you have any ideas for other questions, please let me know. Thanks,
Number 3 should definitely be:

Although he did not accuse me directly he implied that the responsibility was mine.

The rule is this: if you are speaking, you imply; if you are listening, you infer.

So another way to write number 3 would be: "Although he did not accuse me directly I inferred that the responsibility was mine."

In real life, of course, the two are not the same. I might imply something, but you may not take the hint. Alternatively, I may say something harmless, but you may infer some hidden meaning that I did not intend.
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Hi, remember me.

I've got the answers as follows:

Q1: "mistake" is countable, should use "fewer".

Q2: "hopefully" is incorrect in using as an adverb in the sentence to mean 'it is to be hoped that ....", should use "I hope...."

Q3: "infer" which means understand covert meaning, should use "imply" that means state indirectly.

Q4: "data" is plural form of datum, should use "confirm" not confirms

Q5: "disinterested means not involved in, should use "uninterested" to mean not interested.

It is really difficult!
Yikes. If you're taking tests like that, I'd say you're virtually fluent.

Is it TOEFL?
Not TOEFL, I am taking a course named "Analyzing English Grammar". These questions are discussing the "very" common errors in using English.
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