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Concord — Consistency in gender, name, case, person

Eng­lish lan­guage is pecu­liar because when you write a sen­tence, you will not be able to real­ize that you have made a mis­take because when you read it casu­ally, it sounds like a cor­rect sen­tence. When you probe it care­fully, you can find a mis­take either in spelling, sen­tence for­ma­tion or in gram­mar. Of all these three, iden­ti­fy­ing an erro­neous gram­mar is tough is tricky because it has got many rules and excep­tions. In this arti­cle, we are going to talk about some of the com­mon gram­mat­i­cal errors that many of us make in day-to-day life.

Try to read the fol­low­ing sen­tence aloud

It is I who is relieved from the pain. 

When you read the above sen­tence, you don’t think that there is any error, do you? Even I didn’t real­ize that there is a gram­mat­i­cal error until I read it care­fully for sec­ond time. The sec­ond “is” is the rel­a­tive pro­noun in the above sen­tence must agree with the per­son “I” and num­ber of their antecedents. The rel­a­tive pro­noun of I is “am”. Hence the cor­rect form of the above sen­tence is

It is I who am relieved from the pain.

examples of concord

exam­ples of concord

To avoid these kinds of mis­takes, write sim­ple sen­tence like, I am relieved from the pain. This will avoid mak­ing of mis­takes. This error is known as gram­mat­i­cal agree­ment, “Con­cord” in tech­ni­cal terms.

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