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He enjoyed during the holidays. | CSS 2019 Sentence Correction

He enjoyed during the holidays. | CSS 2019 Sentence Correction

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He enjoyed during the holidays. | CSS Sentence Corrections with Conceptual Explanations | CSS Solved Sentence Correction 2019 | CSS 2019 Sentence Correction

Sentence correction (identifying sentence errors) is one of the most scoring areas of the verbal section in CSS and PMS exams. In these questions, CSS aspirants are asked to identify the errors and fix them. The examiner, however, is highly adept at camouflaging the cryptic mistakes in each sentence. Unless you study and practice advanced grammar concepts and do the maximum practice, you will keep finding yourself amusing that there is no error in as many as half of the given sentences. 

General Strategy for CSS, PMS Sentence Corrections 

As mentioned above, errors in CSS sentences, PMS exams are very cryptic; their identification and fixation require aspirants to understand grammar usage thoroughly. However, the following steps below are the practical and reliable ways to fix the CSS, PMS sentence correction. CSS, PMS examiners are adept in trapping aspirants. Most of the times, aspirants pick up the errors, which are not the error to fix. So, the first step to answering CSS, PMS sentence correction questions is always to read the entire sentence repeatedly, even if you think you have identified the error. This strategy will help you prevent falling into traps. 

CSS Solved Sentence Correction 2019
Question – 1:

He enjoyed during the holidays.

Correct Answer:

He enjoyed himself during the holidays.


To correct the given sentence, we have multiple ways. Let’s explore them all so that you can fix any of such statement if it appears again.

Way – 1:

In the English language, the verbs, such as “Enjoy”, “Hurt”, “Kill”, “Amuse”, “Cut”, “Teach”, “Pay”, etc., are those verbs that always require an object after them. If we don’t place an object after them, the sentence is considered incorrect. 


He enjoyed during the holidays. (Incorrect because there is no object) 

  • He enjoyed playing cricket during the holidays.
    (Playing cricket is an object)
  • He enjoyed meeting people during the holidays.
    (Meeting People is an object)
  • He enjoyed himself during the holidays.
    (Himself – Reflexive Pronoun – is an object)

More Examples: 

  • They paid for themselves.
    (Reflexive pronoun as an object)
  • They paid for them.
    (Personal pronoun as an object)
  • You have hurt yourself.
    (Reflexive pronoun as an object)
  • Nimra is teaching her students English grammar.
    (Noun as an object)
  • Nimra is teaching herself English grammar.
    (Reflexive pronoun as an object)
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Way – 2:

In the English language, there are some Idiomatic expressions, which takes reflexive pronouns after them. The list of most commonly used reflexive idioms are given hereunder:

  1. “Enjoy Oneself” (means):
    To have a good time.
  • He enjoyed himself during the holidays. (He had a good time.) 

2. “Behave Oneself” (means):
To behave well. 

  • I hope she will behave herself at the party. (She will behave well…) 

3. “Help Oneself” (means):
To serve oneself as much food/drink as one would like. 

  • Please, help yourself to cookies. (You can take as many as you want.) 

4. “Make Oneself” (means):
To do what one needs to do to feel comfortable and relaxed. 

  • Don’t hesitate, make yourself at home. (Feel you are in your own home) 

5. “By Oneself” (means):
Alone or own one’s own, without any help from other people

  • She doesn’t want to be left there by herself. 
  • She wants me to figure it out by myself. 

6. “Find Oneself” (means):
To learn what one truly values or wants in life. 

  • Many Indians left India and travelled to peaceful countries, saying that they wanted to find themselves. 

7. “Kill Oneself” (means):
To commit suicide or 

  • In despair, she threatened to kill herself. 

8. “Assure Oneself” (means):
To make oneself sure about something. 

  • I tried opening the window to assure myself that it was closed correctly. 

9. “Excuse Oneself” (means):
To tell/speak politely that one needs/has to leave

  • Excusing herself, she quickly stood up and left the drawing-room. 

10. “Ask Oneself” (means):
To think/ponder the relevant answer to the given question. 

  • Before joining an advertised academy or an inexperienced coach, ask yourself if they can help you qualify for the CSS exam or not. 

11. “Burn Oneself” (means):
To injure oneself with a burn. 

  •  Nimra burned herself on the iron. 

12. “Lose Oneself” (means):
To give/dedicate all of one’s attention/consideration/thought to something. 

  •  I usually lost myself in Howfiv. 
  •  He who loses himself in studying always succeed. 

13. “Absent Oneself” (means):
To stay oneself away from something. 

  •  Both girls absented themselves from the class. 

14. “Acquit Oneself” (means):
To behave or perform in a specified way that other people admire. 

  •  My students acquit themselves well in examinations. 
  •  She acquitted herself extremely well in her first stage performance. 

15. “Assert Oneself” (means):
To become known, seen, or recognized across the community or to speak, act, or behave in a manner that brings recognition of one’s rights. 

  • Sir Syed Kazim Ali wants his students to learn how to assert themselves with people in the position of authority. 

16. “Avenge Oneself” (means):
To get revenge. 

  •  He vowed to avenge himself, saying he would make her pay for what she had done to him. 

17. “Square Oneself With” (means):
To re-establish a friendship with somebody after apologizing to them. 

  •  It will not take more than a few words to square yourself with Sarah. 

18. “Handle Oneself” (means):
To behave. 

  •  I usually watch how my students handle themselves in the classroom. 
  • Howfiv handles itself well under the severe opposition by the academy mafia. 

19. “Apply Oneself” (means):
To make oneself work hard to complete something successfully. 

  • If you apply yourself to learn creative English writing, you might learn how to give your thoughts words grammatically correct. 
  • He applied himself to learning the English language. 
  • My students apply themselves to practice English writing daily; thus, they easily qualify for any competitive exam. 

20. “Busy Oneself” (means):
To occupy oneself with much work. 

  • Thousands of kids busy themselves taking online quizzes at Kids Corner all day. 

21. “Deny Oneself” (means):
To abstain/refrain oneself from desired things.

  • She sometimes denies herself the food, which she loves to eat, to keep in shape.

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