Common Mistakes : Depend

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Common Mistakes

Common Mistakes : Depend

verb

.BAD: The number of hours he worked was depend on the number of absentees
.GOOD: The number of hours he worked depended on the number of absentees

.BAD: The insurance payment is depends on the value of the goods
.GOOD: The insurance payment depends on the value of the goods

Do not confuse depend on/upon and the more formal phrase be dependent on/upon
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.The speed of a car depends on the size of the engine
.The speed of a car is dependent on the size of the engine

.BAD: Whether or not she passes is depending upon how hard she works
.GOOD: Whether or not she passes depends upon how hard she works

When depend on/upon means ‘be shaped or determined by’, it is not used in progressive tenses

.BAD: It depends on if you’ve got enough money
.GOOD: It depends on whether you’ve got enough money

: ( it depends on whether (NOT if
.We don’t know yet. It all depends on whether the car is fixed in time

 

Common Mistakes : Depend
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