Words confused owing to faulty pronunciation

January 14th, 2011 in Vocabulary

Words are often confused owing to faulty pronunciation. Note that in this lesson words in the same group which are marked with asterisks are pronounced alike. Example: flour*, flower*

Correct the mistakes – Exercise 3

January 13th, 2011 in Improve English

Correct the following sentences.

Incorrect: He is worst than I.
Correct: He is worse than I.

Incorrect: Horse is usefuller than a car.
Correct: A horse is more useful than a car.

Correct the following sentences – Exercise 2

January 12th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Correct the following sentences.

Incorrect: Every people know this.
Correct: Every man knows this.
Correct: Everybody / everyone knows this.

Every should be followed by a singular verb. Note that everyone should be written as one word.

Short answers – Exercise 1

January 11th, 2011 in Improve English

Agree with the following sentences, using the pattern Yes  + pronoun + auxiliary.

1. Susie likes singing.
2. The boys are playing in the garden.
3. They have already arrived.
4. John can speak ten languages.
5. My aunt came yesterday.

Correct the following sentences – Exercise 1

January 10th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: One should not waste his time.
Correct: One should not waste one’s time.
Correct: A man / boy / girl  / woman should not waste his / her time.

To-infinitive or gerund – part II

January 9th, 2011 in Improve English

Like, love, hate and prefer

The verbs like, love, hate and prefer can be followed by both infinitives and gerunds. There is usually no difference of meaning.

To-infinitive or gerund – Part I

January 9th, 2011 in Improve English

Many verbs can be followed by both infinitives and gerunds. Some verbs can only be followed by infinitives. There are also some verbs which can only be followed by gerunds.