April 15th, 2013 in Common Mistakes
The phrases amount of and number of have slightly different meanings.
Amount of is used with uncountable singular nouns. Uncountable nouns are those nouns that refer to things you cannot measure or count. Examples are: hate, beauty, respect, information etc.
April 8th, 2013 in Common Mistakes
These words are often confused by ESL students. Although they are both forms of the primary auxiliary verb be, they are used in different grammatical structures. The word been is the past participle form of be. It is used after have.
February 11th, 2013 in Common Mistakes
ESL students often find it difficult to use tenses correctly. The present perfect and past perfect tenses are particularly confusing.
February 7th, 2013 in Common Mistakes
ESL learners have invented many words and expressions that native speakers of the language are unlikely to understand. In this article we will take a look at some of these curious expressions that are quite popular among ESL learners in Asia and Latin America.
February 6th, 2013 in Common Mistakes
The word very is commonly used before an adjective or adverb.
- She is very beautiful.
- Thank you very much.
May 3rd, 2012 in Common Mistakes
Incorrect: My hairs are grey.
Correct: My hair is grey.
Hair is an uncountable noun in English and as such it does not have a plural form.
May 2nd, 2012 in Common Mistakes
Here are some mistakes students often make in the use of nouns.
Incorrect: She likes to feed the poors.
Correct: She likes to feed the poor.