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Common mistakes

November 27th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Common mistakes are mistakes that people make all the time. There are several common mistakes in English. The most common among them are given below.

So do I, neither did I

Common mistakes in the use of punctuation marks

November 26th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

English makes liberal use of punctuation marks. In fact, written English would hardly make sense if no punctuation marks were used. Here are some common mistakes in the use of punctuation marks.

Sentence correction exercise

October 24th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

In each of the following pairs of sentences, one sentence is correct, and the other is wrong. Choose the correct sentence.

Common mistakes in the use of gerunds

October 15th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: They insisted on me resigning the post.
Correct: They insisted on my resigning the post.

Incorrect: They objected to John playing for the team.
Correct: They objected to John’s playing for the team.

Mistakes in the use of participles and degree modifiers

October 9th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: She had a much shocked expression on her face.
Correct: She had a very shocked expression on her face.

Incorrect: She looked much frightened.
Correct: She looked very frightened.

Common Mistakes with some Adjectives and Adverbs

June 6th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Some words ending in –ly are adjectives, and not normally adverbs. Examples are: costly, cowardly, deadly, friendly, likely, lively, lonely, silly, miserly and unlikely.

Common mistakes with prepositions

June 2nd, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: He asked a holiday.
Correct: He asked for a holiday.

Use ask with for to ask somebody to give something.
Use ask without for to ask somebody to tell something.