Archive for the ‘Common Mistakes’ Category

Verbs: common errors

February 20th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: He is taking his food.
Correct: He is having his food.

‘Taking his food‘ is not wrong, but native English speakers rarely use this expression.

Sentence agreement: common mistakes

January 23rd, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: The news are too good to be true.
Correct: The news is too good to be true.

Incorrect: Politics are a dirty game.
Correct: Politics is a dirty game.

Common errors in the use of gerunds

January 22nd, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: They were counting on me helping them.
Correct: They were counting on my helping them.

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

Common errors in the use of some conjunctions

January 21st, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: The car either dashed against a goat or a donkey.
Correct: The car dashed against either a goat or a donkey. (either + noun + or + noun)

Common mistakes in the use of verbs

January 19th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: He asked had I finished my work.
Correct: He asked if I had finished my work.
Correct: He asked whether I had finished my work.

Common errors in the use of articles

January 18th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Incorrect: We live in village.
Correct: We live in a village. OR We live in the village.

Incorrect: She works in pub.
Correct: She works in a pub. OR She works in the pub.

Adverbs Exercise

January 16th, 2011 in Common Mistakes

Correct the following sentences and state your reasons for doing so.

1. It was bitter cold.

2. I couldn’t help not crying.

3. He will pay dear for this mistake.