Common mistakes of ESL students
In this lesson we will take a look at some common mistakes ESL students make when they speak or write English.
Incorrect: I give key to the watch every day.
Correct: I wind the watch every day.
Incorrect: He has not answered to me.
Correct: He has not answered me.
Incorrect: I asked a question to him.
Correct: I asked him a question.
When ask is followed by two objects, the indirect object (person) usually goes before the direct object.
Incorrect: This is not the way to approach to the problem.
Correct: This is not the way to approach the problem.
The verb approach can be directly followed by its object.
Incorrect: Let us go by walk.
Correct: Let us walk.
Correct: Let us go on foot.
Incorrect: We went to Bangkok and enjoyed very much.
Correct: We went to Bangkok and enjoyed our stay very much.
Correct: We went to Bangkok and enjoyed ourselves very much.
The verb enjoy requires an expressed object. If there is no object, you should use an appropriate emphatic pronoun.
Incorrect: She is thirty-five years.
Correct: She is thirty-five years old.
Correct: She is thirty-five.
Incorrect: He has left smoking.
Correct: He has stopped smoking.
Correct: He has given up smoking.
Incorrect: Write your name with ink.
Correct: Write your name in ink.
We say in pen, in pencil, in ink etc.
Incorrect: It is high time she improves her behavior.
Correct: It is high time she improved her behavior.
After It’s time / It’s high time, we use a past tense to refer to the present.