Common Grammatical Errors We All Need to Stop Making

Below are some of the most common grammatical mistakes made by English students, in speech and in writing...


Incorrect: The last bus leaves at eleven o’clock. It’s about eleven now, Hurry up!

Correct: The last bus leaves at eleven o’clock. It’s nearly ( almost ) eleven now, Hurry up! 

Incorrect: Come to here.

Correct: Come here. 

Incorrect: Little children are difficult to understand that.

Correct: It is difficult for children to understand that.

Incorrect: I recommend you to take a long vacation.

Correct: I recommend that you take a long vacation. 


Incorrect: Would you like a drink ?

 Correct: Would you like something to drink ? 


Incorrect: I have no exercise talent. 

Correct: I am not athletic. 


Incorrect: Don't expect me too much. 

Correct: Don't expect too much from (of ) me. 


Incorrect: I forget my hat in the house.

Correct: I left my hat in the house. 


Incorrect: I have a free time.

Correct: I am free.


Incorrect: The sun rises from the East.

Correct: The sun rises in the East. 


Incorrect: The thief got in from the window.

Correct: The thief got in through the window.


Incorrect: Let's begin from page 10.

Correct: Let's begin at ( on ) page 10. 


Incorrect: Did you attend college ?

Correct: Did you go to college ? 


Incorrect: I wanted to go to Europe last summer, but it was too expensive so I gave up to go. 

Correct: I wanted to go to Europe last summer, but it was too expensive so I gave up the idea. 


Incorrect: I am going back my home. 

Correct: I am going home.


Incorrect: His temperature went down. 

Correct: His temperature came down.


Incorrect: I like green color.

 Correct: I like green.


Incorrect: Today's newspapers has his articles on Taiwan. 

Correct: Today's newspapers carries his articles on Taiwan.


Incorrect: Give me money, if you have. 

Correct: Give me money, if you have any. 


Incorrect: You'll have a cold if you sleep with your window open.

Correct: You'll catch a cold if you sleep with your window open. 


Incorrect: Somebody's knocking on the door. Go and see who he is. 

Correct: Somebody's knocking on the door. Go and see who it is. 


Incorrect: The head office is in Taipei.

Correct: The main office is in Taipei.


Incorrect: He cannot read and write. 

Correct: He cannot read or write. 


Incorrect: Where is here.

Correct: Where are we. 


Incorrect: How heavy are you ?

Correct: How much do you weigh ? 


Incorrect: He was talking in a high voice. 

Correct: He was talking loud.


Incorrect: Most Westerners have high noses.

Correct: Most Westerners have long noses. 


Incorrect: Are you home tomorrow. 

Correct: Are you at home tomorrow.


Incorrect: How does she look like ?

 Correct: What does she look like ?


Incorrect: This is the way how I did it. 

Correct: This is how I did it. or This is the way I did it.


Incorrect: How do you think about Taiwan. 

Correct: What do you think about Taiwan.


Incorrect: How can I do ?

Correct: What can I do ? 


Incorrect: " How long have you been in Taiwan ?"" Six months "" How about Chinese food ?"

Correct: " How long have you been in Taiwan ? "" Six months "" Do you like Chinese food ?"


Incorrect: I visited her ill mother in the hospital.

Correct: I visited her sick mother in the hospital. 


Incorrect: There is a limit in my patience.

Correct: There is a limit to my patience. 


Incorrect: Please wait inside the white line.

Correct: Please wait behind the white line.


Incorrect: Is your house insured for fire ?

Correct: Is your house insured against fire ? 


Incorrect: I introduce Mr. Smith to you !

Correct: May I introduce Mr. Smith to you ! 


Incorrect: She was first prize.

Correct: She took first prize. 


Incorrect: Do you have any automatic camera ? Yes I have it .

Correct: Do you have any automatic camera ? Yes, I have one. 


Incorrect: That was a traffic accident on my way here. It is why I was late. 

Correct: That was a traffic accident on my way here. That is why I was late.


Incorrect: She is wearing blue jeans pants.

Correct: She is wearing blue jeans. 


Incorrect: Keep the right.

Correct: Keep to the right. 


Incorrect: Last night I didn't keep my diary.

Correct: Last night I didn't write anything in my diary. 


Incorrect: The train was late about an hour.

Correct: The train was about an hour late.


Incorrect: Leave your hand from the end of the wire. 

Correct: Let go of the end of the wire.


Incorrect: I was ten minutes late for the English lesson.

Correct: I was ten minutes late for the English class. 


Incorrect: How many Chinese letters do you know ?

Correct: How many Chinese characters do you know ?


Incorrect: He is fighting for his life.

Correct: He is fighting for his bread. 


Incorrect: Why do you say like that.

Correct: Why do you say that. 


Incorrect: I have no house to live.

Correct: I have no house to live in. 


Incorrect: What a dirty face ! Look at the mirror.

Correct: What a dirty face ! Look in the mirror. 


Incorrect: He lost conciousness for a long time. 

Correct: He was unconcious for a long time.



Incorrect: He made a world record. 

Correct: He set a world record.


Incorrect: Her marriage was happy. 

Correct: Her married life was happy.


Incorrect: Maybe I think so.

Correct: I think so.


Incorrect: The club's members are 55.

Correct: There are 55 members in the club.


Incorrect: They didn't understand my mind. 

Correct: They didn't understand what I was thinking.


Incorrect: This is where you mistake. 

Correct: This is where you are mistaken. 


Incorrect: I felt good mood. 

Correct: I am in a good mood. 


Incorrect: Please allow me more two hours. 

Correct: Please allow me two more hours. 


Incorrect: My watch doesn't move at all. I must get it checked up.

 Correct: My watch isn't running, I must get it checked up. 


Incorrect: We moved house to Johor last month. 

Correct: We moved to Johor last month. 


Incorrect: He is our common friend.

 Correct: He is our mutual friend. 


Incorrect: It was my first time to go abroad. 

Correct: It was the first time I had gone abroad. 


Incorrect: While walking along the street, I met my friend. 

Correct: While walking along the street, I met a friend of mine.


Incorrect: My this book cost me nearly 300 dollars.

Correct: This book of mine cost me nearly 300 dollars.


 Incorrect: My room is narrow.

Correct: My room is small.


Incorrect: I'll visit my native place for the first time in ten years this summer.

Correct: I'll visit my birth place for the first time in ten years this summer.


Incorrect: Is this seat empty.

 Correct: Is this seat taken. 


Incorrect: Don't be noisy. 

Correct: Be quiet. 


Incorrect: It is not of only your business. 

Correct: It is none of your business.


Incorrect: I will do anything I can do for you. 

Correct: I will do anything I can for you.


Incorrect: This is the key of my room. 

Correct: This is the key to my room. 


Incorrect: I am going to take a two-year course of English. 

Correct: I am going to take a two-year course in English.


Incorrect: He treated me very friendly. 

Correct: He treated me in a friendly way.


Incorrect: This is the largest department store of the world. 

Correct: This is the largest department store in the world. 


Incorrect: It's a novel of three volumes. 

Correct: It's a novel in three volumes. 

Incorrect: He is a student of Harvard University. 

Correct: He is a student at Harvard University. 


Incorrect: Do you know the meaning of the word of bumpy ? 

Correct: Do you know the meaning of the word bumpy ? 


Incorrect: He had a child of his former wife. 

Correct: He had a child by his former wife.


Incorrect: She married old. 

Correct: She married late in life.


Incorrect: I saw it on the newspapers.

 Correct: I read ( saw ) it in the newspapers.


Incorrect: He is a liar, and you are one too. 

Correct: He is a liar, and you are too. 


Incorrect: Open page 20 of your books. 

Correct: Open your books to page 20. 


Incorrect: Our Chinese students are diligent.

Correct: We Chinese students are diligent. 


Incorrect: Don't make the office out of order. 

Correct: Don't leave the office in a mess. 


Incorrect: I like to paint this door to black. 

Correct: I'd like to paint this door black.


Incorrect: I have a Chinese pen friend. 

Correct: I have a Chinese pen pal.


Incorrect: Give me a phone. 

Correct: Give me a phone call. 


Incorrect: Is there any place for me in the car. 

Correct: Is there any room for me in the car.


Incorrect: Let's play together. 

Correct: Why don't you come over ? 


Incorrect: I was very pleasant today. 

Correct: I had a very good time today.


Incorrect: He got 87 points in chemistry. 

Correct: He got an 87 in chemistry. 


Incorrect: Chang is a popular name in Taiwan. 

Correct: Chang is a common name in Taiwan. 


Incorrect: I'm a public servant. 

Correct: I work for the government. 


Incorrect: She is pure.

Correct: She is naive. 


Incorrect: I have a question to you.

Correct: I have a question to ask you. 


Incorrect: This book deserves to read several times.

Correct: This book deserves to be read several times. 


Incorrect: I like red tea.

Correct: I like black tea.


Incorrect: History repeats.

Correct: History repeats itself.


Incorrect: I make a rule of going to bed early and get up early.

Correct: I make a rule to keep early hours. 


Incorrect: I went to the sea. 

Correct: I went to the beach.


Incorrect: The door was shut when I returned home. 

Correct: The door was closed when I returned home. 


Incorrect: Shall we sit in that sofa ? 

Correct: Shall we sit on that sofa ?


Incorrect: This steak is soft.

Correct: This steak is tender.


Incorrect: His new book will be sold well.

Correct: His new book will sell well.


Incorrect: There're a lot of sparrows stopping on the telephone lines.

Correct: There're a lot of sparrows sitting on the telephone lines. 


Incorrect: He hit me strongly.

Correct: He hit me hard. 

Incorrect: My pay cannot support my living.

Correct: My pay is not enough to live on. 


Incorrect: He wants to establish a sweet home.

Correct: He wants to establish a happy home. 


Incorrect: Why don't you take a driving license.

Correct: Why don't you get a driving license.


Incorrect: Last year I went to Seattle. I liked there very much.

Correct: Last year I went to Seattle. I liked it very much.


Incorrect: My mother likes to drink thick tea.

Correct: My mother likes her tea strong. 


Incorrect: I think it will not rain tomorrow.

Correct: I don't think it will rain tomorrow.


Incorrect: Is your camera this kind ?

Correct: Is your camera like this ? 


Incorrect: His house was struck by thunder last night.

Correct: His house was struck by lightning last night.

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