What is an error in English? The concept of language mistakes is a fuzzy one…
Listed below are 100+ of the most common mistakes made by English Learners…
Incorrect: It’s seven twenty o’clock.
Correct: It’s seven twenty.
Incorrect: Your coat is broken.
Correct: Your coat is torn.
Incorrect: Susan didn’t make a fault anyway.
Correct: Susan didn’t make a mistake anyway.
Incorrect: Would you mind posting this letter for me ? Yes, certainly.
Correct: Would you mind mailing this letter for me ? Of course not. OR ( Not at all )
Incorrect: He becomes better.
Correct: He got better.
Incorrect: We’ll have a hearing test tomorrow.
Correct: We’ll have a listening test tomorow.
Incorrect: I recommend you to take a long vacation.
Correct: I recommend that you take a long vacation.
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: It was still bright outside.
Correct: It was still light outside.
Incorrect: Come to here.
Correct: Come here.
Incorrect: Common students in US don’t wear a uniform.
Correct: The average students in US don’t wear a uniform.
Incorrect: Who cooked this salad ?
Correct: Who made this salad ?
Incorrect: Different from me, she is proficient in English.
Correct: Unlike me, she is proficient in English.
Incorrect: Little children are difficult to understand that.
Correct: It is difficult for children to understand that.
Incorrect: Don’t step on the grass.
Correct: Keep off the grass.
Incorrect: I get my salary twice a month.
Correct: I get paid twice a month..
Incorrect: Would you like a drink ?
Correct: Would you like something to drink ?
Incorrect: Let me examine your pulse.
Correct: Let me feel your pulse.
Incorrect: I have no exercise talent.
Correct: I am not athletic.
Incorrect: I forget my hat in the house.
Correct: I left my hat in the house.
Incorrect: Lend me some money, for instance 500 dollars, Lin
Correct: Lend me some money, say 500 dollars, Lin
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 ?