Ten English mistakes we make


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Web Desk: Learning English is really a struggling part in our life. Even the best of learners tend to stumble upon grammatical errors and make basic mistakes, when it comes to constructing a sentences correctly.

Here is the list of 10 mistakes most English learners make

Mistake 1: Introduction

Often people introduce themselves as, “Myself Ahmed. I belong to Sindh.” Both sentences are incorrect.

We should say, “I am Ahmed. I am from Sindh.” Or “I am Ahmed. I live in Sindh.”

Mistake 2: Forming plural

“I have two childrens” or “I need some informations about the course.”

We often mistake in forming plurals. Here Children itself is plural and ‘information’ is an uncountable noun and doesn’t have a plural form.

Mistake 3: Similar sounding words

‘Be careful. You will loose your phone.’ We often confuse with ‘lose’ and ‘loose’. Here ‘loose’ is the opposite of tight while ‘lose’ means ‘to suffer the loss of.’

Mistake 4: Talking about past event

‘Did you met him yesterday?’ or ‘We din’t went to Lahore last month.’

Both are incorrect because while using past tense, in negative and interrogative sentences, base form of verb would be used.

The correct sentence will be, ‘Did you met him yesterday?’ or ‘We didn’t go to Lahore last month.’

Mistake 5: Making comparison

‘He is the most tallest boy in the class.’ Or ‘This house is more big than ours.’ Both are incorrect, because in the first sentence, we do not need the word ‘most’ before the superlative adjective ‘tallest’. While in the second sentence, the word ‘bigger’ need to be used instead of ‘more big’.

Mistake 6: Usage of articles

We either do not use articles at all or use articles where they are not required. ‘I am going to the Karachi next month.’ Or ‘Can I borrow pen?’ Both are incorrect because. In the first sentence, using of article before the city name is incorrect. While the indefinite article ‘a’ is required before the noun ‘pen’ in the second one.

Mistake 7: Usage of ‘much’ and ‘many’

The common mistake is the interchange use of quantities. Like ‘How many time will it take?’ or ‘How much people are there in the room?’ They both are incorrect because ‘much’ is used with uncountable nouns like ‘time’ and the quantifier ‘many’ with countable nouns like ‘people’.

Mistake 8: Telling the time

While telling time, we say, ‘It is 3 pm in the afternoon.’ Or ‘It is 6 pm and 30 minutes.’ The correct sentences are, ‘It is 6:30 pm’ and ‘It is half past six.’

Mistake 9: Subject verb agreement

Such mistakes are the most common like, ‘He live in Karachi’ or ‘We lives Kanpur.’ They are incorrect because we use the singular verb with singular subject and plural verb with plural subjects.

The correct sentences are, ‘He lives in Karachi.’ And ‘We live in Karachi.’

Mistake 10: Usage of prepositions

Most English learners get confused about the correct usage of prepositions. Both the sentences below are incorrect.

‘My birthday is in April 4th.’

‘I will visit China on March.’

We use the prepositions ‘on’ with days / dates and the preposition ‘in’ for months / years.

Hence, the correct sentences are:

‘My birthday is on April 4th’

‘I will visit China in March.’

Source: Rediff