Misuse of noun/verb homonyms

Misuse of noun/verb homonyms Don’t Say:Becky played a good play of chess. Say:Becky played a good game of chess. Note:Some verbs and nouns do have the same form and analogous meaning in English The police fight a hard fight Heather dreams long vivid dreams. If you lie the he will catch you out’ The company…

Could + infinitive without to

Could + infinitive without to Don’t Say:I could not to see you yesterday. Say:I could not/couldn’t see you yesterday.

Wrong use of that in direct speech

Wrong use of that in direct speech Don’t Say:She said that, I’m sure to pass.’ Say:She said, I’m sure to pass.’ Note:In indirect, speech we Say: He said thst he was sure to pass. We can’t use that in direct speech, i.e. when we repeat the words that some other person has spoken without any…

Leave (= depart from)

Leave (= depart from) Don’t Say:Brian left from England last week. Say:Brian left England last week.

Using and in a negative sentence instead of or

Using and in a negative sentence instead of or Don’t Say:I don’t like red and orange. I want the blue one. Say:I don’t like red or orange, I want the blue one. Note:If we join clauses with different subjects we use and even after a negative. He didn’t write to me and I was worned….

Wounded and Injured or Hurt

Wounded and Injured or Hurt Don’t Say:Jack was wounded in a car accident. Say:Jack was injured in a car accident. Note:People are injured or hurt as a result of an accident or a fight, but people are wounded in wars and battles.

Round (= on all sides of)

Round (= on all sides of) Don’t Say:The earth goes round of the sun. Say:The earth goes round the sun. Note:Around is similar in meaning and use to round

Inside (= in the interior of)

Inside (= in the interior of) Don’t Say:The boys went inside of the room. Say:The boys went inside the room.

After for In

After for In Don’t Say:I may be able to go after a week. Say:I may be able to go in a week.Or: I may be able to go in a week’s time. Note:When speaking of a period of time in the future, use in, and not after. Here in means after the end of.

It’s no good + -ing

It’s no good + -ing Don’t Say:It’s no good to get angry. Say:It’s no good getting angry’.

Go for a walk, not make a walk

Go for a walk, not make a walk Don’t Say:We made a walk along the river. Say:We went for a walk along the river. Note:We can also say We had a walk or We took a walk along the river.

Using the more instead of most

Using the more instead of most Don’t Say:The more people will agree with me. Say:Most people will agree with me. Note:Use the more in sentence like The more I complain, the more laugh The more we write, the happier our tutor becomes. Use most (not the more) when you mean the majority of

Obey (= act according to)

Obey (= act according to) Don’t Say:We should obey to our teachers. Say:We should obey our teachers.

Using the simple psst tense with a recent action, instead of the present perfect

Using the simple psst tense with a recent action, instead of the present perfect Don’t Say:The clock struck. Say:The clock has struck. Note:If we are speaking of an action just finished, we must use the present perfect instead of the simple past tense. For example, immediately after the clock strikes, we should’t say The clock…

Similar to, not with

Similar to, not with Don’t Say:Your house is similar with mine. Say:Your house is similar to mine.

Tie to, not on

Tie to, not on Don’t Say:The girl tied the string on the kite. Say:The girl tied the string to the kite. Note:Also bind to: The prisoner was bound to the stake.

Using the objective case after the verb to he

Using the objective case after the verb to he Don’t Say:It was him. Say:It was he. Note:The pronoun coming after the verb to be must be in the nominative case, and not in the objective in written composition However, rhe objective case is now usually used in coversation: It’s me.lt was him/her/them, etc.

Misuse of it’s for its

Misuse of it’s for its Don’t Say:The bird was feeding it’s young. Say:The bird was feeding its young. Note:The possessive adjective its is correctly written without the apostrophe. So also hers, ours, yours, theirs take no apostrophe.

Learn for Teach

Learn for Teach Don’t Say:Graham learned us how to play hockey. Say:Graham taught us how to play hockey, Note:Teach means to give instruction, learn means, to receive instruction: He taught me English, and I learned it quickly.

Mixing up the tenses

Mixing up the tenses Don’t Say:They asked him to be captain, but he refuses. Say:They asked him to be captain, but he refused. Note:If you begin with a verb referring to past time, keep the verb forms in the past. The same rule applies to tenses throughout a composition.

From for Since

From for Since Don’t Say:Ian’s been ill from last Friday. Say:Ian’s been ill since iast Friday. Note:From can also denote a point in time, but it must be followed by to or till: He works from eight o’clock till one o’clock without a break. Place the preposition since before words or phrases denoting a point…

Using a country instead of the country

Using a country instead of the country Don’t Say:I spend my holidays in a country. Say:I spend my holidays in the country. Note:A country is a place like France, India, or Egypt. The country is a rural area where there are no towns or cities.

Attack (= go and fight against)

Attack (= go and fight against) Don’t Say:They attacked against the enemy. Say:They attacked the enemy. Note:We say, to make an attack on: They made an attack on the enemy.

Less for Fewer

Less for Fewer Don’t Say:They have less books than I have. Say:They have fewer books than I have. Note:We say less than (five, six, etc) pounds because the pounds are considered as a sum of money and not as a number of coins. less denotes amount, quantity, value, or deqree, fewer denotes number. We may…

Misuse of all (= everything) with a plural verb

Misuse of all (= everything) with a plural verb Don’t Say:Nothing’s left; all are lost. Say:Nothing’s left; all is lost. Note:All meaning everything takes a singular verb, all meanmg everybody, takes a plural verb: All of us are present.

Theatre for Play

Theatre for Play Don’t Say:Sarah is going to see a theatre tonight, Say:Sarah is going to see a play tonight, Note:A theatre is a building in which plays are acted, not the play itself.

Substitute for Replace with

Substitute for Replace with Don’t Say:They substituted gold with paper money. Say:They replaced gold with paper money. Note:We replace one thing with another, but. we substitute one thing for another The two phrase* mean the reverse of each other You replace gold with paper money you substitute paper money for gold’

Using an intransitive verb in the passive form

Using an intransitive verb in the passive form Don’t Say:She was disappeared from the house. Say:She disappeared from the house. Note:As a rule, don’t use intransitive verbs, like appear, seem, become, consist, in the passive form. Intransitive verbs dorYt have an object.