Answer (= reply to)

Answer (= reply to) Don’t Say:Please answer to my question. Say:Please answer my question. Note:The noun answer takes to: His answer to my question was wrong.

Dozen

Dozen Don’t Say:I want to buy three dozens eggs. Say:I want to buy three dozen eggs. Note:(A dozen – 12): I’d like to buy a dozen eggs. When dozen isn’t preceded by a numeral (like three) or by a we use the plural form; There were dozens of eggs.

Exception to, not of

Exception to, not of Don’t Say:This is an exception of the rule. Say:This is an exception to the rule. Note:We say with the exception of: She liked all her subjects with the exception of physics.

Misuse of and for also or too

Misuse of and for also or too Don’t Say:Let me do and the next exercise. Say:Let’s also do the next exercise. Or: Let me do the next exercise too. Note:And is a conjunction, and can only similar iorms ot speech: He came and sac down. We can t use it instead of the adverbs aiso…

Too much for Very much

Too much for Very much Don’t Say:She likes the cinema too much..He’s too much stronger than I am. Say:She likes the cinema very much. He’s very much stronger than I am. Note:Use very much instead of much for greater emphasis. Too much denotes an excessive quantity or degree She ate too much, and felt til.

Ashamed of, not from

Ashamed of, not from Don’t Say:He’s now ashamed from his conduct. Say:He’s now ashamed of his conduct. Note:it isn’t correct to use ashamed of meaning shy Ashamed means feeling shame or guilt about something .Shy means feeling nervous with someone Instead of saying: I’m ashamed (or shamed) of my teacher, say I’m shy of my…

Grass

Grass Don’t Say:The dog lay down on the grasses. Say:The dog lay down on the grass.

Ask (= put a question to)

Ask (= put a question to) Don’t Say:I asked to the teacher about it. Say:I asked the teacher about it.

Angry with, not against

Angry with, not against Don’t Say:The teacher was angry against him. Say:The teacher was angry with him. Note:We get angry with a person but af a thing He was angry at the weather /not with the weather). Also annoyed with, vexed with. Indignant with a person, but at a thmg.

Interested in, not for

Interested in, not for Don’t Say:She’s not interested for her work. Say:She’s not interested in her work. Note:Also take an interest in She takes a great interest in music.

What do you call ? not How do you call ?

What do you call ? not How do you call ? Don’t Say:How do you call this in English? Say:What do you call this in English? Note:if The question isn’t about a thing, but about some expression, we’ say, Now do you say this in English?

And etc used instead of etc

And etc used instead of etc Don’t Say:I, you, we, and etc. are pronouns. Say:I, you, we, etc., are pronouns. Note:However, students are advised to avoid using etc. in an essay and to use phrases such as and other things, and so on instead. Etc. is the short form of et cetera, a Latin phrase…

The -s or -es of the third person singular omitted

The -s or -es of the third person singular omitted Don’t Say:He speak English very well. Say:He speaks English very well. Note:Take great care not to leave out the -s or -es from the present tense, when the subject is he, she, it, or a noun in the singular.

Finish + -ing

Finish + -ing Don’t Say:Have you finished to speak? Say:Have you finished speaking? Note:To + infinitive or the gerund follow verbs meaning to begin She began to speak, or She began speaking.

Older (oldest) and Elder (eldest) – Elder, Eldest

Older (oldest) and Elder (eldest) – Elder, Eldest Don’t Say:My older brother is called John. My oldest brother is not here. Say:My elder brother is called John. My eldest brother is not here. Note:Elder can’t be followed by than Jane is older (not elder) then her sister. Older and oldest are applied to both people…

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.

Habit and Custom – Custom

Habit and Custom – Custom Don’t Say:The Chinese have strange habits. Say:The Chinese have strange customs. Note:A habit belongs to the individual, but a custom belongs to a society or country.

Sheep

Sheep Don’t Say:Ten sheeps are grazing the field. Say:Ten sheep are grazing in the field. Note:Sheep, deer, salmon, and a few other nouns have the same form for singular and pkiral. We say one sheep or ten sheep.

Tell or speak the truth, not say the truth

Tell or speak the truth, not say the truth Don’t Say:Fiona always says the truth. Say:Fiona always tells the truth. Or: Fiona always speaks the truth. Note:Also to tell a lie (not to say a lie): He told me a lie.

Go on (continue) + -ing

Go on (continue) + -ing Don’t Say:The music went on to play all day. Say:The music went on playing all day. Note:Also keep on: She kept on playing the piano.

Put on weight, not put weight

Put on weight, not put weight Don’t Say:I’ve put at least three kilos. Say:I’ve put on at least three kilos. Note:The opposite of to put on weight is to Jose weight: She has lost five kilos.

Sympathise for Like

Sympathise for Like Don’t Say:I don’t sympathise him very much. Say:I don’t like him very much. Note:Sympathise isn’t synonymous with like To sympathise with means to share some feeling (usually of sorrow) with another person: I sympathise with you in your sorrow

Omission of the demonstrative pronoun one

Omission of the demonstrative pronoun one Don’t Say:This is the only that I like. Say:This is the only one that I like. Note:Use the demonstrative pronoun one (plural oneal in place of a noun menlroned before.

Some for Any – Some

Some for Any – Some Don’t Say:Louis has got any milk. Say:Louis has got some milk.

Spend on, not for

Spend on, not for Don’t Say:I spend a lot of time for my computer. Say:I spend a lot of time on my computer.

Sleep for Go to Bed

Sleep for Go to Bed Don’t Say:I ‘ll sleep early tonight. Say:I’ll go to bed early tonight. Note:To ge to bed denotes the act of lying down on a bed in preparation for going to sleep. we can sav that a person went to bed at nine o’clock. out that he didn’t sleep until eleven…

Satisfied with, not from

Satisfied with, not from Don’t Say:Are you satisfied from your marks? Say:Are you satisfied with your marks? Note:Also content with, delighted with, unhappy with, happy with, displeased with, dissatisfied with, disgusted with.

Shall and Will – In the third person 2

Shall and Will – In the third person 2 Don’t Say:My mind is made up: he will/’lf go. Say:My mind is made up: he shall go. Note:Should, the past tense of shall, and would, the past tense of will, have the same differences of meaning and use as the present forms shall and will I…