Give an example, not bring an example Don’t Say:Can you bring a better example? Say:Can you give a better example?
Using what or which after everything, etc Don’t Say:I heard everything which (or what) he said. Say:I heard everything (that) he said. Note:Don’t use the relative pronouns which and what after everything, atf, something, anything, a lot, (not much), little, or Nothing We can use that after these words, or it can be omitted.
Using a wrong tense with an improbable condition Don’t Say:If he would/’d ask me, I would/’d stay. Say:If he asked me, I would/’d stay. Note:Express an improbable condition by the past tense and use the conditional in the main clause. This use of the past tense doesn’t indicate a time but a degree of probability.
Wrong sequence of tenses Don’t Say:Rachel asked me what I am doing. Say:Rachel asked me what I was doing. Note:This rule doesn’t apply (1) to verbs within quotations. (2) to facts that are true at all times We Say: 1. She said, l am waiting for your answer’ 2. He said that London is a…
Remind a person of something, not remind a person something Don’t Say:Please remind me that later. Say:Please remind me of that later.
Steal and Rob – Rob Don’t Say:Some men stole a bank last night. Say:Some men robbed a bank last night. Note:The object of steal is the thing taken by the thief, such as money, a watch, a bicycle, etc, while the object of rob is the person Of place from whom (or which) the thing…
To and Till – To Don’t Say:We walked till the river and back. Say:We walked to the river and back.
No and Not – Not Don’t Say:I have made no any mistakes in dictation. Say:I haven’t (= have not) made any mistakes in dictation. Note:We only use no as an adverb before a comparative: I have no more fo say. We use no meaning not any, as an adjective to qualify the noun. If the…
Information Don’t Say:Can you give me any informations? Say:Can you give me any information? Note:When we mean only one thing we say an item or a bit of information: He gave me a useful item of information.
Scene artd Scenery – Scene Don’t Say:The TV crew arrived at the scenery. Say:The TV crew arrived at the scene.
Write to a person, not write a person Don’t Say:I’ll write her tomorrow. Say:I’ll write to her tomorrow. Note:When the direct object of write is expressed, omit the preposition I’ll write him a letter.
Full of, not with or from Don’t Say:The jar was full with (or from) oil. Say:The jar was full of oil. Note:Fill takes with Jane filled the glass with water.
Wrong use of the with society Don’t Say: A thief is a danger to the society. Say: A thief is a danger to society. Note: Use the definite article if society is used (1) in a particular sense: The society of The Greeks was based on freedom; (2) in the sense of companionship: I enjoy…
Knock at the door, not knock the door Don’t Say:Who is knocking the door? Say:Who is knocking at the door?
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.
Wrong use of the with nature Don’t Say:The nature is beautiful in spring. Say:Nature is beautiful in spring. Note:Use the definite article if nature is used in other meanings: If is in the nature of a dog to be faithful.
Enter (= go into) Don’t Say:We entered into the classroom. Say:We entered the classroom. Note:We enter into a conversation, a debate, or a dfscussion.
Prevent from + -ing Don’t Say:The rain prevented me to go. Say:The rain prevented me from going.
Could + infinitive without to Don’t Say:I could not to see you yesterday. Say:I could not/couldn’t see you yesterday.
Misuse of able as a verb Don’t Say:The poor man doesn’t able to pay. Say:The poor man isn’t able to pay. Note:Able is an adjective, and we can’t use it as a verb.
Using till instead of before or when Don’t Say:I’d reached the school till the rain started. Say:I’d reached the school before the rain started. Or I’d reached the school when the rain started. Note:Before or when introduces a clause of time, if the verb of the main clause denotes an action completed before that of…
Know for Learn, etc Don’t Say:Dan went to school to know English. Say:Dan went to school to learn English. Note:Use know when learning is finished: She knows how to swim. Similarly, avoid using know to mean find out Of realise.
The subject misplaced in indirect questions Don’t Say:The teacher asked me what games did I play? Say:The teacher asked me what games I played. Note:In indirect questions follow the usual order of word?: subject first and then verb.
In for Within Don’t Say:I’ll come back in an hour – if you mean before the end of an hour. Say:I’ll come back within an hour. Note:in means after the end of, within means before the end of.
Misuse of others as an adjective Don’t Say:The others boys aren’t here. Say:The other boys aren’t here. Note:Others isn’t an adjective but a pronoun. The adjective fs otfrer (without the s) We can say. The others aren’t here omitting thtf noun boys
Hundred, etc Don’t Say:The town has fifty thousands people. Say:The town has fifty thousand people. Note:Hundred, thousand, and million take the plural form if they’re not preceded by a numeral or by a: Thousands of people were present.
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.
Outside (= on the exterior of) Don’t Say:They stood outside of the door. Say:They stood outside the door.
Centre and Middle – Centre Don’t Say:Stand in the middle of the circle. Say:Stand in the centre of the circle.
Dismount or get off a horse, etc, not come down from a horse, etc. . Don’t Say: They came down from their horses. Say: They got off their horses. Note: We get out of a taxi or a car. We get on or off the train, the bus, etc