Smoke a cigarette, etc, not drink a cigarette, etc Don’t Say:He drinks too many cigarettes. Say:He smokes too many cigarettes.
Older (oldest) and Elder (eldest) – Older, Oldest Don’t Say:This girl is eider than that one. This girl is the eldest of all Say:This girl is older than that one. This girl is the oldest of all.
Misuse of the plural with the name of a language Don’t Say:English are easier than German. Say:English is easier than German. Note:Names of languages are singular and always take a singular verb.
Glad about, not from or with Don’t Say:Francis was glad from (or with) receiving your letter. Say:Francis was glad about receiving your letter.
Good at, not in Don’t Say:My sister’s good in maths, Say:My sister’s good at maths. Note:1: Bad at, clever at, quick at, slow at, etc however, weak in: He’S weak in grammar. 2: He’s good in class means that his conduct is good.
Live on, not /rom Don’t Say:He lives from his brother’s money. Say:He lives on his brother’s money. Note:Feed on’ Soma birds feed on insects
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.
Omission of the auxiliary do from questions Don’t Say:You understand the problem?or He understands the problem?She understood the problem? Say:Do you understand the problem?Or Does he understand the problem? Did she understand the problem? Note:Don’t use the auxiliary do with modal verbs, like can, may, must: Can you meet me tomorrow? Place the auxiliary verb…
Borrow and Lend – Borrow Don’t Say:I want to lend a book from you. Say:I want to borrow a book from you.
Mount or get on a horse, etc not ride a horse, etc Don’t Say:Peter rode his horse and went home. Say:Peter got on his horse and rode home. Note:To ride denotes a continuous action. To mount or To get on denotes a simple action.
Lie and Lay – Lie Don’t Say:I’m going to lay down for an hour. Say:I’m going to lie down for an hour.
Feel + infinitive without to Don’t Say:I could feel her heart to beat, Say:I could feel her heart beat. Or: I could feel her heart beating. Note:If the verbs make, see, watch, hear, feel, are used in the passive, to must be used He-was seen to leave the house : He was heard to speak…
Interfere in and Interfere with – Interfere in Don’t Say:Don’t interfere with my private business! Say:Don’t interfere in my private business!
The apostrophe (‘) misplaced with contractions Don’t Say:Did’nt, has’nt, is’nt, are’nt, etc. Say:Didn’t, hasn’t isn’t, aren’t, etc.
Thunder and Lightning Don’t Say:There were thunders and lightnings. Say:There was thunder and lightning. Note:When only one thing-is meant we say a clap of thunder and a flash or bolt of lighting.
Conform to, not with Don’t Say:We must conform with the rules. Say:We must conform to the rules. Note:comply takes with. We’ll comply with your request.
Each and Every Don’t Say: Each child had an apple. Say: Every child had an apple. Note: Each and every are always singular: Each (or every) one of the twenty boys has a book.
Repent of, not from Don’t Say:He repented from his crime. Say:He repented of his crime. Note:Repentance takes for. He feels repentance for sm
Suspect of, not for Don’t Say:I suspect Kate for stealing the pen. Say:I suspect Kate of stealing the pen. Note:Also suspicious of: Dogs are suspicious of srangers.
Borrow and Lend – Lend Don’t Say:Will you please borrow me a book? Say:Will you please lend me a book? Note:To borrow is to get something from someone, and to lend is to give something to someone.
Accuse of, not for Don’t Say:She accused the man for stealing. Say:She accused the man of stealing. Note:Charge takes with The man was charged with murder.
Small Big for Young Old Don’t Say:I’m two years smaller than you. She’s three years bigger than me. Say:I’m two years younger than you. She’s three years older than me. Note:Great refers to the importance of a person or thing; Napoleon was a great man, Homer’s Iliad is a great book Use great with words…
Misuse of good for well Don’t Say:The goalkeeper plays very good. Say:The goalkeeper plays very well. Note:Good is an adjective only, and we can’t use it as an adverb
By for With Don’t Say:The man shot the bird by a gun. Say:The man shot the bird with a gun.
Wish for a thing, not wish a thing Don’t Say:He doesn’t wish any reward. Say:He doesn’t wish for any reward.
Misuse of truth as an adjective Don’t Say:Is it truth that Diana’s very ill? Say:Is it true that Diana’s very ill? Note:Truth isn’t adjective but a noun The adjective is- true, and we use t with no article between it and the verb to fee
All not used instead of Not all Don’t Say:All people are not hard-working. Say:Not all people are hard-working. Note:Similarly, Everybody doesn’t like dancing should be Not evorybody likes dancing. The first sentence is wrong because it makes all people lazy.
Be with for Have Don’t Say:My English book is with my brother. Say:My brother has my English book.
Related to, not with Don’t Say:Are you related with Simon in any way? Say:Are you related to Simon in any way? Note:Also relation to; Is he any relation to you?
Who and Whom – Whom Don’t Say:Who do you think I saw yesterday? Say:Whom do you think I saw yesterday?