Take for Buy Don’t Say:I went to the baker’s to take bread. Say:I went to the baker’s to buy bread. Note:Never use take m the sense of buy.
Insist on, not to Don’t Say:He always insisted to his opinion. Say:He always insisted on his opinion. Note:Persist take in He persisted in his silly ideas.
Omission of the word or between numbers Don’t Say:I’ve only two, three friends. Say:I’ve only two or three friends. Note:We must always insert the conjunction or between numbers like this two or three men, five or six pages, eight or ten days.
So and Such – Such Don’t Say:I’ve never seen a so large animal before. Say:I’ve never seen such a large animal before. Note:So is an adverb, and must qualify an adjective or another adverb. Such is an adjective and must qualify a noun.
Omission of there as an introductory word Don’t Say:Once lived a great king. Say:Once there/There once lived a great king. Note:Use the adverb there to introduce the subject of a sentence in which the verb stands before the subject.
Wrong sequence of moods Don’t Say:If you would/’d do me this favour, I will/’ll be very grateful to you. Say:If you would/’d do me this favour, I would/’d be very grateful to you. Or: If you will/’ll do me this favour, I will/’d be very grateful to you.
Composed of, not from Don’t Say:Our class is composed from thirty students. Say:Our class is composed of thirty students.
Who and Whom – Whom Don’t Say:Who do you think I saw yesterday? Say:Whom do you think I saw yesterday?
Using the simple present instead of the present continuous Don’t Say:Look! Two boys fight. Say:Look! Two boys are fighting. Note:We also use the present continuous for the future when something is pre-arranged or expected with some certainty: Lorna is arriving tomorrow at six. Tom and I are eating out tonight.
Confusion of gender Don’t Say:The door is open, please shut her. Say:The door is open, please shut it. Note:It’s possible to use masculine or feminine pronouns when inanimate things are personified: England is proud of her navy. In English only names of people and animals have gender (masculine or femmine) Inanimate things are neuter, and…
Reply to a person, not reply a person Don’t Say:She’s not replied me yet. Say:She’s not replied to me yet.
Must + infinitive without to Don’t Say:I must to see her at her office. Say:I must see her at her office.
Using one time or two times instead of once or twice Don’t Say:I was absent one time or two times. Say:I was absent once or twice. Note:Use once and twice instead of one time and two times.
Risk + -ing Don’t Say:We couldn’t risk to leave him alone. Say:We couldn’t risk leaving him alone.
Like for Want, etc Don’t Say:Do you like to see my collection? Say:Do you want to see my collection? Note:I woutd/’d tike means I want I wouldtd like (- I want) to play Tennis today. Would you like (= do you want) to go for a walk with me ? Would/’d like is more polite…
Return back used instead of return Don’t Say: She has returned back to school. Say: She has returned to school. Note: Don’t use the word back with return, because return means to come back
Men for People Don’t Say:All the streets were full of men. Say:All the streets were full of people. Note:Use people and not men when the reference is to human beings in general.
Believe in, not to Don’t Say:We believe to God. Say:We believe in God. Note:To believe in means to have faith in. To believe (without the in) means to regard something as true: / believe everything he says.
Remember for Remind Don’t Say:Please remember me to give it back. Say:Please remind me to give it back. Note:To remember is to have in mind: I remember what you told me To remind is to make a person remember something.
Using the past simple tense after an auxiliary verb, instead of the past participle Don’t Say:I’ve forgot to bring ray book. Say:I’ve forgotten to bring my book. Note:Use the past participle (and not the past tense) with the -auxiliary verb have ar its parts.
This morning, etc, not today morning, etc Don’t Say:I haven’t seen him today morning. Say:I haven’t seen him this morning. Note:Avoid today morning, today afternoon, today evening, yesterday night,this night. Say: this morning, this afternoon, this evening, last night, tonight.
Say one’s prayers, not make or do one’s prayer Don’t Say:I make my prayer before I go to bed. Say:I say my prayers before I go to bed. Note:To say grace is to ask God’s blessing before beginning a mea’
Take revenge and Avenge Don’t Say:I must avenge myself for what he did to me! Say:I must take revenge for what he did to me! Note:Avenge and revenge oneself are now only found in literary English. We usually use take revenge (on). We might also say He must have his revenge
Scene artd Scenery – Scenery Don’t Say:The scene in Cyprus is beautiful . Say:The scenery in Cyprus is beautiful. Note:A scene refers to one particular place, while scenery refers to the general appearance of the country.We don’t use scenery in the plural.
Be found for Be Don’t Say:The man was found in his office. Say:The man was in his office.
Shall and Will – In the first person 1 Don’t Say:I will go tomorrow if it’s fine. Say:I shall go tomorrow if it’s fine.
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.
Succeed in + -ing Don’t Say:Paula succeeded to win the prize. Say:Paula succeeded in winning the prize.
Obey (= act according to) Don’t Say:We should obey to our teachers. Say:We should obey our teachers.
Wrong use of the indefinite article before work, etc Don’t Say: Gillian has found a work at the bank. Say: Gillian has found work at the bank. Note: Don’t use the indefinite artide before such words as work, fun, health, permission.