Grass Don’t Say:The dog lay down on the grasses. Say:The dog lay down on the grass.
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 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.
Made from and Made of – Made from Don’t Say:The bowl is made of glass. Say:The bowl is made from glass.
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 ? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Don’t Say:Louis has got any milk. Say:Louis has got some milk.
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 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 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 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…
Very and Much – Much Don’t Say:He’s very stronger than I am. Say:He’s much stronger than I am. Note:Use very with adjectives and adverbs in the positive, and with present participles used as adjectives like interesting. Use much with comparatives
Turn (switch) the light on or off, not open or shut the light Don’t Say:Please open (or shut) the light. Say:Please turn on (or off) the light. Or: Please switch on (or off) the Sight. Note:We light, blow out or put out a lamp, a candle, or a fire
Grow and Grow up – Grow up Don’t Say:When I grow I’ll be a doctor. Say:When I grow up I’ll be a doctor. Note:Other meanings of grow. (1) to occur naturliy in the ground Rice grows in Egypt. (2) to cause io grow: Vve grow flowers in our garden, (3) to allow to grow. He…
For this used instead of for this reason Don’t Say:For this he wants to leave. Say:For this reason he wants to leave. Note:The phrase for this is incorrect- Say for this reason or for that reason Also owing to that or because of that.
The adverb enough misplaced Don’t Say:Is the room enough large for,you? Say:Is the room large enough for you? Note:When enough is an adjective it comes before the noun: We have enough food for six people. Place the adverb enough after the word it qualifies and not before.
Clothes + plural verb Don’t Say:Your cloth is very fashionable. Say:Your clothes are very fashionable. Note:Cloth, meaning the material of which clothes are made, is singulai. and has a plural form cloths (without the e): deaned the table with a doth. Merchants sell different kinds of cloths.
Using the past continuous for a habitual action, instead of the simple past tense Don’t Say:Last year I was walking to school every day. Say:Last year I walked to school every day. Note:Use the past continuous tense to describe events in the past happening at the time another action took place: I was walking to…