Take for Buy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Must + infinitive without to

Must + infinitive without to Don’t Say:I must to see her at her office. Say:I must see her at her office.

Risk + -ing

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

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

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

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

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

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.

This morning, etc, not today morning, etc

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

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

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

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

Be found for Be Don’t Say:The man was found in his office. Say:The man was in his office.

Write to a person, not write a person

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

Succeed in + -ing Don’t Say:Paula succeeded to win the prize. Say:Paula succeeded in winning the prize.

Obey (= act according to)

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

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.