Omission of the before the word cinema, etc Don’t Say:On Saturday I go to cinema. Say:On Saturday I go to the cinema. Note:Use definite article before the words cinema, theatre, concert, etc
Machinery, Don’t Say:They’re now using new machineries. Say:They’re now using new machinery. Note:Machinery is a singular noun and always takes a singular verb and pronoun We can say a piece of machinery or pieces of machinery.
Misuse of afraid as a verb Don’t Say:John doesn’t afraid of anybody. Say:John’s not afraid of anybody. Note:Afraid isn’t a verb but an adjective, and we generally use it with the verb to be.
Practise + -ing Don’t Say:You must practise to speak English. Say:You must practise speaking English.
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.
Allow (to) or let (= give permission to) Don’t Say:The driver allowed/let to John (to) sit in the front seat. Say:The driver allowed/let John (to) sit in the front seat. Note:Permit has a similar meaning to let though it’s used in more formal situations: The teacher doesn’t permit us to talk in class.
The qualifying adjective misplaced Don’t Say:My uncle has a garden very large. Say:My uncle has a very large garden. Note:Put the adjective immediately before the noun it qualifies.
Boast of or about, not for Don’t Say:James boasted for his strength. Say:James boasted of (or about) his strength.
Hanged and Hung – Hung Don’t Say:We hanged the picture on the wall. Say:We hung the picture, on the wall Note:When the reference is to killing a person or animal by hanging, we use the form hanged. In other cases, the form is hung The principal parts of the two verb, are: hang, hanged, hanged;…
In and At – In Don’t Say:Liam has a flat at Paris. Say:Liam has a flat in Paris. Note:We use in to describe the physical location o:’ something as pail of d larger thmq or place.
Woman for Wife Don’t Say:The man took his woman with him. Say:The man took his wife with him. Note:In English, these two words are carefully distinguished wife is the woman in a marriage Both husbands and wives can be referred to as partners.