Take an hour, not need an hour, etc Don’t Say:I’ll need an hour to do that. Say:It’ll take me an hour to do that.
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.
Wrong use of personal pronoun in a relative clause Don’t Say:The book which I lost it was new. Say:The book which I lost was new. Note:Don’t use a personal pronoun as well as a relative in the relative clause if They both refer to the same noun In the first sentence both which and it…
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.
Yes or No in answer to negative questions Don’t Say:Question: Didn’t you see the game?. Yes, – that is, I saw it. Say:Answer: No -that is, I did’t see it Note:In answering negative questions. say Yes if the answer is an affirmation, and No if it’s a negative. That is answer without any regard to…
Give a discount, not make a discount Don’t Say:He made me a small discount. Say:He gave me a small discount.
Cure of, not from, Don’t Say:The man was cured from his illness. Say:The man was cured of his illness. Note:The noun cure takes for: There is no cure for that disease.
Exchange for, not by Don’t Say:He exchanged his collection of matchboxes by some foreign stamps. Say:He exchanged his collection of matchboxes for some foreign stamps. Note:In exchange for: He them his old car in exchange for a new one.
Learn for Study Don’t Say:Kevin is learning at Gordon College. Say:Kevin is studying at Gordon College. Note:The expression I learn at (Gordon College, etc ) is incorrect. Say I study at (Gordon College, etc.) or I am a student at (Gordon College, etc).
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;…