Give a mark, not put a mark

Give a mark, not put a mark Don’t Say:The teacher put me a good mark. Say:The teacher gave me a good mark. Note:Avoid to put a lesson,to put a goal Say instead: to give a lesson, to score a goal.

Omission of the word and between numbers

Omission of the word and between numbers Don’t Say:Eight thousand thirty-seven. Say:Eight thousand and thirty-seven. Note:Use the conjunction and to connect hundred, thousand, million to a number of tens or units

Wrong use of the with names of languages

Wrong use of the with names of languages Don’t Say:Tim speaks the English very well. Say:Tim speaks English very well. Note:We can say He speaks the English language very well. Never use the definite article before the names of languages.

Wrong repetition of object with infinitive

Wrong repetition of object with infinitive Don’t Say:I bought an English book to read it. Say:I bought an English book to read. Note:Don’t repeat an object with an infinitive of purpose if the verb takes an object.

The relative clause misplaced

The relative clause misplaced Don’t Say:A girl has a pony who is in our class. Say:A girl who is in our class has a pony. Note:Enclose a relative clause that may be omitted between commas. My brother George, who is in another class, has a new bicycle, A relative da use that can’t be omitted…

After for In

After for In Don’t Say:I may be able to go after a week. Say:I may be able to go in a week.Or: I may be able to go in a week’s time. Note:When speaking of a period of time in the future, use in, and not after. Here in means after the end of.

Deal with and Deal in – Deal in

Deal with and Deal in – Deal in Don’t Say:A bookseller deals with books. Say:A bookseller deals in books. Note:To deal with also means to take action on a matter: The headmaster will deal with that question.

Lately for Late

Lately for Late Don’t Say:Last night I went to bed lately. Say:Last night I went to bed late. Note:The opposite of early is late, not lately. Lately means in recent times: I haven’t been there lately.

Nervous for Angry

Nervous for Angry Don’t Say:Our teacher is very nervous today. Say:Our teacher is very angry today. Note:Nervous means to be easily frightened or upset and can be a temporary or permanent condition. Angry describes someone’s mood at a given moment

Misuse of the plural before kind or sort

Misuse of the plural before kind or sort Don’t Say:I don’t like these kind of games. Say:I don’t like this kind of game. Or: I don’t like games of this kind. Note:The demonstrative word (this/that etc ) must agreewith its noun. In the example, kind is singular and so this must agree with it.

Misuse of worth as a verb

Misuse of worth as a verb Don’t Say:My bicycle worths £150. Say:My bicycle is worth £150. Note:Worth isn’t a verb, but an adjective.