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