English language has come to be the most diffused language on earth. It is followed closely only by the Mandarin language, spoken mainly in china within the land mass of the nation of China. The universality of the use of English has made it possible for the subject to be featured in any major examination. One of the reasons why students make mistakes in the use of English is due to the fact that Use of English is governed by many rules.
In this article, I will be listing the top 10 common mistakes students (Including me) make in Use of English and reasons why they are mistakes. In addition to that, the correct form will also be stated.
The sentences I used in this article as examples of improper use of the English language are sentences I saw in past questions, heard on the radio or television, from pulpits and inter personal discussions. Read on and you will be surprised at what you will discover.
Top 30 Common Mistakes Students Make In Use Of English
|Mistakes||Corrections||Reasons for incorrectness|
|Oranges are different than apples.||Oranges are different from apples.||The sentence is not comparative hence the use of "than" is uncalled for.|
|The man in the next house don't care about hygiene.||The man in the next house doesn't care about hygiene.||Singular "man" goes with singular "doesn't"|
|I had wrote you a letter before before I met you.||I had written a letter to you before I met you.||The past participle "had written" is appropriate there.|
|Me and my friend went for lunch.||My friend and I went for lunch.||"Me" is object and not subject and thus cannot go for lunch.|
|Where your receipt at?||Where is your receipt?||"Is" should follow "where" to indicate location.|
|One of the people who has guns are here.||One of the people who have guns are here.||Single verb should follow a singular noun.|
|I only have twenty dollars.||I have only twenty dollars.||The correct sentence refers to cash possession only.|
|I lost some weight and I kept it up.||I lost some weight and I kept it off.||Kept up the lost weight?|
|He is the person who have the book.||He is the person who has the book.||"He" is doing the having hence "has" is appropriate.|
|I alone does the work.||I alone do the work.||I do, he does.|
|Isaac was the one who told me if the death of the tyrant.||Isaac was the person who told me if the death of the tyrant.||Who was the two?|
|I read as hard as I could, and yet I did not pass the test.||I read as hard as I could, yet I did not pass the test.||"And" should not go with yet.|
|My back pains me seriously.||My back hurts me seriously.||"Pain" is a noun and not a verb.|
|The bacterium in the patient's wound are many.||The bacteria in the patient's wound are many.||Bacteria is plural for bacterium.|
|It does not matter what you wrote before.||It does not matter what you wrote previously.||"Before" is not strictly time related but "previously" is.|
|It is nice reading your book which I just got one.||It is nice reading your book which I just bought one.||The use of "got one" here is superfluous.|
|I am a frequent listener of you radio program.||I am a frequent listener to you radio program.||"Listen to" is more pleasant to the ear.|
|Could there be another person in the world like me?||Could there be another person in the world like I?||The pronoun bein compared with should be normative since the person is in the normative case.|
|My twin brother likes I very much.||My twin brother likes me very much.||"Me" is the object of "likes" a transition verb.|
|The fact that he is pressing charges does comes as a surprise.||The fact that he is pressing charges does come as a surprise.||"Does comes" is clumsy and incorrect.|
|I know that going to school, which is nice to do has it's benefits.||I know that going to school, which it is nice to do, has it's benefits.||"If" after "which" is not necessary.|
|Jonathan is my baby father.||Jonathan is my father's baby.||"Baby" should be in possessive case.|
|Non of the children are ready to go to school.||Non of the children is ready to go to school.||"None" meaning "No one" is singular and cannot go with "are" which is plural.|
|On that occasion I had came to your house for a visit.||On that occasion I had come to your house for a visit.||Double past "had" and "came" is wrong.|
|No teenager willingly do their chores.||No teenager willingly does his/her chores.||"No" is treated as singular.|
|Her and her daughter fight all the time.||She and her daughter fight all the time.||"Her" is an object pronoun. "Her" cannot fight.|
|By 1990, I had went to London twice.||By 1990, I had traveled went to London twice.||Past participle preferred.|
|Having said that, the family members are here.||Having said that, I like to say that the family members are here.||The subject to "having said that" is "I" and not the family members.|
|I saw him stealing the meat.||I saw him steal the meat.||?????|
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