Some Common Mistakes in English Grammar
There are some common mistakes that we commit while writing. These mistakes recur constantly and we habitually repeat them. A little attention can remove these errors. Here are a few of them-
- The Best- People usually put ‘a’ or ‘very’ before best. While best is always preceded by the.
Incorrect sentence- She is a best girl of mine class.
Correct Sentence- She is the best girl of mine class.
Incorrect sentence- This is very best dress.
Correct Sentence- This is the best dress.
- Direct Indirect Speech- Always keep in mind the sentence must be in same speech. We usually put first half in direct and second half in indirect.
Incorrect Sentence- She said that she will go.
Correct Sentence- She said that she would go.
Incorrect sentence- He said to Ram, what do you want?
Correct Sentence- He said to Ram, “What do you want?”
- Use of for and since- People get confuse while using for and since. For is used to denote period of time, while since is used to denote point of time.
Incorrect Sentence- She is going since two years.
Correct Sentence- She is going for two years.
Incorrect Sentence- I have not met my friend from July 17, 2010.
Correct Sentence- I have not met my friend since July 17, 2010.
Some other Common Mistakes-
- Incorrect Sentence- She is an European.
Correct Sentence- She is a European.
Note- The article ‘a’ is used before a syllable with sound of ‘yu’. For example- a useful book, a one dollar note etc.
- Incorrect Sentence- She is a MP of our constituency.
Correct Sentence- She is an MP of our constituency.
Note- the article ‘an’ is used before consonants beginning with the vowel sound. For example- an MP, an MSW, an M.Sc. , an M.A.
- Incorrect Sentence- She is a brightest student in the class.
Correct Sentence- She is the brightest student in the class.
Note- ‘The’ is used before the superlative forms of degree.
Some more Mistakes-
Incorrect Sentence- There is no place in the compartment.
Correct Sentence- There is no room in the compartment.
Incorrect Sentence- He had a large number of money.
Correct Sentence- He had a large amount of money.
Incorrect sentence- Who is stronger, China or Russia?
Correct Sentence- Which is stronger, China or Russia?
Incorrect Sentence- It is me.
Correct sentence- It is I.
Incorrect Sentence- What is the last news?
Correct Sentence- What is the latest news?
Incorrect Sentence- He gets a less salary.
Correct Sentence- He gets a small salary.
Incorrect Sentence- Torch is useful than lantern.
Correct Sentence- Torch is more useful than lantern.
Incorrect Sentence- Both girls have not come.
Correct Sentence- Neither girl has come.
There are some very common mistakes that we commit. We can keep these things in mind to avoid mistakes and write.
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