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Some Common Mistakes in English Grammar

Updated on September 24, 2012

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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.

For example-

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.

For example-

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.

For example-

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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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      You are doing a wonderful service. Congrats! Though I write a lo,t I still have lot of doubts when I pen my thoughts. I had my schooling in a Malayalam medium and English was learnt after my college days. It will be nice if you could share some tips to improve the knowledge in English. Frankly speaking I am bad on spoken side. Sure, I read and write a lot and hence got the fluency in writing. But when it comes to utter a few sentence, it seems to be a task. I hope you will offer some advice. This request is made for the whole people whose mother tongue is not English. Please help.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 4 years ago from India

      Thanks CyberShelley

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Quite right too. Thank you for taking the time to put this article together. Up, interesting and useful.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Arun Kanti g.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 5 years ago from KOLKATA

      As a beginner creative writer in the Hub pages I find the Hub very interesting and worth reading. Every one should write English with

      felicity avoding grammatical mistakes.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Thanks @ Unknown Spy.

      @ livingsta

      @ Kimbrely Vaughn, yes it happens some times. We can improve these small mistakes by going through some good grammar book.

      @Thanks Integrity for always encouraging me.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That rocks and I definitely voted up.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      Great hub! I know I am guilty of one or two of these common grammar mistakes. I particularly have trouble figuring out when to use me or I.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i will be sharing this..very useful and one can learn a lot.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for spending your precious time on my hub Olde Cashmere.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I enjoyed this refresher on grammar anupma. Thank you for writing this. Voted up, shared, and rated useful, and interesting :)