Common English Language Errors

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Today in my English class when my teacher asked to translate a sentence into the English language, I made a mistake and said Ram had already gone to his house. She laughs while correcting me but I felt so embarrassed in front of the whole class. Please help me to know the Common English language errors.

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Common English Language Errors


No worry about the embarrassment, you tried you made mistakes that are how human beings learn. Embarrassment is universal don’t focus on it always focus on learning new things and eager to apply in our daily lives. While speaking or in the conversation, we undoubtedly make mistakes. Many English students seem obsessed with perfecting the language. Here are 10 Common English language errors that we follow and you will easily avoid making starting with you.

1. Gone and Went.

Remember we always use Gone when there is an Auxiliary verb present ex: – has, have, had, is, am, are, was, were, be.
Went does need an Auxiliary word/Helping word.

2. It’s or Its.

Ex. The butterfly flaps its wings. It’s a very beautiful wing.

“Its” without an apostrophe is targeting for a particular’s belonging or character.

It’s with an apostrophe is an addition of two words that is “It is” or “It has.”

3. Subject-Verb Agreement: –

Ex. The list of products are on the desk.

We use “are” when we talk about plural things, 2nd person and 3rd person. Here the list is a singular thing so we use “is.”
The list of products is on the desk.

4. Watch, Look, See.

Watch: – to watch at something very carefully, especially when your subject is moving.
Look: – to look at something directly.
See: – to see something which is not present in your sight at first instance or not looking for.

5. Pronoun Misplacement: –

Ex. Take a deep breath through your nose and hold it.

The single pronoun in the sentence should stand in for nouns, but here it is not clear about which noun we are talking about. The noun close to the word “it” is nose but the sentence sense moreover to hold the nose then to the breath. So, we use Take a deep breath through your nose and hold your breath.

6. Future Tense

I will be going to the dance party yesterday.

People generally do mistake with the tense. Here future tense is describing the wrong time. Please only use the future of what is not done yet. I will be going to the dance party tomorrow.

7. Literally or Figuratively.
Using a word is making hype nowadays. Using words more often when there is no use of it makes no sense. Sometimes people use figuratively in place of literally, though they thought it sounds more accurate.

Means really/accurately, whereas figuratively means not actual/ approximately saying.

8. Loan or Borrow.

Loan means “to give,” whereas Borrow means “to take.”

9. Casual or Formal.

Ex. (In a meeting) “Hey, What’s Up?”
It depends upon whom you are talking to. Know your audience. It feels more like you are talking to your friend, not the boss. It can be considered as inappropriate. And don’t hush the words. Use it with proper meaning. “What is up?”

10. Since or For.

The most common mistake people do is, being confused in between or for. Both words play with time. We use “Since” when you have a correct figure. More accurate about your timing.
Ex. I am living here since 2010.

Whereas we use “For” when we don’t have an accurate figure. We talk about the near approximation of the timing.

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