Frequent Grammar Mistakes Everyone Can Miss


If you are on this page, so you think of your literacy and you understand how it is important. Bed grammar may even ruin your life! All the people begin to learn a foreign language with one main objective – to learn to speak. And our task is to teach you to speak correctly. In the course of learning all pupils make mistakes, and teachers, in their turn, correct pupils, explain rules and strengthen them in the speech to avoid repetition of mistakes. But does it always turn out "to avoid" them? How many times from lesson to lesson you spoke "I am agree", "It depends from", "I feel myself good"? Well I think there was many times!

And level of proficiency in language for these "infectious" mistakes is not an indicator at all! If at the initial stage of learning such mistakes are still pardonable, but pupils of the Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced levels have to consider their behavior seriously and realize their mistakes! T

In this article the team of professional writers, editors and proofreaders will consider mistakes, which are "very famous" and which prevent to speak and to write correctly – the most widespread phonetic and grammatical mistakes of the pupils.

Pronunciation mistakes

I perfectly understand the difficulties arising at a pronunciation of sounds [θ] and [ð] (think/this), [w] and [v] , difficulties at a pronunciation of such words as "conscientious", "circumstances", etc. But it is usually easy for pupils to overcome these difficulties of a pronunciation what you won't tell about the following words:

  1. Colleague – instead of [ˈkɔliːg] people say [k ɔˈ liːg] – possibly, by analogy with the native language word with a word stress on the second syllable.
  2. Hotel – instead of [həuˈtɛl] people say [ˈhəutɛl]. The reason isn't clear. In many languages the word "hotel" is also pronounced with a word stress on the second syllable. There is one hypothesis that the pronunciation [ˈhəutɛl] is connected with the song Eagles "Hotel California".
  3. Also – instead of [ˈɔː lsəu] say [ˈaːlsəu] – again we forget that the native language rules of reading are inapplicable to English!
  4. Since – instead of [sɪns] people say [saɪns] – this is favourite mistake of those who have remembered the rules of reading in the opened / closed syllable very-very clearly.
  5. Has – pupils of initial level say [haz] instead of [hæz]
  6. Put – pupils of initial level say [pʌt] instead of [put] – the same situation like with the word "since".
  7. To live – people often tell [laɪv] instead of [lɪv], but the adjective "live" [laɪv] is said like [lɪv]. Exactly the opposite!
  8. Policeman – instead of [p əˈ liːsmən] people say [ˈpɔliːsmən]. The reason of this mistake still remains for us a complete mystery!
  9. Additional – instead of [əˈ d ɪʃə nl] people tell [aˈd ɪʃə to nl] – it reminds the situation with the word "also".
  10. Stopped, worked etc. – people say [stopɪd], [w əː kɪd]. At the same time all perfectly know the rule: [ɪd] we should pronounce only after sounds [t], [d] (hated, decided), and in other cases [t] (after [k], [p], [f], [s], [ʃ], [t ʃ]) or [d] (after ringing sounds).
  11. Born – instead of [b ɔː n] (to be born) people say [b əː n] → (to burn, burn down) burn. And instead of telling when you were born, it turns out, that you report that somebody tried to burn you!
  12. Society – instead of [s ə ˈs a ɪ ə t ɪ ] people tell [ˈs ɔ s ɪ ə t ɪ] – something like "I read exactly what I see"
  13. Stomach – instead of [ˈs t ʌ m ə k] people tell [ˈs t o m ʌ t  ʃ] – it is the same story, as with the word "society".

So, we should remember the basic rule of reading English words: if you are not sure – check the word in the dictionary. But note that the fun has just begun. The most interesting errors are ahead.

Grammar mistakes

We pass to the following group of mistakes which, as "plague words", appear periodically in the speech of pupils of all levels, not excepting Advanced students. And we know that you know how it is correct. And you know that you know how it is correct. You know! But you don't say so all the same!

Sometimes there are ridiculous expressions and sentences, but let's begin with "unhumorous" most widespread mistakes.

Practically everybody hates rules of the use of prepositions.  Still! A lot of these rules need to be remembered and learned by heart therefore students often use the wrong preposition, forget about it at all or use it where it isn't necessary in principle. I think many people will recognize next errors which are corrected by the teachers almost at each lesson:

I went to there – "to" is superfluous → I went there (I have gone somewhere).

I phoned to her → I phoned her (I have called her).

I came to home → I came home (I have come home).

We discussed about it → We discussed it BUT We talked about it (We spoke about it).

I went to holiday → I went on holiday

To influence on smth → To influence smth  BUT to have influence on smth.

In the weekend → At the weekend.

In 12 o’clock → At 12 o’clock.

The situation depends from smth → The situation depends on smth.

In next week → _Next week.

In last year → _Last year.

In Friday → On Friday.

Here we can say about the usage of a particle "to": can to/should to/must to/may to – remember (!!!) that we never use "to" after these modal verbs!

Sometimes plural forms of nouns "quit on":

  • childrens
  • peoples
  • mans
  • womans

And, of course, advices – everyone knows, but forget that the noun "advice" is uncountable and it is used only in singular. For example: He gave me a lot of useful advice.

There is one more frequent grammar mistake.  Many pupils like to say “I am” and in a result they say the next:

  • am agree to you – the classical mistake → I agree / I don’t agree to you
  • am work etc. → I work.

And there where the verb "to be" should be, it is often passed:

  • I_tired → am tired.
  • I_afraid (I don’t afraid / scared) of → am afraid (I am not afraid / scared) of .

Also pupils make common mistakes when the wrong word is used or the words order in the sentence is changed. Here are the most favourite of them:

  • To make photos instead of To take photos
  • very much like it / I very need it instead of  I like it very much / I need it very much.
  • He said what… instead of  He said that...
  • forgot my keys at home  instead of  left my keys at home .
  • I like read magazines instead of I like reading magazines.
  • I went to the magazine (magazine – publication, usually periodical) instead of  I went to the shop (shop – is location where people regularly buy smth). More examples you may read here!

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