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English incorrect and correct examples


#1

These are the common mistakes I would make in everyday English.
For English language speaker, I don’t think it is that common for you to make mistakes as following. I don’t understand why for some mistakes.

Incorrect: I recommend you to take a long vacation.
Correct: I recommend that you take a long vacation.

Incorrect: Let’s begin from page 10.
Correct: Let’s begin at (on) page 10.

Incorrect: This is the key of my room.
Correct: This is the key to my room.

Incorrect: The last bus leaves at eleven o’clock. It’s about eleven now, Hurry!
Correct: The last bus leaves at eleven o’clock. It’s nearly (almost) eleven now, Hurry!

Incorrect: Leave your hand from the end of the wire.
Correct: Let go of the end of the wire.

Incorrect: There was a traffic accident on my way here. It is why I was late.
Correct: There was a traffic accident on my way here. That is why I was late.

Incorrect: Anywhere will do.
Correct: Any place will do.

Incorrect: She ran into her boyfriend yesterday morning in Fair Avenue.
Correct: She ran into her boyfriend in Fair Avenue yesterday morning.

Incorrect: He treated me very friendly.
Correct: He treated me in a friendly way.

Incorrect: I am used to watch television with the light on.
Correct: I am used to watching television with the light on.

Incorrect: After dinner, my mother suggested to go for a walk.
Correct: After dinner, my mother suggested going for a walk.

Incorrect: I have a lot of work to be done.
Correct: I have a lot of work to do.

Incorrect: Your coat is broken.
Correct: Your coat is torn.

Incorrect: Susan didn’t make a fault anyway.
Correct: Susan didn’t make a mistake anyway.

Incorrect: May I borrow your phone?
Correct: May I use your phone?

Incorrect: He becomes better.
Correct: He got better.

Incorrect: It was still bright outside.
Correct: It was still light outside.

Incorrect: Who cooked this salad?
Correct: Who made this salad?

Incorrect: Let me examine your pulse.
Correct: Let me feel your pulse.

Incorrect: Did you attend college?
Correct: Did you go to college?

Incorrect: His temperature went down.
Correct: His temperature came down.

Incorrect: Today’s newspapers has his articles on HongKong.
Correct: Today’s newspapers carries his articles on HongKong.

Incorrect: You’ll have a cold if you sleep with your window open.
Correct: You’ll catch a cold if you sleep with your window open.

Incorrect: He lost consciousness for a long time.
Correct: He was unconscious for a long time.

Incorrect: He made a world record.
Correct: He set a world record.

Incorrect: Is this seat empty?
Correct: Is this seat taken?

Incorrect: I know his face.
Correct: I know him by sight.

Incorrect: My watch doesn’t move at all. I must get it checked up.
Correct: My watch isn’t running, I must get it checked up.


#2

English can, I think, be a fairly complicated language.

I don’t think that most of your ‘incorrect’ are incorrect. But then again I would probably get a bad mark if I was tested for proper English :wink:


#3

Thank you for your opinion.

Now I understand anyone can learn any language, and even for my primary language, there is a gap to that of national standard.

By the way, your English (as well as Malvok’s) is very easy to read and understand. :smile: