10 common mistakes

Feb 16, 2012

Hi guys!

Here some very common English language speaker mistakes. Can you correct them? The answers are below, of course.


1. I have a difficult work.

2. When I was young, my mother told to me a history every night.

3. John felt down because the road was wet.

4. I going to see Francis on Friday. I’ll probably pay a dinner.

5. I’m worried about my best friend. She doesn’t phone me for a long time.

6. I became English student when I had 13 years.

7. Most of people don’t like the cold weather.

8. My daughter is so badly behaved. She never listens me.

9. We need to make her stop to play with her pen. It’s really getting on my nerves.

10. I forget my bag. Can you give me a paper?


1. I have a very difficult work job./I have some very difficult work.

Work is uncountable.

2. When I was young, my mother told to me a history story every night.

to tell sb. sth.

History is an academic subject.

3. John felt fell down because the road was wet.

fall fell fallen

feel felt felt

4. I am going to see Francis on Friday. I’ll probably pay for a dinner.

to be going + inf

to pay for sth.,  to pay sb. (for sth.)

We don't say a before breakfast, lunch, dinner. e.t.c.

5. I’m worried about my best friend. She doesn’t hasn't phoned me for a long time.

Present perfect with for to talk about something that started in the past and is still true.

6. I became an English student when I had was 13 years old.

Occupations need a determiner(a/the/my/that e.t.c).

I am 13.  - Correct.

I am 13 years old. -Correct.

I am 13 years. - Incorrect.

7. Most of people don’t like the cold weather.

Most X/ the majority of X for talking in general.

We don't use the for generic things.

8. My daughter is so badly behaved. She never listens to me.

Always listen to.

9. We need to make her stop to play playing with her pen. It’s really getting on my nerves.

to stop + verb+ing =to stop the activity. E.g. She stopped smoking last year.

to stop + infinitive with to= to stop moving in order to... E.g. She was driving and she stopped to let

the children pass.

10. I forget forgot/have forgotten my bag. Can you give me a some/a sheet of /a piece paper?

Paper is normally uncountable. A paper = a newspaper

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