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

Click here to enrol for English courses in London.

Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List

Tag List

english as a foreign language (3)
Covent Garden (1)
Francais (2)
the people's tower (1)
Business English (1)
Beautiful London (8)
Victoria park (1)
english school (2)
Historic moment (1)
english grammar tips (1)
ICE (5)
Attractions in London (1)
FCE (4)
English (1)
London Summer (7)
Islington Centre for English (6)
writing a mini-saga (1)
Learning tips (10)
grammar tips (1)
Places to see in London (4)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
Reading in English (1)
Polite questions (1)
Learn English (15)
saga (1)
writing a mini saga (1)
Journalism evening course London (1)
pronuciation (3)
past modals (1)
English grammar (4)
Social programme (1)
Field day (1)
future tenses english (1)
Events in London (1)
Insider info London (14)
english grammar help (1)
Peaceful London (2)
defining relative clauses (1)
Where to visit London (3)
things to do london (1)
future tenses efl (1)
music festivals uk (1)
reading tips (1)
student study tips (1)
Adjective (2)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
Christmas in London (3)
CAE (3)
spelling (1)
english school online (1)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
London markets (4)
english review (1)
mini-saga (1)
music festival London (1)
silent disco (1)
New vocabulary (4)
making predictions (1)
Winter in London (6)
study tips (9)
New blog (1)
study english onlline (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
Journalism Course London (1)
efl (4)
london events (1)
english study tips (1)
Journalism classes London (1)
Listening in English (2)
Free english lessons (10)
London Marathon (1)
past modal verbs (1)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
grammar (1)
Things to do in London (6)
Fun (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
Halloween (2)
Recording vocabulary (3)
Students (2)
Things to see in London (4)
Cycling (1)
Learn english online (12)
Relaxing London (4)
english grammar online (1)
Vocabulary (11)
London (5)
Somewhere to go London (3)
Hello from Ally (1)
english course london (12)
English vocabulary (3)
Idiom (3)
english courses london (1)
Tourist tips (5)
study english (1)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
exams (1)
narrative voice (2)
the shard (1)
New language (7)
Shopping in London (4)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
Journalist Course London (1)
Tweed (1)
free english grammar (2)
Barney Ronay (1)
english school london (12)
English food (3)
English tips (4)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
ILEC (1)

Tag Cloud

Relaxing LondonFunNew languageTweedLearning tipsenglish as a foreign languagethings to do londonSomewhere to go LondonEnglishsagaThings to do in LondonWorld Naked Bike Rideenglish schoolwriting a mini sagaspellingHalloweenLearn english onlineBasic English mistakesLondon Marathonfree english grammarListening in Englishenglish reviewEnglish tipspast modalsVictoria parkNew vocabularystudent study tipsgrammar tipslondon eventsBusiness Englishstudy tipsmaking predictionsImprove your vocabularyenglish grammar helpreading tipsFCEenglish study tipsgrammarField dayenglish course londonfuture tenses englishICEsilent discothe people's towerRecording vocabularythe shardexamsLondonnarrative voiceSomewhere to visit LondonWinter in LondonIdiomNew blogpronuciationSocial programmeIslington Centre for EnglishSport Journalism CourseEnglish foodAttractions in LondonCyclingVocabulary notebookenglish school onlineThings to see in Londonenglish grammar onlineJournalist Course LondonShopping in LondonJournalism evening course Londondefining relative clausesenglish courses londonVocabularyenglish grammar tipsFrancaismini-sagaBarney RonayEvents in LondonEnglish grammarLondon marketsfuture tenses eflSomewhere to visitHello from AllyLearn EnglishHistoric momentstudy english onllineCool as a cucumberILECChristmas in Londonpast modal verbsmusic festival LondonEnglish vocabularyCambridge Exam PreparationPeaceful LondonStudentsmusic festivals ukBeautiful LondonCAEFree english lessonsJournalism MasterclasseflLondon Summerwriting a mini-sagaIELTSReading in Englishstudy englishWhere to visit LondonJournalism classes Londonenglish school londonPlaces to see in LondonTourist tipsInsider info LondonAdjectivePolite questionsJournalism Course LondonCovent Garden


We use cookies to enable essential services and functionality on our site and to collect data on how visitors interact with our site, products and services. By clicking accept, you agree to our use of these tools for advertising, analytics and support.