In this lesson you will learn common mistakes in English and quick solutions to everyday spelling, punctuation and grammar problems. You will never doubt your written English again.
If you want to avoid typical errors and sharpen up your English, check the list. We made a detailed list of the most common mistakes in English and their corrections for you.
You can also download “Common English Mistakes and How to Fix Them” free PDF file.
Common Errors in English
ERROR: I am agree
CORRECTION: I agree
ERROR: I said you something
CORRECTION: I told you something
ERROR: If I would go…
CORRECTION: If I went…
ERROR: If I would have gone to university…
CORRECTION: If I had gone to university
ERROR: A present to someone
CORRECTION: A present for someone
ERROR: to buy a gift to someone
CORRECTION: to buy a gift for someone
Rise = to go up “taxes rose by 5%”
Raise = to make something go up “The government raised taxes by 5%”
ERROR: I am living here since/during 1 year
CORRECTION: I have been living here for 1 year
ERROR: a girl who she lives in Brazil
CORRECTION: A girl who lives in Brazil
ERROR: What do you do tonight?
CORRECTION: What are you doing tonight?
ERROR: Tonight I will go to the pub
CORRECTION: Tonight I’m going to the pub
a holiday = a vacation ( a week or two with no work)
a day off = one day in which you don’t work
a public holiday / a bank holiday = days when everyone in the country has a day off, e.g. Christmas Day or Easter
ERROR: almost people in my country
CORRECTION: most of the people in my country / almost all of the people in my country / most people in my country
ERROR: I explain you something
CORRECTION: Let me explain something (to you)
ERROR: I haven’t any money
CORRECTION: I don’t have any money / I haven’t got any money
ERROR: some advices
CORRECTION: Some advice / some pieces of advice
ERROR: a new
CORRECTION: Some news / a news story
ERROR: I had learned that when I was at school
CORRECTION: I learned that when I was at school
ERROR: Can you tell me where is the station?
CORRECTION: Can you tell me where the station is?
ERROR: In the next years / in the next months / in the next weeks
CORRECTION: In the next few years / in the next few months / in the next few weeks
ERROR: I forgot my book at home
CORRECTION: I left my book at home / I forgot to bring my book
ERROR: Are you from England, aren’t you?
CORRECTION: You’re from England, aren’t you?
ERROR: I bought me an iPod
CORRECTION: I bought myself an iPod
lend = give (temporarily)
borrow = take (temporarily)
ERROR: I went to home
CORRECTION: I went home
ERROR: I went by walk
CORRECTION: I went on foot
at midnight = at 12.00
in the middle of the night = from midnight until sunrise
ERROR: I came to London for study English
CORRECTION: I came to London to study English
ERROR: You are the same like me
CORRECTION: You are the same as me
ERROR: Popular sports as football and tennis
CORRECTION: Popular sports such as football and tennis / Popular sports like football and tennis
ERROR: We are used to live in a cold climate
CORRECTION: We are used to living in a cold climate
ERROR: Finish the report until Friday
CORRECTION: finish the report by Friday