Sunday, 29 December 2013

Common Mistakes which Indian English Speakers Commit




1. When the subject reported being finished, the experimenter asked him to complete a second questionnaire. (Wrong) When the subject reported being finished, the experimenter asked him to complete a second questionnaire. (Right)
2. Each subject rated their own mood on the questionnaire. (Wrong) Each subject rated his/her mood on the questionnaire. (Right)
3. A variety of issues were presented at the meeting. (Wrong) A variety of issues was presented at the meeting. (Right)
4. He came once and he called twice. (Wrong) He came once, and he called twice. (Right)
5. Sometimes he talks because he wants to be interesting. (Wrong) Sometimes he talks, because he wants to be interesting. (Right)
6. The books were selected, and kept with care. (Wrong) The books were selected and kept with care. (Right)
7. Raman laughed at the idea, but, the people didn’t listen. (Wrong) Raman laughed at the idea but the people didn’t listen. (Right)
8. Its time for a change. (Wrong) It’s time for a change. (Right)
9. What is it’s value? (Wrong) What is its value? (Right)
10. It’s affect was good. (Wrong) Its effect was good. (Right)
11. The student’s faculty advisor was very committed to their learning. (Wrong) The students’ faculty advisor was very committed to his/her learning. (Right)
12. The college student sample was better than the high school sample. (Wrong) The college-student sample was better than the high-school sample. (Right)
13. It’s nine twenty O’clock. (Wrong) It’s nine twenty. (Right)
14. She didn’t make a fault anyway. (Wrong) She didn’t make a mistake anyway. (Right)
15. Would you mind posting this letter for me? Yes, certainly. (Wrong) Would you mind posting this letter for me? Of course, or Not at all. (Right)
16. Hari became better. (Wrong) Hari got better. (Right)
17. They will have a hearing test tomorrow. (Wrong) They will have a listening test tomorrow. (Right)
18. I recommend you to take a long vacation. (Wrong) I recommend that you take a long vacation. (Right)
19. The train leaves at ten O’ clock. It’s about ten now. (Wrong) The train leaves at ten O’ clock. It’s nearly ten now. (Right)
20. It is still bright outside. (Wrong) It’s still light outside. (Right)
21. Come to here. (Wrong) Come here. (Right)
22. Common students in England don’t wear a uniform. (Wrong) The average students in England don’t wear a uniform. (Right)
23. Different from me, she is good at English. (Wrong) Unlike me, she is good at English. (Right)
24. Little children are difficult to understand that. (Wrong) It is difficult for children to understand that. (Right)
25. Don’t step on the grass. (Wrong) Keep off the grass. (Right)
26. I get my salary twice a month. (Wrong) I get paid twice a month. (Right)
27. Would you like a drink? (Wrong) Would you like something to drink? (Right)
28. Let me examine your pulse. (Wrong) Let me feel your pulse. (Right)
29. I have no exercise talent. (Wrong) I am not athletic. (Right)
30. Don’t expect me too much. (Wrong) Don’t expect too much from (of) me. (Right)
31. I forgot my hat in the house. (Wrong) I left my hat in the house. (Right)
32. I have a free time. (Wrong) I am free. (Right)
33. The sun rises from the East. (Wrong) The sun rises in the East. (Right)
34. The thief got in from the window. (Wrong) The thief got in through the window. (Right)3
5. Let’s begin from page 20. (Wrong) Let’s begin at/on page 20. (Right)
36. Did you attend college? (Wrong) Did you go to college? (Right)
37. I’ll go there at three. (Wrong) I’ll be there at three. (Right)3
8. I am going back my home. (Wrong) I am going home. (Right)
39. His temperature went down. (Wrong) His temperature came down. (Right)
40. I like green color. (Wrong) I like green. (Right)
41. Today’s newspaper has his articles on Nepal. (Wrong) Today’s newspaper carries his articles on Nepal. (Right)
42. Give me money, if you have. (Wrong) Give me money, if you have any. (Right)
43. You’ll have a cold if you go out. (Wrong) You’ll catch a cold if you go out. (Right)
44. Somebody’s knocking on the door. Go and see who he is. (Wrong) Somebody’s knocking on the door. Go and see who it is. (Right)
45. The head office is in Kathmandu. (Wrong) The main office is in Kathmandu. (Right)
46. He can’t read and write. (Wrong) He can neither read nor write. (Right)
47. Where is here? (Wrong) Where are we? (Right)
48. How heavy are you? (Wrong) How much do you weigh? (Right)
9. He was talking in a high voice. (Wrong) He was talking loudly. (Right)
50. Are you home tomorrow? (Wrong) Are you at home tomorrow? (Right)
51. How does she look like? (Wrong) What does she look like? (Right)5
2. This is the way how I did it. (Wrong) This is how I did it. (Right)
53. How do you think about Nepal? (Wrong) What do you think about Nepal? (Right)
54. I visited her ill mother. (Wrong) I visited her sick mother. (Right)
55. There is a limit in my patience. (Wrong) There is a limit to my patience. (Right)
56. Please wait inside the white line. (Wrong) Please wait behind the white line. (Right)
57. I introduce Mr. Bharat to you. (Wrong) May I introduce Mr. Bharat to you? (Right)
58. Is your house insured for fire? (Wrong) Is your house insured against fire? (Right)
59. Do you have any pen? Yes, I have it. (Wrong) Do you have any pen? Yes, I have one. (Right)
60. She is wearing blue jeans pants. (Wrong) She is wearing blue jeans. (Right)
61. Keep the right. (Wrong) Keep to the right. (Right)
62. The train was late about an hour. (Wrong) The train was about an hour late. (Right)
63. Gita was late for the English lesson. (Wrong) Gita was late for the English class. (Right)
64. How many Nepali letters do you know? (Wrong) How many Nepali characters do you know? (Right)
65. Why do you say like that? (Wrong) Why do you say that? (Right)
66. I have no house to live. (Wrong) I have no house to live in. (Right)
67. What a dirty face! Look at the mirror. (Wrong) What a dirty face! Look in the mirror. (Right)
68. He lost consciousness for a long time. (Wrong) He was unconscious for a long time. (Right)
69. He made a world record. (Wrong) He set a world record. (Right)
70. Her marriage was happy. (Wrong) Her married life was happy. (Right)
71. May be I think so. (Wrong) I think so. (Right)
72. The club’s members are 80. (Wrong) There are 80 members in the club. (Right)
73. They did not understand my mind. (Wrong) They didn’t understand what I was thinking. (Right)
74. This is where you mistake. (Wrong) This is where you are mistaken. (Right)
75. I feel good mood. (Wrong) I am in a good mood. (Right)
76. Please allow me more two hours. (Wrong) Please allow me two more hours. (Right)
77. My watch doesn’t move at all. I must get it checked up. (Wrong) My watch isn’t running. I must get it checked up. (Right)
78. He is our common friend. (Wrong) He is our mutual friend. (Right)
79. It was my first time to go abroad. (Wrong) It was the first time I had gone abroad. (Right)
80. While walking along the street, I met my friend. (Wrong) While walking along the street, I met a friend of mine. (Right)
81. My this book cost me $ 100. (Wrong) This book of mine cost me $ 100. (Right)
82. My room is narrow. (Wrong) My room is small. (Right)
83. Here is a pair of nice shoes. (Wrong) Here is a nice pair of shoes. (Right)
84. Is this seat empty? (Wrong) Is this seat taken? (Right)
85. He has no home to live. (Wrong) He has no house to live in. (Right)
86. This is the key of my room. (Wrong) This is the key to my room. (Right)
87. A two-year course of English. (Wrong) A two-year course in English. (Right)
88. He treated me very friendly. (Wrong) He treated me in a friendly way. (Right)
89. This is the largest Book Store of the world. (Wrong) This is the largest Book Store in the world. (Right)
90. It is a novel of three volumes. (Wrong) It is a novel in three volumes. (Right)
91. He is a student of Oxford University. (Wrong) He is a student at Oxford University. (Right)
92. He had a child of his former wife. (Wrong) He had a child by his former wife. (Right)
94. She married old. (Wrong) She married late in life. (Right)
95. I saw it on the newspaper. (Wrong) I read it in the newspaper. (Right)
96. Is there any place for me in the car? (Wrong) Is there any room for me in the car? (Right)
97. I am a public servant. (Wrong) I work for the government. (Right)
98. I have a question to you. (Wrong) I have a question to ask you. (Right)
99. I like red tea. (Wrong) I like black tea. (Right)
100. History repeats. (Wrong) History repeats itself. (Right)101. I went to the sea. (Wrong) I went to the beach. (Right)
102. The door was shut when I returned home. (Wrong) The door was closed when I returned home. (Right)
103. This steak is soft. (Wrong) This steak is tender. (Right)
104. His new book will be sold well. (Wrong) His new book will sell well. (Right)
105. He hit me strongly. (Wrong) He hit me hard. (Right)
106. He wants to establish a sweet home. (Wrong) He wants to establish a happy home. (Right)107. Take a driving license. (Wrong) Get a driving license. (Right)
108. Last year I went to Kashmir. I liked there very much. (Wrong) Last year I went to Kashmir. I liked it very much. (Right)
109. I think it will not rain tomorrow. (Wrong) I don’t think it will rain tomorrow. (Right)
110. His house was struck by thunder last night. (Wrong) His house was struck by lightening last night. (Right)
111. My grandfather lived to eighty. (Wrong) My grandfather lived to be eighty. (Right)
111. I have a lot of work to be done. (Wrong) I have a lot of work to do. (Right)
112. To drink too much is bad for one’s health. (Wrong) Drinking too much is bad for one’s health. (Right)
113. Today is hot. (Wrong) It’s hot today. (Right)
114. I will be home today afternoon. (Wrong) I will be home this afternoon. (Right)
115. We changed our train at the Central Station. (Wrong) We changed our trains at the Central Station. (Right)
116. I travelled to Europe. (Wrong) I made a trip to Europe. (Right)
117. Wait for your turn, please. (Wrong) Wait your turn, please. (Right)
118. What is the time in your watch? (Wrong) What is the time by your watch? (Right)
119. I don’t know what did he say. (Wrong) I don’t know what he said. (Right)
120. What do you feel now? (Wrong) How do you feel now? (Right)
121. What season do you like best? (Wrong) Which season do you like best? (Right)
122. Welcome you to England. (Wrong) Welcome to England. (Right)
123. Where is the capital of Australia? (Wrong) What is the capital of Australia? (Right)
124. He has wide shoulders. (Wrong) He has broad shoulders. (Right)
125. He has brought a black small purse. (Wrong) He has brought a small black purse. (Right)
126. He is capable to do anything. (Wrong) He is capable of doing anything. (Right)
127. I very much enjoyed it. (Wrong) I really enjoyed it. (Right)
128. I determine to do this. (Wrong) I am determined to do this. (Right)
129. It worths more than 1000 dollars. (Wrong) It is worth more than 1000 dollars. (Right)
130. I have not brothers. (Wrong) I have no brothers. (Right)
131. I am busy in preparing for the exam. (Wrong) I am busy preparing for the exam. (Right)
132. We are necessary to help them. (Wrong) It is necessary for us to help them. (Right)
133. He came lately this morning. (Wrong) He came late this morning. (Right)
134. He didn’t go to office, I didn’t go too. (Wrong) He didn’t go to office, I didn’t go either. (Right)
135. She has still not come. (Wrong) She has not come yet. (Right)
136. We had to push hardly to open it. (Wrong) We had to push hard to open it. (Right)
137. The ground was very wet that the match had to be cancelled. (Wrong) The ground was so wet that the match had to be cancelled. (Right)
138. Such many things. (Wrong) So many things. (Right)
139. The boys quarreled for one hour angrily. (Wrong) The boys quarreled angrily for one hour. (Right)
140. Describe it detailly. (Wrong) Describe it in detail. (Right)
141. I received his letter two days before. (Wrong) I received his letter two days ago. (Right)
142. The driver, as well as four passengers, were injured. (Wrong) The driver, as well as four passengers, was injured. (Right)
143. More than one convict was sentenced to death. (Wrong) More than one convict was sentenced to death. (Right)
144. One of my students have sent me a card. (Wrong) One of my students has sent me a card. (Right)
145. Reading stories are my favorite pastime. (Wrong) Reading stories is my favorite pastime. (Right)
146. Six hundred miles are a long distance. (Wrong) Six hundred miles is a long distance. (Right)
147. Either you or he are the one who stole the watch. (Wrong) Either you or he is the one who stole the watch. (Right)
148. This is more superior than that. (Wrong) This is superior to that. (Right)
149. The living standard in America is higher than China. (Wrong) The living standard in America is higher than that in China. (Right)
150. He is more taller than me. (Wrong) He is taller than I. (Right)
151. Which of the two boys is the most intelligent? (Wrong) Which of the two boys is more intelligent? (Right)
152. The patient felt much better in the morning than afternoon. (Wrong) The patient felt much better in the morning than in the afternoon. (Right)
153. What we need is the most perfect plan. (Wrong) What we need is a most perfect plan. (Right)
154. Which of these two shirts do you prefer more? (Wrong) Which of these shirts do you prefer? (Right)
155. No sooner had I arrived home when it began to rain. (Wrong) No sooner had I arrived home than it began to rain. (Right)
156. Mike is more taller than Susan. (Wrong) Mike is taller than Susan. (Right)
157. Charles loves Marry more than John. (Wrong) Charles loves Marry more than John does. (Right)
158. MY friend, Mike, he scored a goal. (Wrong) My friend, Mike, scored a goal. (Right)
159. I felt very difficult to deal with this problem. (Wrong) I found it very difficult to deal with this problem. (Right)
160. The meeting is to be held this afternoon at three. (Wrong) The meeting is to be held at three this afternoon. (Right)
161. Having not finished her home work, she did not go out. (Wrong) Not having finished her home work, she did not go out. (Right)
162. All the students are uninterested in joining the club. (Wrong) No student is interested in joining the club. (Right)
163. I do not understand what is he talking about. (Wrong) I do not understand what he is talking about. (Right)
164. I’ve got many home works to do. (Wrong) I’ve got a lot of home work to do. (Right)
165. I have bought a trousers. (Wrong) I have bought a pair of trousers. (Right)
166. There are more than four million peoples in Singapore. (Wrong) There are more than four million people in Singapore. (Right)1
67. I feel boring. (Wrong) I feel bored. (Right)168. Please give me some advices. (Wrong) Please give me some advice. (Right)
169. I got six fishes yesterday. (Wrong) I got six fish yesterday. (Right)
170. The typhoon has caused widespread damages. (Wrong) The typhoon has caused widespread damage. (Right)
171. Congratulation! You have passed the test. (Wrong) Congratulations! You have passed the test. (Right)
172. After finishing her home work, she went out. (Wrong) Having finished her home work, she went out. (Right)
173. She felt embarrassing when I asked her age. (Wrong) She felt embarrassed when I asked her age. (Right)
174. It is more hygienic to drink boiled water. (Wrong) It is hygienic to drink boiled water. (Right)
175. I have cut my hair at the barber’s. (Wrong) I have my hair cut at the barber’s. (Right)
176. I am sorry to have kept you waited. (Wrong) I am sorry to have kept you waiting. (Right)
177. Anybody is found picking the flowers will be persecuted. (Wrong) Anybody who is found picking the flowers will be persecuted. (Right) Anybody found picking the flowers will be persecuted. (Right)
178. Being no other business, the chairman declared the meeting closed. (Wrong) There being no other business, the chairman declared the meeting closed. (Right)
179. She has spent two hours to revise her lessons. (Wrong) She has spent two hours revising her lessons. (Right)
180. Rimy succeeded to enter the university. (Wrong) Rimy succeeded in entering the university. (Right)
181. I am used to speak English. (Wrong) I am used to speaking English. (Right)
182. She suggested to go for a walk. (Wrong) She suggested going for walk. (Right)
183. We have a plan to build an airport. (Wrong) We have a plan of building an airport. (Right)
184. Would you mind to pass me the salt, please? (Wrong) Would you mind passing me the salt, please? (Right)
185. My son will marry next month. (Wrong) My son will get married next month. (Right)
186. She is going to marry with a doctor. (Wrong) She is going to marry a doctor. (Right)
187. This is my older brother. (Wrong) This is my elder brother. (Right)
188. Thanks to see me. (Wrong) Thanks for coming. (Right)1
89. I want to reduce my weight. (Wrong) I want to lose weight. (Right)
190. Bobby is a black beautiful dog. (Wrong) Bobby is a beautiful black dog. (Right)
191. We had a lot of difficulty to find the place. (Wrong) We had a lot of difficulty (in) finding the place. (Right)
192. She is capable to cook Indian food. (Wrong) She is able to cook Indian food. (Right)
193. My brother is busy in his business. (Wrong) My brother is busy with his business. (Right)
194. She is busy with cleaning the room. (Wrong) She is busy cleaning the room. (Right)
195. They say that fate is determining everything. (Wrong) They say that fate determines everything. (Right)
196. Every one of us determines to win this match. (Wrong) Every one of us is determined to win this match. (Right)
197. This film is worth being watched. (Wrong) This film is worth watching. (Right)
198. These stamps worth nothing now. (Wrong) These stamps are worth nothing now. (Right)
199. He looked fearfully because he had seen a ghost. (Wrong) He looked frightened because he had seen a ghost. (Right)
200. Tom looked angry at me. (Wrong) Tom looked angrily at me. (Right)

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