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Common grammar mistakes: 40 mistakes you should avoid

Common grammar mistakes

Non-native speakers of English often make several grammar mistakes not only in speaking but also in writing. These grammatical errors or mistakes are said to be made because of a variety of reasons, namely defective and faulty teaching, inadequate learning, interference, etc.

Even some native speakers of English are said to make such mistakes. Without further ado, go through the examples below and notice the mistakes as well as their corrections. (Common grammar mistakes)

1.

  • I speak English good. (incorrect)
  • I speak English well. (correct)

2.

  • I like cat. (incorrect)
  • I like cats. (correct)

3.

  • I like the cats. (incorrect)
  • I  like cats. (correct)

4.

  • He doesn’t likes black tea. (incorrect)
  • He doesn’t like black tea. (correct)

5.

  • She haves a cute cat. (incorrect)
  • She has a cute cat. (correct)

6.

  • Does he plays games? (incorrect)
  • Does he play games? (correct)

7.

  • I often have got coffee with friends. (incorrect)
  • I often have coffee with friends. (correct)

8.

  • There’re two hotels near here. (incorrect)
  • There are two hotels near here. (correct)

9.

  • Is there a bank near here? Yes, there’s. (incorrect)
  • Is there a bank near here? Yes, there is. (correct)

10.

  • Where is post office? (incorrect)
  • Where is the post office? (correct)

11.

  • I listen to radio every day. (incorrect)
  • I listen to the radio every day. (correct)

12.

  • You must to respect the rules. (incorrect)
  • You must respect the rules. (correct)

13.

  • I’m too happy. (incorrect)
  • I’m very happy. (correct)
  • I’m really happy. (correct)

14.

  • I visited that museum before two years. (incorrect)
  • I visited that museum two years ago. (correct)

15.

  • I did exercise last morning. (incorrect)
  • I did exercise yesterday morning. (correct)

14.

  • We stayed in that hotel in last month. (incorrect)
  • We stayed in that hotel last month. (correct)

15.

  • How long time did you stay there? (incorrect)
  • How long did you stay there? (correct)

16.

  • We stayed there one week. (incorrect)
  • We stayed there for one week. (correct)

17.

  • What did happen? (incorrect)
  • What happened? (correct)

18.

  • He’s good in saying jokes. (incorrect)
  • He’s good at telling jokes. (correct)

19.

  • Here is a  news that will interest you. (incorrect)
  • Here is a piece of news that will interest you. (correct)

20.

  • How much does it make? (incorrect )
  • How much does it cost? (correct )
  • How much is it? (correct )

21.

  • My laptop has been starting working again. (incorrect )
  • My laptop has started working again. (Correct )

22.

  • If we will win this match, it will be a great result. (incorrect )
  • If we win this match, it will be a great result. (correct )

23.

  • We can’t avoid to make mistakes. (incorrect )
  • We can’t avoid making mistakes. (correct )

24.

  • I have watched a good film yesterday. (incorrect )
  • I watched a good film yesterday. (correct)

25.

  • Look! two girls fight. (Incorrect )
  • Look! two girls are fighting. (Correct )

26.

  • A turkey’s egg is different from a hen. (incorrect )
  • A turkey’s egg is different from a hen’s. (correct )

27.

  • I have no money to buy new computer. (incorrect )
  • I have no  money to buy a new computer. (correct )

28.

  • I’m student. (incorrect )
  • I’m a student. (correct )

29.

  • I have worked here since two years. (incorrect )
  • I have worked here for two years. (correct )

30.

  • I think I can’t live without social media. (incorrect)
  • I don’t think I can live without social media. (correct)

31.

  • I didn’t talk to no one about the problem. (incorrect)
  • I didn’t talk to anyone about the problem. (correct)

32.

  • The doctor gave me an advice. (incorrect)
  • The doctor gave me some advice. (correct)
  • The doctor gave me a piece of advice. (correct)
  • (common grammar mistakes)

33.

  • I have been here during three months. (incorrect)
  • I have been here for three months. (correct)

34.

  • This is the first time I am here. (incorrect)
  • This is the first time I have been here. (correct)

35.

  • There isn’t some sugar left. (incorrect)
  • There isn’t any sugar left. (correct)

36.

  • While he telephoned me, I was on my way to the train station. (incorrect)
  • When he telephoned me, I was on my way to the train station. (correct)

37.

  • I like very much chocolate. (incorrect)
  • I like chocolate very much. (correct)

38.

  • I have 22 years old. (incorrect)
  • I’m 22 years old. (correct)

39.

  • My father has a new work. (incorrect)
  • My father has a new job. (correct)

40.

  • Do you like some tea with mint? (incorrect)
  • Would you like some tea with milk? (correct)

 

These common grammar mistakes or grammatical errors sometimes affect communication. Since one of the purposes of learning English as a second or foreign language is communication, EFL and ESL students should be aware of these common grammar mistakes.

If you are a teacher of English, try your best to make your learners conscious of such common grammar mistakes. Moreover, do your best to avoid fossilizing errors or mistakes.

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