Common Errors in English
Spotting the Error in sentences is a skillful and intellectual task. We need to spot or locate the part which is grammatically incorrect. The errors may be categorized differently, i.e. tense error, spelling error, punctuation error, part of speech error, sentence error, article-preposition error, singular-plural error etc. Here are some Activity Sets to practise Common Errors in English.
|ACTIVITY SET 1|
Wrong: I hope you’ll come in New York soon.
Right: I hope you’ll come to New York soon.
Wrong: Mary works like a waitress on Fridays.
Right: Mary works as a waitress on Fridays.
Wrong: The price of living is very high in London.
Right: The cost of living is very high in London.
Wrong: I did a phone call to her.
Right: I made a phone call to her.
Wrong: He gave an exam in spite of being ill.
Right: He took an exam in spite of being ill.
Wrong: He works in a finance company.
Right: He works for a finance company.
Wrong: We made a meeting yesterday.
Right: We had a meeting yesterday.
Wrong: I am born in Mumbai.
Right: I was born in Mumbai.
Wrong: Would you like to have some desert?
Right: Would you like to have some dessert?
Wrong: Ronald is married with Jennifer.
Right: Ronald is married to Jennifer.
|ACTIVITY SET 2|
Wrong: We come at school every morning.
Right: We come to school every morning.
|ACTIVITY SET 3
Wrong: I usually get up on seven o’clock.
Right: Clara was punished by her father.
Wrong: He’s the tallest from all the boys.
Right: He’s the tallest of all the boys.
Wrong: The teacher spoke for bad habits.
Right: The teacher spoke about bad habits.
Wrong: Smith’s been ill from last Friday.
Right: Smith’s been ill since last Friday.
Wrong: She’s lived here since two years.
Right: She’s lived here for two years.
Wrong:I may be able to go after a week.
Right: I may be able to go in a week.
Wrong:They’re leaving to England soon.
Right: They’re leaving for England soon.
Wrong: Look to this beautiful picture.
Right: Look at this beautiful picture.
Wrong: He’s very jealous from his brother.
Right: He’s very jealous of his brother.
Wrong: He always insisted to his opinion.
Right: He always insisted on his opinion.
|ACTIVITY SET 5
Wrong: Will you pass from the post-office?
Right: Will you pass by the post-office?
Wrong: The teacher is pleased from me.
Right: The teacher is pleased with me.
Wrong: Who presided in the last meeting?
Right: Who presided at/over the last meeting?
Wrong: He’s very proud for his promotion.
Right: He’s very proud of his promotion.
Wrong: We rejoiced for her success.
Right: We rejoiced at her success.
Wrong: Are you related with Smith in any way?
Right: Are you related to Smith in any way?
Wrong: He repented from his crime.
Right: He repented of his crime.
Wrong: Are you satisfied from your marks?
Right: Are you satisfied with your marks?
Wrong: Your house is similar with mine.
Right: Your house is similar to mine.
Wrong: The bank manager was sitting on his desk.
Right: The bank manager was sitting at his desk.
|ACTIVITY SET 6
Wrong: I hope he’ll succeed at his work.
Right: I hope he’ll succeed in his work.
Wrong: I’m quite sure for her honesty.
Right: I’m quite sure of her honesty.
Wrong: I suspect him for stealing the pen.
Right: I suspect him of stealing the pen.
Wrong: The boys are tired from playing football.
Right: The boys are tired of playing football.
Wrong: Translate this passage to English.
Right: Translate this passage into English.
Wrong: The man was trembling from cold.
Right: The man was trembling with cold.
Wrong: They were warned about the danger.
Right: They were warned of the danger.
Wrong: The woman was dressed with black.
Right: The woman was dressed in black.
Wrong: This is an exception of the rule.
Right: This is an exception to the rule.
|ACTIVITY SET 7
Wrong: Myself I am George.
Right: I am George.
Wrong: I am having four brothers and three sisters.
Right: I have four brothers and three sisters.
Wrong: He do not have a laptop.
Right: He does not have a laptop.
Wrong: Does she has a car?
Right: Does she have a car?
Wrong: Last before year she got very good marks.
Right: Year before last she got good marks.
Wrong: He did not wrote the test last week.
Right: He did not write the test last week.
Wrong: I cannot cope up with this pressure.
Right: I cannot cope with this pressure.
Wrong: I came to office by walk.
Right: I came to office on foot.
Wrong: What is the time in your watch?
Right: What is the time by your watch?
Wrong: Our classroom is in the 2nd floor.
Right: Our classroom is on the 2nd floor.
Wrong: The price of this mobile phone is higher than yours.
Right: The price of this mobile phone is higher than that of yours.
Wrong: His son-in-laws have come home.
Right: His sons-in-law have come home.
Wrong: I prefer coffee than tea.
Right: I prefer coffee to tea.
|ACTIVITY SET 8
Wrong: I’d reached the school till the rain started.
Right: I’d reached the school before the rain started. OR
I’d reached the school when the rain started.
Wrong: The pupil gave his exam.
Right: The pupil took his exam.
Wrong: We made a walk along the river.
Right: We went for a walk along the river.
Wrong: We went for a walk on our bicycles.
Right: We went for a ride on our bicycles.
Wrong: They came down from their horses.
Right: They got off their horses.
Wrong: Shall we go there with the feet?
Right: Shall we go there on foot?
Wrong: I make a shower every morning.
Right: I take a shower every morning. OR
I have a shower every morning.
Wrong: I’ll need an hour to do that.
Right: It’ll take me an hour to do that.
Wrong: You ought to make more exercise.
Right: You ought to take more exercise.
|ACTIVITY SET 9
Wrong: Peter worked hardly today.
Right: Peter worked hard today.
Wrong: He tore the paper into two halfs.
Right: He tore the paper into two halves.
Wrong: They agreed waiting for one more day.
Right: They agreed to wait for one more day.
Wrong: Twenty years are a long time to spend lonely.
Right: Twenty years is a long time to spend lonely.
Wrong: Every one of us were anxious.
Right: Every one of us was anxious.
Wrong: Bread and butter were all we had for lunch.
Right: Bread and butter was all we had for lunch.
Wrong: He apologized her for breaking her pencil.
Right: He apologized to her for breaking her pencil.
Wrong: She will cut her hair tomorrow.
Right: She will have her hair cut tomorrow.
Wrong: You like chocolates, isn’t it?
Right: You like chocolates, don’t you?
Wrong: The green is my favourite colour.
Right: Green is my favourite colour.
Wrong: They have three son-in-laws.
Right: They have three sons-in-law.
|ACTIVITY SET 10
Wrong: India one the match yesterday.
Right: India won the match yesterday.
Wrong: She is from U.S.
Right: She is from the U.S.
Wrong: Joe can speak the Spanish very well.
Right: Joe can speak Spanish very well.
Wrong: Me and Stella are going to the movie tonight.
Right: Stella and I are going to the movie tonight.
Wrong: He hit himself in his head.
Right: He hit himself in the head.
Wrong: Rose is used to get up at 6:00 A.M. every day.
Right: Rose is used to getting up 6:00 A.M. every day.
Wrong: Michael didn’t sent the email yesterday.
Right: Michael didn’t send the email yesterday.
Wrong: Are you listening me?
Right: Are you listening to me?
Wrong: Where I can get water?
Right: Where can I get water?
Wrong: It takes me about a hour to reach the college.
Right: It takes me about an hour to reach the college.
Wrong: He gave an apple to every of the children.
Right: He gave an apple to each of the children.
Right: Every child had an apple.
Right: Smith visits his aunt every Sunday.
Right: Julie visits her uncle every Sunday.
Right: This girl is older than that one.
Right: This girl is the oldest of all.
Right: My elder brother is called Ahmed.
Right: My eldest brother is not here.
Right: I’ve read an interesting story.
Right: Are you interested in your work?
Right: George was injured in a car accident.
Right: Turn the page for further instructions.
Right: Robert has got some milk.
Right: There aren’t any books on the shelf.
Right: Look at that dog across the street!
Right: You should keep your hands clean.
Right: What’s the cause of a sandstorm?
Right: You have a good reason for coming.