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Common Grammar Errors made by English Language Learners

Here are eight examples of common grammar errors that English Language Learners make:

The errors are identified in parentheses ( ).

You are welcome to reply and correct the sentences below.

 

1. She was born on 1988. (prepositions)

 

2. I have lived in Paris from 2000 to 2005. (verb tenses, especially present perfect)

 

3. There is no game today because the coach called off it. (phrasal verbs)

 

4. How many homework do we have? (count and noncount nouns)

 

5. Many parents avoid to give sweets to their children. (gerunds vs. infinitives)

 

6. She should helps you. (modals)

 

7. Siberia has a substantial number of nature resources. (word forms)

 

8. Where were you when the accident was happened? (passive voice)

Jul 23, 2016 2:28 PM
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July 23, 2016

Here is my attempt, Richard :)

 

1. She was born in 1988. (prepositions)

2. I have lived in Paris from 2000 to 2005. (verb tenses, especially present perfect)

3. There is no game today because the coach called it off. (phrasal verbs)

4. How many homework assignments do we have? OR

    How much homework do we have? (count and noncount nouns)

5. Many parents avoid giving sweets to their children. (gerunds vs. infinitives)

6. She should help you. (modals)

7. Siberia has a substantial number of natural resources. (word forms)

8. Where were you when the accident was happened? (passive voice)

July 23, 2016

My attempt:

1. She was born in 1988.

2. I lived in Paris from 2000 to 2005.

3. There is no game today because the coach called it off.

4. How much homework do we have?

5. Many parents avoid giving sweets to their children.

6. She should help you.

7. Siberia has a substantial number of natural resources.

8. Where were you when the accident had happened?

July 23, 2016

THE ANSWERS


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7. Siberia has a substantial number of nature resources. (word forms)

7. Siberia has a substantial number of natural resources.

The word ‘nature’ is a noun, and so is the word ‘resources’.

The word ‘natural’ is an adjective and modifies/describes the noun ‘resources’.

 

 

8. Where were you when the accident was happened? (passive voice)

8. Where were you when the accident happened?

Rule: When referring to verbs there are two voices: the active and passive voices.

The Voice shows whether the subject of a sentence does or receives the action of the verb.

Examples:

• In the active voice, the subject of the sentence does the action.
“I found a quarter on the ground near the car.” is in the active voice.

• In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence receives the action.
“A quarter was found on the ground near the car.”

 

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Congratulations to everyone who attempted to correct the mistakes... you did very well.

I hope you found this discussion and quiz helpful...

July 24, 2016

THE ANSWERS

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6. She should helps you. (modals)

6. She should help you.

Modal verbs are verbs which modify another verb, and imply the possibility or probability of something happening. Modal verbs are words like: can, will, could, must, would, might, and should.

 

Rule: We never use more than one modal verb in a clause.

Example: Should he finish the report by tomorrow? (NOT... Should he must finish the report by tomorrow?)

 

Rule: Modal verbs are always written in the root form (see the list above), and do not require special endings to identify tense or person.

 

Rule: After a modal verb, the root form of the next verb is generally used.

Example: I would study more if I had more time.
Example: I could eat better if I could cook better.
Example: I might clean my room today.

 

Rule: The infinitive is not used after a modal verb.

Exception: The phrase 'ought to' is considered a modal verb. In this case, the 'to' belongs with the 'ought', and is not considered part of the infinitive.

Examples:
• Pet owners ought to vaccinate all their outdoor pets.
• The president ought to have approved larger holiday bonuses last year.

 

July 24, 2016
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Richard-Business Eng
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