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What mistakes in English bothers you the most?

What is your opinion? (native speakers and non-English speakers). What bothers you the most?

wrong use of grammar tenses



mixing BrE with AmE (it's not exactly a mistake, but if it bothers you somehow)


... you can comment other things too!

I'm not a native English speaker so it's a bit hard for me to spot some grammar mistakes... There's nothing that disturbs me a lot...

Jul 24, 2016 8:02 PM
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Like 'I'm doing good', this is isn't a mistake as such - it's just an irritating and illogical usage amongst native speakers:


Ordering food, drinks and so on by asking if they can 'get' what they want. For example, 'Can I get a coffee?' instead of 'Can I have a coffee?'


'No. You can't GET a coffee. You are a customer. This is not a self-service establishment. I work behind this bar and it is I who will get the coffee, and then I'll give it to you. You will stay where you are on your side of the counter.'


July 24, 2016
'wanna' ,  'gotta' ,  'gonna' , etc., and 'text-speak'  [ 'u  r  . . ' ]  -  ugh !!
July 24, 2016
Over here, where I live, so many people make this mistake that they say" I'm agree with you" instead of " I agree with you". In fact in Persian we actually say I'm agree when we want to show our agreement to someone(موافق هستم). This is what most of the English teachers complain about! 
July 24, 2016
When you ask someone how they're doing and they respond "I'm good". NO!!! YOU'RE NOT DONG GOOD, YOU'RE DOING WELL!!!! WELL!!!! It's an extremely common mistake here in the United States amongst native speakers. I don't know if the same happens in other Anglo nations.
July 24, 2016

To answer your query, Katarina, 'get' means 'fetch', as in 'go somewhere and obtain the said object for yourself'.


If you say 'Can I get a Coke?' for example, it implies that I am asking if it is OK for me to walk over to the fridge, open the fridge, help myself to a can of Coke, and take it back to my table. That's the meaning of 'Can I get..?', at least to my traditional mind.


If you are asking someone to give you something, it seems inaccurate to say 'Can I get...?'. 'Can I get a coffee?' suggests that you want to go behind the bar and pour the coffee yourself.


The reason it irritates me is because the standard way of asking for something has always been 'Can I have...?' - or more politely 'May I have...?' . Then, suddenly, a few years ago, out of the blue, for some reason everyone started saying 'get' instead of 'have'.


Does anyone have any idea where this new usage came from?

July 24, 2016
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