Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher
3 commonly made mistakes...

Are you agree…?<o:p></o:p>

The auxiliary verb "are" is incorrect.
The correct auxiliary verb is "do".<o:p></o:p>

Do is used to create negative sentences, questions, or for adding emphasis.       I do not (don't) like to eat squid. (negative)<o:p></o:p>

Do you like to eat squid? (question)<o:p></o:p>

I love squid, I really do / I really do like to eat squid. (emphasis)<o:p></o:p>


Don't write or say "irregardless"<o:p></o:p>

Why can't we use "irregardless?<o:p></o:p>

Irregardless is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements,<o:p></o:p>

ir- and -less.       Regardless is the word you need to use... NOT irregardless.<o:p></o:p>

Regardless means: <o:p></o:p>

- having or showing no regard or consideration; (often followed by of).<o:p></o:p>

- without concern for advice that you receive<o:p></o:p>

- not paying attention to or following a warning or considering a danger I must make a decision regardless of the potential negative consequences.<o:p></o:p>

They'll buy the new expensive house regardless of the cost.<o:p></o:p>


I like very much ice cream.<o:p></o:p>

The adverb+adjective pair "very much" normally follows the main verb and the object. very much comes at the end of and not before the object.<o:p></o:p>

We specify 'what we like/hate/want/don't want/need.. etc' by stating what it is that we like/don't like... etc. and then describing how much or to what degree we 'like/don't like... etc.

I don't like him / squid / running / swearing / sleeping / music / politicians / alcohol / big crowds / loud noises... very much.<o:p></o:p>

Jun 2, 2018 5:22 PM