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The Most Common Errors in English

 
There’re a number of words and phrases which regularly cause difficulty for learners of English of all nationalities students often spend a lot of time ******ing through general dictionaries and grammars for information about these difficult items
This work is taken from a book titled 'Common Errors', of course it talks about the common mistakes that the speaker or writer might commit

We start with letter A

No 1: a

x I hope you all have a enjoyable stay
√ I hope you all have an enjoyable stay


Always use an (Not a) before a word beginning with a vowel sound : ‘an egg’, ‘an envelope’
x My husband is doing a MSc in civil engineering
√ My husband is doing an MSc in civil engineering


Use an (Not a) before an abbreviation that begins with a vowel sound

x Sometimes it's difficult to live a honest life
√ Sometimes it's difficult to live an honest life


Use an (Not a) before words beginning with h when the h is not pronounced like an honor, an hour and so on

x A bottle of milk is in the fridge
√ There's a bottle of milk in the fridge
x A party will be at the language school
√ There will be a party at the language school


In many sentences, the verb be is used to mean 'exist' or 'take place', if the subject hasn't been mentioned before, it's placed immediately after the verb and the sentence begins with there 
 

 
Jul 23, 2008 11:12 PM
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No 20: afraid

x The road to the airport was very busy and we were afraid to miss the plane
√ The road to the airport was very busy and we were afraid of missing the plane


Be afraid to do something = be unwilling to do something because you’re frightened : ‘She was afraid to eat in case it was poisonous’.
Be afraid of doing something = be worried or anxious about something which might happen
July 23, 2008
No 18: affect

x It's a magazine about computers and their affects on your lives
√ It's a magazine about computers and their effects on your lives


Affect (with a) is a verb. To affect something is to have an effect on it :'Smoking affects your health.' (= Smoking has an effect on your health).
July 23, 2008

No 16: advise

x I asked my lawyer for her advise
√ I asked my lawyer for her advice


Advise is a verb
Advice is a noun


No 17: affair

x There's a new affair in the middle of Helsinki which sells them
√ There's a new shop in the middle of Helsinki which sells them


affair = a thing, matter, or happening: 'The murder of the politician was a terrible affair
July 23, 2008
 
No 15: advice

x I adviced him to tell the police
√ I advised him to tell the police


Advice is a noun
Advice is a verb


x She gave me a good advice
√ She gave me some good advice


Advice is an uncountable noun
Note the alternative: ' She gave me a good piece of advice'
July 23, 2008
No 13: actually

x We need to produce and export more than we do actually
√ We need to produce and export more than we do at present


actually = strange as it may seem; in fact (despite what is said or thought): ‘People think we’ve got lots money, but actually we’re very poor.’

At present = now


No 14: address

x I'll give you my adress
√ I'll give you my address


address (Double D
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