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Sanya
Make a mistake or make mistakes? They find people who speak the language and they ask these people to correct them when they make a mistake. Can I say 'when they make mistakes"? If yes, which one is natural?
Oct 29, 2012 7:45 AM
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“They find people who speak the language, and they ask these people to correct them when they make a mistake” is natural. I never thought about it. If you use plural, would that suggest you expect them to make a lot of mistakes?
October 29, 2012
Generally, if you are asking someone, you would say: Correct me if I'm wrong. Correct me if I make a mistake. It would sound a bit unusual if the asker actually spoke the words: "make mistakes". But if you are writing a passage on this topic you might write: He corrects people when they make mistakes. See the difference?
October 29, 2012
Thank you Jim Boyce! :-)
October 29, 2012
sanya, The most natural way would be to say, "They find people who speak the language, and they ask these people to correct them whenever they make a mistake." This suggests that every time they hear a mistake, they will correct it.
October 29, 2012
Sanya
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English