10 common mistakes

Feb 16, 2012

Hi guys!

Here some very common English language speaker mistakes. Can you correct them? The answers are below, of course.


1. I have a difficult work.

2. When I was young, my mother told to me a history every night.

3. John felt down because the road was wet.

4. I going to see Francis on Friday. I’ll probably pay a dinner.

5. I’m worried about my best friend. She doesn’t phone me for a long time.

6. I became English student when I had 13 years.

7. Most of people don’t like the cold weather.

8. My daughter is so badly behaved. She never listens me.

9. We need to make her stop to play with her pen. It’s really getting on my nerves.

10. I forget my bag. Can you give me a paper?


1. I have a very difficult work job./I have some very difficult work.

Work is uncountable.

2. When I was young, my mother told to me a history story every night.

to tell sb. sth.

History is an academic subject.

3. John felt fell down because the road was wet.

fall fell fallen

feel felt felt

4. I am going to see Francis on Friday. I’ll probably pay for a dinner.

to be going + inf

to pay for sth.,  to pay sb. (for sth.)

We don't say a before breakfast, lunch, dinner. e.t.c.

5. I’m worried about my best friend. She doesn’t hasn't phoned me for a long time.

Present perfect with for to talk about something that started in the past and is still true.

6. I became an English student when I had was 13 years old.

Occupations need a determiner(a/the/my/that e.t.c).

I am 13.  - Correct.

I am 13 years old. -Correct.

I am 13 years. - Incorrect.

7. Most of people don’t like the cold weather.

Most X/ the majority of X for talking in general.

We don't use the for generic things.

8. My daughter is so badly behaved. She never listens to me.

Always listen to.

9. We need to make her stop to play playing with her pen. It’s really getting on my nerves.

to stop + verb+ing =to stop the activity. E.g. She stopped smoking last year.

to stop + infinitive with to= to stop moving in order to... E.g. She was driving and she stopped to let

the children pass.

10. I forget forgot/have forgotten my bag. Can you give me a some/a sheet of /a piece paper?

Paper is normally uncountable. A paper = a newspaper

Click here to enrol for English courses in London.

Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List

Tag List

silent disco (1)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
study english onlline (1)
English tips (4)
saga (1)
Insider info London (14)
grammar tips (1)
New vocabulary (4)
past modal verbs (1)
exams (1)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
Journalism Course London (1)
things to do london (1)
free english grammar (2)
Relaxing London (4)
Fun (1)
writing a mini-saga (1)
Tourist tips (5)
Polite questions (1)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
Attractions in London (1)
Barney Ronay (1)
english school online (1)
past modals (1)
music festival London (1)
music festivals uk (1)
Victoria park (1)
Field day (1)
Events in London (1)
Cycling (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
Hello from Ally (1)
CAE (3)
english grammar help (1)
the people's tower (1)
defining relative clauses (1)
London (5)
Learn english online (12)
student study tips (1)
Christmas in London (3)
Covent Garden (1)
English food (3)
Reading in English (1)
Journalism evening course London (1)
writing a mini saga (1)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
Journalism classes London (1)
FCE (4)
english course london (12)
grammar (1)
Somewhere to go London (3)
Learning tips (10)
Students (2)
spelling (1)
Things to do in London (6)
New blog (1)
Halloween (2)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
english grammar tips (1)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
London Marathon (1)
Beautiful London (8)
english grammar online (1)
English (1)
making predictions (1)
Listening in English (2)
English vocabulary (3)
Where to visit London (3)
Recording vocabulary (3)
study tips (9)
Vocabulary (11)
Winter in London (6)
Shopping in London (4)
Journalist Course London (1)
Islington Centre for English (6)
the shard (1)
london events (1)
english courses london (1)
pronuciation (3)
ICE (5)
Social programme (1)
mini-saga (1)
Historic moment (1)
Learn English (15)
reading tips (1)
Tweed (1)
London Summer (7)
Free english lessons (10)
Business English (1)
Francais (2)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
Adjective (2)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
Peaceful London (2)
future tenses english (1)
efl (4)
narrative voice (2)
english school (2)
English grammar (4)
future tenses efl (1)
study english (1)
Places to see in London (4)
english as a foreign language (3)
Idiom (3)
english school london (12)
London markets (4)
ILEC (1)
english study tips (1)
New language (7)
Things to see in London (4)
english review (1)

Tag Cloud

ICECambridge Exam PreparationLondon SummerNew vocabularySport Journalism CourseEnglish grammarNew languageWinter in LondonLearning tipsIELTSILECmusic festivals ukShopping in Londonstudy english onllineJournalism evening course LondonVictoria parkListening in EnglishEnglish foodmaking predictionsPlaces to see in LondonLearn EnglishsagaPolite questionsenglish school londonJournalist Course LondonCool as a cucumberHello from AllyEnglish vocabularyenglish schoolSomewhere to visit Londonenglish grammar helpFree english lessonswriting a mini sagaJournalism Course LondonEnglish tipsBarney RonayEnglishField dayenglish grammar onlineThings to do in LondonexamsBasic English mistakesLondon Marathonthe shardenglish school onlineVocabularysilent discoRecording vocabularyBeautiful Londonthings to do londonLearn english onlineStudentsstudy tipsfuture tenses englishpast modal verbsspellingstudent study tipsReading in EnglishLondon marketsHistoric momentLondonenglish grammar tipsCyclinggrammar tipsstudy englishenglish courses londonSomewhere to visitnarrative voicewriting a mini-sagaImprove your vocabularyFCEThings to see in LondonFrancaisthe people's towermini-sagaHalloweenfuture tenses eflenglish course londonAdjectiveeflSomewhere to go LondonVocabulary notebooklondon eventsenglish reviewIdiomRelaxing LondongrammarWorld Naked Bike RidepronuciationAttractions in LondonCAEChristmas in LondonNew blogWhere to visit LondonJournalism MasterclassIslington Centre for EnglishTweedFunTourist tipsmusic festival LondonBusiness Englishpast modalsEvents in Londonreading tipsCovent Gardenenglish as a foreign languageInsider info LondonJournalism classes LondonSocial programmefree english grammarPeaceful Londondefining relative clausesenglish study tips


We use cookies to enable essential services and functionality on our site and to collect data on how visitors interact with our site, products and services. By clicking accept, you agree to our use of these tools for advertising, analytics and support.