Top 100 Common Mistakes in English Grammar Usage

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common mistakes in English Grammar #1

[NOUN]

Incorrect: Mohans’ eyes reflect a hope for a better future in a software company.

Correct: Mohan’s eyes reflect a hope for a better future in a software company.

 

Incorrect: The government is not aware of the poor’s problems.

Correct: The government is not aware of the problems of the poor.

 

Incorrect: He put your sign here.

Correct: He put your signature here.

Note:- sign is  verb and signature is Noun

Incorrect: people say that the police is investigating the case

Correct: people say that the police are investigating the case

Incorrect: I heard these news in the morning.

Correct: I heard this news in the morning.

Incorrect: I saw many sheeps and deers in the jungle.

Correct:    I saw many sheep and deer in the jungle.

Incorrect: He gave me his advices on this project.

Correct: He gave me his advice on this project.

Incorrect: The porter demanded fifty rupees to carry my luggages.

Correct: The porter demanded fifty rupees to carry my luggage.

 Incorrect: Our surrounding was pleasant.

Correct: Our surroundings were pleasant.

( surroundings is always plural)

Incorrect: All his furnitures have been sold.

Correct: All his furniture has been sold.

(furniture is UCN and UCN is always singular and takes singular verbs)

Incorrect: I have many works to do.

Correct: I have much work to do.

 Incorrect: Rice are the staple food of Indians.

Correct: Rice is the staple food of Indians.

(Rice is a UCN)

 

Incorrect: Very few peoples are smart.

Correct: Very few people are smart.

 

 Incorrect: Parents must pay attention to the bringing of his children.

Correct: Parents must pay attention to the bringing of their children

Incorrect: Every student should respect their teachers

Correct: Every student should respect his teachers.

Incorrect: I have two hundreds rupees only

 

Correct: I have two hundred rupees only.

common mistakes in English Grammar #2

[PRONOUN]

Incorrect: I, you and he will go to London.

Correct: You, he and I will go to London.

Explanation:– When all three persons [1st,2nd,3rd ]  pronouns are used altogether, then they are used in the following manner:-  [2nd+3rd+1st ] 

Incorrect: Let her and I do this work.

Correct: Let her and me do this work.

Explanation:object pronouns are used after Let, like, between, but, except and preposition.

 

Incorrect: This pen is my

Correct: This pen is mine.

Explanation:Possessive adjectives are always followed by a noun whereas possessive pronouns are not followed by any noun.

i.e.- My/our/his/her/your/their +Noun

Possessive pronouns:-mine, ours, yours, his, hers, theirs

Possessive adjectives:-my, our, your, his, her, their

Incorrect: Your problem is bigger than me.

Correct: Your problem is bigger than mine.

Correct: Your problem is bigger than my problem.

Explanation:– the same things  are  compared(problem with problem & men with men)

 

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common mistakes in English Grammar #3

[ADJECTIVES]

Incorrect: She is more stronger than his brother.

Correct: She is stronger than his brother.

Incorrect: Ravi is elder than Yusuf.

Correct: Ravi is older than Yusuf.

Incorrect: Kashmir is more beautiful than any part of the country.

Correct: Kashmir is more beautiful than any other part of the country.

Incorrect: He is the best of all other boys.

Correct: He is the best of all the boys.

Incorrect: I have less worries than you.

Correct: I have fewer worries than you.

 Incorrect: You are junior than I.

Correct: You are junior to me.

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common mistakes in English Grammar #4

[CONDITIONALS]

Incorrect: Had he worked hard he would pass the examination in first class.

Correct: Had he worked hard he would have passed the examination in first class.

 Incorrect: If I studied well, I will pass.

Correct: If I studied well, I would pass.

 Incorrect: If I followed the instruction I could have averted the mishap.

Correct: If I had followed the instruction I could have averted the mishap.

Incorrect: If I would know what you wanted i would help you.

Correct: If I knew what you wanted i would help you.

 Incorrect: Unless you worked hard, you will not succeed.

Correct: Unless you work hard, you will not succeed.

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common mistakes in English Grammar #5

[CONJUNCTION]

Incorrect: Not only he is intelligent but honest.

Correct: He is not only intelligent but also honest.

Explanation:– There are a number of situations which require you to use parallel structure. They are:-

Both and . . .             

Not but Y

Not only but also . . .

Neither nor . . .

Either or . . .

Note:- X and must be in the same grammatical form: both nouns, both pronouns, both infinitive, both gerund or both Clause.

 Ex:– My mother likes cooking and to read.    (incorrect)

My mother likes cooking and reading.   (correct)

 Incorrect: Hardly the sun had risen when we set out.

Correct: The sun had hardly risen when we set out.

Correct: Hardly had the sun risen when we set out.

Explanation:When a negative word goes at the beginning of a sentence, we use an inverted word order. That means the auxiliary verb goes before the subject.

Incorrect: Hardly had he left than his friend came.

Correct: Hardly had he left when his friend came.

Explanation:– hardly……….when

 Incorrect: Not only he abused me but also beat me.

Correct: Not only did he abuse me but beat me also.

Explanation:– Not only +H.V. +Sub. +…………………….. but also + sub. +verb

common mistakes in English Grammar #6

[VERB]

Incorrect:  The terrorist will certainly be hung because the charges brought upon him are very serious.

Correct: The terrorist will certainly be hanged because the charges brought upon him are very serious.

Incorrect: She told to me an interesting story.

Correct: She told me an interesting story.

The verb tell is followed by an indirect object without to.

 

Incorrect: My father told me that honesty was the best policy.

Correct:  My father told me that honesty is the best policy.

 Incorrect: I am ill for two weeks.

Correct:  have been ill for two weeks.

 Incorrect: It is in 1930 that we first flew to the United States.

Correct:  It was in 1930 that we first flew to the United States.

Incorrect: I discussed about my plans.

Correct: I  discussed my plans.

The verbs discuss, describe, order and request are transitive verbs. They should be followed by direct objects and not prepositions.

common mistakes in English Grammar #7

[Subject-verb agreement]

Correct: My aunt and my uncle are arriving by train.

 Incorrect: Each of these boys play games.

Correct: Each of these boys plays games.

Incorrect: Each of the drivers have an oxygen tank.

Incorrect: Each of the driver has an oxygen tank.

Correct: Each of the drivers has an oxygen tank.

Explanation:Each/every/either/neither/none/anyone/any/one+ of +the + N/P (plural) +S.V.

Incorrect: The police has arrested him on the charge of theft.

 

Correct: The police have arrested him on the charge of theft.

Incorrect: There is much demand for fuel as the number of vehicles are increasing day by day.

Correct: There is much demand for fuel as the number of vehicles is increasing day by day.

 Explanation:-

A number of + plural noun + P.V.

The number of + Plural noun + S.V.

 Incorrect: Many a student have passed the medical exam.

Correct: Many a student has passed the medical exam.

(many + a/an +S.N. + S.V.)

Common errors in English Grammar

[TENSE]

Incorrect: I have come Delhi yesterday.

Correct: came Delhi yesterday.

Incorrect: They have gone to America a week ago.

Correct: They went to America a week ago.

Explanation:– we use simple past tense with Yesterday, last +night/week/day/month/year, ago.

Incorrect: I had seen him last week.

Correct: I saw him last week.

 

Incorrect: After she arrived home from school, she cooks food for the family.

Correct: After she arrives home from school, she cooks food for the family. (verb-tense consistency)

Correct: After she arrived home from school, she cooked food for the family. (verb-tense consistency)

Incorrect: He ate nothing since yesterday.

Correct: He has eaten nothing since yesterday.

Incorrect: It’s time we should buy a new car. 

Correct: It’s time we bought a new car.

Incorrect:  It is high time you would get a job.

Correct: It is high time you got a job.

Explanation:– Use simple past tense [sub.+V2] with It is time/it is high time/It is right time.

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    Ryan

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