15 Common Errors in English
If you are studying English, this article will be very useful to you. The difficulty of studying Foreign language is that very oftenI want to literally translate certain turns of speech, whereas in a foreign language there are rules that differ from the Russians quite noticeably.
Read about these Frequent mistakes, Which Russian-speaking people do in English speech. This useful information will help you become more literate and improve your English.
15 Common Mistakes in English
- "How" or "what"?
wrong: «How do you call this in english?»
correctly: «What do you call this in english?»
phrase "How it's called?" Translates exactly so, do not need to use a literal translation of the word "how" ("how").
- The word "normal"
wrong: "How are you?" - "i'm normal, thanks."
correctly: "How are you?" - "i'm fine, thanks."
Do not give in to temptation and answer thatYour affairs are "normal", as we are used to doing in Russian speech. Because in English everything is different - the word "normal" means "medium" or "not strange". That is, answering the question «How are you?» This word, you say that you are normal, not crazy, for example. It is better to use the words "fine" or "good", even if it is not always true.
- "Scientist" ("scientist", "scholar")
Wrongly: scientists study history so that humanity can learn from the past.
Correctly: scholarship history so that humanity can learn from the past.
"Scientist" is a highly specialized scientist,Conducting experiments, an expert in the exact sciences - physics, mathematics, chemistry. Whereas "scholar" is a broader concept, it may be a person who studies humanitarian disciplines, or simply one who is well versed in a particular subject.
- "City" (city)
Wrong: i am from moscow city.
Correctly: i am from moscow or the city of moscow.
Most cities use the "the city of" design. You can say the name of the city, without using the word "city".
- How to tell about bad health
Wrong: i feel myself bad.
Correct: i feel bad.
Use of the word "myself" in this contextImplies that you physically touch your body and you feel yourself ... of course, foreigners will understand what you mean, but it sounds a bit strange and funny. So remember the English grammar and talk about feelings without the notorious "myself".
- "Do" or "make"?
Wrong: i think i did a mistake.
Right: i think i made a mistake.
Use "do" for daily activities orWork that does not produce a physical object. For example, do a job, do the shopping. "Make" expresses the construction and creation of something that can be touched - make food, make a cup of tea. Make money, do a favor, do business, make a decision, do good, make a plan, make a mistake.
- "Place" or "room"?
These two words mean "place". But "place" is a place in the sense of "occupied space", and "room" is a free space, a space that can be occupied. Do not confuse them, please.
- "Decide" or "solve"
"Decide" means making decisions, and "solve" means solving problems or problems. Depending on the context, you need to choose the right word.
- "I agree" ("I agree")
Wrong: i am agree.
Right: i agree.
Do not forget that the word "agree" is a verb. It is wrong to insert in front of him this or that form of the verb "to be".
Wrong: i want to speak english.
Correct: i want to speak english fluently.
If you want to convey the idea that freelyStill, you speak a foreign language, use the word "fluent". "Free" means something that is not valuable in a financial sense, something that is worthless. When "free" is put after a noun ("smoke-free", "car-free", "alcohol-free"), this means that this thing or action is prohibited.
- "Last time" or "recently"
"Last time" means "last time", and "recently" - "recently". Avoid literal, literal translations.
- "If" + "will"
These two words are never used together! Remember this. That part of the sentence that contains the condition should not contain "will" (despite the fact that the future time is meant).
For example: "if it rains tomorrow, i will stay at home (main part)". ("If it rains tomorrow, I'll stay at home").
- "No problem!"
Wrong: no problems!
Correct: no problem!
This expression, like several others - thank god, no comment - should be remembered and used exclusively in the singular.
- "Teach" or "learn"
"Teach" - to give knowledge, and "learn" - to receive them. Unfortunately, these two words are often confused.
- "Must" or "have to"
"Must" means, rather, your own confidence that something is needed, and "have to" is a necessity caused by external circumstances. Formulate your thoughts correctly!
Let this article help you make English speech more Literate. Do not forget to tell about these frequent mistakes to friends, let them say it right!