Avoiding Mistakes

The next next day

Time phrases that repeat words are quite childish. These include:– tomorrow’s tomorrow– yesterday’s yesterday– the next next day– the day before beforeInstead, use the correct counting phrase. The correct counting phrase Wrong Right tomorrow’s tomorrow the day after tomorrowin two days time yesterday’s yesterday the day before yesterdaytwo days ago…

We together go

‘Together’ goes at the beginning or at the end of a clause (usually the end), not in the middle. Examples Wrong Right She and I together work. She and I work together. They together went to the cinema. They went to the cinema together. We together go? Shall we go…

I came in the train

The rule for using ‘in’ or ‘on’ for transport is:– independent or special transport uses in– services use on* It is not about being inside or on top. An easy way to think about this is: Does the transport usually do this journey, even when I am not here? If…

I wish I am rich

When using wish, the tenses ‘go backwards’. Current Wishes Although the wish is for something now, use the past tense. Wrong Right I wish I don’t have homework. I wish I didn’t have homework. I wish she is my girlfriend. I wish she was my girlfriend. I wish I can…

I like

In English, ‘like’, ‘want’, and ‘need’ need objects. The sentence cannot finish after the verb. Examples Wrong Right “Do you like cheese?”“Yes, I like.” “Do you like cheese?”“Yes, I like it.” “Who wants an ice-cream?”“I want.” “Who wants an ice-cream?”“I want one.” “Does anyone here need a lift to the…

I’m so-so

Although not wrong, ‘so-so’ is seldom used in English.Instead, people use words such as ‘OK‘, ‘alright‘, and ‘not bad‘. Wrong Right “How are you?”“I’m so-so.” “How are you?”“I’m Ok.” I’m a so-so swimmer. I’m an average swimmer. The party was so-so. The party wasn’t bad.

I went to the park, it was very nice

In English, a comma cannot connect clauses.  Instead:1) use two sentences or2) use a conjunction or3) use a subordinate clause or4) use stronger punctuation 1) Use two sentences The easiest way to avoid the weak comma problem is to make two sentences. Wrong Right I went to the park, it…

I with my friend went to the beach

When talking about doing things with a friend, put the ‘with my friend’ after the action. Examples Wrong Right I with my friend went to the swimming pool. I went to the swimming pool with my friend. He with his friends will go to Korea. He will go to Korea…

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