Common writing mistake
Wrong: He came back in India.
Right: He came back to India.
Wrong: I’d like to study in abroad/overseas.
Right: I’d like to study abroad/overseas.
Wrong: He drives his bike so fast.
Right: He rides his bike so fast.
Wrong: I don’t know to drive a car.
Right: I don’t know how to drive a car.
Wrong: They entered into the hall.
Right: They entered the hall.
Wrong: I understood her the question.
Right: I made her understand the question.
Wrong: He teaches very well, isn’t it?
Right: He teaches very well, doesn’t he?
Wrong: You are hiding something, isn’t it?
Right: You are hiding something, aren’t you?
Wrong: I would like to make a doctor.
Right: I would like to be/become a doctor.
Wrong: We had talked to him yesterday.
Right: We talked to him yesterday.
Wrong We bought some furnitures.
Right: We bought some furniture.
Wrong: I cut my hair yesterday.
Right: I got my hair cut yesterday.
Wrong: If I am you, I will never do so.
Right: If I were you, I would never do so.
Wrong: I love listening music.
Right: I love listening to music.
Wrong: I missed my keys.
Right: I lost my keys.
Wrong: Respected Sir, _______
Right: Dear Sir, ______
Wrong: What’s the time in your watch?
Right: What’s the time by your watch?
Wrong: Many foreign people visit my country.
Right: Many foreigners visit my country.
Wrong: Aamir Khan is my favourite hero.
Right: Aamir Khan is my favourite actor/film star.
Wrong: My mom is a good cooker.
Right: My mom is a good cook.
Wrong: I have visited Niagara Falls last weekend.
Right: I visited Niagara Falls last weekend.
Wrong: The woman which works here is from Japan.
Right: The woman who works here is from Japan.
Wrong: She’s married with a dentist.
Right: She’s married to a dentist.
Wrong: She was boring in the class.
Right: She was bored in the class.
Wrong: I must to call him immediately.
Right: I must call him immediately.
Wrong: Every students like the teacher.
Right: Every student likes the teacher.
Wrong: Although it was raining, but we had the picnic.
Right: Although it was raining, we had the picnic.
Wrong: I enjoyed from the movie.
Right: I enjoyed the movie.
Wrong: I look forward to meet you.
Right: I look forward to meeting you.
Wrong: I like very much ice cream.
Right: I like ice cream very much.
Wrong: She can to drive.
Right: She can drive.
Wrong: Where I can find a bank?
Right: Where can I find a bank?
Wrong: I live in United States.
Right: I live in the United States.
Wrong: When I will arrive, I will call you.
Right: When I arrive, I will call you.
Wrong: I’ve been here since three months.
Right: I’ve been here for three months.
Wrong: My boyfriend has got a new work.
Right: My boyfriend has got a new job. (or just “has a new job”)
Wrong: She doesn’t listen me.
Right: She doesn’t listen to me.
Wrong: You speak English good.
Right: You speak English well.
Wrong: The police is coming.
Right: The police are coming.
Wrong: The house isn’t enough big.
Right: The house isn’t big enough.
Wrong: You should not to smoke.
Right: You should not smoke.
Wrong: Do you like a glass of wine?
Right: Would you like a glass of wine?
Wrong: There is seven girls in the class.
Right: There are seven girls in the class.
Wrong: I didn’t meet nobody.
Right: I didn’t meet anybody.
Wrong: My flight departs in 5:00 am.
Right: My flight departs at 5:00 am.
Wrong: I promise I call you next week.
Right: I promise I’ll call you next week.
Wrong: Where is post office?
Right: Where is the post office?
Wrong: Please explain me how improve my English.
Right: Please explain to me how to improve my English.
Wrong: We studied during four hours.
Right: We studied for four hours.
Wrong: Is ready my passport?
Right: Is my passport ready?
Wrong: You cannot buy all what you like!
Right: You cannot buy all that you like!
Wrong: My mother wanted that I be doctor.
Right: My mother wanted me to be a doctor.
Wrong: The life is hard!
Right: Life is hard.
Wrong: How many childrens you have?
Right: How many children do you have?
Wrong: My brother has 10 years.
Right: My brother is 10 (years old).
Wrong: I want eat now.
Right: I want to eat now.
Wrong: You are very nice, as your mother.
Right: You are very nice, like your mother.
Wrong: She said me that she liked you.
Right: She told me that she liked you.
Wrong: My husband engineer.
Right: My husband is an engineer.
Wrong: I came Australia to study English.
Right: I came to Australia to study English.
Wrong: It is more hot now.
Right: It’s hotter now.
Wrong: You can give me an information?
Right: Can you give me some information?
Wrong: They cooked the dinner themself.
Right: They cooked the dinner themselves.
Wrong: Me and Johnny live here.
Right: Johnny and I live here.
Wrong: I closed very quietly the door.
Right: I closed the door very quietly.
Wrong: You like dance with me?
Right: Would you like to dance with me?
Wrong: I go always to school by subway.
Right: I always go to school by subway.
Wrong: If I will be in London, I will contact to you.
Right: If I am in London, I will contact you.
Wrong: We drive usually to home.
Right: We usually drive home.
Wrong: Not unless you gets your act together.
Right: Not unless you get your act together. Or Not unless he gets his act together.
Wrong: It takes me all day, to drive there.
Right: It takes me all day to drive there.
Wrong: So he said, “Don’t be a fool”. Or So he said, “don’t be a fool”.
Right: So he said, “Don’t be a fool.”
Wrong: I never thought, that he would try such a thing.
Right: I never thought that he would try such a thing.
Wrong: He takes his dog which is why I avoid him.
Right: He takes his dog, which is why I avoid him.
Wrong: But he did find true love eventually.
Right: But, he did find true love eventually.
Wrong: Have you ever been on the internet?
Right: Have you ever been on the Internet?
Wrong: Excellent I found his work to be.
Right: Excellent, I found his work to be. Or I found his work to be excellent.
Wrong: I just could not except his answer.
Right: I just could not accept his answer.
Wrong: Their hair was ruined, and he could not fix it.
Right: His hair was ruined, and he could not fix it. Others hair were ruined too.
Wrong: The client may take his new toy home.
Right: The client may take his or her new toy home.
Wrong: The hair-stylist turned into a really big hair raiser.
Right: The hair stylist turned into a really big hair-raiser.
Wrong: It was a blunder mistake.
Right: It was a blunder. Or It was a big mistake.
Wrong: I want two Xeroxes of this card.
Right: I want two photocopies of this card.
Prepared by: Abir Chowdhury