Below are some of the most common English mistakes made by ESL students, in speech and in writing. Go through the examples and make sure you understand the corrections. Then try the grammar test at the end to check your progress.

  1. Wrong I have visited Niagara Falls last weekend.
    Right I visited Niagara Falls last weekend.
  2. Wrong The woman which works here is from Japan.
    Right The woman who works here is from Japan.
  3. Wrong She’s married with a dentist.
    Right She’s married to a dentist.
  4. Wrong She was boring in the class.
    Right She was bored in the class.
  5. Wrong I must to call him immediately.
    Right I must call him immediately.
  6. Wrong Every students like the teacher.
    Right Every student likes the teacher.
  7. Wrong Although it was raining, but we had the picnic.
    Right Although it was raining, we had the picnic.
  8. Wrong I enjoyed from the movie.
    Right I enjoyed the movie.
  9. Wrong I look forward to meet you.
    Right I look forward to meeting you.
  10. Wrong I like very much ice cream.
    Right I like ice cream very much.
  11. Wrong She can to drive.
    Right She can drive.
  12. Wrong
    Where I can find a bank?
    Right Where can I find a bank?
  13. Wrong
    I live in United States.
    Right
    I live in the United States.
  14. Wrong
    When I will arrive, I will call you.
    Right
    When I arrive, I will call you.
  15. Wrong
    I’ve been here since three months.
    Right
    I’ve been here for three months.
  16. Wrong
    My boyfriend has got a new work.
    Right
    My boyfriend has got a new job. (or just "has a new job")
  17. Wrong
    She doesn’t listen me.
    Right
    She doesn’t listen to me.
  18. Wrong
    You speak English good.
    Right
    You speak English well.
  19. Wrong
    The police is coming.
    Right
    The police are coming.
  20. Wrong
    The house isn’t enough big.
    Right
    The house isn’t big enough.
  21. Wrong
    You should not to smoke.
    Right
    You should not smoke.
  22. Wrong
    Do you like a glass of wine?
    Right
    Would you like a glass of wine?
  23. Wrong
    There is seven girls in the class.
    Right
    There are seven girls in the class.
  24. Wrong
    I didn’t meet nobody.
    Right
    I didn’t meet anybody.
  25. Wrong
    My flight departs in 5:00 am.
    Right
    My flight departs at 5:00 am.


Part 2 of this list is here.


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Test your understanding of this English lesson

Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
He plays tennis very well.

She called to me on Sunday.

We go the shopping mall every weekends.

I’ve been working here for one year.

I am boring in this class.

I have seen her yesterday at the party.

When I can see you again?

Did you enjoy the concert?

He’s engaged with my cousin.

The teacher which works in the English department comes from Australia.


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