10 most common mistakes in English

MaryKleim By MaryKleim, 22nd Mar 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2wp_upwg/
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There a few most common mistakes people often make. Among them are the misuse of the apostrophe, the use of whilst and while etc. But there are a few tips how to avoid making of them.

To begin with

English is the most common language in the world. It's hard to find country where the English language is unknown. As a tutor of the language I've collected 10 most crucial mistakes and I'll try to explain how to avoid them.
According to a consultant educational expert from Assignmentmasters, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of grammatical and sentence semantic mistakes that people are making. It is time to start blaming the education system because we can no longer blame a lack of access to educational tools.

1.Using slang or incorrect spelling to create emphasis, convey meaning, or convey emotion

This is the most common mistake in written and spoken English, but it is also the most unfair. How the frickin hell are people supposed to convey emotion if they have to use correct frickin spelling and grammar? One would have to replace the word “frickin” with “freaking” which doesn’t sit as well.

2.The misuse of the apostrophe

It is so common that companies are taking apostrophes out of their tag lines and even out of their product names because people simply do not understand them. It is sad when a country fails so dramatically with its education system that they have to change the world around them rather than educate themselves.

3.Don’t lie to the lying whilst lying

Which should you use if you are in a horizontal position in bed whilst telling mistruths? Which are you doing, and which are you not? Do you lie down while you lie? Are you lying down while you are lying?

4.The use of whilst and while

They both mean the same thing, so stop moaning on Twitter that they have different meanings or that one of them is wrong. The Americans prefer while, where the British use both depending on the mood of the text.

5.There, they’re and their is now more popular thanks to Facebook

Maybe millions of people have struggled with there, they’re and their for years, but before Facebook we only thought it was pre-teens that had trouble with it. Now that Facebook exists, it is clearly obvious that people do not know the difference between their, they’re and there on a massive scale.

6.It’s going to break the apostrophe rule

It is understandable that some people get this one wrong because “It’s” breaks the apostrophe rule. For example, “Andy’s car is brown” means “Andy and the car that is his is brown.” The apostrophe indicates possession, but the same rule doesn’t apply for “It’s” because “It’s” only ever means “It Is.”

7.He don’t mean no harm

Double negatives are becoming more common because people are not being taught the meaning of the sentences they are saying. In the header, it means the person means to do harm. It means, “He does not mean to do no harm,” which indicates he means to do harm.

8. Me, myself and I

These are a tricky bunch, which is why so many people get them wrong. “Myself” is a pronoun you should use when you perform an action, such as how I dressed myself. Me should be used when other people are involved, such as “Hey Rick, could you have Danny call me?” Or, “Please get Randy to me an ice cream.” Finally, “I” should be used when referring to yourself as the subject of the sentence, such as “I did this and I did that.”

9.Lose your dog if it gets loose

To “Lose” means something that was yours is no longer yours. If something gets “loose,” then it is set free or given a certain amount of slack.

10.Your and you’re

This is yet another apostrophe problem that seems to puzzle. It is also another problem that people thought was only for pre-teens before Facebook came on the scene and proved that millions of Americans do not know the difference.


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I'm a tutor of English literature and Language. My hobby is writing. I want to train my writing style.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
23rd Mar 2016 (#)

I like this type of post, thank you.

Regarding while versus whilst, "Whilst" is very much colloquial English in usage, it comes from Middle English coming from "Whiles" which was originally used as an adverb such as somewhiles or otherwhiles, but whilst grew as a conjunction. Generally While is certainly preferred use although whilst may be used when creating a logical argument... whilst X... I think it should not be commonly used, but can add emphasis if it is.

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