Oftentimes I catch students making these mistakes. It is just heartbreaking because it does not matter what level of English they may have.
They all do. And worst of all, they repeat them so many times that if someone (e.g. a teacher) corrects them, they lose a spirit.
But today I decided to come up with a blog post highlighting these mistakes. Please, don’t be lazy to open your copybook (a hard copy book or the one in your smart phone) and write it down.
Stay safe and don’t make such mistakes. Particularly these small little things can decrease your marks during your speaking exams (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) or make people think your English is poor.
MISTAKE # 1: I’m agree
About 99 % of the students who learn English do this either by mistake because they don’t know it is a mistake or by not paying close attention. You can be one of them too.
But you should not be. The right way of saying this is “I agree” in a positive, “I don’t agree” in a negative and “Do I agree?” in a question form. Don’t say “I’m agree” because the word agree is a verb that is used without the verb ‘to be’.
Bottom line: saying ‘I’m agree’ is wrong.
MISTAKE # 2: My job is…
If you started learning English about 3 or 4 months ago you, probably don’t know how to create sentences. That's why you usually answer “My job is a manager at a company” when someone asks you a question “What is your job?”
So in this case the best way to answer such question without getting into a trouble is this. Say “I am a manager at X Company” or “I work as a manager at X Company”.
Never say “My job is a manager” because your job is not a manager – you are the manager.
Bottom line: saying ‘My job is a manager’ is wrong.
MISTAKE # 3: Childs, foots etc.
Another mistake most students do is that they do not know the plural and singular nouns well. They also have no or little idea of whether they are countable or uncountable.
For example, when you say homeworks, childs, foots, informations, sheeps, toothes, persons and mouses, you make a mistake.
These words don’t end in s. Instead say homework not homeworks, children not childs, feet not foots, information not informations, sheep not sheeps, teeth not toothes, people not persons and mice not mouses.
Bottom line: know the plural forms of nouns well.
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My name is Akmal. I’m an English language enthusiast, blogger, writer and entrepreneur. In addition to being the founder of English Club Pro I’m also a teacher of English with more than 10 years experience. I love helping aspiring English learners to master their English. Like English Club Pro on Facebook.