The 21 Most Common Speaking Mistakes
This list of speaking errors are made by low level students as well as high level students. Do you make any of these mistakes on a regular basis? We need to break this habit today!
First, try to correct each sentence yourself. Then scroll down for the correct sentence and explanation.
21 mistakes – Do you know the problem?
- The people was not very friendly.
- I’m agree.
- It depends of my mood.
- Clara said me that she is going to be 20 minutes late.
- I took a coffee with some friends.
- Primark is very cheaper.
- I didn’t do nothing yesterday.
- I go always to bed late.
- I’m no tired.
- I will go to Bath on Sunday.
- I’m in England for learn English.
- Where is?
- Can you borrow me a pen?
- I always do the same mistakes.
- I should ask to my boss.
- I’m late because I lost my bus.
- Can you tell me where is the toilet?
- I love very much coffee.
- We can to go out on Friday.
- This food remembers me of my family.
- I’ll see you in Monday.
Did you manage to correct all of them? Keep reading to find out why each sentence is wrong.
1.Incorrect: The people was not very friendly.
Correct: The people WERE not very friendly.
Explanation: ‘People’ is plural so you need ‘were’.
2.Incorrect: I’m agree
Correct: I agree.
Explanation: ‘Agree’ is an active verb so ‘be’ isn’t necessary.
3.Incorrect: It depends of my mood.
Correct: It depends ON my mood.
Explanation: phrasal verb – ‘depends on’
4.Incorrect: Clara said me that she is going to be 20 minutes late.
Correct: Clara TOLD me that she is going to be 20 minutes late.
Explanation: we use tell + object (my mum, him, us etc.), not SAY.
5.Incorrect: I took a coffee with some friends.
Correct: I HAD a coffee with some friends.
Explanation: Use ‘have’ with drinks and food.
6.Incorrect: Primark is very cheaper.
Correct: Primark is very cheap.
Explanation: ‘Cheaper’ is a comparative. Only use it when you are comparing two or more things.
7.Incorrect: I didn’t do nothing yesterday.
Correct: I didn’t do ANYTHING yesterday.
Explanation: You cannot have a double negative in a sentence.
8.Incorrect: I go always to bed late.
Correct: I always go to bed late.
Explanation: Put ‘always’ before the main verb.
9.Incorrect: I’m no tired.
Correct: I’m NOT tired.
Explanation: Use ‘not’ before an adjective.
10.Incorrect: I will go to Bath on Sunday.
Correct: I AM GOING to London on Sunday.
Explanation: Use the present continuous for future arrangements.
11.Incorrect: I’m in England for learn English.
Correct: I’m in England TO learn English.
Explanation: Use ‘to’ when you express purpose.
12.Incorrect: Where is?
Correct: Where is IT?
Explanation: You need a noun. What are you speaking about?
13.Incorrect: Can you borrow me a pen?
Correct: Can you LEND me a pen?
Explanation: You can only use a pronoun (me, him, her etc) with LEND.
14.Incorrect: I always do the same mistakes.
Correct: I always MAKE the same mistakes.
Explanation: We use the verb ‘make’ with ‘mistakes’.
15.Incorrect: I should ask to my boss.
Correct: I should ask my boss.
Explanation: Do not use TO after ‘ask’.
16.Incorrect: I’m late because I lost my bus.
Correct: I’m late because I MISSED my bus.
Explanation: ‘Miss’ means that you were too late.
17.Incorrect: Can you tell me where is the toilet?
Correct: Can you tell me where the toilet IS?
Explanation: Put ‘be’ at the end of an indirect question.
18.Incorrect: I love very much coffee.
Correct: I love coffee very much.
Explanation: ‘Very much’ normally goes at the end of the clause.
19.Incorrect: We can to go out on Friday.
Correct: We can go out on Friday.
Explanation: Do not use ‘to’ after a modal verb.
20.Incorrect: This food remembers me of my family.
Correct: This food REMINDS me of my family.
Explanation: These are two different verbs.
remind – something makes me remember something
You remind me of my sister. (I look at you and I think of my sister.)
This reminds me of the time I lost my passport. (This situation makes me think of a past situation.)
remember – I can think of past events/information without any help.
I can remember people’s names very well. (I can think of this information without any help.)
I never remember to set my alarm. (I can’t think of this information. I always forget.)
21.Incorrect: I’ll see you in Monday.
Correct: I’ll see you ON Monday.
Explanation: We use ‘on’ before days of the week.
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