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Collection of mistakes made by my esl intermediate students.

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  • 1. Frequent mistakes

2. TO WORK ON

  • The correct preposition for this verbis ON.
  • "I'm workingona new project."

3. NEAR+NO PREPOSITION

  • The preposition "near" is never followed by another prepostion:"He'snearthe window"

4. FOR TO

  • These prepositions never go together:
  • " Forworking on..."
  • " Towork on..."

5. ON + DAYS

  • This is the preposition used with days:
  • " OnMonday"
  • " Onmy first day"

6. IN+ PARTS OF THE DAY, SEASONS, MONTHS, YEARS

  • " Inthe evening"
  • " Inwinter"
  • " InApril"
  • " In2008"

7. TO BE UNDERALERT

  • This noun always takes the preposition under:
  • "We wereunderalert"

8. USE OF TENSES

  • If your story is written in the past tense, always use past tenses. We will work on them soon.

9.

    • Alland e verybody /everyone
  • We do not normally useallto meaneverybody
  • Everybodyenjoyed the party, ( not'All enjoyed...')

10.

  • But note that we sayall of us /you /them , not 'everybody of...':
  • Allof usenjoyed the party, ( not'everybody of us')

11.

    • Allandeverything
  • Sometimes you can usealloreverything:
  • Ill doall I canto help, or Ill doeverything I canto help.

12.

  • You can say ' all I can'/ ' all you need'etc. but we do not normally useallalone:
  • He thinks he knowseverything , ( not'he knows all')

13.

  • We useallin the expressionall about :
  • They told usall abouttheir holiday.

14.

  • We also useall(not 'everything') to mean the only thing(s):
  • AllI've eaten today is a sandwich.

15.

  • Every /everybody /everyone /everythingare singular words, so we use a singular verb:
  • Every seatin the theatre was taken.

16. HEAR AND LISTEN To listen to sthing/body To hear something/body "I'll listen to you" "I'm hearing something" 17. RECOMMEND To recommend st to sb. To recommend sb st. To recommend sb to... "He recommended this film to me" He recommended me a film""He recommended me to go" 18. APPROACH To approach something/somebody "I approached the city" 19. VISIT To visit something/somebody "I visited the city" "I'm going to visit my grandmother." 20. TO PICK UP To pick st/sb up To pick up (long expression) "He picked me up" "He picked up the children" 21. SIEBLINGS Brother and sister are "sieblings", not brothers. 22. ARRIVE IN/AT To arrive in (big place) To arrive at (small place) "He arrived in Seville/Africa" "I arrived at the party at... 8 o'clock" 23. CONFUSED / CONFUSING I feelconfused . He lookedexhausted . The book wasconfusing . Playing football isexhausting . 24. QUITE / QUIET

    • quite: Adverb which means "very":
  • The music isquiteloud.
    • quiet: Adjective which means "silent":
  • He's aquietman.

25. SAFE / SURE

    • This is asafeplace.
    • I'msureof this.