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Common Mistakes you should avoid while speaking English

Isn’t English a funny language? And it’s made even funnier when we speak the language incorrectly! Fret not, even native English speakers tend to mix up phrases or get confused between certain words. We’re here to shed light on some of the common mistakes to avoid while speaking English.

Use of the wrong tense

Many, I repeat many people use the wrong tense unknowingly. For example, instead of saying ‘I didn’t say that,’ we end up saying ‘I didn’t said that,’ A lot of us get confused between past tense and present tense and this leads to a mix-up while we speak the same. Don’t get tensed up and practice the tenses we’d say!

Starting every sentence with ‘Basically’ or ‘Like’

‘Basically, it’s like I always like to travel.’ That’s basically a big no! Refrain from using words like ‘basically’ and ‘like’ before or in-between sentences. Doing so reflects laziness and a lack of creativity while we speak. This is a common mistake made by the English-speaking population in India.

Using two comparatives/superlatives together

As a general thumb rule, always remember that a sentence must not have two superlatives or comparatives together. For example, ‘The pizza is more better than the one we had yesterday’ is incorrect. Here, better is the comparative of the adjective good and more is the comparative to the adjective much. ‘The pizza is better than the one we had yesterday’ will be the correct sentence.

‘Me’ vs ‘I’

‘They are going to send my friend and I an invitation. Here, if we remove the person preceding the I, it would sound – They are going to send I a package.’ This is wrong! The correct sentence will be ‘They are going to send me a package. Similarly, if we say Rahul and me are going to the market.’  Now again, if we repeat the same process for the previous sentence, it becomes ‘Me am going to the market.’ This is also wrong. Avoid this mistake and in both cases, and always, put yourself last!

Using ‘Say’ & ‘Tell’

Confusion between these two words leads to improper sentences being spoken by us. ‘Say me your name’ is incorrect because the word ‘say’ is usually used to express something in words. It also demands an action to be performed, which is incorrect. The correct usage would be ‘Tell me your name’

Wrong usage of ‘Does’ & ‘Do’

A common mistake we make while speaking is using which of these two words to use and when. Does is the singular form of the subject and do is the plural form. Does is used with he, she, or it; do is used with I, you, we, or they. For example, ‘He does not like that’ or ‘They do not like that.’ Did you notice the usage changes as per the subject?

Confusion with ‘Revert’ / ‘Revert back’

The word ‘revert’ itself means to get back to a previous subject or condition. So adding the word ‘back’ in the sentence is incorrect and is of no use! ‘I will revert soon’ is correct and not ‘I will revert back soon.’ 

‘Cope up’ vs ‘Cope with’

We always say cope with and not cope up with. Although we end up with this English speaking during informal conversations, it’s always better to know the correct usage. Cope up and with are never used together! For example, ‘Let’s cope with the hectic days’ is correct. Adding up after cope in this sentence would make it incorrect!

So, we hope you will be able to cope with the changes you make to your English speaking or it does not bother you? Tell us about your learning experience and we shall revert! Adios!

Priyajit Marwah

Author: Priyajit Marwah

Graduate from NMIMS University, Mumbai. An avid reader, a sports enthusiast with a flair for voiceovers and voice acting, I've been a theatre artist and have a good amount of experience working as a Digital Marketer! Part of Digital Marketing & SEO @ Lido Learning!

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