Common English Mistakes (Grammar – ESL/EFL)

34 Common English Mistakes Made by ESL/EFL Students

Here is a list of common English mistakes my intermediate, upper-intermediate, and advanced ESL students make. Generally, these are grammar mistakes. 

> Students, take a look at the sentences (each has a common English mistake) and try to correct the errors.

> Teachers, download the common English mistakes file here for use in class: Common-English-Mistakes-ESL.doc

If you have any questions, leave a comment below. Good luck!

There is very cold in the summer.

Answer

It's very cold there in the summer.

According to me, that's true.

Answer

[In my opinion, / I think] that's true.

If I will be late, I'll call you.

Answer

If I am late, I'll call you.

I am used to wake up early on weekdays.

Answer

I am used to waking up early on weekdays.

She sat in the end of the table.

Answer

She sat at the end of the table.

I stopped to smoke cigarettes because it was unhealthy.

Answer

I stopped smoking cigarettes because it was unhealthy.

It is very good weather.

Answer

The weather is very good.

I need to concentrate myself on my homework.

Answer

I need to concentrate on my homework.

Did you ever read the book "Moby Dick?"

Answer

Have you ever read the book "Moby Dick?"

Brian is so stupid man.

Answer

Brian is such a stupid man.

In Spain are many nice beaches.

Answer

There are many nice beaches in Spain. / Spain has many nice beaches.

I told that I will come back later.

Answer

I said that I would come back later.

In my city, bars are closing at 10 p.m. on weeknights.

Answer

In my city, bars close at 10 p.m. on weeknights.

Let's have a dinner together sometime.

Answer

Let's have dinner together sometime.

Do you know where is the nearest police station?

Answer

Do you know where the nearest police station is?

I often do mistakes when I speak English.

Answer

I often make mistakes when I speak English.

I can't find nothing in my neighborhood.

Answer

I can't find anything in my neighborhood.

I've seen that movie last Thursday.

Answer

I saw that movie last Thursday.

How does your new painting look like?

Answer

What does your new painting look like? / How does your new painting look?

I look forward to see you next month.

Answer

I look forward to seeing you next month.

Can I have a question?

Answer

Can I ask a question?

The news on TV are always sad.

Answer

The news on TV is always sad.

What means this word?

Answer

What does this word mean?

The capital of the United Kingdom is the London.

Answer

The capital of the United Kingdom is London.

Doctor is a hard job.

Answer

Being a doctor is hard. / Being a doctor is a hard job.

Surprising is that no one was hurt.

Answer

It's surprising that no one was hurt. / The surprising thing is that no one was hurt.

I suggested to buy a new car.

Answer

I suggested buying a new car.

My teacher is a 34-years old woman.

Answer

My teacher is a 34-year old woman.

If I would be taller, I'd play basketball.

Answer

If I were taller, I'd play basketball.

That's not that bad idea.

Answer

That's not that bad of an idea.

One of my roommate is from Brazil.

Answer

One of my roommates is from Brazil.

It depends on countries.

Answer

It depends on the country.

Even I was tired, I went to the party.

Answer

Even though I was tired, I went to the party.

I explained her the problem twice.

Answer

I explained the problem twice to her.

 

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Common English Mistakes list copyright Matthew Barton of Englishcurrent.com

 

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5 Comments on this News Lesson

  1. aafia khizar
    (Posted November 16, 2012 at 14:42 | Permalink | Reply)

    I think is a comprehensive list of common mistakes made by ESL learners. good job

  2. Angelica A.
    (Posted October 17, 2013 at 19:49 | Permalink | Reply)

    I liked this kind of excercises because I have a lot problems with the connections.
    I always made a mistakes.
    I am not consisten in talking.

  3. nehru college
    (Posted February 11, 2014 at 04:56 | Permalink | Reply)

    nice

  4. Rohana Sumanasekara
    (Posted February 18, 2014 at 03:12 | Permalink | Reply)

    A very good exercise based on important aspects of Grammar. Thanks a lot.

  5. Aylin
    (Posted April 23, 2014 at 07:24 | Permalink | Reply)

    The exercise is really usefull,  So in a short time,  I noticed the wrongs I made by speaking or writting.

    To sum up,  Thank you a lot from Turkey….. :) <3   ^.^

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