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.

I am used to waking up early on weekdays.
She sat in the end of the table.

She sat at the end of the table.
I stopped to smoke cigarettes because it was unhealthy.

I stopped smoking cigarettes because it was unhealthy.
It is very good weather.

The weather is very good.
I need to concentrate myself on my homework.

I need to concentrate on my homework.
Did you ever read the book “Moby Dick?”

Have you ever read the book “Moby Dick?”
Brian is so stupid man.

Brian is such a stupid man.
In Spain are many nice beaches.

There are many nice beaches in Spain. / Spain has many nice beaches.
I told that I will come back later.

I said that I would come back later.
In my city, bars are closing at 10 p.m. on weeknights.

In my city, bars close at 10 p.m. on weeknights.
Let’s have a dinner together sometime.

Let’s have dinner together sometime.
Do you know where is the nearest police station?

Do you know where the nearest police station is?
I often do mistakes when I speak English.

I often make mistakes when I speak English.
I can’t find nothing in my neighborhood.

I can’t find anything in my neighborhood.
I’ve seen that movie last Thursday.

I saw that movie last Thursday.
How does your new painting look like?

What does your new painting look like? / How does your new painting look?
I look forward to see you next month.

I look forward to seeing you next month.
Can I have a question?

Can I ask a question?
The news on TV are always sad.

The news on TV is always sad.
What means this word?

What does this word mean?
The capital of the United Kingdom is the London.

The capital of the United Kingdom is London.
Doctor is a hard job.

Being a doctor is hard. / Being a doctor is a hard job.
Surprising is that no one was hurt.

It’s surprising that no one was hurt. / The surprising thing is that no one was hurt.
I suggested to buy a new car.

I suggested buying a new car.
My teacher is a 34-years old woman.

My teacher is a 34-year old woman.
If I would be taller, I’d play basketball.

If I were taller, I’d play basketball.
That’s not that bad idea.

That’s not that bad of an idea.
One of my roommate is from Brazil.

One of my roommates is from Brazil.
It depends on countries.

It depends on the country.
Even I was tired, I went to the party.

Even though I was tired, I went to the party.
I explained her the problem twice.

I explained the problem twice to her.


If you would like to try some more, you can try these 20 Mistakes Made by Intermediate Students.


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10 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)


  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   ^.^

  6. N.L.srinivas
    (Posted September 29, 2014 at 02:00 | Permalink | Reply)

    very useful. students can easily learn their mistakes.better give brief explanation also which will be useful to students why they are wrong

  7. Freddy
    (Posted October 3, 2014 at 22:12 | Permalink | Reply)

    Is a better tool to understand English. Thank you!

  8. Rodeeboy Madrid
    (Posted November 11, 2014 at 14:01 | Permalink | Reply)

    The topics are all good.

  9. Anonymous
    (Posted January 25, 2015 at 23:28 | Permalink | Reply)

    very useful

  10. Alexandra
    (Posted March 4, 2015 at 16:28 | Permalink | Reply)

    Thanks a lot. This exercise is fun to fill out and it is very useful.

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