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.
If you’d like to try some more, you can visit these related pages:
- Find the Common English Mistakes (Version 2)
- 23 Common English Mistakes (Version 3)
- 20 Common Mistakes made by Czechs
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