We don’t grow up with English; that could be the reason why we end up making some mistakes while speaking. And there is nothing to feel embarrassed about. All of us make our share of mistakes and that’s how we learn. The Spoken English faculty of MasterPrep has compiled a list of most common English-speaking mistakes. Take a look and introspect –
- Using two same-meaning words – Often, we end up making ‘blunder mistakes’ while speaking English. Like in this sentence, both blunder and mistake carry the same meaning. A better expression would be – making big mistakes or committing blunders! Some other examples are – young teenager, past history, grateful thanks etc. So, do away with redundancy.
- It’s always the first form of verb with ‘Did’ – Are you the one who often asks – Did you took your dinner? If yes, it’s time to reflect and correct. Whenever did is used in a sentence, interrogative or negative, only the first form of verb is used along.
I did not went for the marriage party – WRONG
I did not go for the marriage party – RIGHT!
- The plural form of some nouns remains the same – Hair never become hairs; fish remains the fish and so avoid saying fishes. Similarly, you don’t use ‘are’ even if you are referring to hair in plural form. Your hair is looking beautiful today.
- Using the correct pronoun for animals – Often in a hurry, we end up confusing his with her. The correct use of pronouns comes with practice. However, do not make the mistake of using his or her for animals. The pronoun to be used while referring to animals is ‘it’.
- Speaking in long sentences – It is always stylish to speak long sentences but you may not be able to convey the meaning in case you are fond of using conjunctions. It is always advised to speak short and meaningful sentences for effective communication.
Let us know how many mistakes listed above you noticed in your speech. Stay tuned for more interesting ways to improve your spoken English.