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    A CHECKLIST OF COMMON MISTAKES

    What follows is a list of the most common language

    mistakes occurring in student papers. We have arranged theerrors into grammatical categories. Study the list and avoid

    making the same mistakes yourselves. [Click here to see all theCORRECT sentences] [Click here to see all the INCORRECT

    sentences][Click here to see all the CORRECT and INCORRECT

    sentences] [BAC1 students in English Literature should clickHERE to do to correct the mistakes interactively and will have

    to enter their ULg "identifiant" and "mot de passe" to accessthe page. Others, whose work need not be monitored, can click

    here.]

    Correct usage is highlighted in green

    [Misuse of the definite article][Prepositions][Pronouns][Negation][Verbforms][Possessive forms][Countable and uncountable nouns][Vocabulary]

    [Miscellaneous errors][Interesting links]

    The following sentences are the CORRECT versions.

    Misuse of the definite article:

    Abstract nouns do not normally take the definite article

    when used in generalisations:

    Right

    The gang cannot distinguish Good from Evil'

    She is afraid to enter/of entering the house to face reality

    He prefers to live close to nature because he is afraid of death

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    2. Prepositions:

    wrong use of at after come:

    They come home

    We can follow the evolution of her state of mind through the

    description of the house

    wrong use of with instead of to:

    Daisy is married to Tom

    wrong use of to instead of with

    The problem I am confronted with

    wrong use of during instead of for:

    She has not seen her son for eight years

    wrong use of since instead of for:

    They have known each otherfor eight years

    wrong use of in the whole of instead of throughout:

    throughout the story

    wrong use of in instead of inside :

    She is unaware of the conflict happening inside her

    wrong use of in instead of into:

    She only wants to get into her sons room

    wrong use of as instead of like:

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    She felt like a stranger

    wrong use of of instead of with:

    They cause Mrs Carnavon to be disgusted with herself

    wrong use of of instead of by:

    In this story by Doris Lessing

    wrong use of of instead of for:

    I think there are two reasons for the fact that she decides to clear

    the room

    She feels confused, and the reason for this is to be found in

    wrong use of that instead of as:

    The second waiter feels the same as the old man

    wrong use of to instead of with after confront:

    They are confronted with an inextricable situation

    wrong use of to instead of at after arrive:

    She must arrive at a decision

    wrong use of explain without to:

    This story explains to us how we must look beyond the

    appearance of things

    wrong use of say without to:

    He saidto him/told him that he liked the house

    wrong use of present without with:

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    John OHara presents us with the evolution of a mothers state

    of mind

    Pronouns:

    wrong use of him/her instead of himself/herself(when

    the object and the subject are the same person):

    She sees herselffrom a certain distance

    wrong use ofwho (personal pronoun) instead of which

    (impersonal pronoun):

    The wolf, which is a wild animal

    wrong use of the one of instead of that of:

    Mrs Carnavons behaviour is that ofa depressed person

    The third image is that ofthe magazine

    Negation:

    wrong use of also not instead of nor:

    He felt no qualm of conscience, nor any regret

    wrong use of not anymore instead of no longer:

    She must go back home because it is no longerpossible to stay

    in France

    Verb forms

    Inconsistent tenses:

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    Her stepfather often comes to see her. One day he asks her..

    Wrong use of the present continuous instead of the present

    simple:

    The atmosphere is tense and the authorintensifies it further with

    words like

    Wrong use of the infinitive instead of the present participle:

    This is a way to protect herself and to avoid showing what she

    really feels

    This shows that she is not used to going into her sons room

    Wrong use of the present participle instead of the infinitive:

    This scene explains her decision to get rid of Harrys

    belongings

    Wrong use of a that subclause instead of the infinitive:

    He would like the old man to leave

    She wants them to know

    Wrong use of can instead of may:

    When we watch movies we may ormaynot identify with the

    characters

    Wrong use of the present tense instead of the presentperfect:

    Jim and Crystal Styan have lived/have been living in a log

    cabin by a river for five years

    Possessive forms

    Wrong use of whos instead of whose:

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    The story is about a woman whose son has died

    Wrong use of its instead of its:

    This is an intriguing story, its setting is significant

    Wrong use of the definite article in possessive forms:

    The Spielberg film / Spielbergs film

    Countable and uncountable nouns

    Wrong use of informations instead of information:

    We are given much information about the characters thoughts

    Wrong use of evidences instead of evidence:

    We have little evidence that the author is being ironic

    Vocabulary

    Wrong use of admit instead of accept:

    Her son is dead and she cant accept it

    Wrong use of accept instead of agree:

    He agreed to come to the cinema

    Wrong use of actual instead of current:

    'The article is in the current edition ofLe Monde Diplomatique

    Wrong use of current instead of common:

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    The story offers a metaphor for a common misunderstanding

    between generations

    Wrong use of good instead of right/correct:

    Mrs Carnavon tries to take the right/correct decision

    Wrong use of good instead of well:

    They knew each other really well

    Wrong use of good instead of effective:

    The description of the place is most effective

    Wrong use of loose instead of lose:

    She does not want to lose her memories of him

    Wrong use of remember instead of remind:

    She decides to remove all the things which could remind her of

    her son

    Wrong use of support instead of bear or stand:

    She does this because she cant bear/stand seeing the door

    locked

    Wrong use of this instead of it is (as a translation of

    cest) at the beginning of sentences:

    It is here that the story really begins

    Wrong use of according to me instead of in my opinion

    (in my view, as I see it, etc.):

    In my opinion, the title of the story reflects Mrs Carnavons

    state of mind

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    Wrong use of tell instead of speak:

    In this story Kate Chopin speaks about social class

    Wrong use of make instead of do:

    But we dont know what her husband does to her

    Wrong use ofdevelop instead of analyse:

    I will now analyse the symbolism of the house

    Wrong use of remark instead of notice:

    He wants to talk to her but then notices that

    Wrong use of find again instead of rediscover:

    She want to rediscover the traces of his existence

    Wrong use of project instead of plan:

    She has to do what she planned

    Wrong use of decease instead of die:

    Time stopped when Harry died

    Wrong use of get in instead of enter:

    As soon as she enters the house

    Wrong use of critic instead of review

    I have read a very good review of that book

    Miscellaneous:

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    Always use full forms in formal essays:

    cannot, will not, who would, we are, etc.

    Confusion of noun with adjectival form, e.g. ironic instead

    of irony:

    The last sentence of the story is ironic

    Confusion of the noun form with the infinitive, e.g.

    apologies with apologize:

    I must apologize for being late

    Wrong use of News with are instead of is:

    What is the latest news?

    Failure to capitalise days of the week and adjectives of

    nationality:

    See you on Wednesday

    His behaviour is classically British

    Interesting links:

    [Common errors compiled by the Virtual Language Centre]

    [Common errors in English]

    Incorrect usage is highlighted in red

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    [Misuse of the definite article][Prepositions][Pronouns][Negation][Verbforms][Possessive forms][Countable and uncountable nouns][Vocabulary]

    [Miscellaneous errors][Interesting links]

    The following sentences are the WRONG ones

    Misuse of the definite article:

    Abstract nouns do not normally take the definite articlewhen used in generalisations:

    Wrong

    The gang cannot distinguishtheGood from theEvil

    She is afraid to enter the house, to facethe reality

    He prefers to live close tothenature because he is afraid ofthedeath

    Prepositions:

    at after come:

    They comeathome

    We can follow the evolution of her state of mind by the description ofthe house

    with instead of to:

    Daisy is marriedwithTom

    to instead of with

    The problem I am confronted to

    during instead of for:

    She has not seen her sonduringeight years

    since instead of for:

    They have known each othersinceeight years

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    in the whole of instead of throughout:

    In the wholestory

    in instead of inside :

    She is unaware of the conflict happeninginher

    in instead of into:

    She only wants to getin her sons room

    as instead of like:

    She feltasa stranger

    of instead of with:

    They cause Mrs Carnavon to be disgusted ofherself

    of instead of by:

    In this storyofDoris Lessing

    of instead of for:

    I think there are two reasonsofthe fact that she decides to clear the

    room

    She feels confused, and the reasonofthis is to be found in

    that instead of as:

    The second waiter feels the samethat the old man

    to instead of with after confront:

    They are confrontedto an inextricable situation

    to instead of at after arrive:

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    She must arrive to a decision

    explain without to:

    This story explains us how we must look beyond the appearance of

    things

    say without to:

    Hesaid himthat he liked the house

    present without with:

    John OHarapresents usthe evolution of a mothers state of mind

    Pronouns:

    him/her instead of himself/herself(when the object andthe subject are the same person):

    She seesher from a certain distance

    who (personal pronoun) instead of which (impersonalpronoun):

    The wolf,who is a wild animal

    the one of instead of that of:

    Mrs Carnavons behaviour isthe one of a depressed person

    The third image isthe one ofthe magazine

    Negation:

    also not instead of nor:

    He felt no qualm of conscience, andalso not any regret

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    not anymore instead of no longer:

    She must go back home because it is notpossibleanymore to stay in

    France

    Verb forms

    Inconsistent tenses:

    Her stepfather often comes to see her. One day heasked her

    Use of the present continuous instead of the present

    simple:

    The atmosphere is tense and the author is still intensifying it with words

    like

    Use of the infinitive instead of the present participle:

    This is a way to protectherself and to avoidto showwhat she really

    feels

    This shows that she is not used to go into her sons room

    Use of the present participle instead of the infinitive:

    This scene explains her decisionof getting rid of Harrys belongings

    Use of a that subclause instead of the infinitive:

    He would likethatthe old manleaves

    She wantsthat theyknow

    can instead of may:

    When we watch movies wecan orcannotidentify with the characters

    Use of the present tense instead of the present perfect:

    Jim and Crystal Styanlivein a log cabin by a river for five years

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    Possessive forms

    whos instead of whose:

    The story is about a womanwhos son has died

    its instead of its:

    This is an intriguing story,its setting is significant

    use of the definite article in possessive forms:

    TheSpielbergs film

    Countable and uncountable nouns

    informations instead of information:

    We are givenmany informations about the characters thoughts

    evidences instead of evidence:

    We havefew evidences that the author is being ironic

    Vocabulary

    admit instead of accept:

    Her son is dead and she cantadmit

    it

    accept instead of agree:

    Heaccepted to come to the cinema

    actual instead of current:

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    The article is in theactualedition ofLe Monde Diplomatique

    current instead of common:

    The story offers a metaphor for a currentmisunderstanding between

    generations

    good instead of right/correct:

    Mrs Carnavon tries to take thegood decision

    good instead of well:

    They knew each other reallygood

    good instead of effective:

    The description of the place is mostgood

    loose instead of lose:

    She does not want toloose her memories of him

    remember instead of remind:

    She decides to remove all the things which couldremember her of her

    son

    support instead of bear or stand:

    She does this because she cantsupport seeing the door locked

    this instead of it is (as a translation of cest) at thebeginning of sentences:

    This is here that the story really begins

    according to me instead of in my opinion (in my view,

    as I see it, etc.):

    According to me, the title of the story reflects Mrs Carnavons state of

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    mind

    tell instead of speak:

    In this story Kate Chopintells about social class

    make instead of do:

    But we dont know what her husband makes her

    develop instead of analyse:

    I will nowdevelop the houses symbolism

    remark instead of notice:

    He wants to talk to her but then remarks that

    find again instead of rediscover:

    She wants tofind again the traces of his existence

    project instead of plan:

    She has to do what sheprojected

    decease instead of die:

    Time stopped when Harrydeceased

    get in instead of enter:

    As soon as shegets in the house

    critic instead of review

    I have read a very goodcritic of that book

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    Always use full forms in formal essays; never use thefollowing:

    cant, wont, whod, were, etc.

    Confusion of noun with adjectival form, e.g. irony insteadof ironic:

    The last sentence of the story isirony

    Confusion of the noun form with the infinitive, e.g.apologies with apologize:

    I must apologies for being late

    News with are instead of is:

    Whatare the latest news?

    Failure to capitalise days of the week and adjectives of

    nationality:

    See you onwednesday

    His behaviour is classicallybritish

    Interesting links:

    [Common errors compiled by the Virtual Language Centre]

    [Common errors in English]

    Correct usage is highlighted ingreen on the left

    Incorrect usage is highlighted in

    red on the right

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    [Misuse of the definite article][Prepositions][Pronouns][Negation][Verbforms][Possessive forms][Countable and uncountable nouns][Vocabulary]

    [Miscellaneous errors][Interesting links]

    Misuse of the definite article:

    Abstract nouns do not normally take the definite article

    when used in generalisations:

    Right Wrong

    The gang cannot distinguish

    Good from EvilThe gang cannot distinguishthe

    Good from theEvil

    She is afraid to enter/of

    entering the house to face

    reality

    She is afraid to enter the house, to

    facethe reality

    He prefers to live close to

    nature because he is afraid of

    death

    He prefers to live close tothenature because he is afraid ofthedeath

    Prepositions:

    at after come:

    They come home They comeathome

    We can follow the evolution of

    her state of mind through the

    description of the house

    We can follow the evolution of

    her state of mind by the description

    of the house

    with instead of to:

    Daisy is married to Tom Daisy is marriedwithTom

    to instead of with

    The problem I am confronted

    withThe problem I am confronted to

    during instead of for:

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    She has not seen her son for

    eight yearsShe has not seen her sonduring

    eight years

    since instead of for:

    They have known each other

    for eight yearsThey have known each othersinceeight years

    in the whole of instead of throughout:

    throughout the story In the wholestory

    in instead of inside :

    She is unaware of the conflicthappening inside her

    She is unaware of the conflict

    happeninginher

    in instead of into:

    She only wants to get into her

    sons roomShe only wants to getin her sonsroom

    as instead of like:

    She felt like a stranger She feltasa stranger

    of instead of with:

    They cause Mrs Carnavon to be

    disgusted with herselfThey cause Mrs Carnavon to bedisgusted ofherself

    of instead of by:

    In this story by DorisLessing

    In this storyofDoris Lessing

    of instead of for:

    I think there are two reasons I think there are two reasonsofthefact that she decides to clear the

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    for the fact that she decides to

    clear the roomroom

    She feels confused, and the

    reason for this is to be found

    in

    She feels confused, and the reason

    ofthis is to be found in

    that instead of as:

    The second waiter feels the

    same as the old manThe second waiter feels the same

    that the old man

    to instead of with after confront:

    They are confronted with an

    inextricable situationThey are confrontedto an

    inextricable situation

    to instead of at after arrive:

    She must arrive at a decision She must arrive to a decision

    explain without to:

    This story explains to us how

    we must look beyond theappearance of things

    This story explains us how we

    must look beyond the appearance ofthings

    say without to:

    He saidto him/told him that he

    liked the houseHesaid himthat he liked thehouse

    present without with:

    John OHara presents us with

    the evolution of a mothers state

    of mind

    John OHarapresents usthe

    evolution of a mothers state ofmind

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    Pronouns:

    him/her instead of himself/herself(when the object and

    the subject are the same person):

    She sees herselffrom a certaindistance

    She seesher from a certaindistance

    who (personal pronoun) instead of which (impersonal

    pronoun):

    The wolf, which is a wild

    animalThe wolf,who is a wild animal

    the one of instead of that of:

    Mrs Carnavons behaviour is

    that ofa depressed personMrs Carnavons behaviour isthe

    one of a depressed person

    The third image is that ofthe

    magazineThe third image isthe one ofthe

    magazine

    Negation:

    also not instead of nor:

    He felt no qualm of conscience,

    nor any regretHe felt no qualm of conscience, and

    also not any regret

    not anymore instead of no longer:

    She must go back home

    because it is no longerpossible

    to stay in France

    She must go back home because itis notpossibleanymore to stay in

    France

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    Verb forms

    Inconsistent tenses:

    Her stepfather often comes to

    see her. One day he asks her..Her stepfather often comes to seeher. One day heasked her

    Use of the present continuous instead of the present

    simple:

    The atmosphere is tense and the

    authorintensifies it further with

    words like

    The atmosphere is tense and the

    author is still intensifying it with

    words like

    Use of the infinitive instead of the present participle:

    This is a way to protect herself

    and to avoid showing what she

    really feels

    This is a way to protectherself and

    to avoidto showwhat she reallyfeels

    This shows that she is not used

    to going into her sons roomThis shows that she is not used to

    go into her sons room

    Use of the present participle instead of the infinitive:

    This scene explains her

    decision to get rid of Harrys

    belongings

    This scene explains her decisionof

    getting rid of Harrys belongings

    Use of a that subclause instead of the infinitive:

    He would like the old man to

    leave

    He would likethatthe old man

    leaves

    She wants them to know She wantsthat theyknow

    can instead of may:

    When we watch movies we

    may ormaynot identify with

    When we watch movies wecan or

    cannotidentify with the characters

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    the characters

    Use of the present tense instead of the present perfect:

    Jim and Crystal Styan havelived/have been living in a log

    cabin by a river for five years

    Jim and Crystal Styanlivein a logcabin by a river for five years

    Possessive forms

    whos instead of whose:

    The story is about a woman

    whose son has diedThe story is about a woman

    whos son has died

    its instead of its:

    This is an intriguing story, its

    setting is significant

    This is an intriguing story,its

    setting is significant

    use of the definite article in possessive forms:

    The Spielberg film /

    Spielbergs filmTheSpielbergs film

    Countable and uncountable nouns

    informations instead of information:

    We are given much

    information about the

    characters thoughts

    We are givenmany informationsabout the characters thoughts

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    evidences instead of evidence:

    We have little evidence that

    the author is being ironicWe havefew evidences that theauthor is being ironic

    Vocabulary

    admit instead of accept:

    Her son is dead and she cant

    accept itHer son is dead and she cantadmitit

    accept instead of agree:

    He agreed to come to the

    cinemaHeaccepted to come to the cinema

    actual instead of current:

    'The article is in the current

    edition ofLe Monde

    Diplomatique

    The article is in theactualeditionofLe Monde Diplomatique

    current instead of common:

    The story offers a metaphor for

    a common misunderstanding

    between generations

    The story offers a metaphor for a

    currentmisunderstanding between

    generations

    good instead of right/correct:

    Mrs Carnavon tries to take theright/correct decision Mrs Carnavon tries to take thegood decision

    good instead of well:

    They knew each other really

    wellThey knew each other reallygood

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    good instead of effective:

    The description of the place is

    most effectiveThe description of the place is most

    good

    loose instead of lose:

    She does not want to lose her

    memories of himShe does not want toloose her

    memories of him

    remember instead of remind:

    She decides to remove all the

    things which could remind her

    of her son

    She decides to remove all the

    things which couldremember her

    of her son

    support instead of bear or stand:

    She does this because she cant

    bear/stand seeing the door

    locked

    She does this because she cant

    support seeing the door locked

    this instead of it is (as a translation of cest) at thebeginning of sentences:

    It is here that the story really

    beginsThis is here that the story really

    begins

    according to me instead of in my opinion (in my view,as I see it, etc.):

    In my opinion, the title of the

    story reflects Mrs Carnavons

    state of mind

    According to me, the title of the

    story reflects Mrs Carnavons stateof mind

    tell instead of speak:

    In this story Kate Chopin

    speaks about social classIn this story Kate Chopintells

    about social class

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    make instead of do:

    But we dont know what her

    husband does to herBut we dont know what herhusband makes her

    develop instead of analyse:

    I will now analyse the

    symbolism of the houseI will nowdevelop the houses

    symbolism

    remark instead of notice:

    He wants to talk to her but then

    notices thatHe wants to talk to her but then

    remarks that

    find again instead of rediscover:

    She want to rediscover the

    traces of his existenceShe wants tofind again the traces

    of his existence

    project instead of plan:

    She has to do what she

    plannedShe has to do what sheprojected

    decease instead of die:

    Time stopped when Harry

    died

    Time stopped when Harry

    deceased

    get in instead of enter:

    As soon as she enters the

    houseAs soon as shegets in the house

    critic instead of review

    I have read a very good review

    of that bookI have read a very goodcritic of

    that book

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    Miscellaneous:

    Always use full forms in formal essays:

    cannot, will not, who

    would, we are, etc.cant, wont, whod, were,etc.

    Confusion of noun with adjectival form, e.g. ironic instead

    of irony:

    The last sentence of the story is

    ironicThe last sentence of the story is

    irony

    Confusion of the noun form with the infinitive, e.g.

    apologies with apologize:

    I must apologize for being late I must apologies for being late

    News with are instead of is:

    What is the latest news? Whatare the latest news?

    Failure to capitalise days of the week and adjectives ofnationality:

    See you on Wednesday See you onwednesday

    His behaviour is classically

    BritishHis behaviour is classically

    british

    Interesting links:

    [Common errors compiled by the Virtual Language Centre]

    [Common errors in English]

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