Friday, 2 May 2014

Common Mistakes in English

1.      Absorbed (*) in, not at.
: The man was absorbed at his work.
: The man was absorbed in his work.

2.   Accuse of, not for.
      : He accused the man for stealing.
      : He accused the man of stealing.

3.   Accustomed to, not with.
      : I am accustomed with hot weather.
      : I am accustomed to hot weather.

4.   Afraid of, not from
      : The girl is afraid from the dog.
      : The girl is afraid of the dog.

5.   Aim at, not on or against.
      : He aimed on (*) the bird.
      : He aimed at the bird.

6.   Angry with, not against.
      : The teacher was angry against him.
      : The teacher was angry with him.

7.   Anxious (*) about, not for.
      : They are anxious for his health.
      : They are anxious about his health.

8.   Arrive at, not to.
      : We arrived to the village at night.
      : We arrived at the village at night.

9.   Ashamed of, not from.
      : He is now ashamed from his conduct.
      : He is now ashamed of his conduct.

10. Believe in, not to.
      : Christians believe to Jesus Christ.
      : Christians believe in Jesus Christ.
11. Benefit by, not from.
      : She has benefited from the change.
      : She has benefited by the change.

12. Boast of or about, not for.
      : He boasted for his riches.
      : He boasted of (or about) his riches.

13. Careful of, not for.
      : He is very careful for his health.
      : He is very careful of his health.

14. Come or go by train, etc., not with the train, etc.
      : He came with the train yesterday.
      He came by train yesterday.

15. Complain of, not for.
      : Many people complain for the heat.
      : Many people complain of the heat.

16. Composed of, not from.
      : Our class is composed from thirty boys.
      : Our class is composed of thirty boys.

17. Confidence in, not to.
      : I have great confidence to him.
      : I have great confidence in him.

18. Conform to, not with.
      : We must conform with the rules.
      We must conform to the rules.

19. Congratulate on, not for.
      : I congratulate you for your success.
      : I congratulate you on your success.

20. Consist of, not from.
      : A year consists from twelve months.
      : A year consists of twelve months.

21. Covered with, not by.
      : The mountains are covered by snow.
      : The mountains are covered with snow

22. Cure of, not from.
      : The man was cured from his illness.
      : The man was cured of his illness.

23. Depend on or upon, not from.
      : It depends from himself.
      : It depends on (or upon) himself.

24. Deprive of, not from.
      : He was deprived from his freedom.
      : He was deprived of his freedom.

25. Die of an illness, not from an illness.
      : Many people have died from malaria.
      : Many people have died of malaria.

26. Different from, not than.
      : My book is different than yours.
      : My book is different from yours.

27. Disappointed in, not from.
      : I was disappointed from his work.
      : I was disappointed in his work.

28. Divide into parts, not in parts.
      : I divided the cake in four parts.
      : I divided the cake into four parts.

29. Doubt (n.) of or about, not for.
      : I have no doubt for his ability.
      : I have no doubt of (or about) his ability.

30. Dressed in, not with.
      : The woman was dressed with black.
      : The woman was dressed in black.

31. Exception to, not of.
      : This is an exception of the rule.
      : This is an exception to the rule.

32. Exchange for, not by.
      : They exchanged wheat by machinery.
      : They exchanged wheat for machinery.
33. Fail in, not from.
      : He failed from mathematics last year.
      : He failed in mathematics last year.
34. Full of, not with or from.
      : The jar was full with (or from) oil.
      : The jar was full of oil.

35. Get rid of, not from.
      : I shall be glad to get rid from him.
      : I shall be glad to get rid of him.

36. Glad of or about, not from or with.
      : I am glad from (or with) the news.
      : I am glad of (or about) the news.

37. Good at, not in.
      : My brother is good in mathematics.
      : My brother is good at mathematics.

38. Guard against, not from.
      : You must guard from bad habits.
      : You must guard against bad habits.

39. Guilty of, not for.
      : He was found guilty for murder.
      : He was found guilty of murder.

40. Independent of, not from.
      : He is independent from his parents.
      : He is independent of his parents.

41. Indifferent to, not for.
      : They are indifferent for politics.
      : They are indifferent to politics.

42. Insist on, not to.
      : He always insisted to his opinion.
      : He always insisted on his opinion.

43. Interested in, not for.
      : She in not interested for her work.
      : She is not interested in her work.

44. Jealous of, not from.
      : He is very jealous from his brother.
      : He is very jealous of his brother.
45. Leave for a place, not to a place.
      : They are leaving to England soon.
      : They are leaving for England soon.       

46. Live on, not from.
      : He lives from his brother’s money.
      : He lives on his brother’s money.

47. Look at, not to.
      : Look to this beautiful picture.
      : Look at this beautiful picture.

48. Married to, not with.
      : She was married with a rich man.
      : She was married to a rich man.

49. Opposite to, not from.
      : Their house is opposite from ours.
      : Their house is opposite to ours.

50. Pass by a place, not from a place.
      : Will you pass from the post-office?
      : Will you pass by the post-office?


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