English is emerging as a Universal language and is widely accepted worldwide. It is the official language of over 53 countries. English is a largely used for international trade, commerce as well as for business. Speaking fluent English can significantly advance your career opportunities. Due to widespread competition in every domain, that is why you should learn English speaking skills and always have a cutting edge over other competitors. In addition, many new Multi-National Companies are coming up which always gives preference to candidates who know how to speak fluent English. Thus, it is a global language and its correct knowledge can be very beneficial. Since we are not innate speakers and therefore we make some common mistakes while speaking English.
Here is a list of common mistakes while speaking English
Usage of the wrong tense
Studies have shown that 73% of the common mistakes while speaking English are tense based. It occurs due to improper knowledge or lack of awareness about the basic principals.
Incorrect: “I didn’t knew about that incidence”
Correct: “I didn’t know about that incidence”
The word “didn’t” cannot be succeeded by a past tense verb.
Wrong use of prepositions
Incorrect: “I will inform to your father”
Correct: “I will inform your father”
We do not use the preposition ‘to’ before your father in the above-mentioned sentence. This is among the common errors in English usage, next time, remember to use it correctly.
Words likely to be confused and misused
People often misuse words which are similar in sound or form but different in meaning.
- Accept – (Approved or assented to) He accepted a gift from us
Except – (exclude) ‘We all failed except him’
- Access – (approach) ‘He had access to the king’
Excess – (more than) ‘The cost was far in excess of the estimate
- Bare – (uncovered) ‘Don’t touch it with bare hands’
Bear – (endure) ‘He could not bear such a heavy loss’
Incorrect usage of the word ‘until’ and ‘as long as’
The words until and as long as are often used interchangeably but both the words have distinctive meaning.
Incorrect – Until you work hard, you will improve
Correct – As long as you work hard, you will improve.
Incorrect – He continued in his idle ways as long as he was seventeen years old.
Correct – He continued in his idle ways until he was seventeen years old.
Improper use of the word ‘since’
The word ‘since’, when used in conjunction it is never preceded and is always followed by simple past tense.
Incorrect – Two years passed since my father has died.
Correct – Two years have passed since my father died.
Incorrect use of “for” and “since”
This is one of the most common mistakes people make while speaking English.
Incorrect – I have been working out since 4 years.
Correct – I have been working out for 4 years.
When we define a period of time, we should use “for”
And, when we define a particular point of time in the past, we use “since”, for example:
I have been working out since 2013.
The above-mentioned are some of the common mistakes while speaking English. Due to changing scenario and fast-growing job opportunities, English is becoming a must-know language. Well, we provide you with home tuition for English, Qriyo’s qualified and evaluated home tutors can teach you fluent English speaking skills. Download our home tuition app or simply visit our home tuition website and book your first class today.