5 Most Common Grammar Mistakes in English
Here are 5 very common advanced English grammar mistakes. These are mistakes that a lot of students make, even students that are quite fluent in English. We will show you the error and then the correct way to say the sentence. Let’s start.
I suggested him to buy the other one.
A lot of English learners struggle with the verb suggest because suggest is an unusual English verb. It is not used in a sentence the same way that other verbs are. Remember, “suggest” is followed by a that-clause. A clause contains a subject and a verb. A that-clause is a clause that starts with the conjunction “that”.
I suggested he buy the other one.
I suggested that he buy the other one. (the word “that” is optional)
I suggest that you fix the sink soon.
I suggest you to do it.
I suggest you do it.
I suggest that you do it. (the word “that” is optional)
I suggest it to you.
INCORRECT: I suggest you this one.
CORRECT: I suggest this one to you.
I suggest you don’t be late any more.
I suggest you not be late any more.
I suggest not being late any more.
I’m looking for a two bedrooms apartment.
Even though we are talking about 2 bedrooms which is plural, we remove the “s” because apartment is a noun and when you put something directly in front of the noun to describe the noun, you change the describing word to singular.
I have a two bedroom apartment.
My apartment has two bedrooms. (in this case the descriptor does not come immediately before the noun apartment so we keep the “s”)
CORRECT: I have a four door car.
CORRECT: My car has four doors.
CORRECT: It was a 30 minute meeting.
CORRECT: The meeting lasted 30 minutes.
CORRECT: It’s a million dollar house.
CORRECT: The house costs one million dollars.
I have a six years old son.
Even though six is plural (it’s more than one), we remove the “s” because son is a noun and when you put something directly in front of the noun to describe the noun, you change the word (year in this case) to singular.
I have a six year old son.
I have a four year old daughter.
I have an eighty year old grandmother.
I would appreciate getting some advices from you.
The word “advices” doesn’t exist. You never add an “s” to the word advice because it’s a non-countable noun. Make sure that you learn all the non-countable nouns that exist in English like advice, homework, information, slang, vocabulary , etc.
I would appreciate getting some advice from you.
I’m really looking forward to go there.
I’m really looking forward to going there.
I’m looking forward to meeting you.
I’m looking forward to seeing you.
In my country, we are used to eat rice for breakfast.
In my country, we are used to eating rice for breakfast.
I will give it to you when we will see each other.
I will give it to you when we see each other.
When we see each other, I will give it to you.
I will give it to you when I see you.
When I see you, I will give it to you.
When I finish high school I will go to college.
If you’ll go, I’ll go too.
If you go, I’ll go too. (you don’t use “will” twice with “if”)
If you would have tried it, you would have liked it.
If you had tried it, you would have like it. (with “if” you don’t use “would” twice)
If I had studied, I would have passed the test.
I would have passed the test if I had studied.