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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Common Errors in spoken English Language [inclusive their corrections]
Have you ever felt like you are really always right when you make some sentences in English Language, or you ever felt like “OMG, why did that man said I was wrong, I made a good use of the English Language?. Hmm, but did you know that some sentences you make are actually wrong. Below are examples of common errors in English Language and their following corrections;

Incorrect: My shirt is rough.
Correct: My shirt is rumpled.
“Rough cannot collocate with shirt because no shirt can be smooth in relation to its texture”

Incorrect: The Pop Star, Wheelzcoded is a popular Artist.
Correct: The Pop Star, Wheelzcoded is a popular Artiste.
“An Artist is a person who paints or draws pictures. While an ‘Artiste’ is a professional entertainer e.g. a Singer, Dancer, or an Actor”.

Incorrect: He owns a barbing salon.
Correct:  He owns a barber’s shop.
“The word ‘barbing’ is non-existent in the English Language”.

Incorrect: Kent was given a quit notice by his landlord.
Correct: Kent was given a notice to quit by his landlord.
“’Quit notice’ is non-existent in the English Language. It is ‘notice to quit’ i.e. to stop occupying a property [land, room, shop] rented, or leased”.

Incorrect: Samson, the gateman died yesterday.
Correct:  Samson, the gatekeeper died yesterday.
“‘Gateman’ is non-existent in Standard English. The appropriate expression i.e. the name of a person who is in charge of the opening and closing of a gate is a ‘gatekeeper’”.

Incorrect: I will go to the chemist to buy some drugs later in the evening.
Correct: I will go the pharmacy to buy some drugs later in the evening.
“Chemist is a person who prepares medicines. ‘Pharmacy’ is a shop or part of a shop where medicines are sold. A ‘Pharmacist’ is in charge of the sales”.

Incorrect: Ann’s brother has a K-leg.
Correct: Ann’s brother is knock-kneed.
“We cannot describe the shape of human legs as ‘k’”.

Incorrect: Eve has Apollo.
Correct: Eve is suffering from Conjunctivitis.
“A painful disease of the eyes with symptoms of redness and swollenness is called ‘conjunctivitis’ and not ‘Apollo’”.

Incorrect: We were offered a variety of hot drinks such as whisky and brandy.
Correct: We were offered a variety of hard drinks such as whisky and brandy.
“’Hard drinks’ [not hot drinks] are the strong drinks which constitutes a lot of alcohol such as sprits, beers etc.”

Incorrect: The girl was disvirgined by her previous boyfriend.
Correct: The girl was deflowered by her previous boyfriend.
“The word ‘disvirgined’ does not exist in the English Language.

Incorrect: I was given #10,000 by my mother, but it is a chicken change compared to what I needed.
Correct: I was given #10,000 by my mother, but it is a chickenfeed compared to what I needed.

“’Chickenfeed’ [not chicken change] means a very little amount of money”.

Incorrect: Your daughter, Yvonne has bowleg.
Correct: Your daughter, Yvonne is bow-legged.
“The opposite of knock-kneed is ‘bow-legged’. Being ‘bow-legged’ describes the position of the leg”.

Incorrect: The Chairman and the Chairlady of the event, Mr. Sterling and Mrs. Roy will be at the occasion.
Correct: The Chairman and the Chairperson of the event, Mr. Sterling and Mrs. Roy will be at the occasion.
“’Chairperson’ is used for a woman who is in charge of a meeting or who directs the works of a committee or an organization”.

Incorrect: i like the chain your sister wore today.
Correct: I like the necklace your sister wore today.
“’ A person’ can only be on chain if he/she is a slave or a dog”.

Incorrect: David is lacking behind in Mathematics.
Correct: David is lagging behind in Mathematics.
“’lack’ means ‘not having enough’, while ‘lag’ means ‘not able to meet up to the expected requirements’”.

Incorrect: Andrew dashed me some clothes today.
Correct: Andrew gave me some clothes today.
“’dash’ has several meanings that are not synonymous with ‘to give freely’”.

Incorrect: See your dictionary for the meaning of the words.
Correct: Look up the words in the dictionary for the meaning of the words.
“You may see your dictionary but not look up the words therein for the meanings to words. But you ‘look up’ the words in the dictionary for the meaning to a word. In other words ‘looking up’ means skimming through a book, while ‘seeing’ means scanning.

Incorrect: Those vehicles at the motor park belong to my uncles.
Correct: Those vehicles at the garage belong to my uncles.
“’Motor Park’ does



 not exist in English Language. ‘Garage’ [or bus garage] is a building in which one or more vehicles are parked.

Incorrect: Sam, the fish seller refused sell to the fishes to me.
Correct: Sam, the fishmonger refused to sell the fishes to me.
“’Fishmonger’ [not fish seller] is someone who owns or works in a shop where fishes are sold.

Incorrect: Faith was the best lady at Gracie’s wedding.
Correct: Faith was the bridesmaid at Gracie’s wedding.
“’ an unmarried lady who attends to a bride at a marriage ceremony is called a ‘bridesmaid’ and not ‘best lady’. Although at a marriage ceremony, there is a ‘best man’, but ‘best lady’ is non-existent in the English Language.








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