20 Common English Mistakes That We Make On A Regular Basis

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    Here are some tips for the Grammar Nazi in you.

    1. ‘Discuss about’

    “Discuss about” is wrong because “about” is implicit with the word “discuss”.
    Incorrect – I want to discuss about this with you.
    Correct – I want to discuss this with you.


     

    2. The inappropriate use of the word ‘only’

    “Only” is generally used to emphasize something.
    Incorrect – I told him to do that only.
    Correct – I told him to do that.


     

    3. ‘Blunder mistake’

    “Blunder” and “mistake” mean the same thing.

    Incorrect – I have made a blunder mistake.
    Correct – I have made a mistake.


     

    4. ‘Myself (insert name here)’

    Incorrect – Myself Srishty.
    Correct – My name is Srishty.


     

    5. ‘Good name’

    It, probably, is a translation of the Hindi phrase, “aapka shubh naam?”.

    Incorrect – What is your good name?
    Correct – What is your name?


     

    6. ‘Passing out’

    The real meaning of “pass out” is to lose consciousness. 
    Incorrect – She has recently passed out from that college.
    Correct – She has recently graduated from that college.


     

    7. Their vs. there

    “Their” refers to people whereas “there” is used to refer to places.

    Incorrect – The pen is kept their.
    Correct – The pen is kept there.


     

    8. ‘Kindly revert’

    Revert means “to return to a former state”.

    Incorrect – Kindly revert at the earliest.
    Correct – Please reply as soon as possible.


     

    9. ‘Phone is coming’

    The phone always ‘rings’. “Coming” cannot be used in the context of the telephone.

    Incorrect – Could you hold on, another phone is coming?
    Correct – Could you hold on, I am getting another call?


     

    10. Prepone

    Earlier, this was not a valid word. Prepone has now been added to the dictionary because of its widespread use in India.


     

    11. Usage of ‘Na’ and ‘No’

    ‘Na’ or ‘no’ is sometimes used unnecessarily.

    Incorrect – You have eaten no?
    Correct – Have you eaten?


     

    12. ‘Father promise, Mother promise.’

    Promise means to “assure someone that one will definitely do something”.

    Incorrect – I mother promise you that I will never lie.
    Correct – I promise you that I will never lie.


     

    13. ‘Do one thing’

    This phrase does not make sense.

    Incorrect – Do one thing, bring me a glass of water.
    Correct – Bring me a glass of water.


     

    14. Usage of ‘anything’

    This is used to express disbelief. But, it’s not appropriate.

    Incorrect – You are saying anything.
    Correct – That can’t be true.


     

    15. ‘Real sister or brother’

    In Hindi, we say, “sagi behen” or “saga bhai”. Real sister or brother seems to be
    an offshoot of this.

    Incorrect – He is my real brother.
    Correct – He is my brother.


     

    16. Starting with ‘I’

    Courtesy demands that one refers to oneself at the end.

    Incorrect – I, Sherlock and Watson went to the coffee shop.
    Correct – Sherlock, Watson and I went to the coffee shop.


     

    17. ‘Order for’

    We needn’t add “for” after the word “order”.
    Incorrect – Lets order for a chocolate cake.
    Correct – Lets order a chocolate cake.


     

    18. ‘Repeat again’

    The word repeat itself means doing something again.
    Incorrect – can you repeat your statement again?
    Correct – Can you repeat your statement?


     

    19. Cousin brother/sister

    There is no need to attach “brother” or “sister” after “cousin” because “cousin” is used for both the sexes.
    Incorrect – Joey is my cousin brother.
    Correct – Joey is my cousin.


     

    20. ‘Out of station’

    This is an obsolete phrase.

    Incorrect – He cannot attend the event, because he is out of station.
    Correct – He cannot attend the event, because he is out of town.


    How many of them did you know were wrong?