Mistakes we make while speaking English
English is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. After
all, you have to keep in mind all the exceptions, rules, irregular tenses
and other oddities.
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Today, we look at contributions from Karan Shah and Shihari BN.
Karan, a 21-year-old English student in New Delhi, says that many people
make mistakes with irregular nouns, especially when changing them
into plural form. He provided the following list:
I bought new furnitures for the bedroom.
Please bring along the film equipments!
Display the datas in a graph.
Did you see the deers in the forest?
There were many pretty womans at the party!
What were the different criterias for joining?
I'm interested in misunderstood phenomenas.
The common problem linking these bloopers is using the incorrect plural form
of the noun. All of them have 's' added on to the end when it is
unnecessary. The correct version would be:
I bought new furniture for the bedroom. (Furniture is plural as well as
Please bring along the film equipment! (Equipment is plural as well as
Display the data in a graph. (Datum is singular; data is plural.)
Did you see the deer in the forest? (Deer is singular and plural.)
There were many pretty women at the party! (Woman is singular; women is
What were the different criteria for joining? (Criterion is singular;
criteria is plural.)
I'm interested in misunderstood phenomena. (Phenomenon is singular;
phenomena is plural.)
Srihari, a 36-year-old from Bangalore working in IT enabled services, sent a
few bloopers he commonly hears in office.
Blooper no 1:
Every Sunday, I take headbath.
The correct version should be:
Every Sunday, I wash my hair.
Blooper no 2:
I sended that parcel.
This is common mistake. English has many irregular verbs in the past tense.
Sent is the past form of send.
I sent that parcel.
Blooper no 3:
I will call you today night.
Just dissecting the word, to-day, shows the origin. It means during the day.
Therefore, you should use to-night.
I will call you tonight
Blooper no 4:
Can I have your name?
Can I go to the toilet?
Can I hold your hand?
This is one of the most common misuses of a word in the English language. Of
course you can have someone's name, just as easily as you can go the
toilet or hold someone's hand. Can means whether or not you are able to do
it. May means whether or not you have permission to do it.
May I have your name?
May I go to the toilet?
May I hold your hand?