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Post by Anita on Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:20 pm

Hi, everyone!

We're going to work on text edition, more exactly, on very common mistakes that take place in both oral and written English. All you've got to do is to correct the sentences given (5 sentences in every post). Many sentences may have more than one alternative to be corrected. study You can check any source which can help you understand the problem of every sentence.

Easy? sunny Do bet on it! What a Face

Let's begin with the first sentences:

  • Can you borrow me some money?
  • She has worked as a teacher in another countries.
  • My cousin feels like to start going to the gym.
  • I have studied English since 7 years ago.
  • I'd like to know where did you buy these beautiful shoes.


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Re: Correct the Sentences!

Post by Misor on Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:13 pm

Okay let's start:

1. Can you lend me some money?
2. She has worked as a teacher in other countries
3. My cousin feels like starting to go to the gym. Not sure about this one
4. I have studied English for 7 years
5. I'd like to know where you bought those beautiful shoes :S

And my sentences to correct:

1. Not is easy
2. Actually, I'm not working
3. When did you called him?
4. Today, I forget my keys at home
5. Tell Goodbye

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Post by Anita on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:54 am

Well done, Jose! Your corrections are well done!

1. Not is easy --> It's not easy.
2. Actually, I'm not working --> Currently I'm not working.
3. When did you called him? --> When did you call him?
4. Today, I forget my keys at home --> Today, I forgot my keys at home.
5. Tell Goodbye --> Say Goodbye.

New sentences:
1. My mum wanted that I helped her fix the PC.
2. At the second floor of my house is my bedroom.
3. Did you take my car key for mistake?
4. Will he succeed in pass the exam?
5. He wanted to know if I went to the disco the night before.

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Re: Correct the Sentences!

Post by CatherineC on Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:37 pm

Hi.

Maybe the 3rd sentence of Anita should go like this (?):

My cousin started/begun to feel like going to the gym

And maybe Jose's sentences should go like this:

1. My mum wanted that I helped her fix the PC/
My mum wanted me to help her fix the PC

2. At the second floor of my house is my bedroom.
My bedroom is in the second floor of my house

3. Did you take my car key for mistake?
Did you take my car keys by mistake?

4. Will he succeed in pass the exam?
Will he succeed in passing the exam?

5. He wanted to know if I went to the disco the night before
He wanted to know if I went to the disco last night.

My sentences...

1. He did shew of with his classmates yesterday.
2. I brougth up my son by myself.
3. I don't want to gave in to my fears.
4. There are times I got so discouraged.

And, the last one
5. I surrender all I keeping from you

God bless...


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Post by Anita on Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:55 pm

Hi! Wink How do you do?

Well, there's one problem in the 'bedroom' sentence (sentence 2). At the second floor of my house is my bedroom. Look at the preposition.

There's one little thing regarding sentence 5, He wanted to know if I went to the disco the night before. Think of reporting tenses. Smile The adverb of time is OK, mainly keeping in mind there's a particular change when reporting.


OK, let's see... geek Oops!
1. He did shew of with his classmates yesterday. (I don't get what this sentence means... Sorry! :clown: )

2. I brougth up my son by myself. --> I brought my son up by myself - on my own (one more possibility) (separable phrasal verb)

3. I don't want to gave in to my fears. --> I don't want to give in to my fears (use of infinitive)

4. There are times I got so discouraged. --> There are times I get so discouraged or There were times I got so discouraged (Coherence in the use of tenses)

5. I surrender all I keeping from you (This sentence is not clear to me. I wonder whether it means 'I return/give back everything I kept from you'... I'm not certain about it)



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Post by MusicElf on Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:14 am

Well, the sentences were not corrected by the OP, so I go with new sentences to correct:

1. The new hospital building isn't as bigger as the previous one, unfortunately.
2. Today, many youhg people like the rock music more than the pop music.
3. My cell phone has ran out of battery so I cannot call my brother.
4. In my town it is a very popular museum of hand crafts.
5. Hardly ever he has visited his wife's hometown.

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Post by Anita on Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:53 pm

MusicElf wrote:1. The new hospital building isn't as big as the previous one, unfortunately.
2. Today, many young people like -- rock music more than -- pop music.
3. My cell phone has run out of battery so I cannot call my brother.
4. In my town there is a very popular museum of hand crafts.
5. Hardly ever has he visited his wife's hometown.

1. While walking through the zoo, he came face to face an ape.

2. He read up the whole letter before putting it away.

3. Let us not dispute about his decision.

4. Leena don't have parents; She was brought by her aunt.

5. Everyone congratulated Mr.X for his success in catching the burglar.

6. When I grow, I want to be a nurse.

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Post by MusicElf on Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:06 am

Anita wrote:1. While walking through the zoo, he came face to face with an ape.

2. He read up the whole letter before putting it away. (there's no such phrasal verb, is there?)

3. Let us not dispute about his decision.

4. Leena doesn't have parents; She was brought by her aunt.

5. Everyone congratulated Mr.X because of his success in catching the burglar. (????!!!!!)

6. When I grow up, I want to be a nurse.

Now the new ones:

1. Would you mind to call me when you arrive?

2. The next Sunday the local football team's going to play a match.

3. We'll celebrate her birthday in December 21st.

4. Many organizations prefer to carry out studies by their own.

5. The mother who her baby broke the shop window had to pay for the incident.

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Post by Anita on Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:10 pm

MusicElf wrote:
Anita wrote:5. Everyone congratulated Mr.X because of his success in catching the burglar. (????!!!!!)
Actually, you congratulate someone on something. Wink


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1. Would you mind to call calling me when you arrive?

2. The next Sunday the local football team's going to play a match.

3. We'll celebrate her birthday in on December 21st.

4. Many organizations prefer to carry out studies by on their own.

5. The mother who her whose baby broke the shop window had to pay for the incident.

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Post by Misor on Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:03 am

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Post by Anita on Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:47 am

Cheesy Sorry! I always always forget!!

1. My brother never has driven a car.
2. My best friends haven't any sibling.
3. If I have money, I would travel these holidays.
4. Had known I these bad news before, I'd have called you immediately.
5. The sculptures have been destroying by natural debilitation.

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Post by T'ani Rein on Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:13 pm

It's interesting reading these, because I've heard native English speakers make some of these mistakes. Likewise, a couple of the sentences given to be corrected appear fine to me lol. And I won't correct sentences because these are for you all to learn. I just wanted to interject Smile.

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Post by Anita on Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:34 pm

Hug Thank you for your comment, T'ani! Yes!
Wink Of course we also learn a lot from you! Would you please let us know which were these sentences that were corrected despite being OK?

By the way... You're right! It's incredible how we make mistakes even in our own language. Ha ha! No! We never stop learning, even though life's long! Clown

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Post by T'ani Rein on Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:00 pm

Many of these sentences would be fine if the punctuation was slightly different, though obviously when speaking you wouldn't notice. I'll start from the top.

I have studied English since 7 years ago.

Technically this isn't a perfect sentence, but this is not something I would find unusual in the right context. Suppose someone asked you, "Since when have you studied English?" In which case this answer would suffice.

I'd like to know where did you buy these beautiful shoes.

The correction given for this sentence was correct, however when playing around with punctuation or pauses in speech, this too would work. For example:

I'd like to know - where did you buy these beautiful shoes?

This would sound perfectly normal.

Actually, I'm not working.

Again, this phrase deals with contextual issues. The correction given is correct, though if one were asked, "Do you work today?" One might respond by saying, "Actually, I'm not working." This response would be considered somewhat informal, but not unusual.

He wanted to know if I went to the disco the night before.

The given correction would suffice, assuming of course that 'the night before' was actually 'last night'. However, if narrative a series of events that took place some time ago, this wording could be used and not sound unusual. For example:

Last month James called me after his party. He wanted to know if I went to the disco the night before.

*Correct grammar dictates 'I went' should be 'I'd gone', but most English speakers will use the given sentence.

I brought up my son all by myself.

This one seems fine to me. Word order could be changed to sound a little better (I brought my son up all by myself.) but most people wouldn't think twice if you said this in conversation.

My brother never has driven a car.

See above. My brother has never driven a car sounds a little better, but either way works.

My best friends haven't any sibling.

I brought this one up because I wasn't sure if it was a typo or not. 'My best friends haven't any siblings.' This would sound fine to me, and is quite formal.

edit: I knew I missed one. Smile

Everyone congratulated Mr.X for his success in catching the burglar.

There is really not much to be said about this one. It looks fine.
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Post by Anita on Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:58 pm

Yes! Thanks for the clarifications! Hug

So, in the case of the last sentence, you can congratulate someone in doing something?

I guess that's one of the things language learners have to struggle with: correctness in grammar versus correctness in everyday use. Razz

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So, there are new sentences or...

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Post by T'ani Rein on Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:18 am

Anita wrote:Yes! Thanks for the clarifications! Hug

So, in the case of the last sentence, you can congratulate someone in doing something?

I guess that's one of the things language learners have to struggle with: correctness in grammar versus correctness in everyday use. Razz

Well, that's half right. You can congradulate someone on their success in something. It all kinda depends on what's going on in a given situation; they usually end up going hand in hand. I suppose that adds to some single sentence confusion-with any single sentence, many inferences can be made depending on the context from which it comes.

Misor wrote:So, there are new sentences or...

These were the last sentences posted.

Anita wrote:Cheesy Sorry! I always always forget!!

1. My brother never has driven a car.
2. My best friends haven't any sibling.
3. If I have money, I would travel these holidays.
4. Had known I these bad news before, I'd have called you immediately.
5. The sculptures have been destroying by natural debilitation.

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Post by Anita on Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:30 pm

I see, the collocation succeed in doing something. Many English learners seem to forget this preposition! Cheesy

OK, let's try some new sentences:


1. Sleep less than 4 hours may affect your memory seriously.
2. If I had a lot of money, I would travel to another countries.
3. In contrast with Russian, English is easier to learn.
4. I read a book which it is about conspiracy theories.
5. You've arrived late once more! That's so typical in you!

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Post by Misor on Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:04 pm

I'm not pretty sure but I will say in the first one it is SLEEPING instead of Sleep

In the second one is OTHER rather than another which is singular

For me the third one is right Pray

In the fourth it is not necessary to use the pronoun IT since 'which' replace it.

And, in the last one, for me it is not necessary the use of present perfect. For me it would be: You arrive late once more! That's so typical in you

So my sentences:

1. If I had had enough money I would study in Andes University

2. A decrease of the number of costumers makes us to reduce the number of employees

3. The doctor suggest me to make more exercise

4. He also advice me to stop eating too many hamburgers

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Post by Anita on Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:28 pm

Happy Face 1. Sleeping less than 4 hours may affect your memory seriously. Very good! We use a gerund in here. Wink

Happy Face 2. If I had a lot of money, I would travel to other countries. Correct! Another is used with singular nouns.

3. In contrast with Russian, English is easier to learn. Check prepositions.

Happy Face 4. I read a book which it is about conspiracy theories. Correct! It's a subject relative clause, so you must omit it.

5. You've arrived late once more! That's so typical in you! Jose, The exclamation doesn't remark a general situation but a recent one, so Present Simple is not the best choice. Here you can use either past simple or present perfect. And the mistake is in the second sentence. Wink




1. If I had had enough money I would study at Andes University
or If I had had enough money I would have studied at Andes University
or If I had had enough money I would have studied at Andes University (mixed conditional).

2. A decrease in the number of costumers makes (made) us to reduce the number of employees

3. The doctor suggest me doing more exercise.

4. He also advice me to stop eating too many hamburgers. Gee! I think this sentence is correct. You're using an infinitive after using the expression advice someone to do, and in this sentence stop is followed by a gerund. scratch

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Post by Misor on Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:07 pm

Okay, so This bring me some questions.

I knew that 'In contrast to' and 'In contrast with' were the same, aren't they?
Is that the mistake in sentence number 3? Because apart from that I couldn't think of another mistake Crying or Very sad

And, finally, in the last one is it 'That's so typical on you!' or 'That's so typical of you!'? Whistle

In the last one I proposed, I thought about the differences between the verb and the noun. Isn't it correct to use 'Advice' as a noun and 'Advise' as a verb? or is it just optional? scratch

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Post by Anita on Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:40 pm

Misor wrote:I thought about the differences between the verb and the noun. Isn't it correct to use 'Advice' as a noun and 'Advise' as a verb? or is it just optional? scratch
It depends on the English version you're using - either American or English.

British English = Practise (v) and Practice (n)
American English = Practice (v) and Practice (n)

Kind of the same happens with Advice.

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Post by Misor on Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:14 am

Very Happy Whistle

And were the corrections right?

So you turn to bring us more sentences I Don\'t Know

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Post by Anita on Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:00 pm

Sir, yes sir...

1. The man was seen to steal the money.
2. The attorney was fired from the company despite of his long time of support to the company.
3. The film is regarded like one of the most touching films ever.
4. Mr Smith had revise his last year accounts by an expert.
5. There was a sudden increase of sales in the end of the period.

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