India is known for its language diversity and transition from their mother tongue to English makes many versions of English. Here in India, we were not taught it from birth and have learned it later in our lives, that’s the reason it’s even harder for us. Though the mother tongue influence gives the English a new flavour, in professional environments it leaves a “not so polished” impression. Though, people learned and speak English for many years they commit common mistakes while speaking English.
We may dislike this language, we may criticise it but it’s very necessary for us, we just can’t do without it. There are some common mistakes which we do while speaking or writing English. Let’s have a look at those mistakes and how to correct it.
1) Myself: From childhood we might have learned and saying it, “Myself”. While introducing themselves many people say it as “Myself so-and-so”. Instead of this, it should be “My name is so-and-so” or “I am so-and-so”.
2) During interviews, when asked about the place of residence, people use sentence like, “I am from Bangalore only.” This is an error, the word “only” is unnecessary here. Saying, “I am from Bangalore.” is sufficient. Or if you want to emphasize the origin- you could say, “I’m originally from Bangalore.”
3) Many people do mistake with the use of “Since” and “For”.
Example: 1. I have been working in Infosys since last January
2. I have been working in Infosys for 10 months.
In example 1, we are referring to time from a point of time in the past and hence “Since” is used
In example 2, we have used “For” as it’s referred to duration of time.
If somebody saying it as: “I have been waiting here since 10 minutes” than, it’s wrong.
4) People do simple mistake by saying it as “Anyways” instead of “Anyway”. “Anyway” means “Any one way”, so it should not be used as plural.
5) Generally, people get confused between “There”, “Their” and “They’re” and they put it wrong while saying.
“They’re” is a shortened version of “they are”.
Example: They’re not leaving today.
“Their” is used to show possession.
Example: Please guide the guests to their rooms.
“There” usually refers to a place.
Example: There are two oranges.
6) People also get confused between, “Accept”, “Expect” and “Except”. Let’s get it figured out.
“Accept” is “to agree with” or “hold as true”
Example: I accept your opinion.
“Expect” is “likely” or “Regard something as probable”
Example: I am expecting guest at home tomorrow.
“Except” is “not including” or “with the exception of”
Example: There was nothing left except rice.
7) Some people are confused by “you’re” and “your”. If you’re doing so, that’s a grammatical error.
“You’re” is an abbreviated version of “you are”
Example: Please ask Ravi to post the parcel when you’re in India.
Whereas, the word “your” sits before another word (noun/pronoun) to indicate that, it belongs to you.
Example: Your car, your picture
She doesn’t look like your sister.
8) Many people do mistake while using the word “More”. A common mistake is to use “better” with “more”. Either of them can be used as comparative degree but not both together.
9) The words “few” and “little”, when used without “a”, that means “hardly any”.
Example: There is little water in the glass.
I have few things to tell you.
In the above example, if u say it as “a few” or “a little” it makes sense.
10) There is often confusion between the words “its” and “it’s”.
“It’s” is short form of “it is” or “it has”.
Example: It’s been raining since yesterday.
“Its” is like “his” and “her”.
Example: To empty its content, you have to throw it.