Common Grammar Mistakes in English

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Common Grammar Mistakes in English

The Outline of This Lesson on Common Grammar Mistakes

Today morning, I woke up late. This morning, I woke up late. 

“This morning” makes a common in English, while “today morning” is not a at all.


What’s the different?What’s the difference?

We need a noun in this question. You can say:

What’s the different point of view?


I met John two years before.I met John two years ago.

You cannot use “before” at the end of the sentence. Instead, it should be followed by a :

I met John before I arrived home.

You can also say:

I had met John before I arrived home. 

The reason for using in the above sentence is that the act of “meeting John” has happened before another action in the past (arriving home).


This is a six-months course. This is a six-month course.

In the example above, “six-month” is a with numbers for “course”, and in English, you cannot pluralize . The following sentences are some other examples:

This is a 150-page book. 

Each student should give a 10-minute presentation during the semester.


Thank you. I really enjoyed.Thank you. I really enjoyed myself.

“Enjoy” is a and also a . In a reflexive verb, the is the same as the subject. The following sentence is another example:

I cut / burnt / hurt myself in the kitchen.


Did you loose your cellphone?Did you lose your cellphone?

This case is a . Keep in mind that “loose” is an adjective, which is the opposite of “tight”, whereas “lose” is a verb, which is the opposite of “find”. What’s more, the pronunciations of these two words are not exactly the same:

  • loose: /luːs/
  • lose: /luːz/

This is an academic /əˈkædem.ɪk/ course. ➡ This is an academic /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/ course.

This case is a typical as elaborated above.


I have a .I have free time.

“Free time” is an . That is to say, you cannot pluralize or count it. Here is another example:

I felt a jealousy when I saw them together.I felt a when I saw them together.


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