As an English teacher I hear a lot of the same mistakes from people of all levels and languages. Here are some of the most common mistakes I have noticed are trouble spots for ESL learners.

 

Incorrect Correct
Do you know New York?

 

 

 

Have you been to New York?

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Know can only be used for people and information, never places

My childrens are three and five years old My children are three and five years old

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Child is singular and children is plural, do not add an ‘s’ to make the word plural

I have studied the English for six months I have studied English for six months

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The indicates a specific noun such as, the chair, English is one proper noun that doesn’t need specifying

Remember me to call my mother tonight Remind me to call my mother tonight

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Reminding indicates being told information, to remember is to have a memory of something

I bought the new computer last week I bought a new computer last week

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Using the correct article is important (a, an, the) the is for specific nouns, a singular and general

I have been to Egypt two years ago I went to Egypt two years ago

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Tenses must agree with each other

Try to remember these common mistakes and notice if you find yourself using them in conversation. Can you correct them?