Common Mistakes and confusing words in English
How Can We Avoid English Mistakes?
This is the question that most of the English Learners are looking for its answer. Here we have provide you the most common mistakes and confusing words which usually are used instead of each other wrongly by NON-NATIVE English Learners.
Either vs. as well / too
Either is used with a negative verb when you are agreeing with something or someone doesn’t do or like etc.
For example: -B agrees with A in the negative.
A- “I don’t like cheese.”
B- “I don’t like it either.”
A- “I haven’t seen Lord of rings,”
B- “I haven’t seen it either.”
As well as / Too are used with an affirmative verb when you are agreeing with something or someone does or likes etc.
For example: -B agrees with A in the positive
A- “I love ice cream.”
B- “I love it, too” / “I love it as well.”
A- “I’ve seen gladiator.”
B- I’ve seen it, too.” / I’ve seen it as well.”
Every day vs. Everyday
Every day – here every is a determiner and day is a noun.
When you say every day you mean each day without exception.
For example: You have been late for school every day this week.
Everyday is an adjective.
When you say everyday you mean ordinary, unremarkable.
For example: My culture pages offer an insight into the everyday life of Britain.
Excited vs. Exciting
Excited is an adjective that describes when someone feels happy and enthusiastic about something.
For example: She was so excited that she couldn’t sleep.
Exciting is an adjective that means something is making you excited.
For example: The football match was so exciting that she couldn’t wait to tell everyone about it.
Fewer vs. less
Everyone gets this wrong including native speakers. The general rule is to use fewer for things you can count (individually) , and less for things you can only measure.
For example: There were fewer days below freezing last winter. (days can be counted.)
I drink less coffee than she does. (coffee can not be counted individually, it has to be measured.)
“Less” has to do with how much.
“Fewer” has to do with how many.
for vs. since
The preposition for and since are often used with the time expressions.
“For” indicates a period of time.
For example: I’ve been working here for 2 years.
“Since” indicates a point in time.
For example: I’ve been working here since the last year.