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COMMON ERRORS IN WRITING

1. SPELLING MISTAKES ~The polis was seriously injured in the accident. (police) ~The ambulan arrived not long after the call was made. (ambulance) b. Single/Double letters: ~Senior citizens are given free accomodation. (accommodation) ~Sham refered to the reference book given by his teacher. (referred)

a. Due to BM interference:

2. DUE TO REDUNDANT WORDS ~They discussed about the matter. (omit about) ~Please return back my pen. (omit back) ~Please repeat again the answer. (omit again)

3. MISTAKES WITH TENSES a. Mixing of tenses ~He bought a bouquet of flowers and gives it to Sarah. (gave) ~You were never around when I need your help.(needed) b. Using the wrong tense ~ Did he saw you? (see) ~ He has invented the machine when his wife came back from Singapore. (had)

4. ERRORS IN SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT a. Fail to follow the rule: Singular subject takes singular verb ~The girl are crying in the school canteen. (is) b. Fail to follow the rule: Plural subject takes plural verb ~The ladies is planning a surprise party. (are) c. Fail to follow the rule: Uncountable subject takes singular verb ~All the furniture are new ~The money were insufficient to fix the car. (was)

5. MISTAKES WITH THE WORD FORM a. Using s when not needed ~She completed her homeworks before 11.00 pm. (homework) ~The informations is very useful. (information) b. Omitting s when needed ~The new is sad. (news) ~Not many people are good at Matehematic. (Mathematics)

6. MISTAKES WITH ARTICLES

a. Using the wrong articles ~Shamsiah has an European pen-pal. (a) ~This is a orange. (an)
b. Using an article when it is unnecessary ~The young girl has a long, beautiful hair. (omit a)

7. MISTAKES WITH DETERMINERS

~She does not have some money. (any) ~I have any food. (some)

MISTAKES WITH PRONOUNS a. Wrong usage of I and me ~My mother and me were late for the seminar. (I) ~Father bought this game for you and I. (me) b. Not using it for animals ~Poor cat! He is cold and wet. (It) c. Wrong pronouns for male and female ~Jasmine is beautiful. He has many admirers. (She) ~Nobody likes that boy because she is arrogant. (He)

9. MISTAKES WITH PREPOSITIONS


A. Using the wrong preposition In behalf of my friends, I would like to thank the teachers who have taught all of us. (On) Please look at the matter. (into) B. Redundant use of preposition Why do you want to talk to her for? (Omit for) When I reached to her house, she was there. (omit to) Omission of preposition I am looking my brother. (add for) Halim is searching his book. (add for)

10. ERRORS IN THE USE OF COMPARISONS a. Double use of comparative and superlative forms ~Alias is more better than Yunus. (omit more) ~This book is the most thickest. (omit most) b. Wrong use of comparative and superlative forms ~Hussin is the better student in Form Five. (best) ~Mun scored lesser marks than Betty. (less)

11. MISTAKES WITH PARTS OF SPEECH a. Use of noun for a verb ~Please advice him on his behaviour. (advise) b. Use of verb for a noun ~I have to be early for the dance practise. (practice) c. Use of the wrong derivative ~She has to work hardly. (hard) ~This magazine is not information enough. (informative)

12. ERRORS IN THE USE OF INFINITE

~She prevented me from leave. (leaving) ~They are tired to write. (of writing)

13. MISUSE OF CONNECTORS /CONJUNCTIONS

~Limah is beautiful and lazy. (but) ~I read many books thus I enjoy reading. (as/since/ because)

14. ERRORS IN THE USE OF DIRECT QUESTIONS

~Please tell them what is this for. (what this is for) ~I dont know what are you laughing at. (you are laughing at)

15. MISTAKES WITH GERUNDS

~Swim is good for us. (Swimming) ~Where are my dance shoes? (dancing-)

16. ERRORS IN THE USE OF PASSIVE

~It was prove that Ali was wrong. (proven) ~Mak Munah has been tell everyone about her sons success. (telling)

17. MISTAKES PHRASAL VERBS

~The firemen put away the fire in less than 5 minutes. (out)

18. INCORRECT VERB FORM

~I am teach the Form Five students now. (teaching) ~Have you take your bath? (taken)

19. ERRORS IN WORD DIVISION

~The cat jumped on to the table. (onto) ~She will arrive sometime next week. (some time)

20. MISUSE OF IMPERATIVES

~Comes here now! (Come)