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20 MOST COMMON SYNTAX ERROR IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE

20 Most Common Syntax Error In English Language...

The topic borders on the commonest syntax errors virtually everyone is guilty of while employing the Queen's Language. Without further razzmatazz, they are:

1) Incorrect: We discussed about the programme
Correct: we discussed the programme

2) Incorrect: I repeat again that I won't go there
Correct: I repeat that I won't go there

3) Incorrect: The boys returned back at 6 o'clock
Correct: The boys returned at 6 o'clock

4) Incorrect: Nowadays, I use to wake up early
Correct: Nowadays, I wake up early (N.B "used to" is applied when something was done in the past and has now stopped)

5) Incorrect: We shall travel next tomorrow
Correct: We shall travel the day after tomorrow

6) Incorrect: Could you borrow me your pen, please?
Correct: Could you lend me your pen, please?
(Eschew confusing "borrow" with "lend"

7) Incorrect: John, off the light
Correct: John switch off the light

8) Incorrect: He eats rice everyday
Correct: He eats rice every day (every and day 're separate words)

9) Incorrect: Five plus three is equals to eight
Correct: Five plus three is equal to eight OR Five plus three equals eight

10) Incorrect: My body is scratching me
Correct: My body itches me (so I'm scratching it)

11) Incorrect: I saw Moses last three days
Correct: I saw Moses three days ago

12) Incorrect: My sister has a beauty saloon
Correct: My sister has a beauty salon {saloon (a car) should not be mistaken for salon (a beauty arena)}

13) Incorrect: More grease to your elbow
Correct: More power to your elbow

14) Incorrect: If one goes to Johannesburg, he will see skyscrapers
Correct: If one goes to Johannesburg, one would see skyscrappers

15) Incorrect: I and Cobhams attended the function
Correct: Cobhams and I attended the function

16) Incorrect: We had toast bread for dinner
Correct: We had "toast" for dinner

17) Incorrect: Aliko Dangote is my sole sponsorer
Correct: Aliko Dangote is my sole sponsor

18) Incorrect: You can't eat your cake and have it
Correct: You can't have your cake and eat it (baffles you? Well, we have no choice than to conform to the precedence of the context)

19) Incorrect: He lives in a three bedroom flat
Correct: He lives in a three bedroomed flat

20) Incorrect: What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Correct: What's "sauce" for the goose is "sauce" for the gander.

ADDITIONAL:
Incorrect: The meeting will hold on Monday
Correct: The meeting will be held on Monday OR The meeting will take place.... (It is worthy of note that events don't hold by themselves; people hold events)

Feel free to add yours. We 're all supposed to be open and alive to the cycle of constant learning.

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