COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH
COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH
21. Cover with, not by.
Don’t say: The mountains are covered by snow.
Say: The mountains are covered with snow.
22. Cure of, not from.
Don’t say: The man was cured from his illness.
Say: The man was cured of his illness.
Note : The noun ‘’cure’’ can take ‘’for’’: as in ‘’There is no cure for that disease.
23. Depend on or upon, not from.
Don’t say: It depends from himself.
Say: It depends on[upon] himself].
Note: Also ‘’reply on’’ or ‘’upon’’: as, I cannot reply on [ or upon] him.
24. Deprive of, not from.
Don’t say: He was deprived from his freedom.
Say: He was deprive of his freedom,
25. Die of an illness, not from an illness.
Don’t say: Many people have died from malaria.
Say: Many people have died of malaria.
Note: Men ‘’die of illness,’’ ‘’of hunger’’, of thirst, of or from wounds, from overwork,
by violence, by the sword, by pestilence, in battle, in poverty, for a cause, at the stake, etc.
26. Different from, not than.
Don’t say: My book is different than yours.
Say : My book is different from yours.
27. Disappointed in, not from.
Don’t say: I was disappointed from his work.
Say: I was disappointed in his work.
Note: We are disappointed at a thing when we see that it is not what we expected,
but we are disappointed of a thing when we fail to get it: as in, we were disappointed
28. Divide into parts, not in parts.
Don’t say: I divided the egg in four parts.
Say: I divided the egg into four parts.
Note: A thing may be divided ‘’in half’’ or ‘’in two’’: as in ‘’He divided the apple in half
[or in two].
29. Doubt[n] of or about, not for.
Don’t Say: I have no doubt for his ability.
Say: I have no doubt of his ability.
Note: We can have ‘’doubtful of’’: as, ‘’I am doubtful of his ability.
30. Dressed in, not with.
Don’t say: The woman was dressed with black.
Say: The woman was dressed in black.
Note: ‘’The boy was in black’’, is also correct.
31. Exception to, not of,
Don’t say: This is an exception of the rule,
Say: This is an exception to the rule.
Note: But one can say : with the exception of, as in She liked all her studies with
32. Exchange for, not by.
Don’t say: They exchanged wheat by machinery.
Say: They exchanged wheat for machinery.
Note: Also, ‘’in exchange for’’ as in, ‘’ He gave out his necklace in exchange for a new one.
33. Fail in, not from.
Don’t say: He failed from chemistry last year.
Say: He failed in chemistry last year.
34. Full of, not with or from.
Don’t say: The bottle was full with [or from] oil.
Say: The bottle was full of oil.
Note: But ‘’fill’’ takes ‘’with’’: as , “He filled the glass with water’’.
35. Get rid of, not from.
Don’t say: I shall be glad to get rid from him.
Say: I shall be glad to get rid of him,
36. Glad of or about, not from or with.
Don’t say: I am glad from [or with] the news.
Say: I am glad of [or about] the news.
Note: A person can be ‘’glad at’’ as in ‘’She is glad at having a good mark.
37. Good at, not in.
Don’t say: My son is good in mathematics.
Say: My son is good at mathematics.
Note: bad at , clever at, quick at, slow at, etc but weak in, as in: He is weak in grammar.
‘’He is good in class’’ means that his conduct is good.
38. Guard against, not from.
Don’t say: You must guard from bad habits.
Say: You must guard against bad habits.
39. Guilty of, not for.
Don’t say: They were found guilty for murder.
Say: They were found guilty of murder.
40. Independence of, not from.
Don’t say: He is independence from his parents.
Say: He is independence of his parents.
But we say ‘’dependent on’’ as, ‘’ A child is dependent on its parents’’. In