You are learning to speak English at Oxford English Academy and you have picked up some tips and tricks to sound more fluent. But what about mistakes, no one wants to be wrong. What if I told you mistakes are good? That we can actually learn from our mistakes! After all learning must be Funny or is it Fun?
Here is a quick guide – “a cheat sheet” to some common errors made by language learners.
Me, myself and I
With so many ways to refer to oneself, it’s no surprise this can cause quiet a lot of confusion.
I is a subject pronoun
Me is the object pronoun.
– I enjoy studying English grammar
– The teacher explained the rules to me.
– only use it when you have also used I
– I wrote it down for myself to remember.
IN – in the school (in a closed space) /or/ try to visit Oxford in Summer (period of time)
AT – I study English at Oxford Academy (specific place) /or/ at 12pm (specific time)
ON– on the table (on a surface) /or/ on Saturday (on a day)
The, a, an,
a and an – both used for singular nouns.
So then what is the difference?
a before a consonant sound e.g. a car.
an before a vowel e.g. an airplane.
Just when you thought you got it, there comes that sneaky exception that gets us all confused again.
An is used before the consonant /h/ if it is an unsound h e.g. an hour
A is used before a vowel when it sounds similar to the consonant /y/
e.g. a University.
there /their /they’re
It goes without saying those nuisance homophones (words that sound the same but have different meaning) get us in a muddle.
Their (possession) ball is over there (place or position)
They’re over there (they + are contracted with an apostrophe)
The same can be said for another pesky homophone;
your and you’re
– Your (possession) ball
– You’re (you + are contraction)
Good or well
Did you do the test good or did you do it well?
This one always gets most of us a little mixed up. A good and easy way to remember is to mix the right ingredients together.
Well is an adverb – I did (verb) well.
Good is an adjective that describes a noun e.g. It was a good test(noun)
So to avoid making too many mistakes remember some of these common errors. Oh, did we ever answer the question whether learning English is funny or fun?
If you still not sure, why don’t you ask one of your teacher’s at Oxford English Academy they will be sure to tell you.