10 common English Mistakes that you should stop making
English has become one of the most important languages all across the globe. Knowing English now a days give a kick to your career, it is important to learn basics of the language. In order to raise your standards, the ultimate solution is English. English may not be the most spoken language in the world, but we must say it is the official language in a large number of countries. It is estimated that the number of people in the world who use in English to communicate on a regular basis are 2 billion! Can you imagine? Even more and more people are learning it. Here 10 common English Mistakes that you never noticed before.
Apart from this, English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people to speak English if they are to enter a global workforce, research from all over the world shows that cross-border business communication is most often conducted in English. Almost all the world’s top films, books, and music are published and produced in English. Therefore, by learning English you will have access to a great wealth of entertainment and will be able to have a greater cultural understanding. We are not saying that not knowing English is a problem we just want to let you know its importance.
Most of the content produced on the internet (50%) is in English. So knowing English will allow you access to an incredible amount of information which may not be otherwise available! We agree that learning English can be challenging and time-consuming, we can see that it is also very valuable to learn and can create many opportunities! So, it’s better to grab opportunities.
Common English mistakes that we Indians make:
Well, the majority of Indians speak ‘Hinglish’. It has become a trend now but still majority of us make some silly mistakes while speaking English. Here is the list, take a look!
1. Mother Promise
Every other person use this word without even knowing whether the word is legit or not. So, we decided to burst the bubble! Well, the word ‘promise’ features in the Oxford Dictionary, there’s no mention of ‘mother promise’. You know how this word came into use? It is the literal English translation of ‘ma kasam’ or ‘aai shapath’. The next time you want to stand by something you really mean, try using just ‘promise’.
Guys, there is no need to drag your mother into everything!
2. Cousin Sister and cousin Brother
We introduce out cousins like this way only. According to the Oxford Dictionary, a ‘cousin’ is a child of one’s uncle or aunt. And Grammar Nazis would insist that the word ‘cousin’ does not need to be followed with words like ‘sister’ or ‘brother’. For your information, we want to let you know that ’cousin sister or cousin brother’ are words used only in India. The right way is just to say ‘cousin’.
3. Good name
If you find it worth using than you are on wrong track. When Indians meet strangers, why do they ask the question, ‘What’s your GOOD NAME?’ We hope you are not sailing on the same boat. Every parent or grandparent who has named the child, does it with a GOOD intention. So, there is nothing bad about a name. The next time you meet a stranger, you could say ‘What’s your name?’
4. Revert back
This one is little tricky. Because that is what you have been writing in e-mails, haven’t you? Well, according to The Free Dictionary ‘revert’ means ‘to reply to someone’. Why use ‘revert back’ when you can just say ‘revert’? So, from now just use revert.
In India, the ‘eraser’ is also called ‘rubber’! Yes, students called it rubber only. But in the rest of the world, ‘rubber’ is a slang for ‘condom’. Now it makes sense why your relatives and friends in foreign countries complain that people there burst out laughing when they ask for a ‘rubber’ instead of an ‘eraser’. Eraser is actually a piece of soft rubber used to rub out something written. Parents if you are reading this make your child learn eraser instead of rubber.
Which picture you last saw? Ever witness this type of question or When was the last time you mentioned that you were going to ‘watch a ‘picture’?’ Well, nobody really knows when ‘picture’ became synonymous with ‘films’ or ‘movies’ in India .According to the Oxford Dictionary, ‘picture’ means a drawing or painting. Instead of using word picture you could say ‘I am going out to watch a movie or film’.
7. Mention not
We Indians usually use this word mention not. Isn’t it funny that every time someone thanks an Indian, they quickly turn around and say ‘mention not’. We still don’t know when this word came into existence. There are plenty of ways you can accept someone’s thanks. Instead of using this word you can say
“Your welcome. It’s my pleasure. That’s alright. No problem.”
8. Pass out
The wrong word we Indians always use. How is it that every Indian graduating from college is passing out? Pass out is not a correct word to use guys. When you are really drunk and become unconscious, you ‘pass out’. But when you refer to a successful completion of a course or training, you use the word ‘graduate’.
9. Cheater cock
We are sure you have used this word during your childhood. Once, twice, thrice…we have lost count of the number of times we called someone a ‘cheatercock’! According to the Oxford Dictionary, cheater is a person who acts dishonestly in order to gain the advantage.No need to add cock here.
10. Would be
We Indians mostly don’t know the correct usage of would be. So, it’s important to learn it and use it correctly.