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Learning a new language is never easy. Below you will find ten common mistakes among students of English as a second language. Even if you are a native English speaker I guess you could use a reminder on some of them.
(This is a guest post by Pratiti Diddi. If you want to write for Daily Writing Tips check the guidelines here).


Incorrect: My sister is photographer.
Correct: My sister is a photographer.

Incorrect: It is more cold today.
Correct: It is colder today.

Incorrect: I have told you all what I know.
Correct: I have told you all (that) I know.

Incorrect: Which is the biggest city of the world?
Correct: Which is the biggest city in the world?

Incorrect: I have done a mistake.
Correct: I have made a mistake.

Incorrect: I have been here since three days.
Correct: I have been here for three days.

Incorrect: We waited one and a half hour.
Correct: We waited one and a half hours.

Incorrect: According to me, it’s a bad film.
Correct: In my opinion, it’s a bad film.

Incorrect: It’s getting winter.
Correct: Its getting to winter.

Incorrect: Except Angie, everybody was there.
Correct: Except for Angie, everybody was there.

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Comment by Poornima on December 1, 2009 at 10:20pm
Interesting observation and thought about Spanish! It took a while for me to understand and then got what you meant by once (11). I then clarified it with Nishita too.
Comment by Hilda Herrera on November 30, 2009 at 8:38pm
I like how this illustrates the common mistakes in writing English. Now, imagine what it's like to translate. Translating is converting writing in the English language into a written Foreign Language. Interpreting is converting a spoken Foreign Langage into spoken English and vice versa.

For instance, once (Spanish for eleven) does not mean once in English.
Hilda

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