This is a quick post written on a Friday afternoon!
I promised I ‘d be with you every step of the way and here I am again, with a new post on common errors I have been hearing these days during tests.
The thing is I am totally sure most of the students I interview, don’t normally have these mistakes and though I am well aware oral exams can be really intimidating for some students the truth is that, unfortunately, there are some mistakes you cannot make when trying to get a degree for a certain level and being nervous is a poor excuse.
Please, make sure, but really sure 🙂 you don’t have these mistakes because they are really important. For example, make sure you know how to pronounce “man” ( I’ve been hearing ” a men” ) or the word “nervous” that you use so often at the beginning of the exam.
Check their pronunciations here
Everybody makes mistakes and it is OK to correct them. So, if you feel you have made a mistake, don’t be afraid to correct it. Native speakers do it all the time.
But please, double check you do not make these mistakes .(grammar input below the image)
1.”People ” is plural and takes a plural verb
2.Here and here (exercise here)
3. After an adjective , you need to use the verb in the infinitive form
It is easier to make mistakes
It is important to learn English
4. ” news” is uncountable , you need the partitive “a piece of” or “some”
Some good news / a piece of good news
5. “hair” is uncountable , therefore you cannot say “a hair” ( unless it is in the soup 🙂
6. Difference between used to and usually here (exercise here)
7. Other/Another . Grammar here, Exercise here
Also, check the difference between fun and funny