When learning English grammar, mistakes are commonplace. However, this should not be discouraging! In fact, even native speakers make errors in speech. Here are some of the most common mistakes that even native English speakers make from time to time.
– Me vs. I: When referring to yourself in a sentence, it can be challenging to decide which pronoun to use. English grammar dictates that when the reference to yourself is the subject of a sentence, use the word “I” For example, the sentence “Joe and I are going to the movies” is the correct way to reference oneself in the subject. When the reference to yourself is the object of a sentence, use the word “me” For example, “The wave splashed Mary and me” is the correct way to reference oneself as the object of a sentence.
– Gone vs. Went: Knowing which tense of the verb “to go” to use can be confusing. The word “went” is the past tense of “to go” The word “gone” is the past participle of “to go.” Correct usage would be “I went to school today” and “I should have gone to school today.”
– Could Have vs. Could Of: The phrase “could of” is always incorrect. The correct usage would be “I could have helped her more” and not “I could of helped her more.”
– Than vs. Then: “Than” is a word used after a comparative adjective, and “then” is an adverb. Correct usage would be “The man is taller than the woman” and “I will see you then.”
By knowing these common English grammar errors, you can be one step ahead of many native speakers.