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Common mistakes that students make when using English.

Strangers vs Foreigners

Strangers or Foreigners Common mistake “There were many strangers at the hostel. It was great to meet so many new people.” Strangers = people you have never met, seen or talked to. To call someone a stranger is not particularly friendly. e.g. “Call the police! There’s a stranger walking around in our garden!” Foreigners = […]

The difference between House and Home in English

House vs Home difference

The difference between HOUSE and HOME Something that confuses people learning English is the difference between HOUSE and HOME A HOUSE is the BUILDING where the majority of people live. It normally has bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom and a dining room. A HOME is a PLACE where someone lives. Normally it […]

Common Mistakes in English

Landscape vs Scenery difference

Landscape vs Scenery difference When people describe the outdoors they sometimes use landscape and scenery incorrectly. We use the word landscape to talk about the view or a large expanse of a particular area and how it is arranged or positioned. We can also use the term urban landscape to talk about the same thing […]

Business or Busyness

Business or Busyness

Business OR Busyness A common mistake amongst English students is the spelling of Business. Bussyness, bizness, buziness, bussiness and bussnis are just some of the spellings I’ve seen! To remember, think – business is full of busy-ness (busi-ness)! Busy = have a lot to do, occupied with many things. Of course it’s spelt nothing like […]

Desert the dessert in the desert

Desert the dessert in the desert

Desert the dessert in the desert! Desert can be a verb and a noun though with two completely different meanings. To Desert means to leave without intending to return. It can also mean to abandon. A Desert is a dry place which receives very little rainfall. The verb is pronounced with the stress on ‘sert’- […]

Beautiful Handsome Pretty Ugly

Pretty Beautiful Handsome Ugly

Beautiful Women and Handsome Men Did you know that there are over 170,000 words in the English language and over 25% of them are adjectives? (Adjectives are used for descriptions) A common mistake with adjectives is when describing people. To describe a woman we could call her beautiful or pretty but we don’t call a […]