Mistakes with “get” and “become”, or : “I want to become a sausage.”

There is a legend in English teaching circles of a young man from Germany called Hans. Hans was a lively young man and decided one fine day to go for a walk in the forest. The forest was magical, as they often are in such stories, and soon poor Hans got lost and met aContinue reading “Mistakes with “get” and “become”, or : “I want to become a sausage.””

Present continuous mistakes, or: English for Tinder users

There’s no better place to find English bloopers than on Tinder. For some reason many users of this app decide to introduce themselves to potential lovers using a language which they, at best, find it difficult to communicate in. Perhaps the most misleading of these errors is the misuse of the present continuous. Let’s cutContinue reading “Present continuous mistakes, or: English for Tinder users”

Mistakes with uncountable nouns

There are some words that I see wrong so often in English texts here in Switzerland that I begin to doubt my sanity. Maybe you can say “informations”, “feedbacks”, “advices” and “accommodations” in English? No way! (A quick look in my grammar Bible brings me back to reality). You just can’t. These words are uncountableContinue reading “Mistakes with uncountable nouns”

Mistakes using “by” and “until”

Hi English enthusiasts! I’ve decided to start a blog correcting errors that I hear from students and other speakers of English as a foreign language day after day here in Switzerland. I hope you will join me on this journey into the foul swamps of split infinitives and false friends. Let’s start with that oldContinue reading “Mistakes using “by” and “until””