Even though the upper division English class I’m currently taking is boring as hell, yet I’ve learned couple of new stuff when the class started. First, the Prof explained the common mistakes that English speakers (or should I say writers) usually commit, and sentences that are wrong but make you sound smarter when you say them. Although I have to admit that as an international student, I don’t usually make those mistakes, but I admit that I have a weakness in choosing the right words, and a lack of sophisticated vocabulary that most of my “blog friends” possess. I do make grammar mistakes sometimes, but usually, they aren’t that tragic.
Allow me to share with you some of the mistakes that Americans commit in writing papers and stuff.
• Word Identity
o Apart/A part
o “Inspite”/In Spit
• Wrong Sentences That Make Sound Sophisticated
o You and I instead of You and Me
o Disinterested instead of Uninterested
o Stronger than me instead of Stronger than I
o Who do you like instead of Whom do you like?
o We invited Bill, whom likes baseball than us instead of We invited Bill who likes baseball than we do.
• Can you read the following sentences without really thinking but understand what do they really mean?
o The bandage was wound around the wound.
o The farm was used to produce produce.
o The landfill was so full, they had to refuse more refuse.
o Please polish the Polish furniture.
o He could be in the lead if he would get the lead out.
o The soldier chose to desert his dessert in the desert.
o Since there is no time like the present, it is time to present the present.
o A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
o When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
o I did not object to the object.
o The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
o There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
o They were too close to the door to close it.
o The buck does strange antics when does are around.
o A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
o To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
o The wind was too strong for us to wind the sail.
o I shed a tear upon seeing the tear in the painting.
o I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
o I need to intimate this to my most intimate friend?