Comedy Of Errors in ENglish
COMEDY OF ERRORS
Redundancy: A needless repetition in language;
It was a blunder mistake
It was a blunder
It was a big mistake
It would have been more better
It would have been betterRedundancy
Please return my book back.
Please return my book
Could you repeat that last line again?
Could you repeat that last line?
I will revert back with an answer
I will revert with an answer
The fish aquarium is very large.
The aquarium is very large.
The dance ballet was lovely.
The ballet was lovely.Don’t or Doesn’t?
Why don't he get married?
Why doesn't he get married?
She do not know the answer.
She does not know the answer
Subject – Verb agreement: The term 'don't' applies
when discussing a plural subject; and ‘doesn’t’ when
the subject is singular.Xerox?
I want two Xeroxes of this card
I want two photocopies of this card
'Xerox' is the name of a company that supplies
Though the word is used as a verb in North
America, and more common in India, it is better to
avoid such usage.One of…
One of my friend lives in Kolkata
One of my friends lives in Kolkata
One of my student wanted a book
One of my students wanted a book
One of the kittens
One of the countries
One of my best pictures
When we use ‘one of’, we refer to one of the many…
so the following word has to be plural.Tense causing tension
I didn't cried when I saw the movie
I didn't cry when I saw the movie
She didn’t felt alright
She didn’t feel alrightPlural Form
I bought new furnitures for the bedroom.
I bought new furniture for the bedroom. (Furniture is plural
as well as singular)
Please bring along the film equipments!
Please bring along the film equipment! (Equipment is plural
as well as singular.)
Display the datas in a graph.
Display the data in a graph. (Datum is singular; data is
Did you see the deers in the forest?
Did you see the deer in the forest? (Deer is singular and
There were many pretty womans at the party!
There were many pretty women at the party! (Woman is
singular; women is plural.)
What were the different criterias for joining?
What were the different criteria for joining? (Criterion is
singular; criteria is plural.)
I'm interested in misunderstood phenomenas.
I'm interested in misunderstood phenomena. (Phenomenon is
singular; phenomena is plural.)
Your hairs are looking silky today
Your hair is looking silky today (The plural of 'hair' is 'hair')Frequently heard
Every Sunday, I take headbath
Every Sunday, I wash my hair
I sended that parcel
I sent the parcel (Sent is the past form of send)
Here is a document with updation
Here is the updated document (updation does not exist)
I will call you today night
I will call you tonightFrequently heard
I could not able to do it, sir.
I could not do it, sir.
I was not able to do it, sir.
He said me to go.
He told me to go.
Please on the fan
Please turn on the fan
Please switch on the fan
He is my cousin brother
He is my cousinFrequently heard
He has eaten a mango yesterday
He ate a mango yesterday
He is loving Sangita
He loves Sangita
I am standing on the bus stop
I am standing at the bus stop
The examinations are preponed
The examinations are advanced
You are a doctor, no?
Aren't you a doctor? OR Are you a doctor?Frequently heard
The concerned person is not there
The person concerned is not there
We discussed about the project
We discussed the project
Anyways, afterwards we went to the party
Anyway, afterwards we went to the party
It is high time I return the book
It is high time I returned the bookCan or May?
Can I have your name?
May I have your name?
Can I go to the toilet?
May I go to the toilet?
Can I hold your hand?
May I hold your hand?
Can means whether or not you are able to do it. May
means whether or not you have permission to do it. ‘I’ first?
I, my sister and Deepa went to the mall
My sister, Deepa and I went to the mallBetween or among?
There was a tough contest among Australia and
There was a tough contest between Australia and South
The prize will be divided between the three groups.
The prize will be divided among the three groupsLose vs loose
I don't want to loose you
I don't want to lose you
'Lose' means to 'suffer a loss or defeat’
My shirt is lose
My shirt is loose
'Loose’ means 'not firm' or 'not fitting.'Quite vs quiet
I am quiet certain that I paid the fee.
I am quite certain that I paid the fee.
Quite means completely, wholly / actually, really, or truly / to a
considerable extent or degree
Quiet means making no noise or soundThere/ they're/ their
Did you go their as well?
Did you go there as well?
I gave you they're contact details in my last e-mail.
I gave you their contact details in my last e-mail.
There going to the office tomorrow.
They're going to the office tomorrow.Break vs brake
There are meetings at 2 pm and at 5
pm, with a brake in between
There are meetings at 2 pm and at 5
pm, with a break in between
Break: to smash, split, or divide into parts violently / a brief rest
Brake: a device for slowing or stopping a vehicleCareer or carrier?
Will changing jobs hurt my carrier?
Will changing jobs hurt my career?
A carrier is someone or something that carries
objects, like a carrier ship.Practice vs practise
I practice cricket every morning.
I practise cricket every morning.
Practise makes perfect.
Practice makes perfect.
In British English: Practice is noun and practise is
I haven't found it nowhere.
I haven't found it anywhere.
He didn't do nothing at office!
He didn't do anything at office.
The second negative in English, unlike most languages, cancels
the effect of the first negative. The result is that the speaker is
saying the exact opposite of what her or she intends!Incorrect framing of questions
How many administrators will be there?
How many would be administrators?
How volunteers publish the content?
How will the volunteers publish the content?
Any re-usable portlet is present?
Is there any reusable portlet?Spelling mistakes
Wrong spelling Correct spelling