Common Mistakes in Using Verbs



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Wrong : She is taking milk every morning.
Right : She takes milk every morning.

The Simple Present should be used for habits.
The Present Continuous should NOT be used for habits.

Wrong : We are waiting for him since four o’clock.
Right: We have been waiting for him since four o’clock.

Wrong : How long are you working here?
Right : How long have you been working here?

The Present Perfect Continuous should be used with time phrases introduced by SINCE and FOR and with HOW LONG.

The Present Continuous should NOT be used with time phrases introduced by SINCE and FOR and with HOW LONG.

Wrong : Let’s wait till he will finish his work.
Right : Let’s wait till he finishes his work.

Wrong : When he will arrive he will tell us about it.
Right : When he arrives he will tell us about it.

Wrong : You will be punished if you will come late.
Right : You will be punished if you come late.

Wrong : You can’t pass the exam unless you will study hard.
Right : You can’t pass the exam unless you study hard.

In clauses of place and of condition (= in clauses beginning with when, till, before, after & if) the simple present tense should be used for a future action. The simple future tense should not be used.

Wrong : I would resign if I am you.
Right : I would resign if I were you.
Right : I would resign if I was you.

The simple past is used in the IF-CLAUSE to refer to an imaginary or unreal situation.

Wrong : I wish I have a car.
Right : I wish I had a car.

The simple past is used after the verb WISH to talk about a situation which is unreal. (The speaker doesn’t have a car.)

Wrong : It is time we leave.
Right : It is time we left.

The past subjunctive is used after IT IS TIME + SUBJECT to imply that it is late.

Wrong : I ran fast and so could catch the bus.
Right : I ran fast and so was able to catch the bus.

COULD only expresses ability to do an act….but not the performance of an act. We should use was / were able to (or managed to) to talk about ability + action in the past.

Wrong : He told to me about his misfortunes.
Right : He told me about his misfortunes.

The correct pattern is TO TELL SOMEBODY….not TO TELL TO SOMEBODY.

Wrong : Abdul told that he had seen you in town.
Right : Abdul said that he had seen you in town.
Right : Abdul told me that he had seen you in town.





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