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Most Common Mistakes in English in India

There is one language that binds the entire world with one string and that is English. Though United Nations has 6 official languages English is one that is more accepted widely over the world than any other language.

Common mistakes are those actions that are repeated by the people of a particular region, class, or group in the same fashion. And the beauty of this kind of mistake is that people don't know that they do it repeatedly. From time to time, these practices become mature to the point where they are misunderstood in their beliefs that they are right.

Asking about the most common English mistakes people make here in India can lead to a long list that can ruin the impression of the language presented. "Hare (Rabbit) and hair (a thin threadlike part of the body)" are homonyms and have different meanings, which can be confusing while writing if not confirmed. This can happen to anyone while writing or typing. In English, the word ‘not’ is rarely found alone except in special cases. Most often it follows an auxiliary verb. That is, "do not", "does not", “has not", “have not", "did not", “is not", and so on. 

Here are some examples of The Most Common Mistakes in English in India.


1. Use of 'have' with all plural and singular subjects. 'Has' should be used with IIIrd person singular subjects and have with all rest of subjects. The use of has/have in negative sentences also troubles learners. 

Incorrect: My friend have a car.

Correct: My friend has a car.

Incorrect: Neeta have not two brothers. She has only one.

Correct: Neeta does not have two brothers. She has only one.

Incorrect: They have not three rooms in the house. They have five.

Correct: They do not have three rooms in the house. They have five.


2. The spelling of 'tomorrow' is commonly written as;

Incorrect: Tomarrow, tommorrow, tommorow, etc.

Correct: Tomorrow.


3. The biggest challenge is to use do/does in negative or interrogative sentences of Simple Present Tense.

Incorrect: Rahul do not care about his work.

Correct: Rahul does not care about his work.

Incorrect: Do she talks on the phone?

Correct: Does she talk on the phone?

Incorrect: What does he has in the bag?

Correct: What does he have in the bag?


4. While making sentences of Simple Present Tense use of V5 =(Verb +s/es) in positive sentences is a strange thing for basic and intermediate level learners, e.g. read/reads, come/comes. They use the wrong one unknowingly.

Incorrect: Deepika act very well in films.

Correct: Deepika acts very well in films.


5. Generally, people use 'return back' in place of 'return' or come back.

Incorrect: I return back home at 4 in the evening.

Correct: I come back home at 4 in the evening.

Incorrect: She has returned back your money last week.

Correct: She has returned your money last week.


6. Excessive use of the 'ing' form of every verb is common here even though it is prohibited by grammar where we know that it is not used with verbs like know, want, feel, like, love, hate, understand, etc.

Incorrect: How are you feeling now?

Correct: How do you feel now?


7. Blunder and mistake, two words basically mean the same never be used in a sentence together as many do. The mistake means a simple error whereas blunder means a big mistake. Sometimes, the blunder is considered a series of mistakes that causes big losses or harm. Use of these two words like ' blunder mistake' is similar to writing 'mistake mistake' not 'big mistake' which is absolutely wrong. 

Incorrect: She made a blunder mistake

Correct: She made a blunder.


8. Use of its and it’s is very confusing for most Indians.

‘Its’ a possessive pronoun, can be used for showing possession, right on anything of ‘it’ or belonging/ quality to ‘It’.

Incorrect: Mr. Xavier knew it’s benefits, so he bought the house at extra cost.

Correct: Mr. Xavier knew its benefits (benefits of it/house), so he bought the house at extra cost.

Incorrect: The Smartphone and it’s applications made life easier.

Correct: The Smartphone and its applications (applications of it/phone) made life easier.


It’s’ as a contraction or short form of ‘It is’ or ‘It has’.  

Incorrect: Do not touch the pack, Its going to explode.   

Correct: Do not touch the pack, It’s (it is) going to explode.

Incorrect: I found in my new bag, its secret pocket inside.   

Correct: I found in my new bag, it’s (it has) secret pocket inside.  

(Note: There is no word like [ Its’ ] so avoid it.)


9. Another common mistake is the usage of words like Everyone/body/thing which all are singular in numbers while many use them mistakenly as plural.

Incorrect: Every one of them go to school.

Correct: Every one of them goes to school.

Incorrect: Everything are fine there.

Correct: Everything is fine there.


10. People around Haryana, U.P, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, and Rajasthan from Hindi backgrounds, generally pronounce Car and Call (/kɑː/) with the same tone, not call as  (/kɔːl/). Similarly, people around Tamilnadu make the same sound for Far and For as (/fɔːr/).


11. People from North-Eastern states have some difficulty pronouncing the sound of the letter 'T'  correctly as used in the word Time because of their tongue practices. 


12. You may ask your friends the full spelling in alphabets of 12th - Twel....... (and check how many say TWELFTH correctly.) 


*This article is based upon the personal experience of the writer which he gained by teaching thousands of students across India.

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