9 Common mistakes In English

elder or older
maybe or may be
had better or better
to grow or to grow up
at present or presently



Wrong- I am independent from my parents now.  
Right- I am independent of my parents now.  
Explanation:
We write independent of someone or something (not from).

Wrong- When we breath, our lungs take in oxygen.  
Right- When we breathe, our lungs take in oxygen.  
Explanation:
Breath is the noun, breathe is the verb.

Wrong- May be he was not in the office.  
Right- Maybe he was not in the office.  
Explanation:
Maybe is an adverb that means perhaps. May be is a compound verb.


Wrong- My father is two years elder than my uncle.  
Right- My father is two years older than my uncle.  
Explanation:
Elder acts as an adjective, like my elder brother or a noun, like the elder of the two
Older is the comparative form of old. In comparative sentence, where we use than, use older.

Wrong- He did eleven mistakes in English writing.  
Right- He made eleven mistakes in English writing.  
Explanation:
We write Mistakes are madeMistakes are done is wrong way of writing.

Wrong- You were suppose to arrive here by nine.  
Right- You were supposed to arrive here by nine.  
Explanation:
Be sure to add the "" in the expression supposed to. "Supposed to" means should.

Wrong- I am very popular among my friends.  
Right- I am very popular with my friends.  
Explanation:
Correct way of wording is popular withnot among.

Wrong- You better go home at once.  
Right- You had better go home at once.  
Explanation:
The correct phrase is had better. You had better to means it would be good thing for you to go. 
Only better is informal term.

Wrong- When I grow I will be a doctor.  
Right- When I grow up I will be a doctor.  
Explanation:
To grow means to become biggerto grow up means to become an adult.

Wrong- My father is in India presently.  
Right- My father is in India at present.  
Explanation:
At present means now
presently means soon, for example, My son will come presently(soon, now).

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