- For Teachers
English is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. After all, you have to keep in mind all the exceptions, rules, irregular tenses and other oddities.
Don't abandon hope if you're having trouble.
Many people make mistakes with irregular nouns, especially when changing them into plural form. He provided the following list:
~ I bought new furnitures for the bedroom.
~ Please bring along the film equipments!
~ Display the datas in a graph.
~ Did you see the deers in the forest?
~ There were many pretty womans at the party!
~ What were the different criterias for joining?
~ I'm interested in misunderstood phenomenas.
The common problem linking these bloopers is using the incorrect plural form of the noun. All of them have 's' added on to the end when it is unnecessary. The correct version would be:
~ I bought new furniture for the bedroom. (Furniture is plural as well as singular.)
~ Please bring along the film equipment! (Equipment is plural as well as singular.)
~ Display the data in a graph. (Datum is singular; data is plural.)
~ Did you see the deer in the forest? (Deer is singular and plural.)
~ There were many pretty women at the party! (Woman is singular; women is plural.)
~ What were the different criteria for joining? (Criterion is singular; criteria is plural.)
~ I'm interested in misunderstood phenomena. (Phenomenon is singular; phenomena is plural.)
~ Every Sunday, I take headbath.
The correct version should be:
~ Every Sunday, I wash my hair.
~ I sended that parcel.
This is common mistake. English has many irregular verbs in the past tense. Sent is the past form of send.
~ I sent that parcel.
~ I will call you today night.
Just dissecting the word, to-day, shows the origin. It means during the day. Therefore, you should use to-night.
~ I will call you tonight
~ Can I have your name?
~ Can I go to the toilet?
~ Can I hold your hand?
This is one of the most common misuses of a word in the English language. Of course you *can* have someone's name, just as easily as you *can* go the toilet or hold someone's hand. Can means whether or not you are able to do it. May means whether or not you have permission to do it.
~ May I have your name?
~ May I go to the toilet?
~ May I hold your hand?