The Most Common Mistakes in English

After having written the recent post, English is a Funny Language, I started being extra cautious at the use of each and every word, for I do not want the little ones to pick up the wrong usage, at least from me.

Over the weekend, I was just browsing through some of my older posts, and noticed a common error across many of them.
  • I misspell ‘Lose’ with ‘Loose’.
  • I use ‘Anyways’ a lot, which is not a correct usage.
  • I mess up with ‘where’ and ‘were’.
  • I also think I use excess of commas ‘,’ and exclamation marks ‘!’.
  • Oversight errors like ‘Bought/Brought’, ‘Its/It’s’

At this point, let me tell you that I am a Software Engineer by way of education. And having learnt to write programs and commands in dBase, BASIC, Foxpro, PASCAL, COBOL, C, C++, VB6, Oracle, Java and SQL queries, the little English I knew also had been flushed down the drain. Luckily, I love to read. But with two little kids I hadn’t read much on anything except tips on motherhood and child psychology between 2005 and 2011. So that’s the background.

For 7 years, day and night, I used to write programs and codes like these, owing to the multiple projects we were supposed to make during our studies. No wonder I use punctuation marks as if distributing candies on my birthday. 😀




I do not wish to attribute my mistakes to these programs, for I love them even now. Taking an alternate career decision was my choice and I do not regret it at all. My parents, especially my Mom, does feel I made a mistake. It was a conscious decision. I may have taken up a career path which might not be giving me lucrative perks, but I am completely satisfied for the amount of time I am able to spend with my kids….err, children. Anu chides me saying,

“Kid is the baby of a goat. Human beings have children, Mamma!”

Here are some write-ups, some real good ones on the common mistake we make with English language. It’ll be good to read, though I am sure I still am going to (see I have improved, I did not use ‘gonna‘ like always :-D) make many more mistakes. But then, one of my teachers in school had once told me,

2DHMOSP6R81V2_19A1DUQ_IL_L_LSThis is actually a quote by Marva Collins, but I would love to believe it is of that teacher. For whenever I remember those words, it is the sound of the teacher that echoes within my mind.

Sorry Marva Collins! 🙂

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10 Replies to “The Most Common Mistakes in English”

  1. Wow! This is such a helpful piece of share from your side, Chechi. Btw, I’m currently facing a lil odd while going through the C-programming sessions at college which is a very new subject for me. I was a bio student during my higher secondary level though. If you have a few simple techniques or learning process for studying this ‘logic’ oriented subject, let me know about it. 🙂 We can catch up in messenger for further discussions then! Have a great time there. God bless. Cheers. 🙂 🙂


    1. Thanks Rahul! I used Kanetkar, Balagurusamy n Naughton n Schildt. But the best way is to keep writing codes for various mathematical problems. Practice n practice. I did it last in 2005, so not sure if my logic will be of any help.

  2. right now my common mistakes are really with spellings… sms lingo has spoiled it so much that I am using spell check regularly now-a-days O_O

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