A list of frequent common speech mistakes – Business & Social Etiquette

No matter how good your accent or voice, if you make frequent grammatical errors this can be considered a sign of an uneducated person.

I used to make these mistakes myself and decided to improve my grammar. I now often hear people with several degrees, who are obviously educated, frequently making grammatical errors. Even people with amazing voices often make mistakes with their grammar which they are not aware of doing. It’s amazing how often you hear these mistakes, on the radio and television.

Below is a list of common grammatical mistakes which are easily rectified with a bit of effort and concentration. I have not got the space to put in the 100’s of common mistakes, so begin to identify where you can make improvements.

Mispronounced words and common verbal mistakes (Some of the below words are spelt phonetically to illustrate the pronunciation)

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Wrong

athelete
antartic
artic
couch
dessert
dinner (for midday meal)
expresso
excetera
Febuary
converse
fedral
fillum
For all intensive purposes
hi-archy
interpretate
irregardless
jewlery
libary
lounge
masonary
mannaise
nucular
off ten
ordinance
ostensively
parliament
perculate
perogative
pescription
probly,
pronounciation
prostrate
revelant
reoccur
serviette
sick
sherbert
silicone
snuck
tenderhooks
toilet
triathalon
volumptuous

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Correct

athlete
antarctic
arctic
sofa
pudding
lunch
espresso
et cetera
February
talk
federal
film
For all intents and purposes
hierarchy
interpret
regardless
jewellery
library
sitting/drawing room
masonry
mayonnaise
nuclear
often
ordnance
ostensibly
parlament
percolate
prerogative
prescription
probably
pronunciation
prostate
relevant
recur
napkin
ill
sherbet
silicon
sneaked
tenterhooks
loo or lavatory
triathlon
voluptuous

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Wrong

I have wrote a letter

I have saw a cat
I seen a cat

I have did that job
I done that job

He can win Jane

She has went to the shop

This is for you and I
Between you and I

I drunk the juice

I have sang a song

She danced brilliant

There is lots of women here

It was her who

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Correct

I wrote a letter
I have written a letter
I saw a cat
I have seen a cat

I did that job
I have done that job

He can beat Jane

She went to the shop
She has gone to the shop
This is for you and me
Between you and me.

I drank the juice
I have drunk the juice
I sang a song
I have sung a song
She danced brilliantly
She was a brilliant dancer
There are lots of women here

It was she who

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Good Luck
Ellen

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Ellen is our Business & Social Etiquette Blogger. You can reach Ellen on: Etiquette and Manners, Facebook, Linked In

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