Common Mistakes in English T. J. Fitikides


This book has been designed to meet the requirements of students whose mother tongue is not English . its main purpose is to help to correct the common mistakes to which foreign learners of English are liable . The method adopted throughout this work is uniform .All the errors dealt with are singled out, for they have to be recognized before they can be corrected , then correct forms are substituted for incorrect ones .Finally , simple explanations are given wherever necessary to justify particular usages . Exercises are set at the end to ensure that the principles may become firmly fixed in the students minds .

It is not claimed that this manual is exhaustive nevertheless , the difficulties tackled are real , and the examples are representative of the mistakes commonly made by foreign students of English , being the result of observations made over a long period of time . Much care has been give to the preparation of the index which it is hoped will make the book a useful work of reference . It is now more than 60 years since this book was first published . it has gone through many revisions , and additions have been made at different times in its history .


It was decided that there were some points of usage which are no longer relevant and so this new edition of this book has been prepared . This content has been completely reviewed in the light of modern English usage , and the typefaces and design updated for clarity.


How this book should be used?. This book can be used in two ways . It may be used as a reference book and as an ordinary text book. AS a reference book , it should be consulted with every composition . The teacher may refer the student to the appropriate section dealing with his mistakes , by a number in the margin of his exercise book , for example , a misuse of a preposition of time ( at, on , in) is indicated by 383 in the margin to enable the student to look up his mistake and correct it . This method has been tested and found more effective than the common practice of writing the correct form for the student.


With regard to its second use , as an actual text book, we strongly recommend that the teacher should start off with the exercises on pages 137 to 181 . These are arranged under the headings of the various parts of speech : nouns , adjectives ,pronouns, etc . However , before an exercise is attempted , the teacher should make certain that the students have comprehended the particular usage involved . An occasional reference to some specific section maybe made , whenever this is deemed necessary, but under no circumstances is it advisable to go through the various sections of the book consecutively, or to commit to memory rules concerning usage . The writer see that the best choice to use this book as a text book and also a reference book at the same time.


This book is divided to five main parts : misused forms , incorrect omissions ,unnecessary words , misplaced words , confused words .Every part is illustrated in details with examples after each part to practice .And we wish the best for all of you.







This book has been designed to meet the requirements of students whose mother tongue is not English . its main purpose is to help to correct the common mistakes to which foreign learners of English are liable . The method adopted throughout this work is uniform .All the errors dealt with are singled out, for they have to be recognized before they can be corrected , then correct forms are substituted for incorrect ones .Finally , simple explanations are given wherever necessary to justify particular usages . Exercises are set at the end to ensure that the principles may become firmly fixed in the students minds .

It is not claimed that this manual is exhaustive nevertheless , the difficulties tackled are real , and the examples are representative of the mistakes commonly made by foreign students of English , being the result of observations made over a long period of time . Much care has been give to the preparation of the index which it is hoped will make the book a useful work of reference . It is now more than 60 years since this book was first published . it has gone through many revisions , and additions have been made at different times in its history .


It was decided that there were some points of usage which are no longer relevant and so this new edition of this book has been prepared . This content has been completely reviewed in the light of modern English usage , and the typefaces and design updated for clarity.


How this book should be used?. This book can be used in two ways . It may be used as a reference book and as an ordinary text book. AS a reference book , it should be consulted with every composition . The teacher may refer the student to the appropriate section dealing with his mistakes , by a number in the margin of his exercise book , for example , a misuse of a preposition of time ( at, on , in) is indicated by 383 in the margin to enable the student to look up his mistake and correct it . This method has been tested and found more effective than the common practice of writing the correct form for the student.


With regard to its second use , as an actual text book, we strongly recommend that the teacher should start off with the exercises on pages 137 to 181 . These are arranged under the headings of the various parts of speech : nouns , adjectives ,pronouns, etc . However , before an exercise is attempted , the teacher should make certain that the students have comprehended the particular usage involved . An occasional reference to some specific section maybe made , whenever this is deemed necessary, but under no circumstances is it advisable to go through the various sections of the book consecutively, or to commit to memory rules concerning usage . The writer see that the best choice to use this book as a text book and also a reference book at the same time.


This book is divided to five main parts : misused forms , incorrect omissions ,unnecessary words , misplaced words , confused words .Every part is illustrated in details with examples after each part to practice .And we wish the best for all of you.


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