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Some com­mon mis­takes in English us­age.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - T R.AGE - By NITHYA SIDHHU

Some com­mon mis­takes in English us­age.

AS­TU­DENT called me up re­cently and the first thing she said was, “Teacher, are you con­ve­nient to talk now?” My stu­dent may not re­alise this but what she re­ally ought to have said was: “Teacher, is it con­ve­nient for you to talk now?”

Her mis­take is a very com­mon one. In fact, I hear the wrong us­age of this ex­pres­sion very of­ten, par­tic­u­larly when I get calls from credit card com­pa­nies, banks and call cen­tres. Sales peo­ple, advertisement writ­ers and stu­dents are also prone to mak­ing the same mis­take or sim­i­lar mis­takes.

Here are 15 ex­am­ples of com­monly used sen­tences with mis­takes in English us­age in them. Can you spot what’s wrong with them? An­swers are given at the end of this ar­ti­cle. Clues of the mis­takes are in the words in ital­ics. 1. Can you bor­row me your pen? 2. Any in­con­ve­nient caused is re­gret. 3. We are proud of our staffs. 4. OK, I wait­ing you out­side. 5. See the no­tice on his door? That’s mean the lec­turer is not in. 6. Don’t for­got to sign up soon. 7. Can you tell me why you not like our of­fer?

8. There is no obli­ga­tions on your part to sign up. 9. I am in­ter­ested of this course. 10. Don’t worry, the ses­sion is held not very fre­quence.

11. Please to come again and visit our shop.

12. Book now to avoid dis­ap­point­ments. 13. Sat­is­fac­tion is guar­an­tee. 14. I am con­fi­dence that you will like our prod­ucts.

15. Miss, can I take a few min­utes for this dis­cuss?

Here are the cor­rected sen­tences. Read and learn. 1. Can you lend me your pen? 2. Any in­con­ve­nience caused is re­gret­ted. 3. We are proud of our staff. 4. OK, I will be wait­ing for you out­side.

5. See the no­tice on his door? That means the lec­turer is not in. 6. Don’t for­get to sign up soon. 7. Can you tell me why you do not like our of­fer?

8. There is no obli­ga­tion on your part to sign up. 9. I am in­ter­ested in this course. 10. Don’t worry, the ses­sion is held not very fre­quently.

11. Please come again and visit our shop. (no need to use “to”)

12. Book now to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

An­other area where I no­tice many mis­takes be­ing made is in the writ­ing of busi­ness letters and emails. Here are some com­mon ones.

1. A quick re­ply would be ap­pre­ci­ate.

2. I re­fer to the let­ter you write on the 10th Septem­ber. 3. With re­fer to the let­ter ... 4. In re­spond to your query, ... 5. You will not re­gret to take up this of­fer.

6. We re­gret to in­formed you that your ap­pli­ca­tion was not suc­cess­ful.

7. Your in­ter­view have been post­poned.

8. The close date for you to sub­mit your ap­pli­ca­tion is 15th Au­gust.

9. If you can ar­ranged a meet­ing as soon as pos­si­ble ...

10. We re­gret we can­not took im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

11. Are you in­ter­est in this in­vest­ment?

12. I hope you will took into con­sid­er­a­tion my ap­pli­ca­tion.

13. Please fill in the form and sent it back to us.

14. We will called you up soon to set up a meet­ing.

15. This of­fer only last as long as stock last.

16. The fol­low­ing con­tains sev­eral im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion:

17. Please note the date and make sure to be avail­able in KL on the 5th and 6th Septem­ber.

18. Let we have your ré­sumé. 13. Sat­is­fac­tion is guar­an­teed. 14. I am con­fi­dent that you will like our prod­ucts.

15. Miss, can I take a few min­utes for this dis­cus­sion?

19. Hope this e-mail find you well.

20. Please find be­low the sched­ule for your ref­er­ence and ac­tion. Here are the cor­rected ver­sions: 1. A quick re­ply would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

2. I re­fer to the let­ter you wrote on the 10th of Septem­ber. 3. With ref­er­ence to the let­ter ... 4. In re­sponse to your query, ... 5. You will not re­gret tak­ing up this of­fer.

6. We re­gret to in­form you that your ap­pli­ca­tion was not suc­cess­ful.

7. Your in­ter­view has been post­poned.

8. The clos­ing date for you to sub­mit your ap­pli­ca­tion is 15th Au­gust.

9. If you can ar­range a meet­ing as soon as pos­si­ble ...

10. We re­gret we can­not take im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

11. Are you in­ter­ested in this in­vest­ment?

12. I hope you will take into con­sid­er­a­tion my ap­pli­ca­tion.

13. Please fill in the form and send it back to us.

14. We will call you up soon to set up a meet­ing.

15. This of­fer only lasts as long as stocks last.

16. The fol­low­ing con­tains im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion:

17. Please note the date and make sure you are avail­able in KL on the 5th and 6th Septem­ber. 18. Let us have your ré­sumé. 19. Hope this e-mail finds you well.

20. Given be­low is the sched­ule for your ref­er­ence and ac­tion.

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