8 English Sentences: Find the Mistakes

8 English Sentences: Find the Mistakes

Hi, my name’s Rebecca. For the next few minutes,
let’s pretend you are the English teacher and you’re correcting your student’s homework.
Let’s look at some of these sentences and see if you can find some of the
errors in these English sentences. Okay, the first sentence: “My
mother she works in a bank.” Is that okay? Well, let me tell you right now that actually
none of these sentences are okay; there is a mistake in every sentence. So see
if you can find the mistake. Okay? “My mother she works in a bank.” What’s the mistake?
Okay… Here, “she”, all right? I’m just going to grab a different marker.
So what happened here is we said: “My mother she works in a bank.” So we cannot
repeat the subject. The mistake here is that we had a double subject; the subject was mentioned twice.
In English, you can’t do that. You just mention the subject once. So this sentence,
in order to be correct, would need to be: “My mother works in a bank.” Or: “She works
in a bank.” If you know who “she” is. Right? But you can’t say both.
So no double subjects. Number two: “John is an engineer” What’s wrong with that? Look carefully. Well,
what’s wrong is that it’s missing the punctuation. All right? Part of a correct sentence is correct
punctuation. So here, there was no period at the end of the sentence,
that’s what was wrong. Next sentence: “The
manager of my department” What’s wrong with that? Well, what’s wrong is
that it’s not a sentence because it doesn’t have any verb, there’s no verb there. Okay?
And, of course, you need to continue this sentence, and then eventually you’d need to
have some punctuation as well. But basically, there is no… This is a sentence fragment.
This is called only a part of a sentence. It is not a complete English sentence or a
correct English sentence. There is no verb. Missing verb. Next one: “we enjoy watching old movies.” Okay? Again, look carefully. What’s wrong there?
Well, it has a subject, it has a verb, but this is the problem. The first letter in
the first word of an English sentence has to be capitalized and that’s what was missing here.
You see, we didn’t have that problem before. Okay. Next one: “I like very much Chinese food.” Okay? Maybe that sounds okay to you, but doesn’t
sound okay to me. It’s close, but not quite. What’s wrong? Well, what’s wrong here is this,
the word order. Not only do you need to have certain elements, you need to have the words
in the right order. So in English, the correct order for this sentence would be: “I like
Chinese food very much.” Okay? Not: “very much Chinese food.” “I like
Chinese food very much.” Okay? Next: “Maria need help with her hw.” “Maria need help with her homework.” What’s wrong there?
Okay? So the mistake is here, the mistake is in subject-verb agreement. The
verb has to agree with the subject. Right? And if we say: “Maria”, it’s like: “she”, and
we would have to say: “She needs”. “Maria needs help with her hw.” So the error
here was in subject-verb agreement. Next one: “delivered the package yesterday” Okay? “delivered the package yesterday” What’s wrong here?
Well, it’s similar to this one, except here, we had a sentence fragment and
we had the subject. Here, we have a sentence fragment, and we have a verb, but we don’t
have a subject. We have a missing subject. So this is also a sentence fragment. “Fragment”
means only part. It is not a complete sentence. Next one: “We recieved your letter.” “We recieved your letter.” Sounds fine, but
if you’re an English teacher, you’re going to look really carefully at each of the words.
And what’s wrong is here, the mistake is here. It’s a spelling mistake. Okay? The word “received”
is one of those tricky words with the “e” and the “i”, and the “i” and the “e”
that you have to learn very well. So spelling mistakes will also bring down your marks.
If you’re doing the IELTS, if you’re bring… Doing the TOEFL, any errors of
this kind will bring your marks down. Okay? So even though they seem very basic, I know
from experience that students make all of these mistakes. Be very
careful not to make them. Let’s look at what principles apply to correct
English sentences. Okay? So, an English sentence must express a complete thought and it must
express it with certain elements. Now, just because a sentence must express a complete
thought, it doesn’t have to have a lot of words; it doesn’t have to
be a very long sentence. Let me give you an example of a perfect English
sentence which is not long. And here we are, this is an example: “Babies cry.” Let me explain to you why this is a perfectly
correct English sentence. So, an English sentence has to have a subject. The subject in this
sentence is: “Babies”. An English sentence has to mention the subject once. Here, it’s
only mentioned once. We don’t say: “Babies they cry.” We just say: “Babies cry.” And
a sentence has to have a verb. What’s the verb in this sentence? “Cry”. A sentence has
to have subject-verb agreement. So, in this case, we said: “Babies cry.” It’s correct.
We didn’t say: “Babies cries”, or anything like that. There is subject-verb agreement. A
correct sentence should have a capital letter. Okay? At the start of the sentence. And we do,
so that’s fine. A correct English sentence should have punctuation at the end, which we
have, we have a period. It should be correct word order, which we have. We didn’t say:
“Cry babies”, which means something else. We said: “Babies cry.” That was fine. And spelling.
Okay? The word “babies” is spelled correctly, the word “cry”
is spelled correctly. So these points are all the points that you
need to keep in mind when you’re constructing an English sentence. Make sure you do that
and you don’t lose marks unnecessarily on your exams by making one of these basic errors. All right?
If you’d like to do some more practice on this, please go to our website:
Thanks very much for watching, and good luck with your English.

Comments (100)

  1. We enjoy in watching old movies. Is this right or wrong?

  2. It's wonderful!!!. Thank you very much.

  3. I corrected them all correctly, I have no idea why I'm even here.

  4. I'm somali thank you teacher

  5. Good teaching skills.

  6. I like your lesson teacher. may God bless you.

  7. I’m a native English speaker and I only noticed three of these errors?

  8. How about regarding in subject agreement if in the example is not maria which is she, change to a man name like jack. is it no need to add letter s though? Thank you

  9. Ma'am you are amazing I really like your videos very much ?

  10. My question
    1. Question. Choose the correct option for each sentence. The correct option gives the meaning of the word in the given context.

    1. The kids are going to watch____ TV tonight.
    a. Small clock worn on the wrist
    (answer piz)

  11. Hi Rebecca, I just want to ask something… It goes this… Is it appropriate to put the linking verb "is" at the end of the sentence? I have noticed some people that I had talk with they frequently put "is" at the end of their sentences.

  12. English lessons for the students of primary school, not for me.

  13. Thank you. I got it perfect. ?

  14. In the uk we call a period a full stop coz here a period means one of two things 1. A woman's menstrual cycle 2. A lession in school (I half to go to period one now)

  15. Madam I am very perplexed about this usage "In the long run". Would you please guide me about this?

  16. You are doing a damn good stuff ………thanks it help me a lot to find my mistakes

  17. blunder ka pura english sentece dijiye plz

  18. In a 3 questions punctuation marks

  19. And also 7th question don't have punctuation mark

  20. Sentence spelling mistake……?

  21. English is making me crazy. I learned all the part of speech and and grammar tenses from my teacher, but after that I realized there is a problem. In writing , why all part of speech change, sometime a verb word can be replace as a noun, an adjective word can be replace as a verb, a noun word can be replace as a pronoun???? it's very confuse, because i try very hard to memorized all the part of speech and I studied it very hard. Finally realized that all part of speech words can take each other place in a sentence, I really don't understand. Please give me some advice………..Thank You……………is there a name for this type of grammar problem that I just mention???? Because, I want to know it so that I can study it………………

  22. These are really superb classes

  23. Today you did not mention the few mistakes, so. I dislike your topic today,

  24. Your teaching method your pronunciation is easy to understand.simply you are the best teacher.

  25. Also, most people misuse the "if" in the English language. Kindly address this error.

  26. I only like ur English language I wish u be my mum on one will play with me at school

  27. Why the English speaking people still need to study english language,they dont know their own language?

  28. How about "We received letter" it seems its not complete . is it ok to say " We received your letter yesterday" or " We have received your letter" ?

  29. Me love you long time ????????

  30. what a great lesson. thank you so much. i thought that there was no error in paragraph.

  31. very clear explanation and

  32. Don’t you have mobile app for ingvid

  33. I need learn more about world order

  34. Thanks Rebecca Ma'am.

  35. I am not understanding French.
    Pls correct the sentence. Tell me the right tense and it's use.
    Pls mam help me about correction.

  36. love from India my dear mam. next day is my exam.

  37. need to be mote fluently in english

  38. Why All english teachers looks seriously..?

  39. Knowledge at maintaining homes, toilets, draperies and fridge

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  41. It is very easy mam.This types of questions never come in exams???

  42. No,mam! We can use more than two subjects but they should add with conjunction.

  43. I got 10 correct out of 10 . That's good for me. Thank you teacher.❤
    From : Thai Student.

  44. thxs that was really helpful to me it will help me for my exam alot.

  45. English teacher on the line amarican english amarinn Iam young .

  46. How about,"The package was delivered yesterday." ?????????

  47. this video is way better than schooling.

  48. it really helped me, thanks maam

  49. talk with him/talk to him…which one is correct?

  50. Great! The web good too.. i get 70 for the exam of this lesson

  51. pls subscribe me vice versa..thank you i learned it

  52. Thanks Rebecca 🙂

  53. Am from India…

  54. Aunty Recca I'm in Namibia and here grammar is a great disaster so please give me advice for grammar not to be a disaster to me. ..

  55. Thank you madam .

  56. We have received your letter.

  57. What's the difference between "Maria needs help with her homework" and "Maria needs to help with her homework" ?

  58. I like very much chinese food. Is the exact sentence chinese say

  59. Which is correct "both of you or both of yours"?

  60. Your 7th sentence is wrong

  61. I am from india I like the way of your teaching method ma'm

  62. Thanks ma'am it helps me a lot

  63. Thank you Rebecca

  64. Perfect, thank you so much

  65. Thanku mam for this lesson I do understand did that's

  66. Easily understand

  67. What happened to 3 and 7?

  68. d has to be capital

  69. There must reflexive pronoun "ourselves" in the 4th sentence

  70. Mind blowing ?????

  71. Thank you Rebecca!

  72. Correct? Waiting for 2020 to see you

  73. Double verb is coming

  74. I really understand you

  75. Whats tha difference between said and told

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