Form the habit of proofreading whatever you write. The following is a list of the most frequent errors made by beginners of English writing before their writing habits are formed. Study them carefully and do your best to eliminate them.
In titles you should not capitalize
prepositions, articles, and conjunctions unless they begin the title. All other words are capitalized.
You should not use the verb which
does not agree with the subject in person and number.
3. You should not use "to" after the following verbs: behold, bid, feel, have, hear, help, let, make, observe, perceive, see, watch.
Wrong: I made him to go to a movie with Susan last night.
Right: I made him go to a movie with Susan last night.
Note: You may use “to” after “Help.”
You should not use an infinitive
after a verb which must be followed with a gerund.
5. You should not forget to add "s" to plurals.
Wrong: There are fifty student in my English Writing class.
Right: There are fifty students in my English Writing class.
6. You should not forget to add "s" to the verb following third person, singular number, and present tense.
Wrong: He go to school every day except Sundays.
Right: He goes to
school every day except Sundays.
7. You should not use illogical sequence of tense.
Wrong: He said that he will come to see me yesterday, but he did not show up.
Right: He said that he would come to see me yesterday, but he did not show up.
8. You should not use "but" after "though" or "although."
Wrong: Although I am a teacher, but I cannot answer all your questions.
I am a teacher, I cannot answer all your questions.
9. You should not use "so" after "because."
Wrong: Because he is not interested in English, so his English is very poor.
he is not interested in English, his English is very poor.
10. You should not use illogical or double comparison.
Wrong: His life is like a movie star. (illogical comparison)
Right: His life is like that of
(the life of) a movie star.
(同一類的東西才可以比較。life 與 movie star 非同類。)
Wrong: He is more poorer in English than most of his
Right: He is poorer in
English than most of his classmates.
Practical English Grammar and Rhetoric