Learning-Mistakes-to-Avoid-When-Speaking-in-English

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6.Fewer/less:

The rules:

  • “Fewer” refers to items you can count individually.
  • “Less” refers to a commodity, such as sand or water, that you can’t count individually.

How not to do it: Ex:

  •    There are less cakes now.
  •    Ten items or less.

How to do it properly: Ex:

  • There are fewer cakes now.
  • “Number” refers to individual things that can be counted (for example birds).

7.Amount/number:

 The rules:

  • “Amount” refers to a commodity, which can’t be counted (for instance water).
  • “Number” refers to individual things that can be counted (for example birds).

How not to do it: Ex:

  •    A greater amount of people are eating more healthily.

How to do it properly: Ex:

  • A greater number of people are eating more healthily
  • The rain dumped a larger amount of water on the country than is average for the month.

8. To/two/too:

The rules:

  • “To” is used in the infinitive form of a verb – “to talk”.
  • “To” is also used to mean “towards”.

How not to do it:

  • I’m to hot.
  • It’s time two go.

How to do it properly:

  • I’m too hot.
  • It’s time to go.

9. Then/than:

The rules:

  • “Than” is used in comparisons.
  • “Then” is used to indicate something following something else in time, as in step-by-step instructions, or planning a schedule (“we’ll go there then there”).

How not to do it:

  • She was better at it then him.
  • It was more then enough.

How to do it properly:

  • She was better at it than him.
  • It was more than enough.

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Note: This article has been adapted from the following source:

https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/15-common-grammar-gripes-avoid.html

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