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#EngGame: Spot the mistakes

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

Everyone must know quotes. I often see the quotes with beautiful, moving, or inspiring messages, as well as… typos or grammatical error.

I saved a few which I found randomly and I’d like to ask you to point out the error or mistake in them. Are you ready?

Here’s our first. Can you spot it?

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  1. With – with – with –> with – will – with
  2. Love’s –> loves
  3. Piece –> peace
  4. Your in my grasp –> you’re in my grasp
  5. Then –> than
  6. Arent, your, to –> aren’t, you’re, too
  7. Peoples –> people’s
  8. Man, happen –> men, happens
  9. Its –> it’s
  10. Excepted –> accepted


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 4 January, 2016


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#EngQuiz: Prevalent English Grammar Mistakes

“Mistake is the best teacher.”

Today we have a quiz for you. It’s an easy quiz though. You just need to spot the mistakes in 10 sentences. The number at the end of the sentences indicating the total mistakes in them. See this example:

I am students. (1) <- The number in the bracket shows that there’s one mistake.

Answer: I am a student.

See?? That’s easy. Now’s your turn. Good luck.

  1. The science class yesterday is bored. The teacher do not even discuss about a think for our final observation task. (5)
  2. The principal (kepsek) will be going to announce his long-service leaf tomorrow morning after the recess. (3)
  3. The pant I bought yesterday was more costlier than last year. (4)
  4. He rushed to the hospital after he is found unconsciousness at a museum. (4)
  5. I failed at Science and English last semester. (1)
  6. She is good in Math. (1)
  7. I found that room is empty; She will go by the time you get there. (3)
  8. Did you see my old fascinating metal Chinese black sword? I leave it here yesterday. (5)
  9. She was marry with a chairman company. (3)
  10. I leave at United States. (3)
  11. I will text you when I will arrive. (1)



  1. The science class yesterday was boring. The teacher did not even discuss a thing for our final observation task.
  2. The principal is going to announce his long-service leave tomorrow morning after the recess.
  3. The pants I bought yesterday are costlier than those I bought last year.
  4. He was rushed to the hospital after he was found unconscious at the museum.
  5. I failed in Science and English last semester.
  6. She is good at Math.
  7. I found that the room was empty; She would have gone by the time you got there.
  8. Did you see my fascinating old black Chinese metal sword? I left it here yesterday.
  9. She was married to a company chairman.
  10. I live in the United States.
  11. I will text you when I arrive.


Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, November 19, 2015


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#EngClass: English Common Mistakes (3)

  1. When ‘wait’ is followed by an indirect project, we have to use the preposition ‘for.’ It should be “wait for somethingnot “wait something.”
    • Example:
      • “I waited for the postman but he never came.”
  2. ‘Inform’ must have a direct object. It should be “inform someone about/of something.”
    • Example:
      • “I’m writing to inform you that I’m leaving,” not “I’m writing to inform that I’m leaving.”
  3. ‘Attend’ means to go to an event/place etc and it’s never followed by ‘to.’
    • It should be:
      • attend an event/place,” notattend to an event/place.”
  4. ‘Could’ is followed by an infinitive verb without ‘to.’
    • You should say:
      • could do something,” notcould to do something.”
  5. ‘Discuss’ is never followed by ‘about.’
    • It should be:
      • “We need to discuss our project,” not “We need to discuss about our project.”
  6. When ‘participate’ is followed by a direct object, always use the preposition ‘in.’
    • Example:
      • “Nia participates in a lot of English competitions.”
  7. When ‘provide’ is followed by an indirect object, always use the preposition ‘with.’
    • Example:
      • “Could you provide us with a list of hotels?”
  8. When ‘search’ has an indirect preposition, use the preposition ‘for.’
    • Example:
      • “Henry is still searching for his lost keys.”
  9. ‘Seek’ is not followed by a preposition.
    • Example:
      • “I went to the beach seeking inspiration.”
  10. ‘Succeed’ is usually followed by the preposition “in.
    • Example:
      • “I hope you’ll succeed in your new job.”


Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglisTips4U on Thusrday, November 15, 2012

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#WOTD: Typo

Any of you have ever heard or seen the word ‘typo’ used in a conversation?

When a word is misspelled (by typing mistake), we usually say it’s a ‘typo.’ But if the word is misspelled because the person really doesn’t know the right word, it is called ‘spelling error’, not ‘typo.’ As a conclusion, ‘typo’ is a mistake in spelling, or probably typing the wrong word, because of typing mistake. If the grammar is wrong, it is called ‘grammatical error.’

‘Typo’ can usually be seen when the wrong letter is located near the correct letter in a keyboard. For example, ‘Shw’ instead of ‘She.’ E and W are located next to each other in qwerty keyboards. Or ‘Poeple’ instead of ‘People,’ the O might be typed too fast before the E is typed.

The word ‘typo’ is a short term of ‘Typographical Error.’ Historically, typographical error or typo is referred to mistakes in manual type-setting.

In instant messaging, users often send messages in haste and only afterwards notice the typo. The typo is usually corrected by sending a subsequent message where an asterisk precedes or follows the correct word.

There’s also ‘thumbo,’ a typographical error made during thumb typing, especially on the keypads of cellphones and smartphones. The word ‘thumbo’ is a portmanteau of ‘thumb’ and ‘typo”. It usually happens on cellphone users, because they only type with their thumbs.

That’s all for now, fellas. Hope the article could be useful for you!

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, August 23, 2012

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#EngTrivia: Common mistakes and Confusing words in English (2)

‘Amount’ vs. ‘number’

‘Amount’ digunakan untuk non-countable noun, sedangkan ‘number’ digunakan untuk countable noun.


  • “Sean has a large amount of money.”
  • “Sean has a large number of children.”

‘In’ vs. ‘into’

‘In’ digunakan untuk kata kerja tidak bergerak (non-motion verb), sedangkan ‘into’ digunakan untuk kata kerja bergerak (verb of motion).


  • “We are waiting in the kitchen.”
  • “We ran into the kitchen.”

‘Beside’ vs. ‘besides’

‘Beside’ berarti di sebelah, sedangkan ‘besides’ berarti kecuali; selain.


  • “John is standing beside me.”
  • “Everybody besides John went to the party.”

‘Differ from’ vs. ‘differ with’

Differ from‘ berarti berbeda, sedangkan ‘differ with‘ berarti tidak setuju.


  • “Boys differ physically from girls.”
  • “I differ with you on this issue.”

‘Farther’ vs. ‘further’

‘Farther’ digunakan untuk jarak pada konteks ruang, sedangkan ‘further’ digunakan pada konteks waktu, tingkatan, kuantitas.


  • “We have to drive a few miles farther.”
  • “We should do further research on this matter.”

‘Loose’ vs. ‘lose’

‘Loose’ berarti longgar, sedangkan ‘lose’ berarti kehilangan.


  • “This blouse is too loose, I need a smaller size.”
  • “I often lose my keys.”

‘Quiet’ vs. ‘quite’

‘Quiet’ berarti tenang, sedangkan ‘quite’ berarti sungguh; benar-benar (menunjukkan tingkatan).


  • “We spent a quiet evening at home together.”
  • “They are quite old, but relatively healthy.”

‘So’ vs. ‘so that’

‘So’ digunakan untuk menghubungkan klausa akibat, sedangkan ‘so that‘ digunakan untuk menghubungkan klausa tujuan.


  • “The class was boring, so some students began to fall asleep.”
  • “I bought a car so that I wouldn’t have to walk to work.”

‘Stationary’ vs. ‘stationery’

‘Stationary’ berarti dalam keadaan tetap; seimbang, sedangkan ‘stationery’ berarti peralatan tulis-menulis.


  • “He likes to use stationary bicycle for exercise.”
  • “That stationery store sells fancy paper and envelopes.”

‘Weather’ vs. ‘whether’

‘Weather’ berarti cuaca, sedangkan ‘whether’ merupakan konjungsi yang berarti kalau; apakah.


  • “The weather here is very nice.”
  • “I’m not sure whether he likes me or not.”

Compiled and written by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4U on Thusrday, December 29, 2011

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#EngTrivia: Common mistakes and Confusing words in English

‘Advice’ vs. ‘advise’

‘Advice’ merupakan noun, sementara ‘advise’ adalah verb.


  • “Please give me some advice.”
  • “I advise you to be nice to your teacher.”

‘Fewer’ vs. ‘less’

Kita menggunakan ‘fewer’ jika benda tersebut bisa dihitung, sementara ‘less’ digunakan jika benda tersebut tidak bisa dihitung.


  • “Help me to buy ten apples or fewer.”
  • “You should drink less coffee.”

“How do you do?” vs. “How are you?”

How do you do?” merupakan cara formal bagi British mengucapkan “Hello.” Respon yang benar untuk sapaan ini adalah “Pleased to meet you,” “How do you do,” atau “Hello.”

How do you do?” hanya digunakan ketika kita pertama kali berkenalan dengan seseorang, sedangkan “How are you?” merupakan kalimat untuk menanyakan kabar.

‘Beside’ vs. ‘besides’

‘Beside’ merupakan kata depan menerangkan tempat/posisi, sementara ‘besides’ adalah adverb/preposisi yang berarti “selain.”


  • “Please stand beside me.”
  • Besides apple, I buy some chocolates.”

‘Fiance’ vs. ‘fiancee’

‘Fiance’ sebutan untuk tunangan pria, sementara ‘fiancee’ sebutan untuk tunangan perempuan.

‘Feelings for’ vs. ‘feelings about’

‘Feelings for’ selalu bermakna positif, sementara ‘feelings about’ biasa berarti positif/negatif.


  • “I have feelings for you.” (Aku menyukaimu).
  • “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

‘Long story short’

Dalam Bahasa Indonesia, frasa ini dapat diartikan “singkat cerita“.

‘Phenomena’ vs.

Phenomena merupakan plural noun sedangkan phenomenon adalah singular noun.

Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, December 10, 2011

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#EngTrivia: Common mistakes in English

Berikut merupakan beberapa kesalahan umum penggunaan kata yang sering terjadi ketika menggunakan Bahasa Inggris:

A lot of, ‘lots of,‘ ‘a lot

A lot of dan ‘lots of banyak digunakan dalam Bahasa Inggris informal. Keduanya berarti banyak atau beberapa.

  • Contoh:
    • “I need a lot of water to drink.”
    • “Marisa likes lots of chocolate on her toast.”

A lot yang berarti sangat, digunakan di akhir kalimat.

  • Contoh:
    • “They like dancing a lot.”


‘Enough’ memiliki arti ‘cukup.’ Jika ‘enough’ berfungsi menjelaskan kata sifat (adjective) atau kata keterangan (adverb) maka ‘enough’ diletakkan setelah kata-kata tersebut.

  • Contoh:
    • “Roy is strong enough to lift that weight.”

Jika ‘enough’ berfungsi menerangkan kata benda (noun) maka penggunaannya diletakkan sebelum kata benda tersebut.

  • Contoh:
    • “I don’t have enough money to buy that book.”

‘A little/little’ vs ‘a few/few’

A little’ dan ‘little’ digunakan untuk non-countable noun dan dalam bentuk tunggal.

  • Contoh:
    • “Mom has put a little sugar into my tea.”
    • “There is little milk left in the jug.”

A few’ dan ‘few’ digunakan untuk countable noun dan dalam bentuk jamak.

  • Contoh:
    • “Dennis has few friends in Surabaya.”
    • “There are a few things that you need to understand.”

‘Most,’ ‘the most,‘, ‘mostly’

‘Most’ tanpa ‘the’ digunakan sebagai kata sifat (adjective) yang berarti hampir semua, sebagian besar.

  • Contoh:
    • “Henry ate most of the pizzas from the party yesterday.”

‘Most’ tanpa ‘the’ juga berarti paling jika terletak sebelum kata keterangan (adverb).

  • Contoh:
    • “That company uses computers most effectively.”

The most’ paling umum digunakan untuk menyatakan ‘paling’, biasanya terletak sebelum kata sifat (adjective).

  • Contoh:
    • “He is the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen.”

‘Mostly’, tidak sering digunakan, merupakan kata keterangan (adverb) yang berarti:

  1. biasanya.
    • Contoh:
      • We mostly go to the sport center on Sunday afternoon.
  2. pada umumnya, sebagian besar.
    • Contoh:
      • “My friends in this group are mostly highly motivated people.”


Compiled and written by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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