Frequently Made Mistakes In English
These are actual mistakes I have seen when looking through some of your websites and profiles ! I realize, for many of you, English is not your native tongue and mistakes can easily be made. HOWEVER, I think it is important that the English be correct and professional if you are presenting yourself to the GLOBAL community.
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Mistake: The informationS I requested from you was incorrect.
Correct: The information I requested from you is incorrect.
Information is ALWAYS singular !
Mistake: Our company’s headquarter is located in Vienna.
Correct: Our company’s headquarterS are located in Vienna.
The word “headquarter” is NOT a word! The word is always “HEADQUARTERS” with a “s” at the end.
Mistake: I made many experiences in other countries.
Correct: I HAD many experiences in other countries.
In English you HAVE an experience NOT make !
Mistake: Our competitors are not so large as our company.
Correct: Our competitors are not AS large AS our company.
Use AS…AS when comparing; NOT so….as
Mistake: We will have the new plant completed until December.
Correct: We will have the new plant completed BY December.
Be careful with by and until. If you are talking about a deadline, i.e you mean “at the latest” then you should use “by”. The word “until” looks forward from the moment of speaking until the actual deadline and describes all the time from the moment in question until that deadline.
Mistake: ROI- Return on Invest
Correct: ROI- Return on Investment
The word is INVESTMENT…not invest.
Mistake: This night we will have our company Christmas party.
Correct: TONIGHT we will have our company Christmas party.
In English we say today, tomorrow, and tonight but we say this morning, this afternoon and this evening. We do NOT say “this night”, “today evening” or today in the afternoon.
Mistake: The Board members were very irritated with the new budget numbers.
Correct: The Board members were very CONFUSED with the new budget figures.
Be careful with the word irritate. If you are irritated you are a little bit angry or annoyed; something has gotten on your nerves. It does not mean you are confused.
Mistake: The founder of the company is born in Prague in 1954.
Correct: The founder of the company WAS born in Prague in 1954.
Always us the past for “born” and not the present.
Mistake: Our company made a good job on the big project in Brussels.
Correct: Our company DID a good job on the big project in Brussels.
You always DO a good job…not make!!
Mistake: Our company participated on a huge trade fair last year.
Correct: Our company participated AT a huge trade fair last year.
Events are always used with “AT”, not on.
Mistake: Our company is almost debt free and we have very few credits from the bank.
Correct: Our company is almost debt free and we have very few loans outstanding now.
In English we don’t use credit in this way, we would use LOAN.
Mistake: Our company president said that, he would think of expanding to Russia
Correct: Our company president said that he would think of expanding to Russia.
In English you should not put a comma before the word that.
Mistake: I have worked by Siemens for 15 years.
Correct: I have worked AT Siemens for 15 years.
Never use the word “by” when talking about the company you work for.
Mistake: Our mother company is located in Paris and we have some daughter companies in the USA.
Correct: Our PARENT company is located in Paris and we have some SUBSIDIARIES in the USA.
Never use “mother” and “daughter” in these cases!!!