Hi everyone, in this video I’m gonna be
going through fifteen of the most common mistakes that I hear as an English teacher. Make sure
your stick around, and let’s see how many you make. Number one, I like to pass the time
with my family. Where’s the mistake here? It’s with the verb “pass”. We would
never say “pass the time with family”, we would say “to spend time with family”.
So it should be “I like to spend time with my family”. Spend time, not pass time. Number two, she borrowed it to him. Where’s the mistake? It’s with the verb again, she borrowed.
She didn’t borrow it to him, she lent it to him. So borrow is when you take something
temporarily, lend is when you give something temporarily, so in this case she gave it to
him temporarily. She lent it to him. Number three, she knew him in Italy last spring. Again, it’s the verb. So if you know someone that means that you know of their existence,
but this can be confusing in some languages because to know and to meet are sometimes
the same verb. So don’t confuse those two. To know means you know they exist. To meet
is to physically meet in person, for the first time, for example. So it should be, I met
him in Italy last spring. I met. Because you physically met, you didn’t know him, but
you met him. Number four, oh my goodness, I hear this so much, do you know Madrid? Or,
it can be any city, any place. Do you know Indonesia? Do you know blah blah blah? Yes,
I know these places exist, this is what it sounds like when you’re asking native speakers
this question. Do you know Madrid? So it sounds like “do you know of this existence of Madrid?”,
but, really what you should say is “have you been to Madrid?”. This is not quite
the same as “do you know”. “Do you know” is “are you aware of the existence of Madrid?”,
in this case I could say “yes”, but imagine if I’ve never been, I can’t say that,
so it can also be confusing for you guys as well because the question is not so clear
to us natives. Number five, I am here for to learn English. Which is true, you are here
for to learn English. Where’s the mistake though in this sentence? I am here to learn English. Never ever “for to”, never, ever “for to learn”, ever. In this case we
have a verb, so the prepositions should be to, if we have a noun coming after then we
would use for, or if we have a gerund, we use for. Number six, I will ask to him later.
Where’s the mistake? That’s it, there’s no preposition, I will ask him later. With
the verb ask we have no preposition in English. In some languages you do, not in English,
which makes life a little bit easier, because normally the prepositions are a pain in the
backside, aren’t they, guys? So thank god we don’t have a preposition with this one.
Number seven, I am agree. Where’s the mistake. Yes, it’s with am, we don’t use it. We
just say “I agree”. To agree is the verb. I agree, you agree, he she it agrees, they
agree, we agree. We never use the verb to be with agree. Number eight, I want that you
help me. This sounds very direct but that’s not the problem. This is a grammatical issue.
I want that you help me. It’s that “that”. I want you to help me. We don’t use “I
want that you help me” and I know in some languages you use this to distinguish
between I want you and I want you to do something. Number nine. It depends of the weather. Depends
of the weather. Where’s the mistake? It’s the preposition. It’s normal the preposition
isn’t it guys? I know how it feels. It depends on the weather. On the weather. We always use depend on. Never ever depend in and never depend of. Number ten. I will call to my friend after class. Where’s
the mistake? With the verb call in English we do not have a preposition, we do not say call to, we just say call. To call someone. I will call my friend after class. Not call
to. Eleven. You have reason. Where’s the mistake here? You have reason. This is normally a direct translation from other languages where you would say “you have reason”
in your language. So, many people what they do is they literally translate it into English
but this doesn’t make any sense. We would say “you are right”, “you’re right”.
Number twelve. I have a doubt. I hear this one a lot. Teacher I have a doubt. We don’t use I have a doubt, we use “I have a question”. Thirteen, I enjoy making questions because
I learn a lot. What’s wrong here? I enjoy making questions. The problem is with that
verb “make”. In English we don’t make a question. You’re not physically creating
the question, you don’t make it. But we ask, you ask a question. So it should be “I
enjoy asking questions because I learn a lot”. This is really, really common. I enjoy dancing
very much. Where’s the problem here? Now if you say this to a native speaker we will
understand you perfectly, don’t worry, but it doesn’t sound very native if that’s your goal. So
it’s better to say “I really enjoy dancing” instead of putting that “very much” at
the end, just use “really”. I really enjoy dancing. This also works for the verb “to
like”. I like dancing very much. I really like dancing. This sounds a lot more native.
And the last one, I’m not very good in English. I’m not very good in English. Where’s
the problem? The problem is with that preposition. To be good in, to be good at. I’m not really
good at English. I’m not really good at tennis. I’m not really good at painting.
When we’re talking about to be good at something we use the preposition at, never ever in.
If you wanted to use in, it sounds like you are saying you are in something, or in a place.
So if you say something like “my son is really good in maths”, this means that he’s
well behaved but in his maths class. It doesn’t mean that he is good at maths. That means
we’re talking about his skills not being very good. But if we say he’s good in maths,
we’re talking about him being in maths class and being well behaved. Those are fifteen
of the most common mistakes that I hear my students make during their classes or what
my friends have said, so I really hope this video has helped you to combat some of those
little grammatical errors that I know we all make from time to time. If you enjoyed this
video don’t forget to like it and also subscribe to my channel. I post weekly videos,
normally on pronunciation, but from time to time I really wanna help you guys with your
grammar, and I get a lot of grammar requests as well, so that’s why I stick a couple
of those ones in there too. As always guys, have a lovely week and I will see you next


  1. Hello teacher! I´m watching this video and I´m laughing a lot because yes I used to make all this mistakes and I was like "Omg how is this?" hahah but now I know how to say it correctly.

  2. Firstly i want to thank you for your sharing, I really love it. And I would like to ask about 4th sentence, Can we use "Do you know anything about Madrid?"

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  4. you have a lot of Spanish speakers pupils, right? hehehe, what about some videos about prepositions???? that'd be really useful…

  5. Thanks for the video, teacher Emma!😍😍
    I made mistakes with some questions with prepositions. That's because I think prepositions are very difficult to understand.

  6. I'm so proud of you: 34 K followers on Instagram! You deserve so many more. Each day you give us awesome contents about English language.😀💪👍

  7. First of all I would like to thank you for the vedio
    In the example nember six I thinkwe could say :I am here for learning English .Please answer me

  8. A Portuguese speaker could make any of these mistakes. The wrong sentences make more sense to us 😂😂😂 Nice video (and very useful too). Thanks

  9. Have you been to indonesia? I live in indonesia. I always watched your youtube channel. You're beautiful, geogeous and smart

  10. Thanks so much Emma, I always make mistakes all those sentences you explained. As I follow your YouTube​ for a while, I'd say I really like your teaching style especially​ pronunciation​ ^^ and please teach us more about grammar mistakes when you have any free time^^ Thanks again Emma.

  11. I really like the simplicity in your videos. VERY nice and useful for your students. I will definitely try for more of this in my videos. Keep it up!

  12. Thanks, teacher! I've already known a few mistakes. My big problem when I try to make common questions or say something to someone is exactly what you said: when I think that my questions in Portuguese can be the same if I translated it. It's annoying, you probably know because English sometimes is simple than Portuguese, and the sentences can be shorter 🙂

  13. Teacher, I have a doubt. I think number 12 is not totally wrong, as it has a different meaning. A doubt is a feeling that something is not right.

  14. Emma thank you very much for your video!
    I have just a little question for you!
    Can we fix mistake number 2 changing "to" by "from"?
    So in that case, the sentence would be like "She borrowed it from him".

  15. I enjoy learning english on your channel (on your channel or in or at ?? please 😀 ) ,such an original content thank you!

  16. Hi Emma how it's going?… On the example 8,sometimes I don't know what to do with preposition "that"…It's quite confuse for me because in Portuguese almost all has preposition,but I'll get used to with this💜💜💜💜

  17. Right ☝I always made a mistake in this sentence- I am agree 🙅, and is it also correct word I am agree with you.🙆

  18. hello dear emma i hope you will be great this is a good lesson helps me to overcome on these sentences mistake after all you stay happy always and take care teacher emma..bye bye

  19. Hi Emma,
    Your lesson provide wonderful information about how to improve your grammar. I admire your suggestions and practice for improvement.
    Thank you.

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