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SHARING WSA – EL Team. Food for Thought. Are we speaking well?. Everyday situations are a minefield of common English errors. Let’s rectify some of them to avoid making the same mistakes. Let’s share the common errors we may have as teachers. When we are at home….

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Sharing wsa el team

SHARING WSA – EL Team

Food for Thought


Are we speaking well
Are we speaking well?

  • Everyday situations are a minefield of common English errors.

  • Let’s rectify some of them to avoid making the same mistakes.

  • Let’s share the common errors we may have as teachers.


When we are at home
When we are at home…

  • WRONG: “Please excuse me. I have to leave now to put my children TO SLEEP.”RIGHT: “… I have to leave now to put my children TO BED.”(EXPLANATION: It is a criminal offence to put a person “to sleep”. In Singapore it carries the death penalty.)

  • WRONG: “I SEND our son Joey to school everyday.”RIGHT: “I DRIVE/TAKE our son Joey to school….”(EXPLANATION: To “send” someone means that you are not accompanying that person on the journey.)


When we speak socially
When we speak socially…

  • WRONG: “It may rain this afternoon. You GOT bring umbrella OR NOT?”RIGHT: ” … DID YOU bring an umbrella!”

  • WRONG: “You ONLY JUST found out about the sale? Today is the last day.”RIGHT: “You found out ONLY NOW about the sale? …”

  • WRONG: “I used to love durians, but NOT SO MUCH nowadays.”RIGHT: ” … but LESS SO nowadays,


When we are in school
When we are in school…

  • WRONG: “Children, please OFF the lights when you leave the room.”RIGHT: ” … Please SWITCH OFF the lights …”

  • WRONG: “He is late. MUST BE he overslept or missed the bus.”RIGHT: “… IT MUST BE THAT he overslept or missed the bus.” or “… He MUST HAVE overslept or missed the bus.”

  • WRONG: “Sorry, I am really busy with work right now. Can we discuss tomorrow?”RIGHT: ” … Can we discuss IT tomorrow?”


Let’s communicate with confidence at work.

Let’s be understood 

More exciting and funny expressions and conversation from…

http://www.goodenglish.org.sg/workshop-resources/tips-work/list-of-common-english-errors-in-everyday-situations


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