Common Mistakes in English. Fitikides T.J.

Pearson Education Limited, 2002. - 201 с.

Focuses on typical student errors - words which are confused or misused - and how to avoid them.

Offers correct versions and explanations for more than 550 typical errors

Completely updated to reflect modern English usage

Lists and summaries covering specific grammatical points, plus everyday irregular verbs in all their forms.

First published 1936. Sixth edition 2002.
Preface to the Sixth Edition

It is now more than 60 years since this book was first published. It has gone through many revisions, and additions have been made at different times in its history. With the millennium approaching it was decided that there were some points of usage which are no longer relevant and so this new edition has been prepared. The content has been completely reviewed in the light of modern English usage, and the typefaces and design up-dated for clarity.
And yet the original concept and, indeed, most of the original mistakes listed, are still pertinent to students of English even in the year 2000. This little book has sold several hundred thousand copies all over the world and seems likely to go on doing so.
The author's note on how the book should be used is on page vii, with an addition for this edition.

Примечание: Эта небольшая книжечка производит очень хорошее впечатление. Все достаточно просто и понятно. Don't say......, потом Say...... и в конце Note - необходимые примечания и пояснения.

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Part 1 Misused forms
Using the wrong preposition 1
Misuse of the infinitive 13
Use of the wrong tense 18
Miscellaneous examples 28
Un-English expressions 40
Part 2 Incorrect omissions
Omission of prepositions, 46
Miscellaneous examples 49
Part 3 Unnecessary words
Unnecessary propositions 61
Unnecessary articles 63
Use of the infinitive 69
Miscellaneous examples 70
Part 4 Misplaced words
Wrong position of adverbs 75
Miscellaneous examples 77
Part 5 Confused words
Prepositions often confused 83
Verbs often confused 89
Adverbs often confused 107
Adjectives often confused 109
Nouns often confused 116
Confusion of number 122
Confusion of parts of speech 129
Exercises 137
Index 182

Useful lists and summaries
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Prepositions after certain words 14
Use of the gerund 19
Use of certain tenses 27
Negatives 37
Third person singular, simple present 50
Indefinite article 53
Verb TO BE 56
Definite article 68
Questions 79
Correct order of words 82
Use of certain prepositions 88
Use of will and shall 106
Singular and plural 130

regular verbs in everyday use
bear to lie 198-199
light to write 200-201