Our 71st tryst with Independence brought to light a colonial legacy that few connect with our day-to-day lives – our instance on English being the core medium of communication.
Today, it is a no brainer as to why English is a common ground for the global market. Every company/organisation strives to participate in the global market and all the companies seek for candidates with excellent written and spoken English.
In order to have excellent written and spoken English skills, you should really learn to avoid these cliched common mistakes. Here we go.
1. ‘ I Will Revert Back/ Reply Back ASAP’
Correction: ‘I will revert ASAP’
There is a logic behind the composition of any word. Every word has a root (origin) which implies the meaning of the word. The sole reason “revert” should not be used along with “back” is because the word “revert” itself means “to return”. It has been derived from the French word revertere (turn back).
2. When Your Snapchat Story Reads: Enroute Gurgaon
Correction: ‘Enroute to Gurgaon’
You read it as “on route”. So, if you are on a route to Gurgaon, you should say “Enroute to Gurgaon”.
3. Irregardless of the reason
Correction: ‘Regardless of the reason’
The opposite of regular is irregular. The word “limitless” means something without limit. Likewise, regardless implies “without any regard to”. Using “irregardless” is totally senseless.
4. When People Don’t Give Respect To Verbs
Please Note: A verb is an action.
In order to understand what verbs are, remember what Nike tells us: Just Do It. Simply put, verbs are actions that you perform. You dance, you do not do a dance. Likewise, you respect verbs and not give respect to verbs. By the way, “give” itself is a verb.
5. I Didn’t Made That Choice
Correction: Oh, well you did make that choice.
Stop letting your past (tense) screw your present (tense). This all falls under the verb subjunction in Grammar.
In English, you can say “I eat breakfast every morning”. When you ask somebody, you say “Do you eat breakfast every morning?”. Here “do” is an auxiliary verb used for a question and negation. When you talk about a past event of “eating breakfast”, you say “I ate breakfast this morning”. When you ask, you say “Did you eat breakfast this morning?”. Here “did” is the past form for “do”. So you can think: “did eat”, “did make” “did not do it”.
You can simply remember to use the present tense of your verb with “did”. For example did make it, did eat it, didn’t do it.
For Written English, we commit mistakes like these:
6. The Caps Lock
Incorrect: one sunny day, i met penny at Central park library.
Correct: One sunny day, I met Penny at Central Park Library.
The key here is to capitalise the pronoun I, the nouns and the first letter of a sentence.
7. Run On Sentences
Incorrect: I am a woman and I am a good mother and I am an office worker.
Correct: I am a woman. I am a good mother and an office worker.
8. Give Punctuations their due regard
There is a reason all punctuations look different; they have different implications.
Therefore, to excel in your career, smarten your written and spoken English. You can opt for plenty of ways to learn English. Learning is not enough. You should also assess your skills and keep a track of your progress. To assess your written and spoken English, you may use a new assessment tool called as MyEnglish.