Upper Intermediate learners of English: Typical errors

Using the Present Simple when the Present Continuous is needed

  Hang on, I get my shoes on. X (wrong)

  Hang on, I’m getting my shoes on. ✔︎ (right)

 

Using the Present Perfect (or even the Present Simple) when the Past Simple would be better

●  Yesterday I have gone shopping.  X

●  Yesterday I go shopping.  X

●  Yesterday I went shopping.  ✔︎

 

Forgetting articles; basic problems with articles

●  { The or } house is near the or a } station.

One word from each given pair (or from possible further alternatives) is necessary.

 

Answering negative “Yes/No” questions wrong

●  There aren’t any people living on the moon, are there? – Yes, there aren’t.  X

●  There aren’t any people living on the moon, are there? – No, there aren’t.  ✔︎

 

Question formation

●  When you are going shopping?  X

●  When are you going shopping?  ✔︎

 

Using the present simple for the immediate future

●  I’m hungry. I cook something.  X

●  I’m hungry. I’ll cook something.  ✔︎

●  I’m hungry. I’m going to cook something.  ✔︎

 

Using “will” or “would” after “if

●  Tomorrow I’ll stay at home if it will rain.  X

●  Tomorrow I’ll stay at home if it rains.  ✔︎

●  If I would win a million pounds, I would be able to drink champagne every day.  X

●  If I won a million pounds, I would be able to drink champagne every day.  ✔︎

 

Problems with basic passives

●  Wine is make in many parts of the world.  X

●  Wine is made in many parts of the world.  ✔︎

 

When listening, thinking that “any” has a negative meaning

  I want any beer = I don’t want beer.  X

  I want any beer = I want beer; you can choose the beer.  ✔︎

 

Confusion with [noun] + [noun]

  A garden flower is a type of flower.  ✔︎

  A flower garden is a type of garden.  ✔︎