Some English teachers get mad when their students mangle their otherwise perfect language. They get so mad that they end up abusing their students in front of the entire class. This should not be the case. However, in some cases, I have found out that the harsh way is best to ensure that students learn the best way to use language as they speak or write. Students will not lose responsibility and respect towards the subject once they are treated to some not so pleasant circumstance either in class or outside. I advise anyone who seeks to learn English to do so with a positive and a receptive attitude so as to avoid some very uncomfortable experiences that are brought about by the teachers who handle the subject. While I admit that it is not an easy task to learn English, it is of essence to encourage the new learners fluency is a possibility when they are persistent and committed to the course. Let us see some of the common errors that you should avoid if you are to ever become a starring in your own right in English.
It’s versus its
It has been said time and again by countless teachers of the language that ‘it’s’ is the contracted form of ‘it is’ and ‘it’s’ is used in sentences to refer to possession. Be that as it may, learners will always make mistakes. You cannot say, “The dog wagged it’s tail.” This is wrong. The correct one is, “The do wagged it’s tail.” Moreover, you should not say, “My car needs some repairs. It’s door cannot lock.” This is wrong again. The correct one would be, “My car needs some repairs. Its door cannot lock.” A secret to understanding the difference between the two is to always put ‘it is’ in place of ‘it’s’ so that you can know whether your sentence is right or wrong.
Loose versus lose
The word ‘lose’ is a verb used to mean suffering loss of some kind or being without a certain thing. Further, ‘loose’ is an adjective that is used to mean being free or not bound to any attachment in any manner.
You cannot say in a sentence, “I do not want to loose my phone.” This is a wrong statement. Instead, you should say, “I do not wish to lose my phone.” Moreover, it is wrong to say, “He cannot stand the experience of loosing the computer.” Again, this statement is wrong. The correct statement should read, “He cannot stand the experience of losing his computer.”
Who’s versus whose
It is necessary to understand as early as now that ‘whose’ is used in a sentence to show possession. When ‘who’s’ is used it shows the contracted form of ‘who is.’ Please get this right.
You cannot say, “Who’s books are these?” This is an erroneous statement. Instead, you should say, “Whose books are these?” An easy rule to help you get the difference between the two is to always put ‘who is’ in the place of ‘who’s’ and see if the sentence will make sense.