Common Errors At C1 Advanced

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Mistakes

The manager arrived to me and told me…

Some employees said us they had seen him…

An institution that takes in charge of the salary

A middle serious accident

He fell from the stairs

He cracked a bit his bone

I can’t organise in a very well way

Why you didn’t take out the red card?

I have had with them a very good relationship for the three months that i was with them

Composed by 6 people

24 hours 7

When you go to retirement

He can surf on internet

Our politics system

 

Solutions

The manager arrived to me and told me…

Tell + object (no ‘to’)

Some employees said to us they had seen him…

Say + to + object

An institution that takes in charge of the salary

A small middle serious accident

He fell down from the stairs

He cracked a bit his bone a bit

I can’t organise in a very good well way...

Why you didn’t you take out the red card?

I had a very good relationship with them for the three months that i was with them

Composed of by 6 people

Composed by Puccini - use composed by for music

24  7

When you go to retirement retire

or when you become a pensioner

He can surf (on) the internet

Our political system

 

Mistakes

full of discovers

many things that has happened

these things are existing since 150 years ago

Italian people is very aware

to be in Europe make our position stronger

we fighted a lot in the last years

 

Solutions

full of discoveries

many things that have happened

these things have existed since 150 years ago

Italian people are very aware

to be in Europe makes our position stronger

we have fought a lot in the last years

Mistakes

to short words

instead of to open your email with

many accommodations

It is risky to go for the street

that I have know in the past

it's worth to visit this place

-Not too much poor people

 

Solutions

to shorten words

instead of opening your email with...

A lot of accommodation (accommodation is uncountable)

It is risky to go in the street

-That I have known in the past

It's worth visiting this place

-Not too many poor people

Mistakes

There is anyway very hot

They are living in the shore

I am just arrived to my office

With people of many different countries

He likes play football and do basketball

At the opposite side

He likes looking football matches

 

Solutions

It is very hot anyway

They are living on the coast

I have just arrived at my office

Arrive + at a place

With people from many different countries

He likes playing football and playing basketball

Use ‘play’ for sports with a ball.

Use ‘go’ for sports which end -ing, e.g. go swimming

Use ‘do’ for other sports, e.g. do karate

On the opposite side

He likes watching football matches

Mistakes

20 millions of euros

they can propose themselves

I was used to go fishing near my house

the horses that are breeded for running

these three cultures were used to eat meat

don't have time to think to other things

they were ahead other cultures

the army shooted to them

where they can grow up their children

 

Solutions

20 million euros

they can promote/offer themselves

Propose (not with a person)

I used to go fishing near my house in the past - not anymore

the horses that are bred for running

these three cultures used to eat meat

Or: these three cultures were used to eating meat

I don't have time to think about other things

they were ahead of other cultures

the army shot them

where they can grow  raise/bring up their children. You cannot grow up another person. I explain this in the following video:

Mistakes

Germany who beat on Sweden

They had a lot of lucky

push them to favourite Juventus in the match

I was used to play football every day in the past

we were used to play football since 4 o'clock till 8 o'clock

you can't be too much technical

the tendence as parents is to...

one of the examples I can do is....

he has power since 15 years

you can feel yourself like being in a North African country

 

Solutions

Germany who beat Sweden

They had a lot of luck

push them to favour Juventus in the match

I used to play football every day in the past

we were used to playing football from 4 o'clock till 8 o'clock

you can't be too technical

Much + nouns

the tendency as parents is to...

one of the examples that I can give is...

he has had power/control since 15 years ago

Since x years ago Or: for x years

you can feel like being in a North African country

Mistakes

only one advice

many person that chose to come to X

It's normal for her to cheat him

the common question they did to me

they stood there for 3 months

the company didn't prepare them enough well

it is not only a question to be poor

 

Solutions

-only one piece of advice

many people that chose to come to X

It’s normal for her to cheat on him

the common question they asked me

they stayed there for 3 months

Stand, stood, stood

the company didn't prepare them well enough

it is not only a question of being poor

Mistakes

To participate to the study

Into the study plan you have to...

They work in USA

I search a photo - future

 

Solutions

To participate in the study

In the study plan you have to...

They work in the USA

‘The’ is in front of some countries, e.g. ‘The Philippines, The United Kingdom’

I will search for a photo - future

Mistakes

We did a mistake

This person said me

They will be not in the competition next year

 

Solutions

We made a mistake

This person told me

They will not be in the competition next year

Mistakes

-I studied Spain for 5 years in high school

I did many trips in Spain

My sister came back from 2 months trip in Spain

She study social sciences 

She go in Florence

In order to degree she has to do a stage

I take another degree in 2010

All people ask for him my degree

First I attend an internship

12 different country

We are a company that work with bank and insurance

All our employee are infomatic engineer

 

Solutions

I studied Spanish for 5 years in high school

I have been on many trips to Spain

My sister came back from a 2-month trip to Spain

She studies social sciences

She goes to Florence

In order to graduate she has to do an internship

I finished another degree in 2010

Everyone asks him about my degree

First I attended an internship

12 different countries

We are a company that works with banks and insurance companies

All our employees are computer engineers

Mistakes

You have to know well the language

We don't feel us sure in the house anymore after the robbery

I don't know if I improved myself

When I was listening to Miguel who spoken Italian

 

Solutions

You have to know the language well

To know something/somebody well

We don't feel safe in the house anymore

I don't know if I have improved my English

When I was listening to Miguel who was speaking Italian

Mistakes

You have to look into the computer

He don't like any kind of the work

Most of time he spends by visiting the people who needs help

The honey don't have problems with cold or warm

 

Solutions

You have to look at the computer

He doesn't like any kind of work

Most of his/the time he spends visiting the people who need help

The honey doesn't have problems with the cold or warm

Mistakes

I like the beach when it is with stones

If you go to the France

I will go to honeymoon

My colleague knows very cheaper place

 

Solutions

I like stony beaches

If you go to France

I will go on my honeymoon

My colleague knows very cheap places

Mistakes

There were not so much people

I tried to find something other

Yesterday I been into a poultry farm

Poultry which is grow up for roast dinners or fried chicken

All of them are infected into a few days

 

Solutions

There were not so many people

I tried to find something different/else

Something = 1 thing. Other = plural.

Yesterday I went to a poultry farm

Go + to

Poultry which is bred/reared/brought up for roast dinners or fried chicken

All of them are infected in a few days

Mistakes

I had to change these clothes for 3 times

I waited to drank during the way home

I literally lose the entrance three consecutive times

I went into this laboratory who is helping me

The rat is more big than the mouse

A cat who sleeps into the hens' house

Phone numbers is complicated

I want to stop the conversation the sooner I can

I recalled the manager to control the number

I met this man which has blue eyes

People is more easy

 

Solutions

I had to change these clothes 3 times

I waited to drink until I started my way home

I literally missed the entrance three consecutive times

miss public transport, miss a turn

I went into this laboratory which is helping me

The rat is bigger than the mouse

A cat which sleeps in the hens' house

Phone numbers are complicated

I want to stop the conversation as soon as I can

I called the manager back to check the number

I met this man who has blue eyes

People are more easy

Mistakes

In the far

On August it was very cold nights

I listened all of the stories

There was not enough people to complete this project

I haven't been taking days off during 4.5 years

We would like to rent a summer house near far from Moscow

It have no sense

If you didn't pass the exams 5 times they are sending you to the psychological centre

 

Solutions

Surprisingly my boss decided to recall me from vacation

In the distance

There are very cold nights in August generally

I have listened to all of the stories

Listen + to

There were not enough people to complete this project

I haven't taken many days off for 4.5 years

For = duration

During = time within a larger space of time

We would like to rent a summer house not far from Moscow

It doesn’t make sense

If you don’t pass the exams 5 times (in a row) they will send you to the psychological centre

Mistakes

I am in an office with air conditioned

I have also to clean my house

The different is the person that tells

I don't received a lot of calls from abroad

If I go to work in Saturday or Sunday

 

Solutions

I am in an office with air conditioning

I also have to clean my house

The difference is the person that is speaking

Different = adjective. Difference = noun. -ence = nouns. -ent = adjectives.

I don't receive a lot of calls from abroad

If I go to work on Saturday or Sunday

Mistakes

Someone stayed for camp

We are using in our correspondence more often dollars

Will take place at 21st of August

We have no enough time to deal with it

We had to wrote a lot of essays

I don’t know how much is it

 

Solutions

Someone stayed to camp

We are using dollars in our correspondence more often

It will take place on the 21st of August

We don’t have enough time to deal with it

We had to write a lot of essays

I don’t know how much it is

Mistakes

One of them have already took a vacation for one month

She got used to went to the day care

That were 2 great trips

I'd like travelling by car

 

Solutions

One of them has already taken a vacation for one month

She got used to going to the day care

get/be + used to + verbing’

‘Used to + infinitive’

Those were 2 great trips

this/these that/those

I'd like to travel by car

Would like + to

Mistakes

The garden is no more beautiful

We didn't want to discharge nothing

At the ground floor

Some parts of the house are made by wood

I asked this question of (the town) Rovigo

We are experts on GLP

They spend a lot of money for their pets

I tried sushi a few times to see if I agree them

 

Solutions

The garden isn’t beautiful anymore

We didn't want to discharge anything

On the ground floor

Some parts of the house are made of wood

Made of + material

I asked this question about (the town) Rovigo

We are experts in GLP

To be an expert in something

They spend a lot of money on their pets

Spend money on something

I tried sushi a few times to see if I liked them

Mistakes

Yesterday a sponsor send me a message

Which is a disease of calves

I don't know what could be happened

He made this house very hospital

I will search an image

There was a bed but there is no now

They comes out only in the evening when the sun goes down

 

Solutions

Yesterday a sponsor sent me a message

Which is a disease which affects calves

I don't know what could have happened

He made this house very hospitable

I will search for an image

There was a bed, but now there is not. There was a bed, but there isn’t one now.

They only come out in the evening when the sun goes down

Mistakes

We have a lot of things that contains flour

When I was 2 years student

This a place where everything is made for people

He has house in the countryside

All of them is very

Another my colleague is calling

Sometimes in August much colder

 

Solutions

We have a lot of things that contain flour

When I was a second-year student

This is a place where everything is made for people

He has a house in the countryside

All of them are very

Another of my colleagues is calling

One of my friends, one of my favourite films = one of many

Sometimes in August it is much colder

Mistakes

We have a couple of them near far from my house

They situated near to my school

When I was child I had a good memory

 

Solutions

We have a couple of them near my house or we have a couple of them not far from my house

Near is the opposite of far

They are situated near to my school

When I was a child I had a good memory

Mistakes

I have 5 square metres balcony

Most Russians use balcony for storage

You remind me about this

I started collect them when I was 25.

There are some grammar rules not often used

I met them when I was in training program in Netherlands

I saw them when I was child

One of the good one....

 

Solutions

I have a 5-square-metre balcony

Most Russians use balconies for storage

You remind me of this

To remind somebody of something

I started to collect them when I was 25.

There are some grammar rules that are not often used

I met them when I was at a training program in The Netherlands

I saw them when I was a child

One of the good ones....

Mistakes

Most part of them I have read before

One of the famest films with him

I made each exercises

I try not to eat on evenings

The best our teams

They not so good this years

 

Solutions

I have read most of them before

One of the most famous films with him

I did each exercise

I try not to eat in the evenings

In the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening

The best of our teams

They are not so good at the moment/these years

Mistakes

Another part of colleagues will run on 8th September

They gave us this 2 options

On May we have charity marathon

This just a park run initiative

I saw English exam in my dream

I feel myself very good

To get prepared to this marathon

I need to be faster for 2 minutes

After the snow goes down

I started listen them

They make drugs that helping people

 

Solutions

One section of my/ Other colleagues will run on 8th September

They gave us these 2 options - /theeee z/

In May we have charity marathon

This is just a park run initiative

I had an English exam in my dream

I feel very well

To get prepared for this marathon

Get prepared for something

I need to be faster by 2 minutes or I need to be 2 minutes faster

After the snow melts

I started listening to them

They make drugs that help people

Mistakes

You feel not so well

I have lived to USA

They were from UK

Maybe that's why they won us

 

Solutions

You don’t feel so well

I have lived in the USA

They were from the UK

Maybe that's why they won or maybe that’s why they beat us

Mistakes

I listened two of them

One of them was about love story

He felt in love with a girl

This one about a young student

The year is divided by 5 different terms

Solutions

I listened to two of them

One of them was about a love story

He fell in love with a girl

Fall, fell, fallen

Feel, felt, felt

This one was about a young student

The year is divided into 5 different terms

 

Mistakes

If you meet a lot of people into the supermarkets

It break your equilibrium

If your body is healthy it win the fight against bacteria

Bacteria that can kill you into a few days

The prove is that the most contaminated areas

When I went here in 1977

at 11 o'clock in the night

 

Solutions

If you meet a lot of people in the supermarkets

It breaks your equilibrium

If your body is healthy it wins the fight against bacteria

Bacteria that can kill you in a few days

The proof is that the most contaminated areas

When I came here in 1977

at 11 o'clock at night

 

Mistakes

Not great than 15 degrees

She have already spoken German language with relatives

If she comes from the nature where everyone speaks English

The medical advisor said us

I had been to Germany in 2010

Moscow is clean city

Today I wake up not so early

On weekend

Today it was first time when we play such games

 

Solutions

Not greater than 15 degrees

She has already spoken German language with relatives

If she comes from an English speaking environment

The medical advisor said to us/told us

I was / went to Germany in 2010

Moscow is a clean city

Today I didn’t wake up so early as usual

On the weekend / on weekends

Today it was the first time when we played such games

 

Mistakes

If I live a month in France

She is by far away from...

It was a lot of time ago

My friend has living in London for 20 years

We have to decide what to do during our travel to Belgium

She will say something on me

We are used to be very very attentive in the past

Into a language there are a lot of things

She will have care of our cats

We call that days ...

 

Solutions

If I lived for a month in France

she is far away from...

it was a long time ago

My friend has been living in London for 20 years

We have to decide what to do during our trip to Belgium

She will say something about me

We used to be very very attentive in the past

In a language there are a lot of things

She will take care of our cats

We call those days ...

 

Mistakes

This kind of changes or these kinds of changes

This is complicate

This is where I grow up salad and vegetables

I buy me direct from producers

I have just a little bit of fear

If the computer don’t works

 

Solutions

This kind of change or these kinds of changes

This is complicated

This is where I grow salad and vegetables

I buy it/them directly from producers

I fear a little - I’m scared of...

If the computer doesn’t work

 

Mistakes

There's a lot of chances that I have to return in Belgium

It doesn't smell good as the oregano from the south of Italy

You have a good taste to your mouth

Yesterday I've gone to the optician

It's normal for people who have to bring the glasses

It depends from the generation

I wear glasses since I was 8

Split in 2 part

 

Solutions

There’s a good chance...

It doesn't smell as good as the oregano from the south of Italy

A good taste in your mouth

Yesterday I went to the optician

It’s normal for people who have to wear glasses

It depends on the generation. I explain this in the following video:

I have worn glasses since I was 8 years old

Split in 2 parts

 

Mistakes

What your company do

It takes long time

She doesn’t know nothing

Tim said me yesterday morning that...

It has been really a nightmare yesterday

It's nightmare if that happens

It's right time to decide if he wants to continue

 

Solutions

What your company does

It takes a long time

She doesn’t know anything

Tim told me yesterday morning that… or Tim said to me

It was really a nightmare yesterday

It's/It will be | a nightmare if that happens

It's the right time to decide if he wants to continue

 

Mistakes

There is possibility to work from home

It doesn't require too much skills

Anyone can go to have some course teaching

It is much polluted city

There is not much job in other cities

My dream is to live to New Zealand

I am bit envy of you

It's difficult question

If I had such opportunity I would live in different place

Nobody was particularly interesting  after our team was knocked out

8 years ago when I came to live to Moscow

This region was included into Moscow

 

Solutions

There is a/no possibility to work from home

It doesn't require too many skills

Anyone can go to have some courses teaching

It is a very polluted city

Use ‘much’ before uncountable nouns

There are not many jobs in other cities

My dream is to live in New Zealand

I am bit envious of you

It's a difficult question

If I had such an opportunity I would live in a different place

Nobody was particularly interested  after our team had been knocked out

8 years ago when I came to live in Moscow

This region was included in Moscow

Mistakes

The people who is working for me

What I loved to do in my youthness

I was telling to you

We are friends since university

He found a good work in Turin

I watched to them

Yesterday we broken the system for watering

I losed the train

I get home at 9 last night

It has been a long day yesterday

When I was student I was in Bologna

I sleeped outside Bologna

A lot of time ago

I did just a few work with my hands

I say things more complicated with you in English than with people in Italian

 

Solutions

The people who work for me or the people who are working for me

What I loved to do in my youth

I was telling you

We have been friends since university

Use the present perfect to connect the past with the present

He (has) found good work in Turin or he found a good job in Turin

Work = uncountable. Job = countable.

I watched them

Yesterday the watering system broke or yesterday the watering system was broken or Yesterday we broke the watering system = we broke the system.

Break, broke, broken

I missed the train

I got home at 9 last night

It was a long day yesterday - if you say when, e.g. ‘yesterday, last week, two days ago’ = use the past simple

When I was a student I was in Bologna

I used to sleep outside Bologna or I slept outside Bologna

A long time ago

I did just a little work with my hands

I say more complicated things with you in English than with people in Italian

 

Mistakes

Maggie sent a couple of days ago the agenda

Into the agenda there were arguments that I didn't think...

They are composed by scientists...

They seems very friendly but they not are very friendly

I don't like the people in the tv that speaks Roman

 

Solutions

A couple of days ago Maggie sent the agenda

In the agenda there were arguments that I didn't think...

They are composed of scientists…

Composed by + musician

They seem very friendly but they aren’t very friendly

I don't like the people on tv that/who speak Roman