Common Errors At C1 Advanced | 150+ Mistakes

The mistakes on this page are some of the most common errors at C1 Advanced that were made in my lessons by real students.

I write down the mistakes and then show you the solutions below with quick tips and tricks along the way.

Here are some of the most common mistakes that Russian students make when learning English.

Common Mistakes By Russians

Here are some more common errors at C1 Advanced (the solutions are below)

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

 

Mistakes

Some people is not so stressed the situation

They have to go home because some problem with children

There were fog

I prefer to avoid a lot of people into the house

I was really impressed - positive

The animals breeded

It’s a sauce really spicy

They stole me my sunglasses into the car

It takes 40 minutes to get Paris.

The most known of the beach in this coast

A lot of people is still on holidays

They grow into the Adriatic sea. This is supposed to be a passive sentence.

 

Solutions

Some people are not so stressed about/in this situation. Here's an old video I made about this topic:

They have to go home because of some problems with their children

There was fog. Fog is an uncountable noun.

I prefer to avoid a lot of people in the house.

Bred. 'Bred' is the past simple and past participle of the word 'breed'.

It’s a really spicy sauce. We put the adjective before the noun in English, this is a very common mistake, especially for Latin based languages. 

They stole my sunglasses from the car. We normally say 'to steal something from somewhere/someone' in English. Another example could be, 'the cat stole the bird from the cage'.

It takes 40 minutes to get to Paris.

The most well-known/notorious city with a beach on/along this coast. 'Most well-known' is a common expression in English.

A lot of people are still on holiday.

Mussels are grown in the Adriatic sea. 

Common Errors At C1 Advanced