Common English mistakes by Russians
This page shows you some of the most common English mistakes by Russians when speaking or writing in English. I hope you find it useful!
It’s too busy place
We should to go maybe at morning
I don’t know where we been last week
It’s too busy. It’s such a busy place.
Maybe we should go in the morning.
Should = modal verb. Don’t write ‘to’ after modal verbs.
Can, will, would, could, may, might etc. to
I don’t know where we were last week
Been = past participle (3rd column). Been should only come after ‘have/has/had’
I will be in Germany 2 weeks
They went to supermarket and they bought chicken
The fly is 9 hours
It's a big way from Moscow to Tokyo
Last time I like to read story of Russia
How many children Ivan had?
He killed him son Dmitry
I will be in Germany for 2 weeks
They went to the supermarket and they bought chicken
The flight is 9 hours
Fly = verb. Flight = noun.
It's a long way from Moscow to Tokyo
Recently I have enjoyed reading stories about Russia
Present perfect = subject + have + past participle. From the past until now.
Enjoy + verbing
How many children did Ivan have?
Past simple question
He killed his son Dmitry
I like his car. His house. His job. Use ‘His’ for possessions.
We have some shop in nother village and city
We have to invited employees...
All men was drinking
They has children which often...
We have some shops in other villages and cities
We have to invite employees...
All men were drinking
Lots of men = they = they + were + verbing = past continuous
They have children who often...
We went to birthday party
She has 4 years
I never been party like this
We little bit late for this workshop
We started some activity and trainer told us you have...
My father always quiet
My husband more talkative than me
Do you like read a book?
I'm like read a book
It's very disappoint me
We went to a birthday party
Say ‘a’ because ‘party’ is a singular noun and I don’t know whose party it is.
She is 4 years
I have never been to a party like this.
Go/went/been/gone + to
Subject + have + past participle = present perfect tense = from a specific time in the past until now. Use present perfect with: So far, this week, this year, this morning, until now.
We were a little bit late for this workshop
We started some activities and the trainer told us you have…
We say ‘the’ because he/she is a specific trainer and I know which trainer you are talking about
My father is always quiet
My husband is more talkative than me
Do you like reading books?
Like + to + infinitive or like + verbing
If you are talking about something in general, use the plural form
I like reading books
It disappointed me or it’s very disappointing
It was very interest for me
When we should decide about his school. How can we say this in the past?
She call me and say
You feel yourselves without force
It helps to us
I have many work
I prefer don’t press my opinion in such deals
Some times ago we suggest
Her boss said her
She is very happy of her decision
It was very interesting for me
Adjectives ending -ed describe how you feel and adjectives ending -ing describe what creates the feeling
I am bored or the film is boring
I am interested because the book is interesting
When we had to decide about his school. This means when it was necessary to decide. We can only use should in the past for hypothetical situations, 'I should have started at 1pm but I was late'.
She called me and said
yourselves without force strength
It is helpful for us
I have much
any work (‘work’ is an uncountable noun)
I prefer not to
don’t press my opinion in such topics deals
Some times ago we suggested verbing
Her boss said to her
She is very happy with
of her decision
I feel myself like in Sanitorium
Everybody think that it’s the end of life
We wait this day
Most of Russians not have a fast
When we were more younger we...
It’s not about eat, you should pray...
It’s difficult to concentrate to the mystical things
They decide to go to monastery with all family
myself like I am in the a Sanitorium
We don't normally say 'myself' after 'I feel'. Some more examples are:
'I feel sick' and 'I feel like going outside/eating chocolate'
'I look at myself in the mirror'
'I do my homework myself (without any help)'
'I’m eating by myself (without anybody else / alone)'
Everybody thinks that it’s the end of their life
We are waiting for this day
We normally say 'waiting for somebody/something'
of Russians don’t fast
When we were younger we…
It’s not only about eating, but you should pray…
After a preposition write a verbing
It’s difficult to concentrate on the mystical things
'concentrate' collocates with the preposition 'on'. Here are some more examples:
I’m concentrating on the television
I’m concentrating on my book
They decided to go to the monastery with the whole family. 'All' and 'whole' are commonly confused. I talk about this in more detail on this page. This is another useful page explaining the differences.
The first thing it’s arriving…
For bathroom what materials you can use
We try every time to solve
Every children likes dogs
They wait something else
The first thing i
t’s arriving… For bathroom wWhat materials you can you use for bathrooms? Or ‘for the bathroom?’
Genius /jeen y ous/
Every time we try
every time to solve
If an adverb of frequency (always, never etc.) is two or more words (every time, once a week…) then put it at the beginning or at the end of a clause.
ren likes dogs or Children like dogs
Use a singular noun after ‘each’ and ‘every’
They wait for something else