Common Mistakes in English Language(9)

Common Mistakes in English Language


Mistakes are often made by using a wrong preposition after certain words. The following list includes the words which most often give trouble.

1. Complain of, not for

Don’t say: Many people complain for the heat.

Say: Many people complain of the heat.

2. Composed of, not from.

Don’t say: Our class is composed from thirty boys.

Say: Our class is composed of thirty boys.

3. Confidence in, not to.

Don’t say: I have great confidence to him.

Say: I have great confidence in him.

NOTE: Also “in confidence”: as, “Let me tell you something in confidence” (= as secret)

4. Conform to, not with.

Don’t say: We must conform with the rules.

Say: We must conform to the rules.

NOTE: But “comply” takes “with”: as, “We will comply with your request.”

5. Congratulate on, not for.

Don’t say: I congratulate you for your success.

Say: I congratulate you on your success.

6. Consist of, not from.

Don’t say: A year consists from twelve months.

Say: A year consists of twelve months.

NOTE: Great care must be taken never to use “consist” in a passive voice

7. Covered with, not by

Don’t say: The mountains are covered by snow

Say: The mountains are covered with snow.


By T. J. Fitikides

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