Common Mistakes in English Language(10)

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. Cure of, not from.

Don’t say: The man was cured from his illness.

Say: The man was cured of his illness.

NOTE: But noun “cure” takes “for”: e.g. “There is no cure for that disease.”

2. Depend on or upon, not from.

Don’t say: It depends from himself.

Say: It depends on (or upon) himself.

NOTE: Also “rely on” or “upon”: e.g. “I cannot rely on (or upon) him.”

3. Deprive of, not from.

Don’t say: He was deprived from his freedom.

Say: He was deprived of his freedom.

4. Die of an illness, not from an illness.

Don’t say: Many people have died from malaria.

Say: Many people have died of malaria.

5. Different from, not than.

Don’t say: My book is different than yours.

Say: My book is different from yours.

6. Disappointed in, not from.

Don’t say: I was disappointed from his work

Say: I was disappointed in his work.

NOTE: We are disappointed in a thing when we see that it is not what we expected or desired, but we are disappointed of a thing when we fail to get it: as, “We were disappointed of our hopes.”

7. Divide into parts, not in parts.

Don’t say: I divided the cake into four parts.

Say: I divided the cake into four parts.



By T. J. Fitikides

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