(READ) 35 Wrong and Correct English Expressions We Make Every day


The Nigeria we are, we all speak some bad and grammatical blunders, and of course, it really not our faults(since it was a borrowed language). Most especially when we found ourselves in a place we needed to speak, we all make some wrong English expressions.

In this post, i have gathered some common spoken grammar mistakes we make here in Nigeria, which need to change and start speaking good English.

36 Wrong and Correct English Expressions We Make Every day

35 Wrong and Correct English Expressions We Make Every day

1. You’re taking it personal (wrong)
You’re taking it personally (correct)

2. He is matured (wrong)
He is mature (correct)
He has matured (correct)

3. The reason is because (wrong)
The reason is that (correct)

4. Night vigil (wrong)
Vigil (correct)

5. Traveling bag (wrong)
Travel Bag (correct)

6. As at when due (wrong)
As and when due (correct)

7. Be rest assured (wrong)
Rest assured (correct)

8. I’m hearing you (wrong)
I can listen to you (correct)

9. My names are (wrong)
My name is (correct)

10. All manners of (wrong)
All manner of (correct)

11. She delivered a baby boy (wrong)
She was delivered of a baby boy (correct)

12. Lacking behind
Lagging (correct)

13. Crack your brain (wrong)
Rack your brain (correct)

14. Return it back (wrong)
Return it (correct)

15. Ghana comprises of 10 regions (wrong)
Ghana comprises 10 regions (correct)
Ghana is comprised of 10 regions (correct)

16. Wake keeping (wrong)
Wake keep (wrong)
Wake (correct)

17. Exercise patience (wrong)
Be patient (correct)

18. Barbing salon (wrong)
Barbershop (correct)

19. I forgot my phone at home (wrong)
I left my phone at home (correct)

20. Borrow me your pen (wrong)
Lend me your pen (correct)
May I borrow your pen (correct)

21. More grease to your elbow (wrong)
More power to your elbow (correct)

22. Funny enough, I’ve never liked him (wrong)
Funnily enough, I’ve never liked him (correct)

23. My body is scratching me (wrong)
My body itches (correct)

24. Letterhead paper (wrong)
Letterhead (correct)

25. I’m not your mate (wrong)
We’re not mates (correct)

26. You’re mannerless (wrong)
You’re ill-mannered (correct)

27. Horn at the car in front (wrong)
Honk at the car in front (correct)

28. Happy birthday in arrears (wrong)
Happy belated birthday (wrong)
Belated happy birthday (correct)

29. I will sleep at 9:30 pm (wrong)
I will go to bed at 9:30pm (correct)

30. Just when I thought I have seen it all (wrong)
Just when I thought I had seen it all (correct)

31. First come, First serve (wrong)
First come, First served (correct)

32. Half bread is better than none (wrong)
Half a loaf is better than no bread (correct)

33. Working Experience (wrong)
Work Experience (correct)

34. Have called him (wrong)
I have called him (correct)

35. Contact a Disease (Wrong)
Contract a Disease (Correct)

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