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Henry’s Top Twenty Hates. Henry’s Top Twenty Hates. These errors upset me particularly because they simply shouldn’t be there. We correct them in our students’ first year, again in their second year, then again in their third year and finally in their fourth year. Henry’s Top Twenty Hates. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Henrys Top Twenty Hates

Henrys Top Twenty HatesHenrys Top Twenty HatesThese errors upset me particularly because they simply shouldnt be there. We correct them in our students first year, again in their second year, then again in their third year and finally in their fourth year...Henrys Top Twenty HatesLets start at number 20 and go down from there...20. Listening to music will make you study harder20. Listening to music will make you study harder20. Listening to music will make you study harder. No sorry, but listening to music might help you to study harder, but the word make suggests that you will have no alternative but to study harder, which is obviously crazy. The word make is usually used to signify insistence (he made me do it), or creation (I made a cake). Be careful when using it!.

19. I like to play computer when I am at home.

19. I like to play computer when I am at home.

19. I like to play computer when I am at home. Really? What music do you play? No sorry you cant play computer, or play Songkran either. You can play either a musical instrument (I play the piano) or a game or sport (I play tennis), and nothing else! You can, however, play games on your computer, or even play computer games, but never just a computer.

18. Its mean that we are rich!

18. Its mean that we are rich!

18. Its mean that we are rich! No, no and no! The expression its mean simply does not exist in English. It should be it means, but for some reason lots of people put the s in the wrong place. Simple, really, but unnecessary.

17. My teacher always gives me good advices. 17. My teacher always gives me good advices. 17. My teacher always gives me good advices. No, sorry, but the word advice is uncountable, and so advices is impossible. Your teacher can only give you good advice however willing and helpful he or she is...

16. Some say people that Som Tam is delicious, which I agree with this.

16. Some say people that Som Tam is delicious, which I agree with this.

16. Some say people that Som Tam is delicious, which I agree with this. What do you agree with? Which or this? You cannot have two objects of the verb to agree, so the easiest way to fix this is to leave one of them out. You can either say ...which I agree with. or ...and I agree with this.

15. I care my mother very much. 15. I care my mother very much. 15. I care my mother very much. Sorry no again. Two possible solutions here. You can either care for your mother, which means that you love her very much, or you can take care of your mother, which means that you look after her, cook for her, etc. Sorry that they are so similar, and yet so different from Thai!

14. Absolutely, music is good for you.

14. Absolutely, music is good for you.

14. Absolutely, music is good for you. The word absolutely is extremely complex and quite dangerous. It is used much more in spoken English than written English, so, if you are not absolutely sure how to use it, dont!

13. , while I did something else. 13. , while I did something else. 13. , while I did something else. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever put a comma at the beginning of a line. It doesnt happen, and never should. Just dont do it!

12. According to the report, it says that we should...

12. According to the report, it says that we should...

12. According to the report, it says that we should... Never! The phrase According to somebody (or something)... is good if used correctly, but it means exactly the same thing as Somebody (or something) says that.... This therefore should read either, The report says that we should..., or According to the report, we should.... Remember this and you will do well!

11. She has been my best friend until now!

11. She has been my best friend until now!

11. She has been my best friend until now! Oh dear, whats gone wrong? The expression until now means that something has very recently changed, and what was true yesterday or even ten minutes ago is now no longer true. She has always been my best friend and still is is fine, unless you have just had a big fight...

The Top Ten...OK, weve survived thus far

Lets see what upsets him a bit more!10. I was very interesting in that subject.

10. I was very interesting in that subject.

10. I was very interesting in that subject. No you werent you were interested. Its simply a case of active or passive, so think about it when you write and try it get it right! As a very rough guide, if it is a thing that you are talking about, the adjective often ends in _ing, but if it is about you or another person, it often ends in _ed.

9. And I love him. 9. And I love him. 9. And I love him. Never start a sentence with And, But or So; in academic or Hi-so English. All three of them refer back to the first half of a sentence, so there is no need to start a new sentence.

8. Even it is raining, we are going out.

8. Even it is raining, we are going out.

8. Even it is raining, we are going out. No! In this context, the word even must be followed by a conjunction, almost always if or though depending on the rest of the sentence.

7. About English, I enjoy learning it.

7. About English, I enjoy learning it.

7. About English, I enjoy learning it. No! We never introduce a topic of a sentence like that. Instead, we simply go straight into it and say, I like learning English.

6. I do all the cooking at home by myself.

6. I do all the cooking at home by myself.

6. I do all the cooking at home by myself. How very sad for you! To do something by yourself (or by myself, by himself, etc.) means that you do it all alone, with nobody else in the room with you. To do something all by yourself just emphasises the loneliness. Think lonely! If, however, you say, I do all the cooking at home myself, (without the word by) this emphasises that it is you and nobody else who does the cooking at home, although you may not actually be alone in the kitchen.

5. Pui is just only seventeen!

5. Pui is just only seventeen!

5. Pui is just only seventeen! No, please no! This is called a redundancy in English, and something that is redundant is something that is not needed. The words just and only mean exactly the same thing, so why say the same thing twice? She is just seventeen means the same as She is only seventeen, so use either, but please not both at the same time!

4. Because I love you, so I will pay for this meal or Although I failed the exam, but Im still happy.

4. Because I love you, so I will pay for this meal or Although I failed the exam, but Im still happy.

4. Because I love you, so I will pay for this meal or Although I failed the exam, but Im still happy. The use of double conjunctions like this (because / so, although / but) is fine in Thai, but not in English. It just causes confusion. Dont do it!

The Top ThreeNow lets see what really gets him crying...3. Fern really wants to entrance Silpakorn University.

3. Fern really wants to entrance Silpakorn University.

3. Fern really wants to entrance Silpakorn University. No! Never!! The word entrance is a noun. It always has been and it always will be. To say that you want to entrance a university is like saying that you want to government a country. It just doesnt make sense. The associated verb is to enter. This should therefore read Fern really wants to enter SU, but if you want to sound even more natural, you would just say, Fern really wants to get into SU.

2. The tourism industry is good for Thai social.

2. The tourism industry is good for Thai social.

2. The tourism industry is good for Thai social. No! Absolutely not!! Never!!! The word social is an adjective. It always has been and it always will be. There is therefore no such thing as Thai social, but, instead, Thai society is an important part of the countrys culture. You cannot study social, but you can study social science or social studies. Grrr...

... and now for the one that really upsets him and has him banging his head against walls...1. Most/both/some/many/one/two/all...of Thai students.

1. Most/both/some/many/one/two/all...of Thai students.

1. Most/both/some/many/one/two/all...of Thai students. The expression most of... is almost always followed by the word the, (most of the students in this class), a proper noun, (most of Bangkok was inundated / most of Lindas students) or a pronoun (most of them, etc.). There is no need to write of in this expression when we are talking about something in general, such as most Thai students.

Dont run away quite yet

We havent quite finished!Please also think about the following areas when you are checking your work. These four areas of English are the most vulnerable areas the ones where most mistakes are made probably because they dont appear in Thai. Do your best, and good luck!

a, an, the. The dreaded articles. You have been told about these and their use endless times, and have completed endless exercises successfully, but, when it comes to writing something, perhaps you tend to forget what you already know! Remember that knowledge and use it well.

I go to Big C yesterday. Horrible tenses. Like articles, you have had lots of practice in this area, but again you might tend to forget what you have learnt when you are writing something in English. Try to remember it all when writing!

My brother has two car. Singulars and plurals. I know that they are nasty, but you really do know when