IELTS Common Mistakes
Our authors study the Cambridge English Corpus to see how English is really used, and to identify typical learner mistakes. This means our materials will help you to avoid mistakes, and you can be confident that the language taught is useful, natural and fully up to date.
Are there any special times I should use the?
- With countries or places where the name refers to a group of islands or states: the United States, the Middle East and the UK.
Common spelling errors:
- Some words are spelled incorrectly because they are similar to another word:
I want to go to the park.
I wanted a computer but ended up with a printer too.
Your book is there.
Students must buy their books.
Several students chose Russian though they had never studied a language before.
The tour guide led the group through some areas of ancient rainforest.
Using apostrophes in contractions: (mostly used in informal writing or to represent spoken language)
that’s (= that is)
Anna’s (= Anna has)
we’ll (= we will)
Common spelling mistakes:
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