8 English Sentences: Find the Mistakes

Hi, my name’s Rebecca. For the next few minutes,
let’s pretend you are the English teacher and you’re correcting your student’s homework.
Let’s look at some of these sentences and see if you can find some of the
errors in these English sentences. Okay, the first sentence: “My
mother she works in a bank.” Is that okay? Well, let me tell you right now that actually
none of these sentences are okay; there is a mistake in every sentence. So see
if you can find the mistake. Okay? “My mother she works in a bank.” What’s the mistake?
Okay… Here, “she”, all right? I’m just going to grab a different marker.
So what happened here is we said: “My mother she works in a bank.” So we cannot
repeat the subject. The mistake here is that we had a double subject; the subject was mentioned twice.
In English, you can’t do that. You just mention the subject once. So this sentence,
in order to be correct, would need to be: “My mother works in a bank.” Or: “She works
in a bank.” If you know who “she” is. Right? But you can’t say both.
So no double subjects. Number two: “John is an engineer” What’s wrong with that? Look carefully. Well,
what’s wrong is that it’s missing the punctuation. All right? Part of a correct sentence is correct
punctuation. So here, there was no period at the end of the sentence,
that’s what was wrong. Next sentence: “The
manager of my department” What’s wrong with that? Well, what’s wrong is
that it’s not a sentence because it doesn’t have any verb, there’s no verb there. Okay?
And, of course, you need to continue this sentence, and then eventually you’d need to
have some punctuation as well. But basically, there is no… This is a sentence fragment.
This is called only a part of a sentence. It is not a complete English sentence or a
correct English sentence. There is no verb. Missing verb. Next one: “we enjoy watching old movies.” Okay? Again, look carefully. What’s wrong there?
Well, it has a subject, it has a verb, but this is the problem. The first letter in
the first word of an English sentence has to be capitalized and that’s what was missing here.
You see, we didn’t have that problem before. Okay. Next one: “I like very much Chinese food.” Okay? Maybe that sounds okay to you, but doesn’t
sound okay to me. It’s close, but not quite. What’s wrong? Well, what’s wrong here is this,
the word order. Not only do you need to have certain elements, you need to have the words
in the right order. So in English, the correct order for this sentence would be: “I like
Chinese food very much.” Okay? Not: “very much Chinese food.” “I like
Chinese food very much.” Okay? Next: “Maria need help with her hw.” “Maria need help with her homework.” What’s wrong there?
Okay? So the mistake is here, the mistake is in subject-verb agreement. The
verb has to agree with the subject. Right? And if we say: “Maria”, it’s like: “she”, and
we would have to say: “She needs”. “Maria needs help with her hw.” So the error
here was in subject-verb agreement. Next one: “delivered the package yesterday” Okay? “delivered the package yesterday” What’s wrong here?
Well, it’s similar to this one, except here, we had a sentence fragment and
we had the subject. Here, we have a sentence fragment, and we have a verb, but we don’t
have a subject. We have a missing subject. So this is also a sentence fragment. “Fragment”
means only part. It is not a complete sentence. Next one: “We recieved your letter.” “We recieved your letter.” Sounds fine, but
if you’re an English teacher, you’re going to look really carefully at each of the words.
And what’s wrong is here, the mistake is here. It’s a spelling mistake. Okay? The word “received”
is one of those tricky words with the “e” and the “i”, and the “i” and the “e”
that you have to learn very well. So spelling mistakes will also bring down your marks.
If you’re doing the IELTS, if you’re bring… Doing the TOEFL, any errors of
this kind will bring your marks down. Okay? So even though they seem very basic, I know
from experience that students make all of these mistakes. Be very
careful not to make them. Let’s look at what principles apply to correct
English sentences. Okay? So, an English sentence must express a complete thought and it must
express it with certain elements. Now, just because a sentence must express a complete
thought, it doesn’t have to have a lot of words; it doesn’t have to
be a very long sentence. Let me give you an example of a perfect English
sentence which is not long. And here we are, this is an example: “Babies cry.” Let me explain to you why this is a perfectly
correct English sentence. So, an English sentence has to have a subject. The subject in this
sentence is: “Babies”. An English sentence has to mention the subject once. Here, it’s
only mentioned once. We don’t say: “Babies they cry.” We just say: “Babies cry.” And
a sentence has to have a verb. What’s the verb in this sentence? “Cry”. A sentence has
to have subject-verb agreement. So, in this case, we said: “Babies cry.” It’s correct.
We didn’t say: “Babies cries”, or anything like that. There is subject-verb agreement. A
correct sentence should have a capital letter. Okay? At the start of the sentence. And we do,
so that’s fine. A correct English sentence should have punctuation at the end, which we
have, we have a period. It should be correct word order, which we have. We didn’t say:
“Cry babies”, which means something else. We said: “Babies cry.” That was fine. And spelling.
Okay? The word “babies” is spelled correctly, the word “cry”
is spelled correctly. So these points are all the points that you
need to keep in mind when you’re constructing an English sentence. Make sure you do that
and you don’t lose marks unnecessarily on your exams by making one of these basic errors. All right?
If you’d like to do some more practice on this, please go to our website: www.engvid.com.
Thanks very much for watching, and good luck with your English.

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100 Responses

  1. Rakesh Kenwat says:

    Thank you for stuty

  2. AR Anik says:

    I am telling from Bangladesh that I like your classes very much

  3. Arfan Ullah says:

    These are common mistakes plz upload some rare mistakez

  4. Lincoln Ang says:

    If you found my mistake give it a like I was a baby but I grew up and I am a man when is was dead de people cried . If you found da that is da that is the mistake

  5. Zara Azar says:

    Hi teacher, as you mentioned Capitalized, but you wrote( delivered) the package yesterday. Please let me know is it correct? Or I made a mistake. Before I give my thanks for all your efforts.

  6. Arjun Karki says:

    We enjoy in watching old movies. Is this right or wrong?

  7. Ummu Ahmad says:

    It's wonderful!!!. Thank you very much.



  9. bonana 02 says:

    I corrected them all correctly, I have no idea why I'm even here.

  10. Ifrah Qurux23 says:

    I'm somali thank you teacher

  11. Ranjith.v says:

    I'm ranjith

  12. mdyusairmdyasir M Patel says:

    Good teaching skills.

  13. Gatdiar Malei says:

    I like your lesson teacher. may God bless you.

  14. Brad Hicks says:

    I’m a native English speaker and I only noticed three of these errors?

  15. Allen May Tagalog says:

    How about regarding in subject agreement if in the example is not maria which is she, change to a man name like jack. is it no need to add letter s though? Thank you

  16. Deepak Maurya says:

    Very easy

  17. Gabriel Ola says:

    very good teacher

  18. Manojaba Panda says:

    Ma'am you are amazing I really like your videos very much ?

  19. Suman Kathait says:

    My question
    1. Question. Choose the correct option for each sentence. The correct option gives the meaning of the word in the given context.

    1. The kids are going to watch____ TV tonight.
    a. Small clock worn on the wrist
    (answer piz)

  20. Jan lee Lee Jan says:

    Hi Rebecca, I just want to ask something… It goes this… Is it appropriate to put the linking verb "is" at the end of the sentence? I have noticed some people that I had talk with they frequently put "is" at the end of their sentences.

  21. Sezgin Altıntaş says:

    English lessons for the students of primary school, not for me.

  22. Τεεβμαιτανεκ says:

    Thank you. I got it perfect. ?

  23. Андрей Миллер says:

    In the uk we call a period a full stop coz here a period means one of two things 1. A woman's menstrual cycle 2. A lession in school (I half to go to period one now)

  24. Aqeel Ahmad Panhwar says:

    Madam I am very perplexed about this usage "In the long run". Would you please guide me about this?

  25. Irish Grace Araño says:

    Thank you

  26. Lokeswar Nath says:

    You are doing a damn good stuff ………thanks it help me a lot to find my mistakes

  27. Tanveer Hussain says:

    blunder ka pura english sentece dijiye plz

  28. anshul gupta says:

    In a 3 questions punctuation marks

  29. anshul gupta says:

    And also 7th question don't have punctuation mark

  30. anshul gupta says:

    Wood plurl

  31. Sithara Shijin says:

    Sentence spelling mistake……?

  32. Alex Thai says:

    English is making me crazy. I learned all the part of speech and and grammar tenses from my teacher, but after that I realized there is a problem. In writing , why all part of speech change, sometime a verb word can be replace as a noun, an adjective word can be replace as a verb, a noun word can be replace as a pronoun???? it's very confuse, because i try very hard to memorized all the part of speech and I studied it very hard. Finally realized that all part of speech words can take each other place in a sentence, I really don't understand. Please give me some advice………..Thank You……………is there a name for this type of grammar problem that I just mention???? Because, I want to know it so that I can study it………………

  33. Jogi Santhosh says:

    These are really superb classes

  34. Dad Muhammad says:

    Today you did not mention the few mistakes, so. I dislike your topic today,

  35. nagarajan ranganathan says:

    Your teaching method your pronunciation is easy to understand.simply you are the best teacher.

  36. Linda Casales says:

    Also, most people misuse the "if" in the English language. Kindly address this error.

  37. Bintou Saho says:

    I only like ur English language I wish u be my mum on one will play with me at school

  38. Inkz Bakinggreen says:

    Why the English speaking people still need to study english language,they dont know their own language?

  39. Raymond Gomez says:

    How about "We received letter" it seems its not complete . is it ok to say " We received your letter yesterday" or " We have received your letter" ?

  40. Abhishek Yadav says:

    Backwash ha sali

  41. BEVEN DESAGUN says:

    Thanks! 🙂

  42. Chandu G says:

    Good teacher

  43. Chemical Ali says:

    Me love you long time ????????

  44. Mary Oyalana says:


  45. 121.com says:

    what a great lesson. thank you so much. i thought that there was no error in paragraph.

  46. Mohamed xuseen Toohe says:

    very clear explanation and easy.to.understand

  47. hasitha buddika says:

    Don’t you have mobile app for ingvid

  48. Hobby electronics says:

    I need learn more about world order

  49. Shakti Pande says:

    Thanks Rebecca Ma'am.

  50. Mahmuda Shaolin says:

    I am not understanding French.
    Pls correct the sentence. Tell me the right tense and it's use.
    Pls mam help me about correction.

  51. nitish yadav says:

    love from India my dear mam. next day is my exam.

  52. Shainri Al zahiri Gerald Tanyah says:

    need to be mote fluently in english

  53. Amar G says:

    Why All english teachers looks seriously..?

  54. sanjay chauhan says:

    Knowledge at maintaining homes, toilets, draperies and fridge

  55. John Babar says:

    God bless you, Raacca, please contact with me, +923013114142

  56. Deepak Kumari says:

    Thanks mam

  57. Mausumi Routray Sima says:

    It is very easy mam.This types of questions never come in exams???

  58. SAURABH HDFC says:

    No,mam! We can use more than two subjects but they should add with conjunction.

  59. Nomi Omi says:


  60. vikas kumar thakur says:

    Thank you mem

  61. natcha N. says:

    I got 10 correct out of 10 . That's good for me. Thank you teacher.❤
    From : Thai Student.

  62. zoya khan says:

    thxs that was really helpful to me it will help me for my exam alot.

  63. Abraham Abunie says:

    English teacher on the line amarican english amarinn Iam young .

  64. Sweet Revenge says:

    How about,"The package was delivered yesterday." ?????????

  65. zahra sheekh aadan says:


  66. eonnie_kayla kpoplover says:

    this video is way better than schooling.

  67. eonnie_kayla kpoplover says:

    it really helped me, thanks maam

  68. Vaibhav Lingwal says:


  69. MORTESA says:

    talk with him/talk to him…which one is correct?

  70. Farah Syifa says:

    Great! The web good too.. i get 70 for the exam of this lesson

  71. adil KK says:

    Love from india

  72. Jhunix Vlog says:

    pls subscribe me vice versa..thank you i learned it

  73. Nil Kaya says:

    Thanks Rebecca 🙂

  74. T Sindhuja says:

    Am from India…

  75. Johannes Josef says:

    Aunty Recca I'm in Namibia and here grammar is a great disaster so please give me advice for grammar not to be a disaster to me. ..

  76. sunil john says:

    Thank you madam .

  77. Spyphy Farnsworth says:

    We have received your letter.

  78. CHHOTU KUMAR says:

    What's the difference between "Maria needs help with her homework" and "Maria needs to help with her homework" ?

  79. Akshay S says:

    I like very much chinese food. Is the exact sentence chinese say

  80. Sukanya Roy says:

    Which is correct "both of you or both of yours"?

  81. Angesom Tsegay says:

    Your 7th sentence is wrong

  82. Dharmendra kumar says:

    I am from india I like the way of your teaching method ma'm

  83. Rex Alipoyo says:

    Thanks ma'am it helps me a lot

  84. Luz Gutierrez says:

    Thank you Rebecca

  85. Giti Shirasb says:

    Perfect, thank you so much

  86. Keith Bentley says:


  87. Aboubakar Ibrahim says:

    Thank you……

  88. Rink says:

    Thanku mam for this lesson I do understand did that's

  89. Rink says:

    Easily understand

  90. Kashaf Nazir says:

    This is awesome

  91. Nell Franey says:

    What happened to 3 and 7?


    d has to be capital

  93. sajid munawar says:

    There must reflexive pronoun "ourselves" in the 4th sentence

  94. Jeevan Teja.s says:

    Veery goooood

  95. Aman Singh says:

    Mind blowing ?????

  96. Sara Light says:

    Thank you Rebecca!

  97. Mohammad Nuruddin says:


  98. Moni Mousumi says:

    Correct? Waiting for 2020 to see you

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