Common English Grammar Mistakes | Want To Speak English Well? Don’t Say This!

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In this English we talk about a common English grammar mistake that you may be making and how to fix it.

Video transcript

Hey guys, it’s Shane here from English Understood and welcome to part two of this common mistakes series.

 

A lot of the time I hear my students saying things like ‘I can going.’ ‘I can eating.’ ‘I can walking.’

 

No, no, no, no, no, no, no. You have to stop saying this.

 

A really easy way to speak English like a native speaker is to listen to native speakers very often and listen for patterns. A ‘pattern’ is a particular way of saying something.

 

So for example, if you listen to native speakers, you will never hear a native speaker say ‘I can going.’ ‘I can eating.’ ‘I can walking.’

 

And actually, if you listen to native speakers enough, sometimes you will know a sentence is wrong without knowing why, without knowing the grammar.

 

 Why do you know it’s wrong? Because you have listened to native speakers and you have never heard them say that sentence.

 

And normally, if a native speaker hasn’t said that sentence, then the grammar is probably wrong.

 

So how can you fix this problem of saying ‘I can going’, ‘I can eating’, ‘I can walking’? It’s very easy – just don’t say the ING. Just say, ‘I can go.’ ‘I can eat.’ ‘I can walk.’

 

How easy was that? English is easy, right? We improved your English in about three minutes.

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