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1.  

to,  too,  two

         
   

  It isn't urgent to write a report.

   

  The actress was too nervous to go on stage.

   

  There were two cars involved in the accident.

   

  Too many cooks spoil the broth.

         
         
2.  

type of.  Do not omit " of."

         
    Wrong :

That type movie depresses me.

    Right :

That type of movie depresses me.

         
         
3.  

used to,  supposed to.  Do not omit the -d.

         
    Wrong : He is suppose to be here by six.
    Right : He is supposed to be here by six.
         
     
4.  

wait on means " to serve."  Do not confuse with wait for.

         
    Wrong : She waited on me for half an hour.
    Right : She waited for me for half an hour.
         
    Right : The clerk waited on several customers during the morning.
     
         
5.  

want is not followed by a clause.

         
    Wrong : She wants that I help her.
    Right : She wants me to help her.
         
         
6.

 

were is used in contrary-to-truth conditional clauses.  Do not use was in these clauses.

         
    Wrong : If I was taller, I could play basketball.
    Right : If I were taller, I could play basketball.
         
    Right : I was a basketball player when I was in college.
         
         
7.  

when  refers to " time."  Do not use when to introduce a noun clause.

         
    Wrong : When I miss my bus causes me to be late.
         
    Right : When I miss my bus, I am late.
         
         
8.   where  refers to " place."  Do not use where meaning that.
         
    Wrong : I read in the newspaper where the President is going to veto the proposed law.
         
    Right : I read in the newspaper that the President is going to veto the proposed law.
         
         
9.  

while  refers to " time."  Do not use while meaning but or and.

         
    Wrong : My brother is a pilot while my sister is a teacher..
    Right : My brother is a pilot, and my sister is a teacher.
         
    Wrong : While my family is not rich, we have many advantages.
    Right : My family is not rich, but we have many advantages.
         
    Right : While you were out, someone called and left a message.
         
         
10.  

who's,  whose.  Who's means who is.  Whose is a possessive.

         
    Wrong : She is a woman who's advice is easy to follow.
    Right : She is a woman whose advice is easy to follow.
         
    Right : Do you know who's giving the party ?
         
         
 
 
 

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