Common mistakes

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A run-through of mistakes that Italian pre-intermediate students commonly make.

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Common mistakes

  1. 1. Commonmistakes
  2. 2. silly errors !
  3. 3. spelling
  4. 4. than > then untill > untiltipical > typical
  5. 5. use the spellcheck
  6. 6. capitalisation
  7. 7. i go to University
  8. 8. capitalised in English not capitalised in Italian1st person singular I iopronounnational adjectives English, Italian inglese, italianodays of the week Monday, Friday lunedì, venerdìmonths March, June marzo, giugno
  9. 9. I spoke to a man.I spoke to Andrea.
  10. 10. I go to university. I spoke to a man.I go to Roma Tre University. I spoke to Andrea.
  11. 11. bad punctuation
  12. 12. when I come back ,I have dinnerI finish lessons.I go back…
  13. 13. silly errors send the message
  14. 14. “I don‟t care!”
  15. 15. other small points
  16. 16. no article before meals
  17. 17. I have breakfast / lunch / dinner. …a breakfast etc.
  18. 18. no „to‟ before „home‟
  19. 19. I go / come / drive home. …to home.
  20. 20. „a‟ / „the‟ / „no article‟ before places
  21. 21. a restaurant a museum a partyI go to … the bar the pub the bank the theatre the cinema generic „the‟
  22. 22. prison school church hospitaluniversity
  23. 23. My sister‟s a student. She studies maths at university.Her friend is an electrician. He‟s working in the university this week.
  24. 24. telling the time with - am/pm - o‟clock
  25. 25. o‟clock is only used on the hour three o‟clock half past three o‟clock
  26. 26. don‟t use am/pm with o‟clock three pm 3.00 pm three o‟clock three pm o‟clock
  27. 27. you don‟t have to say am/pm if the time is obvious compare: I get up at 8.30. I get up at 8.30 pm
  28. 28. „usually‟ translating „uso fare‟
  29. 29. I usually get up early. I use… I used… I‟m used…
  30. 30. infinitive of purpose
  31. 31. I go to the shop for some bread.I go to the shop to buy some bread. …for buy… …for to buy…
  32. 32. prepositions following „go for‟
  33. 33. I go to a restaurant for a mealI go for a meal at a restaurant …meal to a…
  34. 34. I go for a drink in a pub I go for a walk in the parkI go for a walk on the beach

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