Errors Indian Students Generally do In English

The following are the mistakes, the Indian students generally make while using English Language, especially while writing. In our previous blog related with this topic, we had indicated a few such type of things. Here we have found some more common errors, Indian students commit while using English language.

Errors Students Generally make in English .

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Some Errors students do while writing letters –

Respected Ma’am – Here the use of the word ‘ mam‘ is wrong. Instead of it, there must be ma’am or full word ‘ madam ‘. The word mam is completely incorrect and distorted. The apostrophe is used for the omitted letter d in the madam.

Use of To in the letters – Common Errors Indian Students do in English

In the format of letters/applications, Indian students make the following mistake –


The Editor

The Tribune …

Students must know that we don’t use comma after To in the letters.


The Editor

The Tribune


Relation between the name of the newspaper and that of the city.

The name of the city must be that where the concerned newspaper gets published. For example –

  • The Tribune – Chandigarh
  • The Hindustan Times – New Delhi
  • The Times of India – New Delhi

Wrong Term – You requested

Right Term – You are requested ( by me or anyone ) – Passive Voice

Capital Letters to begin the main words in the Subject of a letter –

For Example – Subject – Falling standard of education ( wrong )

Subject – Falling Standard of Education

Proper spellings –

  • Title
  • Champagne
  • Lieutenant
  • Rupee
  • Grammar ( It is strange that most of the people use the following spelling – Grammer )
  • Commissioner
  • License
  • Government
  • Colonel

The second part of a sentence takes a verb of the previous part.

  • He told me that he will help me. ( wrong )
  • He told me that he would help me. ( right )

Note – As the first part of the sentence is of past tense ” told me “, the second part will be of past tense – ” would, not will “.

When object is present in sentence, we don’t use said to.

He said to me that he would help me.

Note – Said to comes when there is no object.

There are some students who use ‘not’ after lest – Walk fast lest you should not miss the car.

Note – Lest itself is a negative word, we do not use not after it.

The correct sentence is Walk fast lest you should miss the car.

Myself is Ram.- This sentence is wrong.

The correct sentence is – I myself is Ram.

Most of the students use Your’s obediently etc. which is completely wrong. With pronouns, we do not use apostrophe ( ‘ ). My’s house is wrong.

The correct version is – My house.

You  Your  You  Yours etc.

In this way, the correct phrase is Yours obediently

We do not use st, nd, rd, th etc with Roman nos ( Ist, IInd etc ). They are used with English nos ( 1st, 2nd etc )

Common error regarding Pick the Odd One Out from the Sentences

Errors regarding Subject Verb Agreement

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