Milestone #2: Are you Knowing how good (or bad) is you Grammar? Basically!

The caption of this post may sound ‘okay’ (or passable at the least) to a novice in English, but there surely are some basic mistakes or Indianisms as some people often call them.

So, “What are the grammar mistakes YOU make?” or ‘Do you Know how good is your BASIC Grammar?”

You know them already, they are pretty basic and the same mistakes don’t come-up when you write. Great! To know the slippages you make with your Spoken English is your Milestone #2. You could start correcting them on your own or under the guidance of a Trainer, depends on your Learning Style.

On the other hand, if you really don’t know your mistakes but are ‘often misunderstood’ by others, have to repeat your sentences when speaking to native speakers of English -you may need to be told by a fluent speaker who knows his/her English.

The open letter from grammar may  sound sexy... but its true. A good trainer will tell you how much to use. Will point out the mistakes and help you with the essential corrections
The open letter from grammar may sound sexy… but its true. A good trainer will tell you how much to use. Will point out the mistakes and help you with the essential corrections

Who would listen to your speech and pick-out the major mistakes that are connected with Grammar (or for IT people the syntax of the language). A any good trainer would almost always suggest measures to bring you back to the ‘basic rule book of spoken English’, whenever it is required. For a person, who is already speaking in English, it must start  with identification of what are the problem areas and correcting the errors that can’t go with speaking the language with confidence & Ease.

Typical composition and usage problems I get in my conversation in English classes in INDIA:

I will call them limitations or lack of exposure to ‘right usage’ as they can be learned by speakers given the right environment to practice.  The brain needs time to migrate from Hindi Grammar platform to composition and usage in Spoken English. How much time is enough depends on the intensity of your practice and knowing what’s going wrong. Read on for 7 most common grammar limitation faced by us as Indians.

  1. Inability to form a sentence’ with a ‘new’ word when the meaning is also known. You may have picked this new word from a Movie or while reading the newspaper; you noted it and went on to look for the exact meaning … but can’t compose a sentence.
  2. Not knowing usage of certain Phases that are part of everyday English for example: Is it ‘Suppose to’ or ‘Supposed to’?… click to read this interesting post with some most common mistakes when you Speak-up. 17 PHRASES YOU’RE PROBABLY SAYING WRONG.
  3. I am stuck with my Indian-isms  as CNN Travel’s post points it out, read 10 classic Indian-isms: ‘Doing the needful’ and more in CNN Travel. It also gives some pointer on ‘How to fix grammatically in sane phrases found in common Indian English’.
  4. Improper or excessive usage of ‘some’ words where they don’t fit: – we cover them as filler words to avoid. At the same time, my students learn to use linking words in our Intermediate course ‘GET SELECTED’ – this makes them fluent and reasonably correct & confident speakers to clear communication rounds in an interview.
  5. Not knowing enough structures to form your sentences: the problem statement is all my sentences sound the same and its so boring for the lsitener that he/she switchs off like
    We correct what is a absolute must and give you the solution to the problem if that is persistent.
    We correct what is a absolute must and give you the solution to the problem if that is persistent.

    An essay on ‘My Cow’ when I am actually talking about ‘My Company’. Does this Sound familiar?  Do you know how to form a question when you are making a request? Learn to make sentences in many different ways.

  6.  Improper Application of tenses: I see ‘sentences made in present continuous or progressing tense when the speaker wants to convey  a habit, routine or like/dislike or ‘I’m going’ when he/she is actually seeking a permission. This is biggest mistake people make; I also did the same as in ‘Are you knowing…’ the caption for this Post . And yes I deliberately did it! Did you notice it?
  7. Wrong usage of articles, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections- I am sorry to sound like a grammar teacher or a Nerd. I not a Grammar Nazi or a Nerd (terms quite popular in the blogger’s world) but as a communication skills trainer, I can say that the basics of these have to be quite right (if not perfect) until you want to sound like a Newbie.

As long as you can understand Comics and relate with the humor its fine with me 🙂

In the end, I would like to thank Daniel D-Mello from CNN- Travel and Ms Sarah Brooks from ‘SHE KNOWS’ for helping me with this Post. Thanks! also to Peanuts one of my favorites.


Both for English and Hindi -the grammar (or rules of the game) sound similar but there are some marked differences. (Just like Cricket and Baseball). A person who plays good cricket can sure “hit the ball with a round bat” but first he must know that ‘there are No wickets” in baseball game. I will talk about the key differences between English and Hindi Grammar as well as the similarities we can ride-on in my next post… so that you don’t get out in any of the bat & ball games.


6 thoughts on “Milestone #2: Are you Knowing how good (or bad) is you Grammar? Basically!

  1. I visited the TRICKS BLOG for the first time today. I was confused about TRICKS BLOG (was not sure what to expect). when I READ SOME ARTICLES found something interesting on GRAMMAR.SO IT IS AWESOME BLOG. AND we get some HOME WORK to do AND SOMETHING to Read. Thanks


  2. I write a storey and if thenthere is any Mistake in this storey then you will bePlease correct it.
    (Trainer: Here is a corrected story which was written by Deepa)

    Corrected Sentences in BOLD

    Sir I was watching T.V yesterday suddenly I Listen a sound I had gone there then I saw that a child was crying immediate I had gone to child and asked that why are you crying baby?

    When I was watching TV yesterday I suddenly heard a sound and when I went there I saw that a child was crying. I immediately went to the child and asked him why he was crying

    What’s name? Where have you come here? Don’t cry baby.

    I asked the child his name and where he had come from. I asked the baby to stop crying

    OR I asked the child “What is your name ? Where have you come from ? Don’t cry baby

    And then I had come on my house of his child

    And then I came to my house with this child.

    The child told me that I had forgotten my way and I just don’t know I am where?

    The child told me that he had forgotten the way and just didn’t know where he was

    Can you help me anti?

    He said to me “ Can you help me aunti?”

    I said him that yes shore beta why not

    I replied “sure my son why not ?”

    I will help you but first of all you don’t cry and give some answers. Are you hungry?

    He said yes anti

    He said that he was hungry

    after that I had given some food of the child

    After that I gave him some food

    When he had eaten food then I asked him again what’s your Name?

    When he had eaten food then I asked him “what’s your Name?”

    He told me, my name is Tarun.

    He told me, “ my name is Tarun.”

    Can you give me any contact number? Your father, mother or anybody when you know.

    I asked him “Can you give me any contact number? Your father, mother or anybody you know”.

    So Tarun told that yes anti I have a number of my father. If you don’t mind anti please call my father.

    So Tarun told me “ yes aunti, I have the number of my father. If you don’t mind aunti please call my father.”

    I said that definitely beta just you give me your father number

    I said “ definitely son just give me your father’s number.”

    hurry I called him immediate and told him that your son is I have.

    I called his father immediately and told him that I have your son.

    Then you please come


    Noida take your son responsibility.

    Then you please come to Noida and take your son’s responsibility.

    After that he had come and said thanks a lot that you have care of my son I will not forget you in a live and I said not a toll it’s my pleasure but now take care of your son.

    After that he came and thanked me a lot for taking care of his son. I will not forget you in my life .I said “ Not at all, it’s my pleasure, but now take care of your son”.

    Sir it’s my storey not real only my imagination if any mistake in this storey then please you will correct

    Sir this is my story, its not real only my imagination and if there is any mistake in this story then please correct it

    Master Trainer: Overall its good composition… the imagination is very good, most of these errors will be corrected as you practice… some of them like don’t even show-up when you speak… enjoy your next class and meeting with the Trainer.


  3. I picked out five words in this post and would try to use them.

    M not able to understand (slippages) meaning and usage so could you please explain me.


    • VV Great!

      See the meaning and usage of: Slippages on one of the best tools to build your Vocab. Some example in real-life situations of ‘English’ can be: Using wrong word or we even say ‘slip of tongue’ …
      The slippage in performance is generally not intentional.


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