Learn real English from movies and books.

Add words or phrases for learning and practice with other learners.

5

Common mistakes

Choose the correct option
Oliver takes care of his brother's investments.
Oliver cares about his brother's investments.

Care about means to like and be concerned about something or someone. Take care of means to look after someone or something: You should take care of your children, or do something to remedy a problem: I think I should take care of that broken pane of glass. Care for means to look after: I cared
for you when you were ill. Care for can also mean to be fond of someone or something: William really cares for geraniums, though this use is rather old-fashioned.

Avoid also such expressions as: (1) He doesn't care for my advice, (2) He doesn't care for his work, (3) He took no care of him, (4) No one cared for him during his illness. Say : (1) He pays no attention to my advice, (2) He takes no care over his work, (3) He took no notice of him, (4) No one took care of him during his illness.

Next
Their house is opposite to ours.
Their house is opposite from ours.

Opposite ours is also correct.

Next
Andrew behaves in a friendly way.
Andrew behaves friendly.

The adverbial form is in a friendly way. Friendly is an adjective: a friendly game, to have friendly relations with one's neighbours, etc

Next
'I'm learning English,' said.
'I'm learning English,' he said.

After a quotation, express the personal pronoun as the subject of the reporting verb.

Next
The scissors are lying on the table.
The scissor is lying on the table.

All names of things consisting of two parts (like scissors, trousers, spectacles, shears, pliers) take a plural verb. We can say: a pair of (scissors, etc.) is...

Next
Topic passed!
]