Common Errors in English

Stage One: Warm Up
2. Standard and Non-Standard Expression
  Choose the sentence which you think is in "standard" English from each of the pairs below. Then read the sentences you have chosen as a continuous paragraph. Do this aloud if possible. Does the paragraph make sense?
 
 
1. A) Choose a form of exercise which you like and which is suitable for your age, it is beneficial to your health.
B) It is beneficial to your health to choose a form of exercise which you like and which is suitable for your age.
A) B)
2. A) Taking too little exercise may be very dangerous because of the negative effects on the heart.
B) Take too little exercise, it may be very dangerous; it is because of the negative effects on the heart.
A) B)
3. A) Concerning an exercise programme, it should be carried out enthusiastically and regularly.
B) An exercise programme should be carried out enthusiastically and regularly.
A) B)
4. A) This will ensure that the body becomes accustomed to exercise.
B) It will ensure that the body becomes accustomed to exercise.
A) B)
5. A) For some people, they need not only to exercise but also to lose weight.
B) Some people need not only to exercise but also to lose weight.
A) B)
6. A) They have usually accumulated fat around the stomach and the thighs.
B) Those people, they have usually accumulated fat around the stomach and the thighs.
A) B)
7. A) In fact, according to research, it shows that a combination of diet and exercise is best for keeping fit and healthy.
B) In fact, according to research, a combination of diet and exercise is best for keeping fit and healthy.
A) B)
8. A) There are other factors which can affect health and fitness.
B) Health and fitness, other factors can affect.
A) B)
9. A) Smoke cigarettes, for example, can seriously damage health.
B) Cigarette smoking, for example, can seriously damage health.
A) B)
10. A) It is almost certainly true that healthy habits prolong life.
B) Healthy habits, they prolong life it is almost certainly true.
A) B)
 
 
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