Topic: Common vocabulary mistakes/errors 3

These exercises will help you eliminate some of the common mistakes made by people who study English as a second language. Do these practice tests and pretty soon you too will sound like a native speaker. For each of the questions below, choose the most natural-sounding option:


1. Which sentence sounds more natural?
  In former times, Poland was a communist country.
  Poland used to be a communist country.

2. Which sentence is more correct?
  He's a good friend of mine.
  He's a good colleague of mine.

3. Which sentence sounds more natural?
  Tom signed the reverse of the check.
  Tom signed the back of the check.

4. Which sentence is correct?
  The American hymn is called "The Star Spangled Banner."
  The American national anthem is called "The Star Spangled Banner."

5. Which sentence is correct?
  Don't drive in the passing lane!
  Don't drive in the passing line!

6. Which sentence is correct?
  This is a two-lanes highway.
  This is a two-lane highway.

7. Do people still often use "it's raining cats and dogs" to mean "it's raining heavily"?
  Not really. It's an antiquated expression.
  Yes, it is still used very often.

8. Which sentence is correct?
  I am 37 years old.
  I am 37 years.

9. Which sentence is correct?
  I have 37 years.
  I'm 37.

10. Which sentence is correct?
  Mary is a single again.
  Mary is single again.



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